St. Helena, CA is a beautiful city in Napa Valley that plays host to the finest wine makers in the country. A visit to the city allows you a rich experience in touring the many vineyards and getting a taste of the finest wines in the Valley. The city is also home to the Culinary Institute of America. BBOnline recommends a visit to the many attractions of St. Helena, including the CIA.
The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
2555 Main Street
St. Helena, CA 94574
(1-800) CULINARY (285-4627)
The CIA is housed in a majestic castle-like edifice in Greystone, which has a rich history. The institute first opened in 1995. The international award-winning faculty includes chefs, pastry chefs, wine experts and bakers. The Institute in St. Helena offers a culinary arts degree, culinary certificate programs, baking and pastry arts degree programs, professional wine studies, an accelerated culinary arts program, professional development programs, and accelerated wine and beverage programs for both professionals and enthusiasts.
Call the Institute from your St. Helena Inn and make a reservation for a live cooking demonstration done by the well-known chef-instructors. The demos are available on Saturdays and Sundays only, starting 1:30 p.m. for a fee of $20 (2011 prices). You can also have a taste of the great food at the restaurant. There is a different menu each week which can include the world's best olive oil tasting, several choices of salad, main courses, side dishes and dessert. Shop for cookbooks, cooking utensils, ingredients, food and wine at The Marketplace. You can find specialty and wine country ingredients, kitchen utensils, cookware, cutlery, flavors, bakeware, chocolate, olive oil and more.
Robert Louis Stevenson Silverado Museum
1490 Library Lane
St. Helena, California 94574
Another must-see in St. Helena is the Silverado Museum, which is located in the St. Helena Public Library Center. It contains memorabilia on author Robert Louis Stevenson, who wrote "Treasure Island." Stevenson spent his honeymoon in an old Silverado Mine bunkhouse right on Mount St. Helena. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Elmshaven National Historic Landmark
125 Glass Mountain Lane
St. Helena, CA 94574
Elmshaven is the name by which this country Victorian house in St. Helena has been known since 1900. It was built by railroad developer Robert H. Pratt in 1885 and was bought by Ellen G. White in 1900. She was one of the founders of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and lived in the house until she died in 1915. This landmark, maintained by the Seventh Adventist Church, shows what living in a stately Victorian house was like a century ago. There are free tours Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. If you're with a large group, it's best if you call first from your St. Helena Bed and Breakfast before you come for a visit.