After visiting the adorable town of Yountville in Napa County, we headed up the road to Yountville’s equally gorgeous neighboring town of St. Helena. First up on the must do list in St. Helena is brunch at Archetype!
Look at this beautiful, light interior and tell me that you don’t want to spend all day lounging over good food!
So many things on the menu tempted me! It was really hard to narrow down the choices! I opted for the Belgium waffle topped with duck confit and an egg. Ben got the special of the day. It was a cheeseburger served on an English muffin from nearby Model Bakery, topped with bacon, avocado, and an egg. It was probably one of the most decadent things I’ve ever eaten. The English muffin it was on had a delicious smoky taste to it that just took the whole burger up a notch! I also ordered the grits, you know “for the table”. 🙂 I definitely need to come back so that I can try the lemon ricotta pancakes, maple sugared donut holes (with butter pecan sauce), and their oven roasted blue crab cakes!
After biding a very full farewell to Archetype we walked around downtown to do some shopping! …I mean walk those calories off! Right down the road is the Model Bakery that makes the English muffins that Ben’s burger was served on. The Model Bakery has a ton of scrumptious lunch and baked options, but all I wanted to do is load up on those amazing English muffins!!
One of my favorite little shops is Olivier. There are so many little tasting stations. You can sample pretty much anything before buying it. They have huge copper containers of yummy flavored olive oils. There were also some amazing tapenades, dipping sauces, and marinades. I particularly enjoyed the large selection of caramel sauce & chocolate sauce.
Hotel St. Helena sits right on the main street. It’s a perfect location if you want to be right in the heart of things. You can also stay at the adorable Adagio Inn, a super quaint little bed and breakfast just two blocks away. If you are looking for a more high end, once in a lifetime stay, head a little bit out of town to stay at the famous Meadowood. (Then invite me to join you at their incredible restaurant!!!)
We took a walk around the nearby neighborhood so that I could dream of living up here with the sunny days, every present wine, and slower pace of life.
About a 10 minute drive away from downtown is a gorgeous winery called Frog’s Leap. This is one of my favorite wineries in Napa because of the relaxing feel to it. It sits well of off the main roads & consists of several barns and a beautiful Farmhouse. Tastings are available in a few different ways, but the most common are in the gardens or at a table at the Farmhouse. You are welcome to walk through the gardens, breathing in the fragrant air & saying hi to the chickens.
Adorable little frogs pop up all over the property. It’s almost like the hidden Mickey’s at Disneyland…how many can you find??
While we opted to enjoy our wine tasting in the garden so that we could wander the property while we sipped, you also have the choice to do a wine tasting at the main house on their big patio. Here comes the best part of the patio tasting…it comes with a cheese platter pairing!
Frog’s Leap doesn’t accept walk ins so that they can limit the number of visitors and keep it a nice relaxing spot. You must have a reservation and they fill up quickly so plan ahead for this one!