St Helena self-catering vacation rentals are located in a small town in California’s Bay Area. Here you’ll be in the famous Napa Valley, world renowned for its viticulture and home to numerous vineyards and wineries.
St Helena vacation accommodation would be ideal for wine lovers. There are a host of wineries within a short trip, all boasting shops and offering tasting sessions. Particularly close are Schramsberg, Spring Mountain and Beringer. The latter is the oldest vineyard in the entire Napa Valley, and was established as long ago as the 1870s. You’ll be able to take a tour of its famous tunnels and cellars and will be able to taste wine right from the barrel. If you enjoy port, then the Prager Port Works is also found locally and has been in production here for over 30 years. The Napa Valley is also a favoured getaway for spa and wellness holidaymakers; within minutes of self-catering accommodation in St Helena are Meadowood Wellness, Massage Creations and Health Spa Napa Valley, all offering a range of treatments and activities. Keen golfers will also find plenty to enjoy – Oakmont and Bennett Valley are both within 20 minutes in the car and offer 18-holes and full practice facilities.
San Francisco is around an hour to the south of St Helena. It’s a beautiful and interesting city, known for having a character and atmosphere that is out of step with many other major cities in the country. Among the many highlights are Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Island of Alcatraz, which sits in the bay facing the city. Alternatively, the immediate area is a bucolic landscape of vineyards and picturesque small towns. A great idea for a day out would be to board the Wine Train, which makes the 36-mile round trip to the town of Napa. This destination is also a great starting point for a pre-organised guided wine tour by road.
On holiday in St Helena you’ll encounter Mediterranean conditions. This makes for warm weather for as many as five months of the year, with daily highs hitting the upper 20s or more in July and August. Winters tend to be mild on the whole, with more rainfall and daily temperatures that hover around the low-teens.
You’ll be able to get to St Helena from the British Isles with British Airways, Virgin or United Airlines, flying from London Heathrow (LHR) to San Francisco (SFO). From there’s it’s just over an hour north to the Napa Valley.