Escape to Harvest Inn in St. Helena

Pati Navalta Poblete | March 11, 2020 | Travel Napa Valley

Harvest Inn offers a surprise getaway in the heart of St. Helena.

ViewFromtheLeonardiniVineyard-0001.jpgHarvest Inn offers surprising seclusion off the main highway.

Located along Napa Valley’s main thoroughfare is an unexpected hideaway. Towering redwood trees—a total of 320—form a natural and nurturing barrier around Harvest Inn, a German Tudor-style resort in the heart of St. Helena. From the moment you pull into the property’s roundabout driveway, you get the feeling that you’ve completely escaped, even though downtown St. Helena is less than a mile away.

This is the beauty of Harvest Inn: seclusion without true isolation.

In the mid-1970s, a brick mason named Richard Geyer bought the property and completed construction on the first dozen rooms by the late ’70s. Building slowly continued throughout the years, culminating in the 81-room property it is today. The construction is a true reflection of Geyer’s craft. From the unique and elaborate fireplaces to the chimneys to a small bridge along a path between the gardens, Geyer’s indelible mark is part of the property’s charm.

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At 8 acres, the resort is broken up into four sections or neighborhoods: The Fountain, The Vineyard, The Grove and The Manor, each offering a different vantage point of the surrounding areas, such as Whitehall Lane’s Leonardini Vineyard located directly behind the inn.

Luckily, you don’t have to leave the property for a great dining experience. Harvest Table (harvesttablenapa.‌com), led by executive chef Chris Kuth, offers dishes made from locally sourced ingredients—including from the resort’s on-site vegetable and herb garden. The menu is seasonal, as are the signature dishes.

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Don’t be surprised if you see a four-legged diner enjoying a meal in the restaurant’s outdoor terrace. The inn welcomes dogs (up to two pets per room with a $150 fee per reservation). Dog guests will find a goodie bag from Fideaux (fideaux.net) in St. Helena, dog bed, Harvest Inn logoed tennis ball and a bowl waiting in the guest room for them.

And when in Napa Valley, a wine program is as expected as fresh towels. Harvest Inn offers a unique tasting experience featuring a variety of local wines. Its Sommelier’s Secrets program offers wines that would normally would not be featured by the glass, including the Mayacamas 2000 and 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Dominus 2001, 2005 and 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Interested in going on a hot air balloon ride, a curated wine-tasting tour, finding a pet sitter or booking a relaxing spa treatment? The front desk can help make arrangements for you. The events team can even help arrange for a winery to bring activities to you if you don’t want to leave the property.

Chances are, you won’t.

Rooms and packages $249-$649 per night, 1 Main St., St. Helena, 707.963.9463, harvestinn.com



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Photography by: Courtesy of Harvest Inn