Exploring Culture in the Napa Valley
While the Napa Valley is known for its fantastic wineries and vineyards, many don’t consider visiting – especially with families – because they think that’s all the area is about. It’s not! There are tons of incredible museums and attractions throughout the valley and there is truly something for everyone.
The Uptown Theatre
Those who appreciate a good show will enjoy a trip to the Uptown Theatre in the West End district of Napa. The theater originally opened in 1937 as a movie theater. After what feels like dozens of ownership changes and transformations, George Altamura and his partners took the theater over in 2000 and converted it into a live music venue. With only 98 rows, you’re guaranteed a great seat no matter where you end up!
Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park
Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts won’t want to miss a stop at Bale Gist Mill State Historic Park in St. Helena. The water-powered mill was built in 1846 and once served as the center of the community. Today visitors can enjoy a tour of the mill before setting out to enjoy the nature trails. Various festivals and events are held on the park grounds each year, so be sure to check the schedule if you’re in the area.
Robert Louis Stevenson Museum
Also in St. Helena is the Robert Luis Stevenson Museum, where you can take a journey through the life of one of America’s popular authors. You’ll be able to view old manuscripts, learn about his writings, and check out an account of his life, view artifacts, and view old manuscripts. This is one museum no book lover should miss.
The Riverbend Plaza in Napa is a quaint cultural destination for those who enjoy shops, local cuisine, and tourist information. Visitors tend to enjoy the Napa General Store’s history, the romantic atmosphere, and the distinct landscaping. You won’t spend a full day here, but it’s definitely a nice, relaxing stop.
The Victorian residence known as Elmshaven was built in 1885 by Robert H. Pratt, a railroad developer. It was then purchased by Ellen White, who is credited as one of the founders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It was here that Ms. White wrote quite a few of the 60+ books she wrote throughout her entire life. The home is still furnished with some of her belongings and is open to anyone interested in antiques, architecture, the history of the church, or the culture of the early 1900’s. It’s a beautiful estate with a rich history you’re bound to enjoy exploring.
It doesn’t matter what Napa Valley hotel you end up staying at during your visit. You will find yourself just a short drive away from not only the vineyards, but dozens of cultural and historic landmarks. Not sure where to start? Ask one of our concierges for help when you check in!