Nestled amid the vine-draped upvalley hills, St. Helena is the charming and welcoming heart of the Napa Valley. Winemaking began here in the 1800s, its history echoing through the gables and turrets of the Rhine House, now home to Beringer, and gracious carriage house of the region's first winery, Charles Krug. Today, the wineries in St. Helena range from powerhouses such as Sutter Homeand Louis Martini to critically acclaimed small producers including Vineyard 29 and Terra Valentine Winery. Housed in the grand stone building that was once the Christian Brothers winery, the Culinary Institute of America offers superb culinary education with classes, a tasting bar and an acclaimed onsite eatery. Down highway 29, restaurants in St. Helena, including The Restaurant at Meadowood, beckon with well-deserved Michelin stars, and Chef Cindy Pawlcyn creates quintessential California cuisine at Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen. St. Helena hotels, resorts and bed and breakfasts, ranging from Harvest Inn to renovated mid-century motel El Bonita, offer casually elegant hospitality -- the perfect way to rest a full stomach and dazzled mind.