Destination guide

Discover quintessential Napa Valley at Saint Helena

An upmarket town in California's Napa Valley, Saint Helena offers a great base from which to explore wine country. Perhaps unsurprisingly, finding a new favorite tipple is a popular pastime, but travelers are equally charmed by the boutique shopping and delicious high-end dining, not to mention the chance to squeeze in a culture fix at everything from an old-fashioned cinema to a 19th-century water-powered mill. Looking for a place to stay? Just like the wine here, Saint Helena vacation rentals come in a variety of flavors, with cozy cottages, smart downtown condos and sprawling mountain-top estates all on the menu.

Things to do

Explore downtown Saint Helena

Visiting the wineries dotted throughout the valley is a must, but if you're short on time, you don't need to travel far to get a taste of the good stuff. Downtown Saint Helena, the half-mile heart of the town known as Napa Valley's Main Street, has several plush tasting rooms where the wine flows freely. Perched alongside are darling candy stores, smart art galleries and high-end fashion boutiques, most housed in a sun-bleached historic building. And if you're looking for a way to round off a perfect day, a night at the old-fashioned Cameo Cinema more than fits the bill.


Indulge your inner foodie in Saint Helena

With good wine comes good food, perhaps never more so than at the Culinary Institute of America. Daily tours take in the campus's historic Greystone building and the Ghirardelli Chocolate Discovery Center, although serious foodies will want to experience a cooking class too Ñ don't be surprised to find yourself inspired to cook up a storm for dinner back at your Saint Helena vacation rental. You'll likely need some top-quality ingredients, which you'll find in abundance at the Institute's Spice Islands Marketplace Store, as well as at the Friday morning Saint Helena Farmers Market (open May through September).


Experience the harvest in Saint Helena

Given that wine country weather is mild all year round, the best time to stay in a Saint Helena vacation rental will depend on how you want to experience the valley. The excitement of the harvest season from late August through October sees travelers flock to the area. Family-friendly harvest events and the chance to see fall colors grip the landscape only add to the appeal, so bookings for rentals, restaurants and wine tasting should be made well in advance. If you prefer things a little less crowded, the low season from January through March offers a more leisurely experience.

Natural features

Enjoy the Saint Helena landscape your own way

Landscapes don't get much more beautiful than in the Napa Valley, but what's best of all is the abundance of ways to experience it. A trip on the valley's wine train is a relaxed way to soak up the scenery, as is the option of floating high above the rolling hills in a hot air balloon. Those who prefer to travel on their own steam will find the allure of a road trip along the Silverado Trail difficult to resist, although more energetic sorts can often be seen tackling the trail on a bike.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around St. Helena

The nearest airport is in Santa Rosa, CA (STS-Sonoma County), located 18.2 mi (29.3 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Napa, CA (APC-Napa Valley), which is 22.5 mi (36.2 km) away.

Where to stay around St Helena?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 595 vacation rentals near St Helena. From 329 Houses to 48 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near St Helena for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to St Helena?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in St Helena:

  • Deer Park: 38 vacation rentals
  • Honeymoon Cove: 31 vacation rentals
  • Downtown Napa: 68 vacation rentals
  • Browns Valley: 31 vacation rentals
  • Alta Heights: 30 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to St Helena?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in St Helena. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • The Christopher Hill Gallery: 1,092 vacation rentals
  • Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park: 994 vacation rentals
  • Franciscan Oakville Estate: 1,030 vacation rentals
  • Flora Springs Winery: 992 vacation rentals
  • Rutherford Hill Winery: 1,002 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around St Helena listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in St Helena?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 329 Houses in St Helena. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in St Helena include:

  • Cottages: 48 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 48 rentals available
  • Cabins: 48 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in St Helena?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 322 vacation rentals with pool available in St Helena. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.