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He l ena Chambe r o f Comme r ce Di r ec t o r y 2009 www. s t he l ena . com Introduction This publication is published as an annual resource and information guide by Kim Ziegler Publishing in conjunction with the St. Helena Chamber of Commerce. All contents ©2009 Kim Ziegler Publishing. All rights to the contents of this magazine are owned and copyrighted in full by Kim Ziegler Publishing. This publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher. Views expressed herein are those of the authors and advertisers and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the ownership or the management of the publication. Publisher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kim M. Ziegler Director of Operations: . . . . . . . . Joyce Hooper Design: . . . . . . . Brian White, White’s Graphics Welcome to St. Helena long known as the heart of Napa Valley. St. Helena is home to wineries named for the region’s founding families, a charming downtown, romantic world-class restaurants and a community that celebrates wine country hospitality, health and wellness, viticultural and culinary excellence and a rich heritage as the valley’s first incorporated city. We are proud to represent a large and dynamic group of visitor experiences to our many visitors each year. We offer you this convenient tool for exploring the delights of St. Helena and the surrounding world-renowned Napa Valley wine country. Visitor information Nestled in between the upvalley hills, our town’s intimate human scale lends itself to exquisite winery and dining opportunities. You can book charming lodging, shop ‘til you drop, gallery hop, take a cooking class or put together an unparalleled group experience. Our visitors come often, stay longer each visit, and always come back for more. The sheer variety of available visitor experiences beckons. Are you looking for a great place for a week-long getaway? While here your body may need revivifying. In that case you can visit our spas and health facilities. Planning a business meeting? Book your group into one of our world-class lodging/conference facilities Or perhaps you are looking for your destination wedding site? We offer numerous unique locations from historical churches to intimate lodging and winery or restaurant facilities. Are you a history buff? Enjoy our historic downtown walking tour or the fascinating Robert Louis Stevenson Museum. Interested in olive oil? Sample our world class olive oil producers; you can even take an olive oil tour to fabulous hillside properties. Fancy a train ride? Take a ride on the Wine Train while dining and relaxing in style. St. Helena offers venues in all shapes and sizes along with a veritable smorgasbord of amenities. regional facts and figures Napa County is one of the nine Bay Area counties, oriented originally towards the regional transportation, communication, and banking hub of the city of San Francisco. St. Helena is located just 65 miles north of San Francisco and within easy driving distance of three international airports: San Francisco, Sacramento, and Oakland. There are two regional airports serving Napa County: one in south county and one in the upvalley town of Angwin. The area was settled in 1834 as part of General Vallejo’s land grant. The city was incorporated in 1876. From its inception, the city served as an agricultural center. Now it ranks as the center of our worldclass wine business and functions as the banking and investment center for that $11 billion industry. Although more than 40% of the workers employed in Napa County work in the wine industry, many of our workers live outside the county and commute to work. The weather is simply the best in the world….it is the reason why many of us live here. Pleasant all year round though contrary to popular belief we do have seasons. our Napa County is considered the most rural of all the Bay Area counties. This is partly due to the extensive land area consumed by lakes, rivers, forests, and craggy mountains and partly by human design. Napa County stepped out in front of the rest of the United States in the 1960’s by adopting the first agricultural land protection policy. Known to locals as the Ag Preserve, the policy was then and is to this day, a groundbreaking land use policy that protects the agricultural character and quality of this unique valley by asserting that agriculture and open space is the “best use” for this extraordinarily fertile land. PUBLICATION