Napa valley is surrounded by green hills and more wineries as far as the eyes could see. Is there a way to get a better view of the valley? An airplane ride would sure to it! There is another way, as well. Find your way to the hilltop Sterling Vineyards via their aerial tram! The commanding white stucco building on the hilltop offers amazing views down the valley and up towards the 4,300 foot tall Mount St. Helena. We wandered around on the self guided tour and sampled their wines. The tram ride, tour and tasting are worth the money and effort to visit Sterling.
|Tram ride up
|View from the aerial tram
|Tram ride down
As it approached lunch time we asked for some suggestions from the local at Sterling and they gave as many choices on the high end of the price scale but we decided just to find the closest place we could off the highway near St. Helena. What we found was Gott's Roadside. A fun walk up, outside diner that looked to be out of the movies. Good burgers, sweet potato fries and a milkshake. Good fuel for more sightseeing!
The town of St. Helena is picture perfect. Are we sure there are not movie cameras following us around? This main street and its shops, again, looks just like a movie set. My one antique store find was vintage aviation travel stickers to add to my old suitcases at home to make them look like I have traveled the world.
|Cellar at V. Sattui
The tour continued on to two more wineries. We stopped in at Rubicon (another Coppola owned estate) and Robert Mondavi. Both stops were just for picture taking and a short walk through. We kept the pace slow and took a few pictures of the scenic views and unique architecture.
|Entrance to Rubicon
To wind down the day we drove through the town of Napa to see what the town had to offer. It has fudge to offer! The Vintage Sweet Shoppe must have been calling out to us. The fudge was just the dessert we needed after a day of touring!
The sun was casting longer shadows over the hills as we made the drive back to Sonoma on highway 12/121. Another fun, full day. One more full day to come.