Hiking and Picnic Experiences
The Meadowood Loop is lovely at any hour of the day from sunrise to sunset. The picnic sites, available by reservation, are the perfect settings for intimate lunches or private gatherings with service provided by the Meadowood culinary staff. During the warm-weather season in particular, hiking and picnics are among the most memorable experiences on the Meadowood estate.
To reserve your picnic site or to view our estate picnic menu, kindly ask your Guest Services Representative or email Meadowood Reservations.
Circling the Meadowood estate is the Meadowood Loop, just over four miles of scenic hiking trails that wind through the woods, rising to heights of more than 600 feet and culminating in breathtaking views of Napa Valley. The Loop follows the same path created by deer years ago while meandering through the woods on the estate. Aside from a few water bottle stations, the occasional bench and two delightful picnic sites, the local flora is left to its own ingenious devices.
Alpha Omega Winery
Located on the valley floor of St. Helena, Alpha Omega is surrounded by vineyard hills and mountains. The beauty of this modern, farm style winery is as captivating as its wine. Guests with tasting reservations can reserve a quaint picnic table in advance.
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Located on the top of Spring Mountain in St. Helena, Pride welcomes guests with advance reservations for a tasting experience. All experiences include a rich overview of the property’s history and cave exploration. Guests are welcome to enjoy the picnic area following their tasting and enjoy the picturesque views.
Frank Family Vineyards is located in the historic Larkmead winery in Calistoga (the third oldest winery in Napa Valley). Visitors are welcome to sit under the giant 100 year old Elm trees, relax at the wooden picnic tables and enjoy the spectacular vineyard views.
Rutherford Hill Winery
A short uphill drive off of the Silverado Trail, Rutherford Hill Winery is nestled into the mountainside. Bring your lunch to enjoy in the Oak Grove Picnic Area. With picturesque views, a bottle of Rutherford Hill wine and the privacy of your own table, these reservations are highly sought after.
Pestoni Family Winery
This historic winery has charm and heritage that extends through five generations. Located on the valley floor in the heart of St. Helena, guests are welcomed for a current release tasting of their delicious wines and opportunity to visit their spacious lawn area to relax and enjoy a picnic table for lunch or a light snack.
Lyman Park, St. Helena
Characteristics: Situated in the heart of St. Helena, Lyman Park is near many of the town's most charming shops. A large white gazebo offers a sense of nostalgia. An array of picnic tables, large and small, dot the lawns and there is play equipment suitable for children.
Yountville Park, Yountville
Characteristics: A visit to this park is sure to please your children. A large grass area surrounds several picnic tables and there is a large, colorful playground with swings and climbing equipment suitable for children of varying ages.
Bale Grist Mill Historic State Park, St. Helena Highway
Characteristics: Bale Grist Mill, established in 1846, was built for the storage and grinding of grains for local residents. Because of its proximity to the main thoroughfare, it was used as a political and social center as well. There is a small picnic area adjacent to the mill. There is a two-dollar fee for adults and a one-dollar fee for children.
Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, Mt. St. Helena
Characteristics: Located just outside Calistoga, this park extends to the top of Mt. St. Helena. On a clear day, views reach to the Golden Gate Bridge. The trail is open to both hikers and mountain bikers. At the base of the trail, accessible by automobile, you will find picnic tables surrounded by a thick forest. Picnic sites are also available along the trails.
Bothe Napa Valley State Park, St. Helena Highway
Characteristics: Hiking trails wind throughout this preserve's eighteen hundred acres, which range in elevation from four hundred to two thousand feet. Enjoy a broad variety of indigenous trees, from stands of coastal redwood to forests of Douglas Fir, tan oak and madrone. Picnic sites, accessible by automobile, are available just beyond the park entrance. There is a six dollar fee per car to enter the park.
We have a special picnic menu designed for off-site excursions and all picnics are packed in traditional wicker baskets. Please ask your Guest Services Representative for a copy of the menu or email Meadowood Reservations.