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5 Local Tips for Slowing Down in the Napa Valley

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Things heated up for culinary power couple Katianna Hong and John Hong while working at The Restaurant at Meadowood. As intense as their careers can be, they feel the Napa Valley provides a soothing antidote. “Things slow down a little bit here, it’s a little quieter,” says John. “We’re in this mystical setting in the middle of Northern California.” Inspiration often strikes them while hiking or browsing at local markets. A historic theater and spa are also among their go-to places to unwind.
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1030 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
“It’s a nice escape from the kitchen, and I like that Health Spa Napa Valley offers the option to exercise, swim, or get a massage,” says Katianna Hong. “You can also lie out by the pool and order food and drinks from Pizzeria Tra Vigne,” notes...
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195 Gasser Dr, Napa, CA 94559, USA
“We sometimes swing by the markets in Napa and St. Helena to get additional produce and flowers to use,” says John Hong. “A friend of ours, Ryan Harris, who used to be a cook at The Restaurant at Meadowood, has his own company now (Contimo...
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1340 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
Cameo Cinema, a one-screen theater on St. Helena’s Main Street, has been showing movies almost continuously since 1913. Today, the meticulously maintained theater (complete with red velvet chairs and house-made popcorn) screens everything...
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2800 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
Charles Krug Winery is special to us because we had our wedding there,” says Katianna Hong. “Kat loves her California sparkling wine,” John Hong chimes in. “We also tend to go off to some of the smaller vineyards...
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3369 St Helena Hwy, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
“We’ll take a hike on the back roads at Bale Grist Mill,” says John Hong, “we think it’s really cool there. And sometimes we’ll pick up some grains that we’ll use for numerous dishes.”