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Napa Valley Like a Local: 5 Recommendations from William Callnan III & Nikki Ballere Callnan

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Will and Nikki met at a ceramics class back in 1997, and their shared passion became the foundation of their relationship and NBC Pottery. They work out of a home studio in Angwin, in the mountains above St. Helena, molding organic wares that grace the tables of area restaurants. With two young kids in tow, they enjoy exploring the Napa Valley’s natural beauty and creative scene. Read on for their favorite places, from a perfect picnic spot to a winery with outstanding art.
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649 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
Nimbus Arts has lots of programming throughout the week and on weekends,” says Nikki. “Parents can even drop their kids at a class then go out and have lunch or do a wine tasting.” Will adds, “Nimbus is not only terrific for locals but perfect...
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Angwin, CA 94508, USA
“We have an amazing state forest here in Angwin called Las Posadas,” says Will. “I love to take our kids, Gavin and Evie, and our dog, Sketcha, through the woods on walks and bike rides. There are so many amazing biking and hiking trails with...
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St Helena, CA 94574, USA
“Crane Park in St. Helena is a great place to bring your family or have a picnic. You can drink wine; throw some horseshoes; play tennis or bocce; hit up the amazing skate park; and browse the farmer’s market. The park is off the main drag, so it...
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4411 Redwood Rd, Napa, CA 94558, USA
“The Hess Collection is on Mount Veeder, a bit off-the-beaten path but so worth the trek. Its beautiful architecture showcases works from some of most famous and accomplished artists of our time, including a few of our personal favorites, Anselm...
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738 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
“Our go-to restaurant is Farmstead,” says Nikki, “it’s awesome for the whole family.” Will adds, “When we go out, we’ve got to have a place where the kids can roam. Farmstead has a big outside dining and bar area and the rest of its grounds are...