Charlie Palmer in Napa Valley and Sonoma Wine Country

Charlie Palmer in Napa Valley and Sonoma Wine Country

welcome to the harvest innWhere do you start to describe someone like Charlie Palmer? A larger than life character, who has been a big fish in the big pond of the American culinary scene for so long, maybe it would be better to start with his more current endeavors in the Napa Valley. Although it needs to be mentioned that he and his restaurant group own and operate more than a dozen distinguished and highly touted restaurants all over the country, including his flagship in New York Aureole and the Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg.

hotel healdsburg at nightWith the mention of California, Charlie and his team have also branched out into hotels. In northern Sonoma County, the Hotel Healdsburg, home to the Dry Creek Kitchen, is an award winning property that is as stunning as the Chef’s culinary aspirations. Finally, in the epicenter of one of San Francisco’s busiest neighborhoods, he operates The Mystic Hotel and Burrit Room, which is noted for its unique “film noir” feel.

burnish mahogany wine bar harvest innFounded in 1975, The Harvest Inn has a long history in the heart of the Napa Valley, Saint Helena. The Inn has maintained the character of its heritage stone buildings and leafy cottages as it has evolved with the wine community around it over the decades. It has expanded accommodations while retaining its original charm and ambiance. Nestled in one of the world’s most important wine regions, the Harvest Inn features a gorgeous wine bar. This spacious room has stunning twenty-foot ceilings, custom carved woodwork, handsome leather sofas and a grand piano. Next to the English cobblestone hearth, the large burnish mahogany bar is host to local wineries every Friday and Saturday.

richardwood table vineyard dining harvest innAnd at the beginning of 2014, Charlie Palmer purchased The Harvest Inn in this wine tasting paradise. Already an institution of Saint Helena, there is little need to alter the quaint and beautiful property the Harvest Inn has always been. Although, in an Inside Scoop SF article from this January, Chef Palmer mentions he is still exploring what possibilities he may pursue at the new location. He mentions there are no plans yet, and figuring out what to do is in no rush. We are all excited to see what Charlie could do with this already stellar property.

After years of wine tours starting and ending at The Harvest Inn, we are elated to see the spectacular touch of new ownership. To appreciate the future of this charming location, just flip through the Harvest Inn YouTube page and you can see the warm and rich tones of the past three decades here.

When you are here to see the compelling story of the Harvest Inn in person, let us pick you up and show you around! We will help introduce you to those hidden gem wineries and activities that make the Napa Valley unforgettable.

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