Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park, St. Helena

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  • You can show up at any time during this unstructured tour. The speaker/guide we had was animated and informative. His knowledge of California history is amazing. I could have stayed there and listened...  more »
  • It is rare to have such an informative tour guide. I learned more from this one presentation than in several history classes. Great overview of mill history and its role in the nation, France, Rome to...  more »
  • Bale Grist Mill, a water-powered grist mill that was built in 1846, is one of only two water-driven mills remaining west of the Mississippi River. Although this historic mill looks quite impressive to...  more »
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  • I love this place. Best place for a picnic with a bottle of wine you just bought. The self tour of the mill is nice as well. It cannget hot in summer>
  • Wonderful, wonderful. Step back in time. Smell the old smells, and explore this fine old working grist Mill. Beautiful historic and fun place to see.
  • This was a fantastic little day trip located above Napa it is one of the oldest Mills in California if you have enough people with you they will actually fire up the Mill and give you samples we bought some polenta on the way out which I prepared at home and it was absolutely fantastic
  • This is an under-publicized gem with a still-working mill, great staff, and some hiking trails out back. This is one of the few restored mills in the western half of the country and you can even take home a souvenir of a ground grain product of your choice. We visited on a rainy Sunday in January so there were few visitors and we received a private tour and had a great chat with a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic docent. If you're into pre-statehood Californian history, definitely visit.
  • Really interesting place with great interpretation and demonstrations.

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Where to stay in St. Helena

Because St. Helena is nestled in upscale wine country, most people who visit have no intention of roughing it. As such, the city sports a number of luxurious hotels. Several boast restaurants, hot tubs, and swimming pools; however, keep in mind that those with extensive grounds tend to be farther away from the main street. Budget-conscious travelers can find some more basic motels (looking farther out of town is a good way to save a few dollars). However, those staying on the outskirts should be aware that parking--particularly during high season--can be challenging in the city.
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