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Top 10 Neighborhood Amenities - Old Town Napa, California

The areas of character homes nearest downtown Napa are generally referred to as "Old Town." These areas include Napa Abajo historic district south of downtown, the Patchett Addition west of Jefferson south of First Street and east of California, and an the "Alphabet Streets" north of downtown from Lincoln Avenue south to First Street and from California to Soscol Avenue. These areas are architecturally rich with pricey Victorian homes on commanding lots to modest cottages on small lots. As downtown continues its revival, the desirability of these neighborhoods has boomed and bidding for good properties can be intense.

Old Town Napa, CA

Downtown Napa CA is the center of Napa's Historic District -- also known as Old Town -- combining the Napa Abajo Historic District, Patchett Addition, The Alphabet Streets and character homes north of downtown between Soscol and Jefferson Streets.

1917 3rd St

St. Mary's Episcopal Church. Built in the 1930s, this is the second structure for the historic church founded as Christ Church in 1847 downtown between 3rd and 4th Streets, across from First Presbyterian.

Napa River Inn

The Napa River Inn is the centerpiece of the Hatt Marketplace restoration and reuse of an old riverside Mill. The Hatt Building also houses the famed eateries Celadon, Angele, The General Store, Sweetie Pies and a Sweet Shoppe.

The Mustard Seed Clothing Co

Clothing for professional women and elegant casual wear. Owner Barbara Wiggins personally selects every piece of clothing in the store to suit her client base, many of whom she knows personally. Her windows sparkle winter or summer with moderate to higher end apparel for women of discerning tastes.

Napa Valley Wine Train

A beautifully restored series of historic rail cars combine with a four-star restaurant experience aboard the Wine Train as it wends its way up Valley to St. Helena and back at lunch and dinner. The station is on McKistry Street near the Oxbow Public Market and the Westin Hotel.

C Casa at Oxbow

C Casa is one of several wonderful eateries at the Oxbow Public Market just east of Soscol on historic First Street, Downtown Napa. A 2015 Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient, C Casa focuses on unique tacos, housemade white corn tortillas, rotisserie meats, fresh salsas, creative nutritious salads and original modern small plates, all with an innovative twist utilizing local growers, ranchers and farmers.

The excellent Kitchen Door, a cheese shop, high end meat counter, Eiko's sushi & Seafood, Hog Island Oyster Bar, and Ca Momi's renowned pizzeria are among the many dining choices supplementing shops featuring the many facets of the good life.

Main Street Culinary Row

Main Street, once nearly deserted, is now the heart of Napa's thriving culinary scene. Among the top rated eateries along the northern end downtown Main are Cole's Chop House, Torc, Pizza Azzurro, 1313 Main and the reborn Pasta Prego. Napkins, ZuZu and The Thomas at Fagiani's occupy the mid-Main downtown area while the Riverfront and Hatt Market house popular Morimoto, The Pear, Celadon, and Angele on Main Street's downtown south boundary.

Napa ARTWalk

The public art featured in downtown Napa's ARTwalk remains on view for two years. The current pieces are up through March, 2015. They will be followed by all new works which are typically in place by mid-summer. Printed and download-friendly brochures are available to pick up from the Napa Valley Welcome Center at 600 Main Street or by visiting www.napaartwalk.org. Brochures include a map of artwork locations, information about the artists, and links to the program’s audio tour, enabling self-guided viewing of the exhibition from sunrise to sunset. For more information about the program, call (707) 257-2117.

Not all the art is temporary -- or visual. Veterans park serves as a stage for entertainment throughout the summer and fall. And a great many public artworks are permanent, including Gordon Heuther's glass sculpture on the 4th and Coombs street parking structure and a giant key on Napa's northernmost border. While not typically classified as art, the 911 Memorial on Main Street downtown across from Cole's Chop House is beautiful and moving.

Scenes from downtown Napa

Like Main Street, Napa's downtown is enjoying a renaissance. Reflecting the tastes of both residents and visitors, downtown sports shops, restaurants and tasting rooms of broad appeal. The newer Town Center is undergoing a major makeover which is expected to debut in 2016 with all new shops, eateries and the Archer Hotel. Historic elements will be incorporated, but the Town Center itself will be a proud new component of Napa's historic heart.

Beautiful Napa Valley

Napa is the gateway to the nation's most renowned wine-making region -- the Napa Valley. A temperate climate, exemplary wines, and incredible beauty surround us all year 'round, beginning with the early bloom of mustard in the vineyards in mid-winter and continuing through harvest in October. Even the rainy winter months from November - March have a beauty of their own. And there are days of incredible sunshine, even in the rainiest years.

Teri Buchanan

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Top 10 Neighborhood Amenities - Old Town Napa, California