Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park, St. Helena

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  • July 20, 2017
    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 »
  • June 25, 2017
    This fascinating working grist mill dates back to the 1840s when California was still part of Mexico -- and touring it helps understand how the Napa Valley became what it is today. Our guide was a kno...  more »
  • April 19, 2017
    As someone who bakes 2-4 artisan loaves a week this was a great place for me to visit. This is a beautifully restored 19th century grist mill and you learn both local history and process of milling. I...  more »
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  • January 25, 2017
    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.
  • February 18, 2017
    Fantastic opportunity to experience a piece of California history and pick up some less-common flours. The tour was great with a personable and knowledgeable guide. A great day-trip or stop over for anyone near St. Helena.
  • January 4, 2017
    The mill still working today. I was amazed by the technology of 1750's with some later update more than 100 years ago results in almost full automated production line. It was like watching discovery channel about the machines in modern food production factories. The differences is this mill got more wood components and is water powered.
  • February 27, 2017
    An amazing working stone-ground flour mill, the history and operation of which is richly described by a volunteer miller and historian. Not to be missed!
  • August 15, 2016
    Wonderful staff! Our private tour was Steve and he went beyond the 30 min tour which was super awesome and very informative! Will definitely come back with my parents

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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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