A 4th of July Hike in Las Posadas State Park
This 4th of July we picked up our friends Brian and Simantha and headed to St. Helena for hiking, eating, and spending the day in wine country.
Las Posadas State Forest
The first part of the 4.2 mile loop hike takes you through a mix of wooded areas and open fields. The path is not well marked and it’s easy to get turned around as some of the paths are not visible on the map, but luckily Jeremy downloaded the trail map from All Trails and that combined with GPS kept us in the right direction.
During the winter, this hike would probably boast lush green fields and little creeks to walk over. Because its the height of summer, the beds are dry and the fields are golden.
The trail being lightly trafficked, which meant letting Zero off leash for periods of time. It’s rare that we can let him off leash, as there’s usually too many runners or bicyclists sharing the path. This was a treat to let him walk in front of us at his own pace.
The trail does eventually lead to an actual forest with redwoods. This part of the hike was my favorite part, as the shade kept us much cooler as we made the climb back up the mountain.
We stopped in a spot to rest and take a group photo, something we always try to do when we’re together making memories.
Lunch at Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen, St. Helena
After a sweaty and successful hike, we drove back into St. Helena for a well-deserved lunch. After trying a few places, we ended up back at Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen, the place Jeremy and I had eaten a late night dinner years before on our first trip to St. Helena. That night we treated ourselves to a rich dinner of fancy grilled cheese, A big meaty burger, and split a side of macaroni and cheese. We were excited to share this little find with our friends, who we knew would love it.
It’s easy to miss this little gem, seeing as the entrance from Main street is at the end of a long alleyway in between buildings. If you look closely it has a door and a sign with the name, but walking around the block to the front allows you to take in the pretty walkway and flowers surrounding it.
Inside, you can sit at tables with crisp white linens and big wine glasses and marvel at all the colorful art on the walls, or you can sit at the bar and chit chat with the chef while he makes food. We however had Zero, and needed outdoor seating. We lucked out and scored the last table in the shade.
After sitting down, we read the menu under the dappled light and clinked our colorful glasses to a successful hike. We got sweaty, we were out in nature, and we made memories.
The food is flavorful and rich. Jeremy ordered the special, while I wanted opted for a lighter and refreshing ahi salad.
The special: Spicy fried chicken, corn, potato salad and watermelon
Fresh seared ahi tuna salad with soba noodles and miso vinaigrette
Strolling down the Boulevardier
Dickle Rye, Campari, Carpano Antica vermouth & orange bitters
Maestro Dobel, Triple Sec, fresh squeezed lime juice
Window shopping on Main St.
Being that it was 4th of July, I didn’t expect many shops to be open. To our surprise a few were including a beautiful Turkish shop called Ottoman Art. I popped inside and was delighted to find that they had similar bowls as the shop I found in Santa Barbara last year. I picked up a beautiful teal one this time to go with my navy one.
Part of what I love about these little decorative bowls is how well they mix and match. I hope to find more on our journeys and create a little display for them.
I loved looking at the beautifully hand made Turkish boots.
After our window shopping, we decided to head home. Brian and Simantha wanted to see fire works and we wanted to get Zero home so that he could be comfortable during all the loud noises. Overall the day was a huge success and a great end to our 4-day weekend. We highly suggest taking a trip up to St. Helena for hiking, dining, or even wine tasting. No matter what you do, you’ll have a good time traveling at a slower pace.