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PUC Named Second in the Nation for Highest-Earning Alumni with Two-Year Degrees

In its 2017-2018 College Salary Report, Payscale.com recently ranked Pacific Union College as second in the country for having the highest earning alumni with two-year degrees.

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5,000 Drops Towards Ending Water Poverty

This summer, Pacific Union College is embarking on a creative, yet ambitious educational initiative to raise awareness and funds about the global water crisis and water poverty. The college is partnering with Water for Good and private donors to launch the 5,000 Drops campaign.

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PUC Commencement Celebrates 392 Graduates

To the sound of enthusiastic cheers of thousands in attendance, for the 115th time on its campus, Pacific Union College celebrated its annual commencement exercises on Sunday, June 18, with 392 students graduating. 

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Area Dining & Entertainment

The Napa Valley is a richly beautiful destination, visited by approximately five million people each year. In addition to outdoor recreation, the Valley boasts a world-renowned culinary scene, beautiful architecture, artists and galleries, and a variety of cultural activities.

PUC is also within reach of the sports, theater arts, music, visual arts and special events of such cities as San Francisco, Sacramento and Santa Rosa.

Napa Valley Food

$ - Affordable ($5-$15 per person)
$$ - Moderately Affordable ($15-$30 per person)
$$$ - Expensive ($30+ per person)

A&W/KFC - The closest thing to "fast food" in St. Helena. Lunch and Dinner. $
501 Main St., St. Helena, CA 94574

All Seasons Cafe - California Bistro - Lunch & Dinner only $$
1400 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga, CA 94515

Armadillo's - Mexican with an artsy flair. $$
1304 Main St., St. Helena, CA 94574

Auberge Du Soleil - California Style - Breakfast, lunch & dinner. $$$
180 Rutherford Hill Rd., Rutherford, CA 94574

Azteca Market - A taqueria and hispanic mini-market where you can order burritos, tacos, etc. Most people do take-out, but there are a few tables on the patio. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. $
89 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574

Bistro Jeanty - French bistro with lots of veggie sides. Lunch and dinner. $$$
6510 Washington, Yountville, CA 94599

Bosko's Trattoria - Excellent fresh pasta. Lunch and Dinner. $$
1364 Lincoln Ave Calistoga, CA 94515

Bottega -
6525 Washington Street, Yountville, CA
(707) 945-1050

Bouchon - A traditional French bistro owned by Thomas Keller, noted chef and owner of the French Laundry. Lunch and Dinner. $$$
6534 Washington St. Yountville, CA 94599

Brassica - A classic West coast fish restaurant owned by Cindy Pawlcyn of Mustard's Grill and Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen. Lunch and Dinner. $$$
641 Main St St Helena, CA 94574

Brix Restaurant - A large restaurant that has developed an excellent reputation for its food and presentation. Lunch and Dinner. $$
7377 St. Helena Hwy, Yountville CA 94558

Cafe Sarafornia - Informal family restaurant and deli, coffee-shop style; serves good breakfasts. $$
1413 Lincoln Ave Calistoga, CA 94515

Checkers - A moderately priced Italian restaurant featuring pizza, pastas and salads in a friendly atmosphere. $$
1414 Lincoln Ave Calistoga, CA 94515

Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen - American Homestyle. Lunch and Dinner. $$
1327 Railroad Ave St Helena, CA 9457

Cook - Great Italian. Lunch and Dinner. $$
1310 Main St St Helena, CA 94574

Dean & Deluca - Sells prepared foods as well as produce from local farms, cheese by local artisans, and international foods and products. $$$
607 St Helena Hwy S St Helena, CA 94574

French Blue -
1429 Main Street, St. Helena, CA
(707) 968-9200

Gillwoods - Popular for breakfast. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. $$
1313 Main St St Helena, CA 94574

Giugni's Deli - Serves the best sandwiches in town from a little shop with lots of character. A favorite with students. $
1227 Main St., St. Helena, CA 94508

Golden Harvest - No MSG, casual atmosphere, and great for family-style Chinese. Lunch and Dinner. Now delivers to PUC! $
61 Main St St Helena, CA 94574

Gott's Roadside - (Formerly Taylor's Refresher) St. Helena's up-scale version of the local hamburger stand. Nice picnic tables on the patio and lawn. $$
933 Main Street St. Helena, CA 94574

Himalayan Sherpa Kitchen - $$
1148 Main Street, St Helena, CA
(707) 963-4439

Hurley's Restaurant - Californian cuisine with a Mediterranean flare. Lunch and Dinner. $$-$$$
6518 Washington St Yountville, CA 94599

Hydro Grill - Hydro is a warm restaurant featuring moderately priced American comfort food, sometimes with interesting twists. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. $$
1403 Lincoln Ave Calistoga, CA 94515

In-N-Out - Fast food burger joint with an amazing special sauce. Lunch and Dinner. $
820 W Imola Ave Napa, CA 94559

La Prima Pizza - Excellent middle-American pizza with chewy crust, tasty sauce and plenty of toppings. Lunch and Dinner. $$
1010 Adams St St Helena, CA 94574

Mini Mango Thai Bistro - $$
1408 Clay Street, Napa, CA
(707) 226-8884

Model Bakery - Local artisan bread and pastries as well as sandwiches, pizza, and coffee. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
1357 Main St St Helena, CA 94574

Mustards Grill - North Coast Cuisine. Lunch and Dinner. $$-$$$
7399 St Helena Hwy Napa, CA 94558

Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company - Favorite for studying, hanging out, and enjoying coffee and other drinks at indoor or outdoor tables.
1400 Oak Ave St Helena, CA 94574

Pacifico Restaurante Mexicano - Many mexican choices. Lunch and Dinner. $$
1237 Lincoln Ave Calistoga, CA 94515

Pizzaria Tra Vigne - (Previously Vitte and Tomatinas) – The more casual counterpart to Tra Vigne, the Pizzaria serves delicious pizzas and piadines in a fun atmosphere. Lunch and Dinner. $$
1020 Main St St Helena, CA 94574

Red Hen Cantina - Mexican Cuisine. Lunch and Dinner. $$
4175 Solano Ave Napa, CA 94558

Rutherford Grill - Sandwiches, wood-fired rotisserie, and meat dishes; not many vegetarian options. Lunch and Dinner. $$
1180 Rutherford Rd Napa, CA 94558

Smokehouse Cafe - Specializes in Southern food, even featuring Steen's southern cane syrup on the table for pancakes. Lunch and Dinner. $$
1458 Lincoln Ave Calistoga, CA 94515

Soo Yuan Restaurant - Locals swear by Soo Yuan, Calistoga's only true Asian restaurant. Lunch and Dinner. $$
1354 Lincoln Ave Calistoga, CA 94515

St. Helena Farmers Market - Small, colorful farmers market held in Crane Park on Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to noon, May through October. Cash only. $$
Crane Park, St. Helena, California 94574

Sunshine Market - Great deli selection. Small and slightly pricey grocery store. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. $
1117 Main St St Helena, CA 94574

Terra - Serves dinner only, fusion of European country with an Asian touch. Fantastic seasonal vegetarian plate upon request. Lunch and Dinner. $$$$
1345 Railroad Ave St Helena, CA 94574

Thai Kitchen - Thai food. Lunch and Dinner. $
1222 Trancas St Napa, CA 94558

That Pizza Place -
1149 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574

The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone - The dazzling restaurant space, created by noted designer Adam Tihany, offers a view of the chefs at work from every hand-crafted table. $$$
2555 Main St St Helena, CA 94574

The French Laundry - One of America's great restaurants, owned and run by Thomas Keller, voted America's best chef on a number of occasions. Impeccable ambience, service, presentation and food. $$$$
6640 Washington St Yountville, CA 94599

Tra Vigne - Quality Italian Dining. Lunch and Dinner. $$$
1050 Charter Oak Ave St Helena, CA 94574

Vercelli Ristorante - Local chef with something for everyone. Italian focus. Lunch and Dinner. $$
1146 Main St St Helena, CA 94574

Villa Corona - A favorite among students for fat, tasty burritos. Lunch and Dinner. $
1138 Main St St Helena, CA 94574


Cable Car Museum – Learn everything you ever wanted to know and more about this iconic San Francisco car.

California Academy of Sciences – This San Francisco museum features an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, and a 4-story rainforest all under one roof.

California Historical Society - Holds one of the richest collections of primary and secondary materials in the state on the social, cultural, economic, and political development of California.

Cartoon Art Museum – Home to over 6,000 pieces of original cartoon and animation art, a comprehensive research library, and five galleries of exhibition space in San Francisco.

Exploratorium - Museum of science, art, and human perception located in San Francisco.

Lawrence Hall of Science – On the campus of UC Berkeley, this public science center has exciting hands-on experiences for learners of all ages.

Napa Valley Museum – Promotes the cultural and environmental heritage of the Napa Valley.

Sharpsteen Museum - Permanent exhibits are designed to present the history of the upper Napa Valley.

Silverado Museum - Houses one of the world's most distinguished collections of Robert Louis Stevenson, right next to the St. Helena Public Library.

Walt Disney Family Museum – This San Francisco museum celebrates the life and achievements of Walt Disney.

Recreation & Parks

Angel Island State Park – The largest island in the San Francisco Bay, offering hiking, biking, camping and boating. Also a historical site.

Bale Grist Mill State Park – The St. Helena park is the site of a water-powered grist mill that was built in 1846.

Bay Area Ridge Trail – Hikers, bikers, and equestrians enjoy stunning views and open spaces on trails surrounding the Bay Area.

Bay to Breakers – 12k run in San Francisco every May, from the Embarcadero, alongside the Panhandle and through Golden Gate  Park.

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park – Offers hiking, camping, picnicking and swimming just 10 miles from PUC.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area – Includes the Presidio, Muir Woods, Alcatraz, Marin Headlands, and Cliff House.

Golf – The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Tournament is held each February.

Lake Berryessa – Swimming, water sports, picnicking, fishing, and camping at several day-use areas and resorts.

Lake Hennessey – The boat launch on this quiet lake can be reached via Silverado Trail and 128. The closer side, down Old Howell Mountain Road and Conn Valley Road, offers walking and fishing. Picnicking and swimming is not allowed, since Hennessey is a water source for Napa.

Mount Diablo State Park - The park offers hiking, biking, horseback riding and camping.

Mount Tamalpais State Park – Spectacular views just north of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.

Mountain Bike Races – The Howell Mountain Challenge (August) and Napa Valley Dirt Classic (April) both take place on PUC property.

Old Faithful Geyser of California – Local geyser in Calistoga that spews a tower of water skyward at regular intervals.

Paramount's Great America – This amusement park in Santa Clara also features a water park.

Petrified Forest – Petrified giant redwoods in Calistoga.

Raging Waters Sacramento and San Jose – Waterpark at Cal Expo in Sacramento; previously Six Flags Waterworld USA.

Robert Louis Stevenson State Park – Includes the Mount St. Helena summit trail, the Palisades trail, and the Table Rock Mountain trail.

Safari West – Wildlife preserve featuring animals of the Serengeti right here in Santa Rosa.

San Francisco Exploratorium – An experimental, hands-on museum for all ages.

San Francisco Zoo - Visit the largest zoological park in Northern California.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom -  offers a unique mix of close-up animal encounters and thrill rides.

Skiing – World-renowned Lake Tahoe offers Olympic caliber downhill and cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating and more.

Snoopy's Home Ice – The Redwood Empire Ice Arena in Santa Rosa.

Sonoma Coast State Beach – The closest beaches to PUC, including Goat Rock, Bodega Bay, and Shell Beach.

Waterworld California – Lots of water and rides in Concord.

Sports Teams

Golden State Warriors – At the ORACLE Arena in Oakland.

Oakland Athletics – At the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland.

Oakland Raiders – At the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland.

Sacramento Kings – Kings basketball games at the ARCO Arena, a top venue for sports, entertainment and special events in the Sacramento region.

San Francisco 49ers – At the Candlestick Park stadium in San Francisco.

San Francisco Giants – At the AT&T park in San Francisco.

San Jose Sharks – At the HP Pavilion at San Jose.

Theater & Music

Bay Area Theater Sports – Improv theater with shows every weekend at the Bayfront Theater at historic Fort Mason Center in San Francisco.

Lincoln Theater – Wide range of musical performances, comedy, and theater on the grounds of the historic California Veterans Home in Yountville.

Napa Valley Opera House – A theater in a historic building in downtown Napa offering music and drama performances year-round.

Napa Valley Symphony – Classical music for music lovers.

San Francisco Symphony –  Directed by Michael Tilson Thomas, the symphony features performances at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco.

Wells Fargo  Center for the Arts – Offers performances, education programs, and other events in Santa Rosa.

Yoshi's – Jazz club and modern Japanese restaurant located in Jack London Square in Oakland and in the Fillmore Heritage Center in San Francisco. Features two shows each night.

Visual Arts

De Young Museum – A landmark art museum located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, showcasing special exhibits and collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, and art of the native Americas, Africa, and the Pacific.

Legion of Honor Museum – A three-quarter-scale adaptation of the 18th-century Palais de la Legion d'Honneur in Paris, the museum overlooks the Golden Gate Bridge and displays a collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art.

Mumm Gallery – Located at Mumm Winery in Rutherford; features fine art  photography from international and local photographers.

St. Helena art galleries – Include Alan's, Art on Main, Christopher Hill Gallery, I. Wolk Gallery, and Miles Metzger Studios, all on Main Street in St. Helena.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art  - One of the world's most innovative museums of modern and contemporary art.


NOTE: Phone individual restaurants or venues for details, discounts, schedules and updates.