Bartholomew Memorial Park

November 9, 2011

Bartholomew Memorial Park

We’re lucky enough to live within walking distance of this picturesque park and winery. Surrounded by riparian woodland and flanked by gentle creeks on both sides, the park features many umbrella-topped picnic tables and a large grassy area for lounging and playing. The winery’s tasting room will open bottles and offers glasses for taking outside. It also features a quaint museum exploring the history of the winery and region.  


Rather than picnic at the park tables, we sometimes walk past the scrupulously clean restrooms at the tail end of the park through the south gate entrance to the Bartholomew Park Trail. We follow the trail up about a mile to Benicia’s Lake (more like a small pond actually) where there is a bench overlooking the tranquil water. (There are so many frogs in the pond during the spring and summer that any step taken near the waters edge creates a trickle of ­plips and plops as dozens of frogs leap to the depths.) For a picnic spot with a loftier vantage point, continue westward about a half mile on the trail to Grape Stomp Bench for a view of the winery, surrounding hills, and nearby vineyards. There are also vineyard view picnic tables on the valley floor just beneath the winery’s entrance and adjacent to a replica of the palladian villa once owned by previous landowner Agoston Haraszthy.

To get there:

From the Plaza, follow East Napa Street about 1 mile out of town. Turn left on Old Winery Road and follow it for .5 miles. Turn left into the Bartholomew Park parking lot.

Open Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 10-4. On other days, access the park from the Winery entrance on Castle Road.

For more information, http://www.bartpark.com.

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