The Won­ders of Yountville

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Lo­cated in the heart of the Napa Val­ley, Yountville is home to some of the finest ho­tels, restau­rants and

winer­ies in Napa Val­ley.

Nes­tled into the heart of Napa wine coun­try, Yountville is an adorably so­phis­ti­cated, main­street kind of town that is filled with some of the world’s finest foods and wines. Only about an hour and a half drive from San Fran­cisco, Yountville is within easy driv­ing dis­tance of some of the most no­table winer­ies in the re­gion, and also claims to have the high­est con­cen­tra­tion of Miche­lin-star restau­rants per capita in the world (with five stars in six blocks!). Whether you are look­ing for a ro­man­tic des­ti­na­tion, or a re­lax­ing friend’s week­end, Yountville of­fers all the ameni­ties and ac­tiv­i­ties you would ever de­sire in a Napa get­away.

Start your get­away at one of the unique ac­com­mo­da­tions in the area. Tucked a few blocks off the main street (but still well-within walk­ing dis­tance to all the main at­trac­tions), The Laven­der — A Four Sis­ters Inn of­fers a quaint refuge for your stay. Guests are treated to a fenced in, villa-like room with a porch hot tub, enor­mous bath­room and cozy gas fire­place. And you may never want to leave thanks to the com­pli­men­tary af­ter­noon wine tast­ings in the gar­den court­yard; home-cooked break­fasts ev­ery morn­ing; and the quiet, re­lax­ing at­mos­phere.

For those want­ing a resort at­mos­phere, the new Vin­tage Estate com­bines the Vil­la­gio Inn and Spa and the Vin­tage House to pro­vide one im­pres­sive fa­cil­ity. With the on­go­ing ren­o­va­tions on both prop­er­ties set to be com­pleted in 2018, the ex­pan­sive resort will of­fer a more mod­ern room de­sign, ad­di­tional pri­vate suites, a fresh wed­ding venue and in­cred­i­ble ameni­ties like The Spa at The Estate, Yountville that has been com­pletely re­designed and fea­tures ex­clu­sive ESPA prod­ucts.

Take an af­ter­noon stroll around town, and visit one of the twelve wine tast­ing rooms along Wash­ing­ton Street, in­clud­ing Sil­ver Tri­dent Win­ery (where your tast­ing in­cludes a small menu of per­fectly paired canapés); and also the en­tirely fam­ily run Hill Fam­ily Estate. In be­tween your tast­ings, visit one of the many bou­tiques and shops around the area (es­pe­cially V Mar­ket­place) to shop and per­haps add to your art col­lec­tion or wardrobe.

For the ac­tive wine lover, be sure to sign up for a win­ery bike tour with Napa Val­ley Bike Tours – al­low­ing your­self the op­por­tu­nity to glide through the beau­ti­ful vine­yard-lined roads of Napa Val­ley, with strate­gic stops along the way to taste from var­i­ous winer­ies. Your guide will give you in­ter­est­ing local tid­bits about the re­gion, spe­cific vine­yards, and of course, Napa Val­ley wine.

For a truly unique Napa ex­pe­ri­ence – and the most in­cred­i­ble view of Cal­i­for­nia wine coun­try – hop aboard a Napa Val­ley Aloft hot air bal­loon for a sun­rise flight over Yountville. Ar­rive pre-dawn for a short brief­ing be­fore board­ing your as­signed bas­ket and float­ing thou­sands of feet in the air. After land­ing, join your new flight friends to re­ceive your bal­loon “wings” at a cham­pagne brunch to toast to your new ex­pe­ri­ence. Yes, it is an early start to the day, but the views and over­all ex­pe­ri­ence com­pletely make it worth that early wake-up call.

But no mat­ter how you choose to spend your days in Napa, you will surely want to find your way into Yountville each evening to en­joy one of the many world-class din­ing op­tions wait­ing to be dis­cov­ered (and tasted) by you. Home to Thomas Keller’s iconic 3-star Miche­lin restau­rant, The French Laun­dry pro­vides an el­e­vated din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that makes the most of the local ingredients when pre­par­ing this in­ven­tive cui­sine. Yountville also boasts a number of sin­gle star Miche­lin restau­rants in­clud­ing Bou­chon and Redd. And even out­side of the Miche­lin cat­e­gories, Yountville vis­i­tors can still en­joy award–win­ning din­ners at a myr­iad of other no­table es­tab­lish­ments – sev­eral fa­vorites in­clude Bot­tega and Bistro Jeanty.

Yountville makes a great des­ti­na­tion year-round, but there are also sev­eral times of the year when the area re­ally comes to life. The Hol­i­days are cel­e­brated be­tween Novem­ber 20, 2017 and Jan­uary 1, 2018; and there is a full cal­en­dar of events, ac­tiv­i­ties and per­for­mances for all ages – all en­joyed among the thou­sands of twin­kling lights that make this the bright­est town in Napa Val­ley. The Taste of Yountville is al­ways a sold-out mu­sic, food and wine event, so do not miss the op­por­tu­nity to plan ahead, and en­joy this event in March 2018.

Most in­cred­i­ble view of Cal­i­for­nia wine coun­try... aboard a hot air

bal­loon

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