Located in the heart of the Napa Valley, Yountville, is the perfect weekend getaway. Whether you need a break from the San Francisco fog or the Silicon Valley traffic head to Yountville for a truly curated day filled with some of the best Napa Valley has to offer. We have experiences for every type of traveler and look forward to bringing you more curated itineraries!
This one’s for all you Napa Valley first timers. Whether your plan is to go wine tasting, dine at one of our Michelin Star restaurants or see the valley 1,000 feet in the air, it’s best to book plans ahead. Yountville is a popular year-round destination, particularly on weekends. Make the most of your day by planning out your adventure to ensure you maximize your time and see as much of our beautiful town as you can!
Morning (really early morning)
Get an early start to make the 4:30 a.m. call time for a ride in the sky. We have excellent balloon outfitters in Yountville offering you safe and knowledgeable flights daily. Discover their offerings and reserve a spot early, they fill up fast! Coffee, tea and pastries are offered before flights and when you touch down you’ll enjoy a leisurely champagne brunch. When you take a flight from Yountville, you’re launching right in the middle of the valley! You’ll be guaranteed sweeping vineyard views, fog rolling off the mountains and on particularly clear days you’ll even get a glimpse of the bay!
Morning Part Two (a more decent hour)
Perhaps 4:30 a.m. on vacation isn’t your jam. How about a jam topped english muffin? If that’s the case, make sure to start your morning at Mini Model, the sweet (littler) sister location of the famous Model Bakery. Their english muffins are so good Oprah gets them flown to her! They have some pretty sweet competition with Bouchon Bakery across the way. Thomas Keller’s famous bakery is stocked full of sweet treats and pastries to start your morning or to purchase for a mid afternoon nosh. Look for the yellow umbrellas and line out the door!
Now it is time for some wine and Yountville has 17 tasting locations within walking distance as well as a handful of wineries a short drive away. For newcomers we recommend enjoying a mix of famous stops and local favorites. Enjoy our downtown wineries that are easily walkable from almost all of our Yountville lodging properties! Drop by Hope and Grace, located only a few doors down from both Bouchon and Model. Their single varietals shine during a cheese and wine pairing. Book this experience while lounging in their elegant but approachable tasting room. Looking for something a bit more sparkly? Reserve the cocktail 101 tasting at Domaine Chandon, to learn about the history of champagne cocktails and make three of your own.
If you’re looking to soak in the Napa Valley sunshine and grab something casual, dig into Protea, and order one of Anita’s daily taco or empanada specials and enjoy it with a local beer on the rooftop patio. If California cuisine is what you are after, head to R&D Kitchen, for the dip duo and fried chicken sandwich. This is another perfect spot to sit outside under their shaded tables or tuck into one of their many booths with views of the vineyards.
You’re in wine country, so more wine is certainly in order. If you are at R&D Kitchen, cross the street to Stewart Cellars and enjoy their reserve tasting in their “NOMAD Heritage Library” surrounded by antique books you can peruse and purchase. Their cabernet tastings are not ones to miss full of robust flavors and finishes. If vineyard views are what you are looking for hop in the car and head down Yountville Cross Road for a five minute drive to Cliff Lede Vineyards. Their tastings show off their incredible location in the famous Yountville Appellation. Replete with rock ‘n roll memorabilia and great places to take Instagrams you’ll have plenty to take in at this stop.
Where to start you ask? With more Michelin starred restaurants per square mile than anywhere in the world, there is a menu for every taste! Have a night in France with the delicious tastes of Thomas Kellar’s high-end French bistro, Bouchon. The bread. The oysters. The wine list. You can’t go wrong. For more of a pizza and pasta night, make reservations at Redd Wood. With it’s very cool decor, high end pizza flavors and a full cocktail and wine list you’ll leave full and satisfied.
Where to Stay
The majority of our lodging properties are located all within downtown. Whether it’s a cozy B&B you’re after or a full scale resort, you’ll find it in Yountville. Check out all of our listings here!