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Diane has been volunteering with the Yountville Welcome Center since 2017.   When she is at the Welcome Center she loves to find out what types of trip our visitors are looking for. Now that people are able to work remote Diane has put together the perfect “work from home” week in Yountville and the Napa Valley!

Need a little break from the routine?  Pack a bag and your laptop and you’ve got all you need for a relaxing, invigorating getaway – no vacation time needed!  Depending on where you live, Yountville is only a scenic drive away- or a hop, skip and a jump from the Sacramento Airport. 


There are many great places to stay in Yountville. Napa Valley Lodge, located in NoYo, is the perfect spot for your work/play vacation. Featuring newly remodeled rooms, you can enjoy a vineyard view while while taking those zoom calls.  After, take your laptop out to a shady spot in the new pool area.


It’s always reenergizing to take a lunch break!  Lucky for you, Yountville has lots of great options walking distance from your “office”.

The famous Bouchon Bakery not only features delicious coffee and pastries but they also have a handful of pre-made salads and sandwiches.  Try the Brie LT!   Velo Deli and Pizzeria just down the street (attached to Ranch Market Too), has a great selection of fresh made deli sandwiches and pizza by the slice.  If you just need something quick and close, head across the street to Kelly’s Wine Shop & Filling Station – you’ll be amazed to taste the local’s best kept secret, the gourmet hotdog that comes with chips and a drink for under $13.  It’s the best deal in town!

Back to the work for the afternoon, then…..


HAPPY HOUR!  There’s nothing better after a long day of work than Happy Hour.  Yountville has plenty of Tasting Rooms that are open and ready to welcome you for a glass or a tasting.  Sometimes the reasonable tasting fees will be waived with purchase of wine.  Check out Hill Family Estate and explore an array of wines made from grapes that owner Doug Hill has been farming since the 70’s.  Another day enjoy the beautiful and warm atmosphere of Hope & Grace while tasting some of their single vineyard 100% varietals.  And don’t miss Cornerstone Cellars to enjoy one of their three signature experiences in a comfortable setting in an historic building.  (Bonus:  Adjoining them is the TINA Stephens where you will find the best womens’ travel-friendly washable Italian silk and linen clothing.)


DINNER!  After happy hour it’s time for some sustenance.  Time to enjoy some of the amazing food that has made Yountville world famous.

A few suggestions:

Brix – a few minutes north of town on 29.  Get a seat out on the patio for a garden and mountain view.  Interesting appetizers, also scallops, truffled fries and fried chicken…

Bistro Jeanty – Don’t miss the tomato soup with puffed pastry.  My favorite main is the mussels; my husband’s two are the beef bourguignon and the cassoulet.

RH Yountville – Delicious lobster rolls and burgers in an indoor/outdoor space with olive trees, chandeliers and fountains.


You’ve worked hard all week from your home away from home.  Now’s the time to enjoy all Yountville and the Napa Valley have to offer.

Book a massage at The Spa at the Estate?

A grape tea leaf reading at Divine Chakra?

Hike by the redwoods in Bothe-Napa Valley State Park – or to the gorgeous Linda Falls; both nearby?

Check out the bikes and maps at Napa Valley Bike Tours & Rentals for a morning ride?

Reserve a tasting at one of the 400+ wineries in Napa Valley?  I like sitting out on the deck in the countryside at Goosecross.  Also Paradigm’s cozy location and elegant wines.  What will you choose?  Picturesque? Historic? Eclectic? Cozy? Interesting architecture? One with a cave tour?  Small family-owned?  Stop into the Welcome Center and one of the volunteers will help you decide.

Now that you’ve had a taste of Yountville this week at your home away from home, I’m sure you’ll be feeling rejuvenated.  And you’ll want to keep coming back for more!