Yountville might only be a mile long but it is packed with amazing wine, food and Wine Country experiences. Read below to learn about some of the best kept secrets you can enjoy and discover all the great things to do in Yountville!
Lovely nicknamed “the World’s Fanciest Gas Station” Kelly’s Filling Station & Wine Shop is one of Yountville’s best kept secrets. On any given morning you can see the locals lining up for one of their amazing scones and hobnobbing with the local Sheriffs and town staff. At lunch time, stop by for the best deal in town, a hot dog, drink and a bag of chips for just $7! You can grab your hot dog and walk across the street to Yountville Park to enjoy your lunch under the California sun. This is one of those fun things to do in Yountville if you have kids too!
Ottimo!, owned by famous chef Michael Chiarello, is a mix of Italian market, pizzeria, and mozzeria. Indulge in their mozzarella cheese, pulled fresh hourly, or enjoy the house smoked mozzarella. Ottimo!, offers visitors the opportunity to create their own mozzarella cheese plate. Customize your cheese board with braised artichokes, sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms in oil, garlic paste or calabrian chilies. If you are a meat lover you can also add Italian favorites such as prosciutto, toscano, and calabrese. In addition to the amazing food Ottimo! also has an impressive collection of antique kitchen items for sale.
If you are looking for a place to unwind before your dinner reservation head to Lucy Restaurant & Bar, located inside Bardessono, for happy hour! Happy Hour can be enjoyed between 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday. Enjoy $5 beers, $8 – $10 glasses of Napa Valley wine, select spirits for $8 and special pricing on several of their bar menu food items. Enjoy the casual elegance of the bar or sit outside and enjoy the quiet serenity of the patio – the perfect evening on a Napa Valley vacation!
Do you love cheese? Me too. Atelier Fine Foods, next to JCB Tasting Salon, offers an impressive selection of both local and international cheeses. Whether you like a soft sheep’s cheese or you prefer the stinkiest of blue cheeses Atelier has something for you. They also offer pre-made speciality sandwiches featuring delicious meats, cheeses and greens from the Raymond Vineyard gardens if you are looking to pick up a quick lunch. This is definitely a must for things to do in Yountville.
There are lots of reasons to stop at Silver Trident’s tasting room, the decor, the friendly staff, and the tasting room dog Keith Richards, but my favorite reason to stop is for the Apollo’s Foley Rosé. A local favorite, Silver Trident’s Rosé of Pinot Noir tickles your senses with notes of red raspberry, watermelon and fresh-baked rhubarb pie. An easy drinker, for the warm summer days just around the corner, this Rosé promises to please even the pickiest wine drinker.
You don’t have to be staying at Younvtille’s fabulous North Block Hotel to enjoy the Francis & Alexander Spa. Treatments focus on what makes the Napa Valley special by incorporating elements such as ground up grape seeds or actual wine corks into the treatments. Francis & Alexander Spa makes sure to use only the highest quality products so guests are sure to leave feeling relaxed and ready to conquer their Wine Country getaway.
A short drive down Yountville Cross Road is Cliff Lede Vineyards. The property offers a Napa Valley experience with a classic rock feel.Owned by rock and roll enthusiast, Cliff Lede, rock and roll plays an important role in the experience from the decor to the name of his vineyard blocks. In order to fully enjoy the rock and roll vibe book a private experience in the Backstage Reserve Tasting Lounge. Enjoy top wines from Cliff Lede, including their award winning Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon, while surrounded by rock and roll inspired artwork. If you see something that you just have to have you are in luck because all the artwork on display is for sale!
Looking for the perfect take home gift? Look no further than locally owned Ranch Market Too. Ranch Market is your one stop shop for Yountville gifts. Expertly curated to offer the best Wine Country merchandise you are sure to find something to remember your trip by. Choose from a selection of Yountville t-shirts, hats, wine glasses, kitchen towels and more. Ranch Market Too also has an impressive wine collection if you need to pick up one last bottle to bring home, or to enjoy at your hotel.
Staying at Meadowood Napa Valley but want to explore Yountville? Meadowood offers a free car service to and from Yountville for its guests. Have them drop you off and enjoy everything that Yountville has to offer without having to worry about driving back to the hotel.