Things to Do While Visiting
Located in the heart of Napa Valley, Yountville is a place to stroll manicured streets, savor local wines, ride bikes through surrounding vineyards, drift skyward in a hot air balloon, peruse local galleries, public art and boutique shops, or be pampered at a local spa. Whatever your interest or mood, Yountville provides an experience that will leave you coming back, time and again.
The town is the ideal central location in Napa Valley. Encompassing only 1.5 square miles, you can walk with ease throughout your stay. Please stop by the Yountville Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, 6484 Washington St., Suite F, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (except major holidays). Friendly staff is available to give information, directions, and make suggestions on what to see and do.
Yountville is home to many fine retail establishments throughout town. V Marketplace is a retail, wine and dining hub. The historic 1870 building was once the home of Groezinger Winery. Today, this unique marketplace is home to various boutiques and specialty shops, art galleries, two restaurants, including Bottega by Emmy-award winning Chef Michael Chiarello, and his latest Italian eatery, Ottimo! The Marketplace also houses tasting rooms and an award-winning chocolatier, Kollar Chocolates.
Hot Air Balloon Rides
One of the most popular Napa Valley Wine Country activities is drifting skyward in colorful hot air balloon. These magical flights provide a bird’s eye view of the entire Valley, Mayacamas mountain range, and beyond. If you’re seeking a fun bucket-list activity to remember during your visit, book a flight and be sure to bring a camera! As you drift high above the vineyards, you will experience a quiet, panoramic serenity like no other from a unique vantage point.
The Yountville Wine Walk
The majority of wineries and tasting rooms in Yountville are located along Washington Street. Stroll down this scenic main street on any given day to find 16 tasting rooms all within close proximity. Nearly all tasting rooms welcome drop-ins. Reservations are typically required for more comprehensive food and wine sensory pairings hosted by knowledgable tasting room ambassadors.
Cycling Through the Vineyards
Cycling is one of best ways to tour Yountville and the Napa Valley region, whether you’re a novice or experienced rider. Recently, the Napa Valley Vine Trail opened the Yountville section. This brand new 12.5 mile stretch of freshly paved multi-use trail links Yountville to Napa, starting from Kennedy Park (south of Downtown Napa) to the north end of Yountville. The trail provides a scenic, safe, level-paved trail that is family and pet-friendly. The Class I trail (meaning, it’s a multi-use trail providing right of way for the exclusive use of bicycles and pedestrians with cross-flow minimalized) has free access.
Cyclists interested in touring Yountville and the Napa Valley on two wheels can rent bicycles or opt to participate in group cycling tours created by Napa Valley Bike Tours. This professional bike tour and rental company has shops located in both Yountville and Downtown Napa. Also, many Yountville hotels and inns offer complimentary bicycles to guests.
Note: Sections of the 47-mile Napa Valley Vine Trail are still under construction. For further information and updates, visit vinetrail.org.
Yountville Art Walk
Yountville has long been revered as an artist destination – a status that nearly rivals its reputation as a magnet for foodies. Currently, there are 26 public art sculptures sprinkled throughout downtown Yountville both on and off Washington Street for viewing. Each bold, powerful and thought provoking piece lends to the splendid culture of Yountville and its proud legacy of art appreciation.
The entire town of Yountville is completely strollable and each public art piece is within close proximity to the next. Download the Yountville Art Walk map, or stop by by the Yountville Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center to pick one up, 6484 Washington St., Suite F, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (except major holidays).
Note: Many of the public sculptures throughout the town are for sale. Each sculpture has a plaque with artist contact information.
The quintessence of Yountville and the Napa Valley is food and wine. Tours are one of the most convenient ways to experience these gastronimcal pleasures. Chauffered tours provide a luxurious, easy way to taste with peace-of-mind for a memorable day.
Experienced tour guides plan amazing food and wine tours with your personal preferences in mind, or you can select from pre-designed tours that maximize your day. Visit the most iconic wineries or boutique wineries, depending on what your preferences are. Many tour companies can also arrange for private winery experiences, barrel tastings, dining at restaurants, and more.
CIA Napa Valley has two California campuses: The CIA at Greystone and The CIA at Copia. CIA offers cooking, baking, wine and entertaining courses and boot camps designed for passionate people with a desire living life to the fullest.
If you’re interested in an exquisite culinary vacation in the Napa Valley, visit the CIA wesite to learn more about courses currently being offered.
Super Car Driving Adventures and Rentals
Are you looking for an adrenaline rush in Wine Country? LTF Adventures, LLC, 610 1st St., Napa, rents magnificent rare, exotic, and specially modified racing vehicles for spending the day, weekend or week traversing the Napa Valley in style.
LTF Adventures also offers a “Super Car Driving Adventure.” These two-hour driving tours of Northern California Wine Country’s most scenic roads will take you behind the wheel of three exotic cars: a Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini.
Museums and Galleries
Yountville has several art galleries throughout town, and many of the tasting rooms showcase magnificent art that lends to the ambiance and character of the town overall. Several fine galleries are located at V Marketplace, 6525 Washington St.
The Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle, is a place for visitors to explore the connections between the Valley’s environment, culture, history and creative expresson. The Museum features three galleries, each dedicated to local history, world-class art, and a showcase of local artist works. The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Monday and Tuesdays.
Yountville is fortunate to have a world-class performing arts theater in town. The Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, 100 California Drive, is dedicated to bringing cultural and artistic experiences to the Napa Valley.
Home to the Symphony Napa Valley, the center has frequent plays, concerts, comedy shows, lectures and talks with guest speakers, as well as enriching art education programs throughout the year.
Yountville Live! | Taste of Yountville
Each spring, the highly anticipated Yountville Live and Taste of Yountville events are a total sensory experience of music, food and wine over four jam-packed days. Today’s top music artists, renowned chefs and exquisite wine make this an ultimate, luxury getaway event not to miss. For more information, visit yountvillelive.com.
Golf Like a Pro
Vinter’s Golf Club in Yountville, Napa Valley is one of the best Championship greens in Northern California. This immaculate public nine-hole course is designed for all skill levels, from professional to novice.
On-site, the Napa Valley Golf Shop keeps a stock of golf clubs, equipment, apparel and cleats. The pro-shop also rents clubs. The scenic Lakeside Grill is open daily for a casual breakfast, lunch or cocktails.
Napa Valley Wine Train
The luxurious Napa Valley Wine Train is a unique way to savor the region. Since 1989, Napa Valley Wine Train has taken its guests on a gastronomic voyage through the Napa Valley with elevated food and wine experiences that surprise and delight. The train stops throughout the Valley on each of its unique tours for wine tasting.
Being aboard the train evokes a bygone era. Passengers journey on 20th century Pullman rail cars elegantly appointed with Honduran mahogany paneling, carefully etched glass partitions and plush armchairs. It’s a taste of yesteryear formality with modern decadence.
Picnic or Play in Lovely Parks
Yountville has several parks to enjoy picnics, outdoor recreation, relaxation and play time.
The most central park to Yountville’s main hub of hotels, restaurants and wineries is Van de Leur Park on the corner of Webber and Washington streets. Yountville Park is also a quick, scenic stroll down Washington Street.