Yountville: A Traveler’s Guide

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  • on JANUARY 19, 2016
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What makes Yountville so special is that it manages to provide so much culture and sophistication without losing any of its small-town charm. You could spend a week visiting some of the top restaurants and tasting rooms Napa Valley offers, and never come across the same place twice, without ever leaving the city limits. No matter how long the visit, this list will help you to plan out your trip.

Where to Stay

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Hotel Yountville
6462 Washington St.
Yountville, CA 94599
(707) 967-7900
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 767 reviews
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For a luxurious experience, Hotel Yountville is a standard in this quaint town. Located at the south end of Washington Street, the Tuscan countryside inspires this property, where charming, stone farmhouse buildings are edged by rows of cypress trees. The hotel seamlessly blends its wine country sensibility with modern amenities like a luxury spa. We recommend including some downtime during your stay to enjoy relaxing by the outdoor fireplace or at the sleek hotel pool bar. Insider tip: Hotel Yountville is situated next to Veterans Memorial Park where visitors can wander through the art sculptures of the Public Art Walk with a morning coffee.

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Vintage Inn
6541 Washington St.
Yountville, CA 94599
(707) 944-1112
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 519 reviews
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Enhanced by luxurious amenities like whirlpool tubs, Vintage Inn is a cozy boutique hotel fashioned with an elegant atmosphere in the French country style. Take advantage of the brunch buffet for a late-morning bite, and come back for wine tastings and tea service in the afternoon. Insider tip: Vintage Inn is located on the 23-acre Vintage Estate, so there’s plenty of room to spread out. For a change of scenery though, head over to the estate’s sister hotel, the Villagio Inn and Spa, for a more Tuscan vibe. You may use the pools at both hotels during your stay at the property.

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Napa Valley Lodge
2230 Madison St.
Yountville, CA 94599
(707) 944-2468
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 1,095 reviews
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With enticing vineyard views and spacious rooms, the Mediterranean-style Napa Valley Lodge lures visitors with a relaxing pool and fountains seemingly pulled straight from the Tuscan countryside. The hotel also boasts bocce ball courts, fire pits, and a fitness center, all within walking distance from amazing tasting rooms Ma(i)sonry Gallery and Jessup Cellars. Insider tip: Be sure to take advantage of the complimentary Champagne breakfast.

Where to Eat

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Bouchon Bakery
6528 Washington St.
Yountville, CA 94599
(707) 944-2253
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 2,050 reviews
Reservations: Unavailable

This tiny French bakery is known for its world-class treats, and it’s earned a reputation as a favorite for those seeking fresh croissants, oversized French macaroon cookies, or the bakery’s mini “chocolate bouchon” cakes. It’s also an easy option for a light lunch, where a selection of salads, sandwiches, quiche, and a soup du jour are on the menu. Bouchon does not offer inside seating, but a few benches and tables are available outside. Better just to take your latte and pastry to go if the shops along Washington Street are calling out to you. Insider tip: Be sure to schedule enough time for this worth-the-wait stop: Bouchon is known for having a line out the door on the weekends!

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6518 Washington St.
Yountville, CA 94599
(707) 944-2345
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 590 reviews
Reservations: Recommended

Chef Bob Hurley opened his namesake restaurant in the heart of downtown Yountville after years of working in the Napa Valley, and has crafted a menu of seasonal and locally-sourced Mediterranean-California cuisine. Seared sea scallops with housemade potato gnocchi and rosemary maple roasted chicken are house favorites prepared in a simple, classic style, served in the casual, lively space complete with stone fireplace and spacious patio. Insider tip: Hurley’s is one of the few spots in Napa Valley to offer a gluten-free menu.

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Pacific Blues Cafe
6525 Washington St.
Yountville, CA 94599
(707) 944-4455
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 375 reviews
Reservations: Not required

Pacific Blues Cafe is a family-friendly spot that serves up smoking-good baby back ribs, fish tacos, and “build your own” grilled burgers with customizable options–easy wine country cuisine served in a casual, contemporary atmosphere. Insider tip: The cafe patio is dog-friendly. If the sun is shining, you don’t have to leave Fido at home.

What to Do

Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

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Napa Valley Aloft
6525 Washington St.
Yountville, CA 94599
(855) 944-4408

Soar through the skies over wine country during the sunrise, and see Napa Valley like never before. Piloted by FAA-certified balloon pilots, Napa Valley Aloft offers 3 to 4 hour-long hot air balloon rides for couples and large groups, all launching from the V Marketplace on Washington Street. Insider tip: There is an option to include brunch and champagne at Pacific Blues Cafe after the ride.

Go Wine Tasting

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Hope and Grace
6540 Washington St.
Yountville, CA 94599
(707) 944-2500

The boutique Hope and Grace Tasting Room is named for winemaker Charles Hendricks’ two daughters and features small-production wines with a focus on single-vineyard and single-variety styles. The cozy and down-to-earth atmosphere can be enjoyed while sipping through limited release Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Riesling, and Chardonnay. Insider tip: The tasting room is open until 5:30 p.m., a bit later than the wineries in the area.

Go Shopping on the Main Street

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V Marketplace
6525 Washington St
Yountville, CA 94599
(707) 944-2451

Washington Street offers some fabulous boutiques, and some of the most popular are located in V Marketplace. NapaStyle, Michael Chiarello’s lifestyle store is a centerpiece to this area, selling wine country furniture, decor, and cooking accoutrement (the jars of marinated parmesan dip and bruschetta make great souvenirs). Insider tip: The Napa Style Cafe in the back of the shop is a fun option for a quick and easy lunch.

Yountville is one of the most beautiful and relaxing destinations in the Napa Valley. With this guide’s help, be sure to delight in the first-class dining, lodgings, and tasting rooms. Start dreaming about your next visit!