The Napa Valley town of Yountville isn't big but packs a punch for an excellent Northern California weekend getaway. Here are some of the top treats.
At most hotels, within arm's reach of the bathtub there's a towel rack. In your room at Villagio, when you reach out from your tub you'll find a wine bucket on a pedestal. There's a pool table in the lobby bar. While you're there, try the Napa Sour made with Buffalo Trace Bourbon and Zinfandel syrup.
You know the sort of winery that caters to groups of bachelorettes who arrive by limo already tipsy? This isn't one of them. At Priest Ranch there's sports on the big screen and comfy sofas. Their red blends have names like Coach Gun and Double Barrel. Ask for the Bacon & Wine Experience which pairs a few reds, each with a differently seasoned bacon. You're welcome.
Treat yourself to a superb meal at this local fave that specializes in wood-fired pizza and hearty pastas perfectly al dente. Clever detail: when the waiter refills your water glass he's not holding a pitcher but a recycled No. 209 Gin bottle.
Pop in for an ice cream and to watch chocolates being made. Don't leave without buying an Anti Dental Kit: a "brush" made of dark chocolate with a tube of chocolate paste.
Let's face it: the sybaritic Napa Valley knows how to do this sort of thing right. There's a ten-head shower for before your treatment, a pool to soak in afterward, and ESPA products during the whole experience.
Last month RH opened a five-building compound including a showcase for their home furnishings, an indoor-outdoor restaurant and a wine bar in a historic stone house.
Ten minutes in this shop and you’ve had an education in the difference between a respectable $139 Panama hat and the five thousand dollar version. Owner Fabian Anda enjoys pointing out details of weave and style.
Stacks of cool stuff to be found here include Brighton belts, Corridor shirts and West River Field Lab ceramics. Vintage Buck Owens plays over the Marshall speakers.
Come for a tasting, stay for the daily Champagne sabering demonstrations. These guys aim to offer the best of the best Napa Valley wines. If cigars are your thing, there’s a selection on hand and a patio where you can indulge.
Vintner’s Golf Club is a challenging yet reasonably priced, nine-hole, par-34 course. Tee times are easy to book. In the late afternoon as the sun sets in the west, the views toward the Palisades Range of the Stags Leap Appellation are stunning.