It's time to pack up your stylish vineyard-ready looks, hire a designated driver, and hit the road with your hollow leg in tow, all you chardonnay drinkers and poised pinot adorers—we're heading to Wine Country! Nestled in breathtaking Napa County, quaint Yountville is best known for Thomas Keller's French Laundry, but that's only the start when it comes to the array of gems in this Northern Californian town. Fine dining galore, unmatchable wineries, luxurious relaxation, and more—we've planned your next trip in this edition of Little Black Book.
Where to Stay:
Bardessono, 6526 Yount St. Yountville, CA 94599, (707) 204-6000
Leave your worries, stress, and carbon footprint behind with a weekend away at the Bardessono. As a leader in environmental and efficient design, this beautiful boutique hotel is one of three platinum-certified properties in the world: geo-thermal wells use the earth's heat to warm hotel and spa water, solar panels provide 40 percent of the facility's electricity, woods and metals go untreated, and all products used in the building of the hotel were procured within 100 miles of the property. Rooms are ready for indulgence and relaxation with organic linens, handcrafted beauty products, electronic fireplaces, and personal spa and massage space in the comfort of your large, luxurious bathroom. While exceptional, sustainable design is a guest's initial impression, visitors will soon find the staff's attention to detail just as refreshing. Committed to an individual's personal experience, Bardessono works to create a warm welcome and appropriate agenda based on each person's background, wants, and needs. Concierge service before and during visitors' stay can create itineraries or provide packets—whether you're in Yountville on a romantic getaway or for a weekend with the girls—that best suits their style.
Where to Eat:
Bouchon Bakery, 6540 Washington St. Yountville, CA 94599, (707) 944-2253
You're on vacation—it's time to indulge. That means pastries for breakfast and macarons after lunch, and there's only one place to get them: Thomas Keller's iconic Bouchon Bakery features famous confections, from exquisite chocolate treats to flaky French croissants. Don't expect to choose only one.
Lucy Restaurant and Bar at Bardessono, 6526 Yount St. Yountville, CA 94599, (707) 204-6030
Arrive early for your reservation at this farm-to-table fine-dining restaurant and start the evening at the Bardessono bar with a delicious Rare Fig cocktail—a restaurant specialty featuring fresh, local ingredients. Just save room for Lucy's exquisitely designed and carefully prepared selection of delicious and eco-friendly dishes afterward. The seasonal menu, thoughtfully curated by executive chef Victor Scargle, features vegetarian, seafood, and meat options with all vegetables and herbs coming from the restaurant's garden. Current must-tries include the Sweet Corn Soup, Big-Eye Tuna Ceviche, Maine Diver Scallops, and Liberty Farm Duck.
Where to Drink:
Hill Family Tasting Room,6512 Washington St. Yountville, CA 94599, (707) 944-9580
Drop by for a spontaneous bar tasting or schedule an appointment for a sit-down food and wine pairing at this cozy, inviting salon-style tasting room. For the Hill family, stuffy and pretentious is not the name of the wine game. This family-run business may craft some of the finest vinos in the valley, but their tasting room is a place for guests to have a fun, relaxed, and enjoyable experience. You'll leave feeling the warmth of wine in your belly and having gained insight into the world of the harvest that you didn't have before.
Guests are surrounded by the world's top vintners in beautiful Yountville, making for more than 20 wineries to choose from. That excludes the surrounding ones in neighboring towns. Work with your hotel concierge to find one that suits your needs, or visit Yountville.com for more information.
What to Do:
Napa Valley Vine Trail
With miles of mind-blowing landscape on the paved, family-friendly Napa Valley Vine Trail, you'll have plenty to explore. Though the entire 47 mile trail is not yet complete, visitors can bike or walk along the section that runs through Yountville. Behold exquisite tree tunnels, views of the rolling hills, and beautiful vineyards along the way.
The Spa at Bardessono, 6526 Yount St. Yountville, CA 94599, (707) 204-6050
For non-guests of the hotel, the spa therapy center at the Bardessono will fulfill all your needs for a day of “me” time. Offering an extensive list of treatments, including a variety of massages, facials for every personal need, and a number of body-enhancing procedures, spa director Sandra Grignon and her team use only all-natural products for environmentally responsible, luxurious relaxation. Obtain pool access too at the end of your procedure and continue your day of R&R. A must-try? The nonsurgical face-lift, which uses microcurrent to stimulate facial muscles, reduces fine lines, scars, and pigmentation to attain a more-youthful appearance after just one go.