One of the great things about living in Northern California is that you have access to some of the best attractions the state offers. Southern California might have Disneyland and slightly better weather, but we have the Napa Valley. Specifically, we have Yountville!
Yountville is named after George C. Yount, one of the first settlers of the Napa Valley and whom many believe planted the first vineyard of the entire region. It has recently become somewhat of a "foodie" holy land with it's impressive lineup of restaurants, four of which have Michelin stars.
A few weekends ago we decided to have a little getaway to Napa, but with a small child winery hopping was just not in the cards. So Yountville was a great alternative. We strolled through the main street and made our way to Bouchon Bakery where we proceeded to indulge in giant macaroons, croissants, cream puffs, and the "Thomas Keller Oreo"
True love is sharing a pastry with my mini me on a gorgeous day in the Napa Valley.
If you ever visit here are some tips:
WHERE TO STAY
Bardessono - Come for the gorgeous energy efficient architecture, stay for the indulgent spa. Also, only a few steps away from world class restaurants.
WHAT TO EAT
Bouchon Bistro - French dining by the master Thomas Keller
ad hoc - Another Thomas Keller creation, menu changes daily and is price fixed
Bottega - Michael Chiarello's italian flavors with a hint of California
The French Laundry - Among one of the top restaurants in the entire world (and another Thomas Keller gem). You must make reservations six months in advance (unless you are some sort of Kanye West and can pull some serious strings)
WHAT TO DO
V Marketplace - boutiques, art galleries, chocolate shops.
The French Laundry Gardens - stroll past the restaurant and cross the street to their private gardens. It is beautiful and we loved showing baby O where food comes from. Also, I didn't even realize there were so many varieties of kale and I even went to agriculture school!