Napa Valley is in bloom, the vineyards are green, the pastures are filled with wild flowers and mustard fields can be spotted for miles. Spring may be one of the best times of the year to go to this region. There is something magical about all of the wineries being decorated in spring blossoms and lush green vines on the old rustic buildings. Once you past Napa, you come upon Yountville, this small quaint little town right before Saint Helena. Most famed for Thomas Keller's French Laundry, Yountville offers much more then just this pricey restaurant.
Start your day at Bouchon Bakery with a warm croissant and an iced latte. Stroll around the streets and head directly across to V Market, check out some of the local wineries and food shops that are set up in this old building. Of course if you do not over indulge in tasty treats, the best place to have lunch is right there, Bottega Napa Valley. This restaurant is serving up some bold Italian flavors with a twist of American fusion.
Where to spend the afternoon? Wineries of course. Yountville is located centrally in the heart of the valley between most major known wineries that people crave to visit. Sure the iconic Highway 29 has some great wineries near by like Peju or Opus One but head to the countryside for the more untouched area. Silverado Trails runs parallel with the highway and has some of the most beautiful vineyards around. One of my favorites to go to have a tasting is Mumms. Their rose is to die for and the view overlooking the valley floor is stunning. From here Rutherford Ranch Winery is a great place to go taste an array of different kinds of wines. If you find yourself driving all the way to Saint Helena along Silverado Trails, head to the smaller Milat Estate Winery or the more commercial Beringer Winery.
The day should be ended with a killer sunset over the valley. Head to the luxurious hotel Auberge Du Soleil and request a table on the patio. Dine at the more casual bistro or the fine dining restaurant, both have killer views. The service is outstanding, and you may even find yourself wanting to stay the night at this wonderful property (which there is nothing wrong with).
Yountville boasts the best of the best for the valley. From the outstanding accommodations like Bardessono, Hotel Yountville and the Auberge, to the fine dining of Thomas Keller and the alikes, you really could do no wrong here. Make sure to visit when Spring is in blossom, the mustard fields are bright yellow and when you have an appetite.