YOUNTVILLE, CA - The Culinary Capital of Napa Valley

When George Calvert Yount first saw the Napa Valley, he said, "In such a place I should love to live and die." He settled there in 1836, and planted the first vineyard in the Valley. Today, the vineyards stretch from the Mayacamas mountains to the Napa River, and wineries in Yountville include well-known producers like Domaine Chandon and Cliff Lede Vineyards. Right in town, the tasting room at Masonry Napa Valley pours releases from more than a dozen local boutique wineries in an historic stone building filled with antique furnishings and contemporary art.

Only in the Napa Valley could a tiny rural village boast more Michelin stars per capita than any other place in North America. Yountville is that village, and the stars belong to The French Laundry (which has 3), Bouchon, Etoile and Redd. The line-up of acclaimed restaurants in Yountville ranges from intimate spots like Bistro Jeanty to expansive eateries like Bottega, helmed by renowned chefs who create culinary art with the Valley's fresh, local ingredients.

Yountville's compact layout makes it a wonderful place for wandering on foot or by bicycle. Explore the boutiques, galleries and gastronomy-inspired stores like NapaStyle, housed in a winery complex built in 1874. Sip a cocktail beside the rooftop pool at Bardessono's Dive Bar or drink in your fill of culture at The Napa Valley Museum and the sculpture-filled Art Walk.

If you plan an extended visit — and with all the things to do in Yountville, you'll want to — you'll find that Yountville hotels, resorts and bed and breakfasts rival the town's restaurants in breadth and quality. After a day of fine wine and great food, indulge in spa treatments at Villagio and Bardessono, relax by an in-room fireplace at the Napa Valley Lodge, or steep yourself in French country charm at intimate, romantic Lavender Inn.

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