Hello friends! Thanks for stopping by my blog here at Bordeaux Blonde. I have a full recap from the most perfect 24 hours in wine country to share with you! More specifically I spent this trip in the town of Yountville. If you haven’t visited Yountville yet, you need to add this small but mighty town to your travel list. Yountville is known for outstanding wine tasting rooms, luxurious hotels, and world famous restaurants. Yountville has the most Michelin star award restaurants in one concentrated area in the entire world to be exact! Here is a little more about my trip and how I spent 24 hours in this amazing town:
During our trip we were lucky enough to experience a FANTASTIC hotel in Yountville, the heart of Napa Valley. Hotel Yountville, a luxury 4 star hotel is located centrally in Yountville, walking distance from world class food and wine tasting rooms. Home to “The Spa“, a true oasis and place to relax and rejuvenate during your travels. The Spa has a full list and wide range of services and treatments. Their outdoor pool is surrounded by cabanas and fire-pits with a tranquil ambiance.
The guest rooms are so beautiful it honestly made me want to stay in the room all day and enjoy the field stone fireplace and peaceful balcony. The bathroom included a large soaking tub and separate shower. I loved that there was also a separate vanity area for getting ready and plenty of counter space! When we arrived in our room we were welcomed with a cheese and fruit platter along with a bottle of Stewart Cellars, a local Yountville tasting room.
Lucy – This restaurant was a quick little stroll from our hotel over to the Bardessono Hotel. It was also our first night in Yountville and the food was so spectacular. I could not stop eating it long enough to get more photos (plus it was pretty dark by that point). To accompany this dinner with longtime friends, I decided to bring a special surprise, a limited release from Honig Vineyards for the Premiere Release Week for Napa Auction. Let me tell you folks, this paired perfectly with my seasonal Basil Pasta with Barlotti beans, garden cherry tomatoes, and pancetta crumble.
The ambiance of the restaurant was idyllic and the service was next level. The cuisine is so fresh as they practice “farm-to-fork” with their own garden at the property. I could honestly taste how fresh the ingredients were in my meal. I can’t recommend Lucy enough; if you are in the wine country area and are searching for a spectacular restaurant, Lucy is the perfect choice!
Heritage Oak – Alright lets talk about the most important meal of the day, breakfast. Now, if you saw my IG stories during our breakfast at Heritage Oak, I know you were secretly drooling as all the food looked so mouthwatering. The avocado toast was LOADED with scrambled eggs (normally comes with poached egg), pickled veggies, and arugula all on thick multi grain toast. I also ordered the hotcakes for the table to share, topped with California blue berries, maple syrup, pistachios, farina, crème fraiche, and local yogurt.
Protea – After our first wine tasting that day, we walked over to Protea Restaurant for some lunch, a Caribbean cuisine fast casual restaurant. We were greeted by the Executive Chef and Owner, Anita Cartagena. She recommended an array of items from their menu, including their famous Calabrian Chili and Potato Empanadas. After we had these empanadas, I could see why they are a popular menu favorite, they were DELICIOUS! Everything we ordered was top notch and we were definitely full by the time we left the restaurant.
What is one of my FAVORITE things about Yountville? Everything is pretty much within walking distance. So no extra cost for transportation is required! If you are not looking to walk the mile and a half from one end of Yountville to the other, they have the most adorable FREE trolley to help give you a ride. The trolley makes some pretty frequent stops throughout town or you can contact the driver directly for a ride.
Please note: the trolley was labeled for social distancing and was very clean. We were the only ones to ride the trolley that morning as it was a Monday and early in the day. The driver was so friendly and was wearing a mask for our duration of the trip.
JCB Collection – Now, if you are ready to experience something completely out of the ordinary and extravagant in wine country, look no further than the JCB Collection tasting room in Yountville. As soon as you walk into this tasting room you are moved with the creative and elaborate vision and design of Jean Charles Boisset.
From multiple hanging Baccarat Crystal chandeliers, to floor to ceiling high glass cases filled with exquisite and uniquely designed jewelry, your eyes will find something new each time. The wine bottles are beautifully designed, and they even have fully crystalized bottles on display. They also have some incredible gift options for the upcoming holidays that you can check out here.
Hill Family Estate – Just a 5 minute drive from our hotel in Yountville, the newly designed Hill Family Estate welcomed us for our last tasting of the day. This family run winery also has a tasting room located in downtown Yountville.
It was really exciting to get to visit the vineyards for this tasting experience. The area was set with two lounge areas for tastings with vineyards surrounding. They recently just planted an orchard as well next to two giant beautiful oak trees. Down a little path between the two oak trees is a private table for up to eight guests for group tastings.
Overall, our 24 hours in Yountville was a dream and made me fall in love with this town even more. Everywhere we went during our trip was great and socially distanced. We were truly able to enjoy our time in wine country. I cannot wait to get back to the town of Yountville and I hope you can experience a wine country getaway soon!