Yountville, CA’s Upscale Explosion
Published: August 2009
By Jaime Gross
Thomas Keller’s French Laundry put this pint-size California town on the culinary map—and now it’s got good company.
Bardessono: Spread over six acres of vineyards, this modern inn has a rooftop
lap pool, 62 earth-toned guest rooms with private patios, and plenty of eco cred: it’s built
with reclaimed wood and clad in solar panels. Doubles from $450.
Hotel Luca: Twenty bright and airy guest rooms and the Tuscan-inspired
Cantinetta Piero restaurant make up this intimate hotel, set to open this fall. Doubles from $295.
Food + Wine
Bottega: In a low-key dining room with wood-beamed ceilings and
Venetian-plaster walls, former Food Network chef Michael Chiarello reinvents rustic southern
Italian fare with dishes such as grilled quail and black-olive sausage. Dinner for two $88.
Girard Winery: Drop by the concrete bar at Girard’s tasting room and order
a flight of its award-winning wines. Or reserve a private tasting paired with small bites
(Ewephoria Dutch Gouda; duck foie gras mousse).
Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley: Looking for an 18th-century silver candelabra? How about
a vintage Eames chaise longue? The whimsical boutique, which doubles as a gallery and wine-tasting
salon, stocks an eclectic collection of unconventional art, antiques, and furniture.