Yellow hot air balloon flying over vast fields of vineyards in Napa Valley

What to Do in Yountville

February 20, 2020
Arts & Culture

When you ride the Napa Valley Wine Train you get to experience some of the most uniquely beautiful views of Napa Valley, including the gorgeous wine country views of Yountville, a charming town rooted in the history of Napa Valley and California winemaking. While the Wine Train allows you to make the most of your trip to Napa, we invite you to stay and explore all the region has to offer. Our hotel and train packages make it easy to plan a Napa Valley getaway and with our tips on things to do in Yountville, your dream Napa Valley vacation will be ready to go!


Yountville is a food-lover’s paradise. Michelin-starred chef Thomas Keller has several outstanding establishments in Yountville—Bouchon, his fine-dining French Bistro, and Ad Hoc, a more casual restaurant with a menu that changes daily. If you’re a planner, add The French Laundry to your list—the waitlist to reserve a table at the three-Michelin-starred restaurant can be up to one year long. If you love Italian cuisine, Bottega Napa Valley is a must. From their comfortable, stately patio to their impeccable service, you’ll feel at home and be fed like royalty.

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Locals love Bistro Jeanty, a quaint, family-run French bistro serving Provençal classics like coq au vin and cassoulet. For a memorable lunch in the California sun, get yourself to the bright and airy R+D Kitchen to dine on creative dishes like an Ahi Tuna burger, barbecue beef ribs, and cashew kale salad. For a taste of California, enjoy the farm-to-table menu at Brix which changes daily to make the best use of fresh, seasonal dishes.


Your first stop for shopping in Yountville is The Shops at the Marketplace. The attractive indoor shopping center houses local shops and galleries including Kollar Chocolates and Tay & Grace. Foodies won’t want to miss Ottimo!, the kitchenware and culinary shop from Bottega’s Chef Michael Chiarello. In case you haven’t discovered enough wines on your Napa Valley Wine Train tour, or are looking to take home a few of your new favorites, head to Ma(i)sonry.


If it’s relaxation you’re after, book a treatment at Spa Villagio, the beautiful European spa located in the heart of downtown. The beautiful atmosphere featuring waterfalls, reflecting pools, fireplaces, and beautiful natural elements is almost as soothing as their signature body scrubs.

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Now that you’ve seen Napa Valley by rail why not see it by air? Napa Valley Balloons take off from Yountville and give you an unforgettable bird’s eye view of the stunning vineyards and mountain vistas of the area as you soar blissfully in a hot air balloon.

For those looking to explore on foot, the Art Walk is the way to do it. Take a self-guided tour through the heart of Yountville and discover the more than 65 outdoor sculptures proudly displayed throughout the town. To further your art exploration visit Gallery 1870 to view their eclectic collection of traditional and contemporary art.


For a quiet, quaint escape, rest your head at the boutique inn Maison Fleurie, and lounge in French-inspired rooms set in vine-covered stone buildings, feast on the daily decadent breakfast buffet, or relax by the outdoor pool. If it’s opulence you’re after, book into Bardessono Hotel & Spa, a luxurious LEED Platinum-certified resort retreat steps from the heart of Yountville.

Check out our hotel and train packages for more hotel options in Napa Valley.

Spend a day or two in Yountville and you’ll realize that there’s so much more to Napa Valley than just wine! Laidback yet luxurious, friendly and fuss-free, we think you’ll fall in love with Yountville on your Napa Valley vacation.

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