When you don't drink alcohol, one might wonder why head to the Napa Valley on vacation? But the reality is, Napa Valley offers a great foodie getaway for those who prefer NOT to visit wineries (gasp!).
A recent excursion to the Napa Valley featured a stay at Hotel Yountville and this was truly an unexpected surprise. While the hotel gets top ratings on TripAdvisor, we haven't always found this to be a reliable resource for luxury travelers who want top-notch accommodations. Upon arrival, we were checked in quickly and then had to make our own way to our room a few buildings away from the registration building. The room — a Premium King Suite — was stunning, but right outside our door were the makings of a construction site where they were starting to build a new fitness center. While the front desk couldn't assure us there wouldn't be any banging, hammering, and yelling at 8 a.m. because they had no clue about the schedule of the contractors, they were easily able to move us to a Premium King Suite in another building so we didn't have to worry about the possibility of noise.
The rooms here are stunning. Our suite had a beautiful deep bathtub in our bedroom (our original suite had a tub in the bathroom), an amazing bathroom with a rain head shower and spacious closet, a king-size four-poster bed outfitted with sheer curtains, plenty of furniture and room to move around, and a decor that is relaxing, elegant, and stylish.
When we arrived in our suite, the iHome clock radio was playing Bedtime Beats® which was a wonderful classical music loop we kept on for most of our stay. While our room basically overlooked neighboring apartments, the lovely plantings and landscaping of the hotel ensured we saw treetops from our balcony when viewed from inside.
All of the amenities you could want in your room were there: coffeemaker, fridge, iHome dock, and iron and ironing board, and a big flat screen television we never put on. And just outside was a wonderful swimming pool and Hopper Creek Kitchen which offered some of the most amazing breakfasts I have ever had. My favorite was Bernice’s Hotcakes with Crème fraiche, maple syrup, blueberries, and California pistachios. My husband enjoyed the Hopper Creek Kitchen Benedict with a generous portion of crispy pork belly, toasted brioche, soft poached farm eggs, and bearnaise.
The property also features Spa AcQua, for those who want to indulge in some treatments (we did not) and is located directly downtown on Washington Street so downtown Yountville is literally an easy stroll away.
Why is this so important? Because if you are coming to Napa to eat on a foodie getaway — and Yountville is truly the mecca of fine dining in the Napa Valley — some of the top restaurants are just down the street. Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc + Addendum plus his infamous The French Laundry and Bouchon. And these are just the tip of the iceberg. One can eat well here in Yountville. Very well. Think Chef Michael Chiarello's Bottega Napa Valley, Morimoto Napa, and many more. Just as Napa might be amazing wine in excess, you'll find great food in excess here as well.
Don't miss an opportunity to dine at Ad Hoc + Addendum. The menu changes daily and four-courses are served family style so you don't really have a choice in what you can eat. But when the menu features their renown Buttermilk Fried Chicken with an add-on of Lobster Pot Pie and sundaes with four sauces and toppings, who really cares?
Napa Valley is so much more than wine. It's got great shopping at the Napa Valley Outlets, stunning nature, the Culinary Institute of America where you can dine or tour, craft beer breweries, and, of course, amazing culinary options for those who love a foodie getaway. Get your camera phone ready because you'll be taking lots of food photos to share on social media!