Saturday we celebrated Hubbs’ birthday by exploring a town I’d never heard of, but which was so pleasant that I’m sure we’ll be back: Yountville. Just a quick 40 minute trip, and we reached the cute little downtown lined with little shops, an old train turned into a coffee shop, and plenty of public art.
We started out with lunch at an wonderful little bakery called Bouchon. (see the mushroom and fontina sandwich above left) Three minutes down the road we stopped at Jessup. Set in an art gallery, they offer the most impressive free tasting spread I’ve ever seen! (call for reservations before you go, and see the tasting spread above right.)
We also visited the Napa Style store and paninoteca, and tasted their homemade garlic potato chips as we browsed all the fun kitchen and tableware. I loved the silver spoon chandeliers (above left). Outside the shop was a beautiful garden to walk through, with brick paths, criss-crossing fountains and lots of photo ops.
So Yountville, way to exceed expectations. There’s more to see, and we’ll be back!