What do you do when you find yourself with a darling home in Yountville for the night, and all of a sudden your favorite gal pal can’t make it as originally planned? You might be sad about it for a little bit, but then you put your big girl boots on and decide to have a wonderful day and evening to yourself!
My adorable home for the night was walking distance to all of the fabulous restaurants and wineries in Yountville. No need to ever use your car once you are in this charming town, because you can eat and drink to your heart’s content.
On this particular trip I decided to re-visit a few places that I’ve enjoyed in the past, starting with a fun lunch spot in Calistoga.
The restaurant is Solbar….located at the Solage Resort on the Silverado Trail. The menu is full of delicious and healthy items and the cocktails are unique and yummy as well. The atmosphere is beautiful, and the people watching is great!
You can even play some bocce ball if you have time.
I seriously could have enjoyed the entire afternoon at Solbar sipping more delicious cocktails, such as this one, a cucumber infused martini….. but I had other things I wanted to do so I had to wrap things up and get on my way. Very serious things… such as shopping.
My next stop was the charming town of St. Helena. It was definitely a luxury being able to shop alone in the wine country for an afternoon.
After working up a bit of an appetite for dessert, I decided to pop into Model Bakery to sample a few cookies. I definitely recommend sampling a few because one is just not enough!
After being out in the valley for over four hours it was time to head back to Yountville to rest up for dinner. Well… kind of rest.
I was in the wine country after all and I had to do a bit of wine tasting, right? I headed to one of my favorites, Hope and Grace on Washington St, right in the heart of Yountville. Delicious wines and amazing customer service….Chloe is my favorite wine expert behind the tasting counter.
Another favorite winery in Yountville is Maisonry…..nice selection of wines, but I love the ambiance and the beautiful outdoor space most of all.
After a bit of wine tasting it was time for dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in Yountville…..Bottega.
After the hostess showed me to my table, which I didn’t like, because it was way too secluded from the action, I decided to ask for a seat at the bar. You can typically never go wrong at the bar. I have to say, more times than not, my husband and I always choose the bar for the fun vibe and because it is always such a social place. We always meet fun people, and when traveling, it is especially fun because you meet people from all over. I
The next morning I walked down to the Bouchon Bakery to have a cup of coffee and a chocolate croissant. The line is normally very long, but if you get there early enough you don’t have to deal with the crowds.
After a delicious morning treat I was off for a walk along one of my favorite country roads in Yountville…..Yount Mill Rd.
Very little traffic, peaceful, and beautiful scenery. This was just what I needed to end my wonderful stay in Yountville and a great way to burn off some gnocchi and cocktails from the night before.
I hope this post inspires you to make your own plans for a solo mini getaway.
What are your favorites in Yountville?
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