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Napa and Sonoma Travel Guide

Yountville

These days Yountville is something like Disneyland for food lovers. It all started with Thomas Keller's French Laundry, one of the best restaurants in the United States. Now Keller is also behind two more casual restaurants a few blocks from his mother ship—and that's only the tip of the iceberg. You could stay here for a week and not exhaust all the options in this tiny town with a

big culinary reputation.

Yountville is full of small inns and luxurious hotels catering to those who prefer to be able to stagger a short distance home after a decadent dinner. But it's also well located for excursions to big-name Napa wineries. Near Yountville, along the Silverado Trail, the Stags Leap District helped put Napa on the wine-making map with its big, bold Cabernet Sauvignons. Volcanic soil predominates on the eastern slopes of Stags Leap, apparent from the towering volcanic palisades and crags hovering over the vineyards.

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