EPISODE 2: Wine & Hot Air Balloon Rides in Yountville, California
Join Aaron & Ana for wine tasting, a hot air balloon ride, the Yountville Veteran's Home, and more as we explore the small town of Yountville, located in the heart of California wine country in Napa Valley.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
01:30 - Alpha Omega Winery
05:12 - Girard Winery
09:13 - Sookie Walk
10:09 - Hot Air Balloon check in
13:22 - the Ride begins
24:02 - downtown Yountville & lunch at Protéa
29:08 - Cemetery & Ancient Indian Burial Grounds
30:22 - Yountville Veteran's Home
Check out the full Balloon Ride Adventure, which includes more behind the scenes with the chase crew!
Here are links to some of the places and services in the episode:
Napa Valley Aloft (hot air balloon rides):
Girard Winery (vegan):
Alpha Omega Winery (vegan):
Yountville Veterans Home:
Napa Valley Travel Guide
I return to the west coast of the United States; to California's most prestigious valley to get to know a side of Napa not many see. Behind the vineyards and the prestigious estates, exists the transplants who came to perfect their craft and create a culture where a new home, art and wine coexist.
+ Intro - 1:07
+ Napa town - 1:58
+ Paper Napan Tour - 2:31
+ Rail Arts District (RAD) - 3:05
+ Chef Nash Cognetti - 6:56
+ Tra Vigne Restaurant - 7:17
+ Napa River Inn - 10:09
+ Hot air balloon ride (Napa Valley Aloft) - 10:34
+ Burgess Cellars - 12:00
+ Outro - 13:25
(+) Special thanks to Visit Napa Valley for sponsoring the making of this episode.
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+ Tra Vigne Restaurant -
+ Napa Valley Aloft Balloons -
+ Burgess Cellars -
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12 AMAZING Things to do in Yountville, California: Napa Valley Travel Guide
Yountville is most definitely Napa Valley’s friendliest town and has some incredible wine, food, wellness and hospitality! I flew up for a fun-filled 48 hours in lovely Yountville and have put together a travel guide with some wonderful suggestions on how to spend your time in #YountvilleCA
1. Art Walk, stroll Yountville.
#Yountville is that rare gem in #NapaValley where you can actually do a ton on foot! Take advantage of this major convenience in Yountville and bounce around the wine tasting rooms, shops, hotels and restaurants all while taking in some wonderful art!
2. Stay at Hotel Yountville
This was my second time staying at Hotel Yountville and I absolutely loved it! The rooms are fabulous, the staff is so accommodating and they have expanded to quite an impressive property!
3. Cocktails by the pool at Hotel Yountville
This is the perfect way to wind down from a busy day or get the party started! You will most likely be drinking a lot of wine, so I thoroughly enjoyed the variety and creativity of the cocktail menu.
4. Dinner at RH Restaurant at RH Hardware
RH Restaurant is part of the five-building RH Yountville Compound, an integration of food, wine, art and design. Get ready for jaw-dropping moments and excellent eats and vino!
5. Hot Air Balloon Ride
This has been on my bucket list for over a decade, so I was thrilled to finally go on a #hotairballoon ride! Hotel Yountville offers a package with Napa Valley Aloft. This is a great way to see Napa Valley from a completely different perspective. Be ready to wake up early!
6. Stay at Hotel Villagio
Another wonderful hotel to stay at in Yountville is Hotel Villagio. This is an impressive property with a wonderful breakfast buffet, lots of communal areas, fun photo ops at a little vineyard next door, a great bar and beautiful spa. There is also a fun house jeep that can drop you at dinner.
7. Breakfast Buffet at Hotel Villagio
Don't miss the most important meal of the day!
8. Spa Day at Spa at the Estate
Let's be honest, drinking wine and eating awesome food is hard work! You deserve a break!
9.. Lunch at Coqueta Napa Valley
Coqueta means “flirt” or “infatuation” in Spanish, and let me tell you Michael Chiarello and his team represented! This was a total highlight of my time in Yountville and the food is killer! I highly suggest starting off your meal with their house gin and tonic.
10. Wine and Cheese Tasting at Silver Trident Winery
When you visit Silver Trident Winery, you feel like you are walking into your Aunt's home in Tuscany and enjoying wine and cheese with family. This aunt also has impeccable taste because everything is exclusively Ralph Lauren Home and available for purchase!
11. Wine Tasting at Handwritten Wines
Evocative wines, elevated vineyards and a truly unique #winetasting experience. This was my first stop upon landing in Napa Valley and a fantastic way to kick off my trip! The private tasting room is beautiful and this is a truly special opportunity to gain an education about wine and wine tasting. And the wines are so good!
12.. Dinner at Lucy Restaurant and Bar at Bardessono
If you can't stay at Bardessono, then a meal at Lucy is the next best thing! The food is phenomenal, the service is perfection with some of the best voices I've ever heard (legit these guys could all have a side hustle as voice-over artists), and you can enjoy a stroll around the property. Oh and be sure to visit the bathroom, I can never pass up a Japanese toilet.
I hope you enjoyed my #travelvlog and Napa Valley #travelguide through Yountville, CA. This place truly has my heart and I can't wait to go back!
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