Travel: The Haut-de-Gamme Vacation You Deserve in Yountville

Yountville CA Garden
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This summer, escape to Yountville, CA for luxurious experiences you won’t soon forget.
Possess your own restaurant for a night and its star-studded chef; dip into an enticingly exotic spa experience; commandeer a hot air balloon for a private tour with views all the way to the Bay; reign over a winery for a day and depart with a half-barrel of wine that they create, or immerse themselves in chocolate alongside their own personal chef.  Or simply lounge away their vacation at a dramatic rooftop pool with vineyard views.
Set apart from the hustle of the Valley’s main highway, Yountville is decadently cosseting. This hideaway village boasts a stellar culinary scene (including a halo of Michelin stars), the ideal base for wine lovers, and lodging from the indulgent Bardessono to the French-chic Maison Fleurie.  In Yountville, even driving is not required because everything is walking distance.
Check out these special experiences:
Cliff Lede’s BYOB (Blend Your Own Barrel) experience
$25,000 per couple
A two night stay at Poetry Inn
10 cases per couple of a signature BYOB blend
Custom label design
Transportation via limousine during your stay
All meals during the experience
Cost of domestic shipping for wine (to be shipped in late 2015)
Redd Napa Valley is all yours!
$12,300 (+ beverages)

Invite a six-year Michelin-starred chef to cook dinner for you and your special someone when you buy out his Yountville restaurant for a night.  Acclaimed Chef Richard Reddington creates an unforgettable food and wine experience.
Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Napa Valley / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Napa Valley Aloft –Your Own Private Balloon
From $1200 for two

Experience luxurious solitude as you float across the beautiful landscape of Napa Valley’s wine country in your private basket for two.  Check-in starts with pastries from Yountville’s noted Bouchon Bakery, followed by a bottle of Domaine Chandon Champagne in your basket to toast whatever special occasion you wish to celebrate, or simply celebrate romance itself!  The experience ends with a private sit down brunch.
Bardessono’s ‘Taste the Day Away’ Overnight
$1,495 –  $2,245 per couple
The chic Bardessono has partnered with Beyond The Label and Mr. Doug White to curate an intimate tour of the vintners, wines and food of the Napa Valley. Dream the night away at Bardessono, California’s first and only LEED Platinum certified hotel and enjoy a sumptuous food and wine stay.
Spa Villagio’s Signature Suite Experiences

Elegantly appointed with fireplaces, oversized sunken jetted soaking tubs, steam showers, wet bars, flat screen televisions, Bose sound systems and private terraces, our Spa Suites make indulgence an art.
$1150 per couple

A 3.5 hour romantic ritual of pleasure begins with an exotic foot wash ritual, a ceremony symbolizing the cleansing of life’s tensions. Next, an exfoliating body treatment of shea butter and rice, then the ultimate soothing sensual bath featuring aphrodisiac aromas. Pampering continues with an Arabian oil infused massage and envelopment with sweet aromas of myrrh, amber and sandalwood creating a magical romantic mood.
$575 per person / 3.5 hours
Copper culinary trinkets from Hestan Vineyards
$325 and up

The owner of Hestan Vineyards is also the CEO of Meyer Corporation, one of the world’s largest cookware producers, including the artisanal Ruffoni copper cookware in Milan.  As is befitting of an international culinary destination, Hestan showcases the largest selection of the Ruffoni copper in the US. The gorgeous copper and porcelain Fondue Set is easily packable and a must for that once-a-year fondue ($325). Even renowned chef Daniel Boulud owns a vintage-style casserole from Ruffoni’s Historia Decor line. You could, too.  At $400, it can be used in the oven but also makes a stunning presentation piece.
What would life be without chocolate?
$300 (1-4 guests)
Dip into an exclusive private chocolate workshop at artisanal Kollar Chocolates where you create hand-rolled dark chocolate truffles alongside Chef Kollar himself.



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