One perfect day in Yountville, CA

Visit this this quaint, upscale town during Napa Valley's off-season for great deals on lodging, wine tasting, and small-town R&R.

Sara Schneider

Your best ride by a mile
The first stretch of the Napa Valley Vine Trail is a glimpse into what wine country could be: a workout of something other than your car's brake pads. The mile-long path zips past the French Laundry garden and the V Market-place. Completion is a ways off, so stretch your route by coming in from the north, then dipping under State 29 at the south end, turning left on the frontage road.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch
The new Somerston tasting room fronts a ranching operation in the Vaca Mountains, with sheep and gardens along with Cabernet and Merlot vines. Tables made from reclaimed wood bring a sense of the place to downtown, as does the gravelly power of the Somerston Estate Red. From $10; 6490 Washington St.;

Make it a weekend
The oversize jet tubs, steam showers, and loaner bikes at newly reborn Hotel Yountville are a steal this time of year. And the (comparatively) affordable Taste of Spa AcQua treatment ($95/30 minutes) is pampering at the right price. We recommend hot stones and bergamot oil ($205/75 minutes). From $259; 6462 Washington St.;

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