Updated: May 11
Indeed, starting to make travel plans feels really good and provides a sense of getting back to normal again! As we look towards our first retreat this September, after having been postponed twice, we feel an even deeper appreciation for the freedom and ability to travel to see family, friends and amazing spots all over the place. It’s certainly been a tough stretch but… we are fortunate. And to be able to offer a soul-nourishing retreat in one of the most beautiful places in the world - grateful is just the tip of the iceberg.
To get you thinking about single-vineyard cabernets, world-class meals, views of harvest season from a cozy wine-tasting couch, we’ve captured a sample snapshot of what the valley can offer its visitors - before, during, and after our rejuvenating yoga retreat. It just might prompt you to crack open a bottle of Napa Valley wine with a loved one tonight. Let this also be an open invitation to look to us for any additional concierge services during your stay in Napa Valley (before or after the retreat). Put simply, we are passionate about the valley and all that it offers, so if we can make your extended stay incredibly memorable, that will put a smile on our faces. :)
Noon. Arrive at Hotel Yountville (if your room is not available for early check-in, then drop your luggage and grab one of the hotel’s complimentary bikes and cruise down to Southside Cafe for a quintessential Californian lunch (or late breakfast).
After lunch, to help localize your wine palate, pop over to the stunning RH Wine Vault & Tasting Room for a tasting of your choice - the classics of Napa and Sonoma - exceptional and rare single-vineyard wines - or, go all in with their tasting selection of coveted, cult wines of the area.
Then make your way back towards the hotel while sussing out all of the local sites: The French Laundry, galleries, outdoor art sculptures, artisan shops (Finesse, Heston), and tasting rooms (Hope & Grace, Trident) to earmark on your Yountville agenda.
Kick off the evening with some slow-flowing candlelit yoga with Chae at Hotel Yountville.
Celebrate the start of your wellness retreat with a nourishing and exceptional dinner at one of Yountville’s highly rated restaurants, RH Cafe (located next door to RH Wine Vault). Clink some glasses with friends and your hosts, Chae & Amy.
Head back to your cozy and luxurious room at Hotel Yountville and fall fast asleep, capping off your first day in the valley!
Early riser? Well, lucky you! Take a short walk up to Bouchon Bakery and beat the crowds for their 7am opening. Smells of croissants and other decadent treats will win your senses over immediately. And, guilt-free, because you’ve got an energizing yoga session coming up at 8am! Remember, ‘wellness’ also means letting yourself enjoy some occasional pleasures without the guilt. ;)
Post-croissant, get your body and mind moving and engaged with an energizing yoga flow with Chae.
Feeling fully refreshed, head over to B Cellars Winery just down the street in Oakville. Known for their Beckstoffer Vineyard wines, you’ll also be pretty wowed by their food pairing. The open-aired kitchen nestled in the heart of vineyards, organic gardens, and a chicken coop, puts out delicious bites created specifically to go with each wine.
Get into the magic hour vibe with a late afternoon yoga session with Chae.
Take a soak in the tub, pour a glass of wine, and drift off for a few before walking over to dinner at Bottega - a definite favourite with the locals.
Begin your day with some restoring yoga with Chae, followed by a scrumptious breakfast at Hotel Yountville. Their breakfast is the town’s best-kept secret serving such classics as avocado toast, in-house cured Scottish salmon on the world’s best english muffin, and seasonal omelettes using organic ingredients.
Now that you’ve exercised, enjoyed some breakfast, now is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the hotel’s cozy spa. Their Yountville Signature Experience uses Chardonnay (yes, please!) Wine Therapy products to help renew skin cells and collagen - so you get exfoliated, softened skin along with a 30 or 60-minute massage.
If a late lunch/small bite suits you, head over to Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro for their moules au safran or skip right to a tasting experience. There are well north of 400 wineries in the valley so it’s easy to get overwhelmed but hard to go wrong. Aonair, Cade, Reverie, Odette, Taylor Family, Davis Estates, Reguchi, Paraduxx, Nickel & Nickel are just a few to note - but there are so many more amazing spots.
And if there’s any time left and you’ve forgotten to pick up a Napa Valley souvenir for loved ones back home, head over to Kelly’s Filling Station (yes, it really is a gas station!!) where you can find some perfect gifts as you sip on one of their delicious espresso drinks. It might be the coolest gas station in the world.
For your last dinner if you want to go big - well - The French Laundry’s your spot. But Thomas Keller’s more casual (and more wallet friendly) Ad Hoc is a solid bet for a memorable family-style meal. Ciccio’s (across from that world-famous gas station) is a favourite with locals and visitors - pizza and pasta HEAVEN!!!!
So this is just a sliver of what one can do with a few days in Napa Valley. And paired with 3 days of thoughtful yoga sessions, scenes of fall, and the smells of harvest, it has all the trappings of a well deserved self-care holiday!
Click here to learn more about our September retreat.