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Spas and Sipping in Yountville

by Debra Bokur

Jul 18, 2017
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While a mention of Napa Valley may just manifest a longing for a world-class glass of wine, the small town of Yountville in Northern California is also a perfect location for a relaxing spa-centric getaway. At the airy North Block Hotel on Washington Street (the main boulevard), the intimate Francis & Alexander Spa at North Block Hotel is located below street level, and offers a number of signature treatments that include Un-Corked. The 50-minute therapy is an indulgent foot and back exfoliation with freshly ground grape seeds, and a massage that combines the use of fingertips and corks. The hotel boasts Mediterranean architecture with elegant, beautifully appointed rooms opening to a central, fountained courtyard with a fireplace. Each of the 20 guestrooms (some with private fireplaces) features either a private balcony (upper level) or terrace (lower level), oversized bathrooms with heated floors, deep soaking tubs and separate rain showers, mini-fridges and espresso machines. A gated pool and hot tub open to the Napa Valley sky offers incentive for a swim and stargazing. On-site dining includes Redd Wood by acclaimed chef Richard Reddington. The menu offers handcrafted pasta dishes, wood-fired pizzas, plenty of wine choices and a selection of artisan cocktails.

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The lineup of tasting rooms in Yountville includes Stewart Cellars, conveniently located directly across the street from North Block. The family-owned and -operated small-batch winery features a central property of imposing stone buildings with a new Tasting Hall with soaring ceilings and sweeping, horseshoe-shaped tasting bar; plus a beamed Nomad Heritage Library with a terrace, gigantic wood-burning fireplace and an interior ambience that conjures an Old World explorer’s club. Relax and enjoy a private tasting from the collection of library vintages with Stewart Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and NOMAD Beckstoffer Las Piedras Cabernet Sauvignon, served up with cheeses and tasty small bites. Stewart Cellars also offers a Wine Club so you can get curated deliveries wherever you happen to be located. Reservations for tastings are required, but feel free to stop by the café counter at your leisure. Chef Sarah Heller serves up light to-go meals, fresh juices, delectable salads and fresh, yummy Belgium waffles.

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