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Napa Valley’s Family Friendly Yountville

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Family Travel Adventure in Napa Valley's Yountville

by Jill Weinlein

Share family-friendly fun in Yountville with Jill and her family – hot air balloons, children’s parks, organic gardens, chicken coops, bee hives, French bistros, Swiss chocolates, trolley rides, and lots more. Here are her family-friendly favorites... what to do, what to see, and where to stay and eat while in Yountville, California.
Soar high above the Napa Valley.
The town of Yountville has a population of 2,933 and is located in Napa Valley’s wine country some 70 miles north of San Francisco. It’s a small town with a sophisticated lifestyle of restaurants, hotels and inns, spas, theater, and museum.

Yountville has one street that runs through town. My husband and our girls walked from the one end of Yountville to the other. Yountville Trolley offers a free door to door service through town with stops at city parks, restaurants and hotels.  It loops around downtown about every 30 minutes - Monday through Sunday except major holidays.

Yountville Trolley

(707) 944-1234

Treat your kids to a Trolley Ride.


We picked up a picnic from Bouchon Bakery on our way to one of the city’s parks. Yountville has seven parks and trails located throughout the city. The Yountville Community Park is on the north end at a trolley stop. There are climbing structures, a tire swing, and toddler area that will keep your little ones entertained.

Walking south from the park to Washington Street is the French Laundry’s Garden. It's fun for young and old to stroll about the three-acre garden filled with plots of exotic vegetables, all used in the preparation of the restaurant’s fabulous cuisine. 


Hot Air Balloon Rides
Treat your family to a once in a lifetime experience - soaring high above the Napa valley countryside in a hot air balloon at sunrise. It’s exhilarating, well worth the early morning getup call. A scrumptious brunch is offered as a special end to an amazing adventure.  
6525 Washington St.
(707) 944-4400
French Laundry's Garden
Stroll through a 3-acre garden, full of edible vegetables.
Take your family on a
free self-gu
ided tour of this restaurant’s three-acre garden with plots of broccoli, beets, garlic, cucumbers, cabbage, peas, asparagus, tomatoes, lettuce, leeks, turnips and more – all pesticide free.  Our girls were especially fond of the chicken coop - happy chickens laying farm fresh eggs. But it was the bee hive that provided endless conversation during dinner.
6640 Washington St.

The chickens were a highlight of the garden tour.
Pacific Blues Café offers a relaxed atmosphere with an affordable menu. The grilled natural burger with fries is popular with the kids.
6525 Washington St.
(707) 944-4455

The French Laundry with top chef, Thomas Keller provides a special and unique dining experience for mom and dad with multi-course lunches and dinners. Reservations are required and dining can be expensive.
6640 Washington St.
(707) 944-2380

Bouchon Bakery
oSavor the culinary delights of Yountville. vides sandwiches, salads, quiches, pastries and cookies. It’s a perfect spot to pick up picnic items to take to one of Yountville’s many parks.
6528 Washington St.
(707) 944-2253

Bouchon Bistr
o prepares authentic French Bistro dishes, like Croque Madame, grilled ham & cheese on brioche with a fried egg and Mornay sauce and served with frites - a favorite with our family.
6534 Washington St.
 (707) 944-8037

NapaStyle Panino
teca Cafe is a small open kitchen located in the back of the gourmet cookware store. Our family watched as fresh-pressed hot and cold Panini were prepared. Seasonal salads and antipasti plates are also available to enjoy outside on the patio or taken to go.
6525 Washington St.

(707) 945-1229

Redd-Wood is casual and comfortable, serves wood-fired pizzas, homemade pastas and locally grown salads and is
open all day - breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our family especially liked the courtyard and its views.
6755 Washington St.
(707) 299-5030.
Bouchon Bakery provides the best picnics for a Napa family outing.

Kollar Chocolates offers  sweet treats including the most beautiful selections of Chocolates, Gelato, Espresso coffee and Truffles, but also a chance to watch the artisan chocolatier perform his craft.
6525 Washington St.
(707) 738-6750.


Vintage Inn is located in Yountville and walking distance to the restaurants, parks, and shops. Rooms have balconies, private garden patios, wood-burning fireplaces, whirlpool bathtubs and WiFi. Your family will find plenty of activities including a heated swimming pool, tennis courts, hiking, cycling, hot air ballooning, touring the art galleries and shopping.

6541 Washington St.
(707) 944-1112

Go ahead and get tempted with the chocolates at Kollar.
Napa Valley Lodge is the only hotel in Yountville that sits in the middle of a vineyard and surrounded by acres of Cabernet Sauvignon grape vines. Our family enjoyed our room with the views of the vineyard along with the warmth of the fireplace. There’s a community park with a play ground across the street. Ours girls were the first to jump into the heated pool and whirlpool spa. There is a bocce ball court and fitness room. The lodge offers free Wi-Fi, a complimentary breakfast buffet, free fresh-baked cookies, and hot tea and coffee in the lobby. My husband and I especially enjoyed the complimentary evening wine tasting from a local winery.

2230 Madison St.
(707) 944-2468


Yountville Chamber  of Commerce:
Napa Valley's Visitor's Guide:
Town of Yountville:


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