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The Poetry Inn has such a tranquil setting, nestled into the hillside above the Silverado Trail. The views stretch across the valley floor, and include the inn’s winery, Cliff Lede Vineyards, right below.
When the French Laundry won three Michelin stars in October, we celebrated with the wood-fired pizza from Redd Wood. It’s our go-to special-occasion pizza, made by our friend and neighbor Richard Reddington. The fresh mozzarella is simple and delicious; the mushroom and four-cheese are staff favorites.
Make an appointment to visit Wheeler Farms, a new winery and farm in St. Helena. After a tour of their flawless gardens and winery, taste their Accendo Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc with snacks made from whatever is fresh from the garden.
The Yountville boutique Forty Five Ten is the first California outpost of the Dallas shop and a favorite place for homewares and gifts that vary from the whimsical to the extravagant. The oversize Assouline coffee-table books, Jan Barboglio glassware, and Cozy Nomad vintage pillows often catch my eye.
Wake up early, grab a cup of good coffee, and take a stroll through the French Laundry Culinary Garden. I love to watch it come alive in the morning light as the American flag is raised and the day’s harvest begins.