A Touch of France in Yountville, California

The town of Yountville is located along California Highway 29 about 56 miles/ 90 km north of San Francisco. With Calistoga to the north and Napa to the south, Yountville is truly in the heart of Wine Country.

The town was named after George Calvert Yount in 1867, two years after his death. In the 1830s, Yount was considered one of the first settlers in the area to plant wine grapes in Napa Valley.

Public Art Walk Along Washington Street

“Chaos Pamplona” by Jedd Novatt
“48” Orange Sphere” by Ivan McLean
“Rock Mushroom Garden” by Rich Botto
“Marigold” by Troy Pillow
“Phoenix” by Andrew Carson

Award-winning Restaurants

Chef Philippe Jeanty of Epernay, France opened Bistro Jeanty in 1998:

Signs on the windows indicate they serve cassoulet, saumon fumé, bouillabaisse, paté de lapin…

soupe de poissons, crème brûlée, steak frites, moules au pastis!

Chef Thomas Keller opened The French Laundry in 1994. Since 2007, it has been a Michelin 3-star restaurant:

Can you see the restaurant sign? I can’t, so let’s zoom in:

Its unassuming exterior means that you could miss the award-winning restaurant if you blink or drive past it too quickly. Which is exactly what we did…

That’s The French Laundry to the right:

Chef Thomas Keller opened Bouchon Bistro in 1998:

V Marketplace

The Groezinger Winery was built in 1870 and operated as a winery through 1955. In 1968, it was converted into an upscale retail location. There are tasting rooms, restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques surrounded by a picnic garden. A popular hot air balloon company launches from an adjacent lot near V Marketplace.

Two restaurants owned by Chef Michael Chiarello, Bottega and Ottimo:

Keep walking through the courtyard (above) and you’ll arrive at the beautiful picnic garden. Here’s my favorite flower, the white rose:

Pioneer Yount School Bell

This bell hung from Pioneer Yount School from 1890 to 1947. Today, it is in front of Yountville’s City Hall.

If you need to send someone a postcard, you can drop it off here:

For more information:

Yountville Welcome Center

These photos were taken by my older daughter and me during our family’s day trip to Napa Valley on New Year’s Day 2017. 🍇


  1. I didn’t know that there was a French-inspired city in California! I knew of the French Laundry, but I had no idea that it was located here. The street art looks quirky and lovely, and it’d be a great getaway within my home state! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    1. Glad you liked the art; they were quirky and delightful. 😊 As more and more places open up, I hope to take more day trips like this one. You’re right – there are so many wonderful places to visit and discover within our home state!

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  2. This place looks right up my street! It’s interesting that one can find France everywhere. When we were in South Africa, last year, we visited the winelands near Cape Town and there was a ‘French’ town there called Franschhoek.

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    1. Franschhoek sounds fascinating- I recall in one of your posts about it being the culinary capital of the Cape, too. I’d love to visit Africa someday. Thanks for sharing!

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