A Winery-Lite Napa Trip: Where to Eat and Sleep

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Michael Chiarello’s Bottega restaurant. Photo © Bill Reitzel.
A Napa vacation isn’t just for wine fanatics, writer Benjamin Wallace discovers, as he and his moderation-minded wife experience everything else the valley has to offer.

Where to Stay


Eco-friendly Yountville hotel with a top-notch restaurant and artisanal bar.

Where to Eat

Azzurro Pizzeria e Enoteca

Newly expanded thin-crust-pizza specialist.


Regional Italian from chef Michael Chiarello.

Oxbow Public Market

Great cupcakes at Kara’s; top charcuterie at Fatted Calf.

What to Do

Alla Prima Studio

Plein air painting school with classes at vineyards.

Cameo Cinema

Nearly 100-year-old Art Nouveau movie theater and concert venue.

Getaway Adventures

Guided biking, kayaking and hiking trips.


Rutherford winery that makes a delicious, biodynamic, Bordeaux-style blend and has iconic vineyard views.

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