The tiny town of Yountville is nearly equidistant to Napa and St. Helena. While it may be a small town, its sophistication towers. Celebrated chefs and restaurants have conspired to make Yountville the “Culinary Capital of the Napa Valley.” For a town whose population is less than 3,000, you’ll discover a bustling hamlet of superb dining, entertaining activities, premium wineries and shopping adventures.

In 1870, immigrant Gottleib Groezinger purchased 20 acres in the newly-formed town and built a winery, barrel room and distillery. These expansive stone buildings still exist today and serve as home to a wide variety of shops and restaurants. Dubbed the V Marketplace, it is a charming and eclectic destination to find treasures of all sorts.

Another point of Yountville pride: The Veterans Home of California, the largest facility of its kind in the United States, which has been in operation since 1884. Home to a population of some 1,200 veterans who collectively represent service from the days of WWII up through today, it is also the town’s largest employer.

Yountville citizens take great pride in the town’s charm, friendliness and colorful history. For those seeking a country vibe, it is certainly worth an inspection.