Nestled in the heart of the Napa Valley, the small, walkable  town of Yountville offers luxe lodging from cozy to indulgent, the only hot air ballooning launch in Napa Valley, five sites on the National Register of Historic Places, unique shopping, golf, art galleries and performing arts, plus a constellation of Michelin stars and renowned restaurants. Go to http://yountville.com to plan your getaway.

Celebrated chef Thomas Keller has just opened a state-of-the art new kitchen at his famed French Laundry after spending $10 million on an extensive renovation to the Napa Valley restaurant.