Luxury Along Yountville’s Miracle Mile

Luxury Along Yountville’s Miracle Mile

Bardessono and The Estate In Yountville – Two Brilliant Gems

Vintage House Lobby

Once upon a time, in the heart of Napa Valley, there once was a small unknown village slightly off the beaten path called Yountville, long before Michelin Star restaurants, luxury hotels, charming little shops, and boutique winery tasting rooms. The town actually began when a small 11,887-acre parcel owned by the Mexican government awarded a land grant to George C. Yount in 1836. Yount was the first Euro-American to settle in these parts and was a true pioneer in planting vineyards in the Napa Valley. In the early days, part of Yountville was actually named Sebastopol, though after George Yount’s death in 1867, Sebastopol united with Yountville in honor of Yount’s life and the two communities became one in Napa County. 

The influence of the railroad coming in in 1886 brought new growth, and shortly thereafter newcomer Gottlieb Groezinger bought 20 acres and built one of the first wineries in the area with a barrel room & distillery in 1870, now known in the center of town as V Marketplace. Next, came the building of Yountville’s veterans home bringing more added life to this sleepy hamlet. In 1965, the Town of Yountville became the 4th incorporated community in the Napa Valley.  

Napa Valley’s first sparkling wine producer, Domaine Chandon opened their visitor center in 1977 along with the winery and the restaurant bringing notoriety to the region and proved to be instrumental in the continued wave of growth in Yountville. The expansion and popularity eventually put this famed “Miracle Mile” on the map as one of the most sought-after destinations to visit in wine country. The metamorphosis over the last several decades has transformed George Yount’s vision into an international tourist mecca. 

Often referred to as the “Culinary Heart” of the Napa Valley, Yountville is host to many renowned restaurants including Thomas Keller’s famed French Laundry. A few fun facts provided by the town of Yountville: 

2,933 – Yountville Population 

19 – Number of Tasting Rooms 

1,600 – Number of Restaurant Seats 

1 – Gas Station with great wine and hot dogs 

451 – Number of Hotel Rooms 

$466 – Average Room Rate 

$589 – Average Room Rate in October 


Along the main drag in Yountville, you will find many charming get-a-ways – inns, B&B’s, Hotels and resorts to indulge and pamper you for your stay while on your visit to this magical little town. Two of the grandest luxury properties in Yountville are the Bardessono Hotel and Spa, and The Estate, which includes both the Hotel Villagio and the Vintage House. 

The Bardessono comes with its own bit of history as it was built on the original home site of Yountville’s Bardessono family who relocated to the Napa Valley with their six children from the Piedmont region in Italy in 1926. John and Lucy bought the 20-acre parcel for a mere $14,000. Their extended family maintained the family compound until 1989 when part of it was sold off for residential development. There were five remaining acres in the Bardessono Brothers partnership, which is where the location of Bardessono Hotel and Spa stands today. 

This “Deep Green” property situated in the core of Yountville in its own private enclave is the LEED Platinum Certified Bardessono Hotel. There are 28 LEED-certified properties in the United States, all dedicated to building a smarter more sustainable future. “Bardessono makes a commitment to provide a luxurious experience for guests within a sustainable environment.” 

The developers of the hotel utilized over 10,000 square feet of salvaged wood, which they incorporated into the doors, flooring, walls of the guestrooms, spa, restaurant, and event space. Of the unique guestrooms and suites on the property, each offers its own individual space and personal sanctuary. They are described as a space for timeless indulgence, from the organic cotton bed linens to the hand-crafted bath products. Guest rooms are also equipped with leading technology including a virtual surround speaker system and media hub. Taking the pampering and first-class indulgence to new heights is their suite collection, which includes Spa-Suites, Steam-Spa Suites, Tufa Suites as well as customized ADA Suites.  

Upon your arrival at the Bardessono, the essence of tranquility and beauty is immediate, as you experience a welcome peacefulness from the Zen-like surroundings transcending throughout the property. There are numerous gardens, sculptures and water features adorned throughout every enclave around this stunning hotel’s grounds. It feels so private that your experience often makes you feel like you are the only guest there. Yet there are so many wonderful amenities to offer from this unique property. 

Lucy Restaurant at Bardessono

The Restaurant Lucy, named after the original proprietress of the property, Lucy Bardessono presents garden-style award-winning cuisine created by Executive Chef Nate Lindsay. Whether you are a guest at the hotel or visiting the Yountville for an evening, a stop at this stunning restaurant is a must on a to-do list. Lucy had a gift for farming and cultivated the grounds into a working farm in the 1920’s on the historic Bardessono grounds. Her passion for working the land with fresh farm produce inspired the ingredients utilized in Chef Lindsay’s stylized dishes. All the ingredients on The Lucy menus are from locally sourced purveyors and from the onsite certified organic gardens just steps from the restaurant. 

Bardessono Bloody Mary’s

One of the many stand-out features of Lucy Restaurant is the specialty Bloody Mary Cart where the bar’s talented mixologist creates a customized Bloody Mary to suit your tastes. The demonstration is a visual experience and worth the journey to the cart, where the “Liquid Artists” craft this specialty beverage from Platinum 7X Vodka, fresh tomatoes and garden garnishes and a few other delicious additions. 

Outdoor Bathtub and Shower at Bardessono

After your Bloody Mary, you may want to retreat back to your room for a dip in the Beer Bath Spa Treatment explicitly designed to enjoy in the privacy of your Bardessono guest room. A perfect treat for dad after a long day of sightseeing, wine tasting or golf. And of course, there is also an extensive Spa Menu for Mom as well. Their full-service spa was named top wellness spa in the US in 2017 by Organic Spa Magazine. 

Hotel Villagio

Centered in the middle of Yountville along a significant stretch of Washington Street is what is now known as The Estate in Yountville also known at Villagio. The expansive property extends just south of the French Laundry Gardens to the entry gateway to the south of town. Showcased along The Estate’s 22-acre compound is everything you can ask for in creating the perfect visitor experience. Nestled at each end of the expansive grounds are their two luxurious hotels, the Vintage House and the Hotel Villagio. You can also indulge in their newly renovated Spa or visit the neighboring winery tasting rooms – Silver Trident and JCB Tasting Salon. If it’s a bit of shopping that’s up your alley, a leisurely stroll through V Marketplace offers plenty of options for your Napa Valley treasures. 

Open for lunch and dinner is, renowned chef and TV Host, Michael Chiarello’s Bottega Restaurant. His inspired Italian / California cuisine has earned him many culinary accolades including Zagat, Top 10 by Forbes, Top 20 by Esquire, and Top 100 Bay Area by Michael Bauer. Also throughout The Estate’s property are numerous meeting, indoor and outdoor venues and pavilions for everything from weddings, corporate retreats as well as small and large convention facilities. With the new addition of their gathering retreats and intimate garden areas, they can transition from 2700-square feet of indoor meetings to 11,000-square feet of outdoor entertaining space. 

Vintage House Pool

The rebranding of the Estate began with the transformation and renovation of the Vintage House formerly the Vintage Inn where they began welcoming guests in October 2017. Bringing further luxurious updates is the welcoming of their newest additions with the Vineyard and the Pavilion, as well as a full-service bar with onsite entertainment in the newly built lounge and lobby at Hotel Villagio. 

Hotel Villagio Guest Room

The spacious guest rooms at both hotels offer luxurious adornments throughout including fireplaces, outdoor balconies, complimentary daily breakfast all welcoming visiting guests in a sophisticated, inviting retreat atmosphere. The Hotel’s Winery Partner Program offers guests special perks to many of the most sought-after wineries in the Napa Valley. 

Renovations to The Estate have been extensive, and no detail has been overlooked from the complete remodel including of all of the guest accommodations, the grounds, the spa, poolside cabanas, and much, much more. Everything you can imagine to make your visit to the Napa Valley memorable is at your beck and call, as The Estate has created a luxury playground along this Napa Valley promenade. 

A few of the unique guest experiences offered a The Estate are: 

Once Upon a Vine: A Guided vineyard tour and wine tasting at the Estate, sharing a sense of the heritage, culture and the history of Yountville 

Love is in the Air: A private helicopter tour over the Napa Valley 

The Art of Sabering: A lesson on the secrets of sabering a sparkling wine bottle from the masters at V Wine Cellars 

That’s Amore: Indulge in a culinary experience led by Yountville’s own Celebrity Chef Michael Chiarello 

Vintage House In Room Bar

This fabulous transformation of The Estate Yountville is slated as one of the most ambitious and grand renovations projects in the area. Their recent redevelopment efforts have contributed to an even more significant presence of this beautiful Napa Valley village along Yountville’s impressive Miracle Mile. 

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Brasswood Bar + Kitchen

Brasswood Bar + Kitchen

A Polished Gem in the Heart of the Napa Valley

Brasswood Bar + Kitchen – Amazing dining in the Napa Valley. With all of the amazing restaurants that are scattered throughout the Napa Valley and new ones popping up every day, it can sometimes be compelling selecting a dining spot for a special lunch or dinner out. This one is a spot to definitely put on your culinary radar. Brasswood Bar + Kitchen, though only opened two years ago in 2016, has already proven to be a refreshing renaissance serving many familiar flavors at this Napa Valley dining establishment.  A bevy of loyal patrons frequent the tables and have followed this loyal culinary entourage since their days at Tra Vigne. In fact, 85% of the current Brasswood team migrated over after the closing of Bill Harlan’s iconic St. Helena dining landmark Tra Vigne which served their well-known Italian dishes to dedicated valley patrons and visitors for many years in the historic Saint Helena old stone edifice.

Brasswood Chef David Nuno

At Brasswood, it is not uncommon at any time during the day to see signature Napa Valley winemakers and winery owners sitting at their favorite table breaking bread and sipping their favorite varietals over casual conversation. On the table to the right you may see KR of Rombauer, or over to the left Chuck Wagner of Caymus enjoying their favorite dishes, or Elias from Shafter and many more. They love to frequent Brasswood Bar + Kitchen for the distinct and familiar flavors of Chef David’s diverse menu in this relaxing, casual setting where they will always find a friendly face visiting their table. It is truly a “Vintners Village” again.

It was Stacia Dowdell, the proprietor and winemaker for Brasswood who approached Marcus Marquez, who is now the Vineyard Winery Estate General Manager, to spearhead the growth and development of the Brasswood Estate and is co-creator along with Stacia on it’s growing success and popular following. The timing for the creation of Brasswood Bar + Kitchen could not have been synergized more perfectly. Marcus met with the former Tra Vigne general manager Jennifer Bohr and Chef David Nuno to entice them to transition over to Brasswood’s upcoming restaurant. The segue was seamless, and they did not miss a beat, bringing along their dedicated team of restaurant professionals to complete the initial foundation of the troupe who have not only have they worked in tandem for many years, they are some of the very best in the industry.

Chef David Nuno has been creating and preparing his signature dishes in the Napa Valley for over 30 years and is known to many for his inspired cuisine. Though many of his popular dishes have transitioned over to Brasswood, they have taken on a new twist giving them their own new presence with a slightly different and renewed presentation. Chef David professes to only use the best and the freshest of Napa Valley ingredients.

Included in the extensive resume of Chef David’s epicurean experience in the Napa Valley are his many years at the helm at Tra Vigne as well as being mentored as a young chef by Philippe Jeanty for 17 years. However, his inspiration on his quest to create was instilled and inspired by the aromas and flavors of his mother’s food and ultimately led him to his path with cooking.

Signature Mozzarella Dish “Mozza”

One of the signature dishes which David Nuno brought along with him to the Brasswood tables is his notable mozzarella dish, nicknamed “Mozza.” Though you won’t see it in print on the daily menu, it is always available. Be sure to ask for it. Many have it has a side dish and or see it as their “go-to lunch” along with a simple salad at the bar, and it is definitely a local’s favorite. A few of the other dishes that are signature to David’s creations that are found on the Brasswood menu are Kale Salad; Sweet White Corn Soup; Crispy Arancini; Four Cheese Risotto and Confit of Sonoma Duck Leg; and the Dry Aged Porter House (for two). The menu does vary seasonally to coincide with the freshest of ingredients available, though his signature creations are a constant anchor on the Brasswood menu.

A few of the notable dishes that we had the delicious opportunity to taste are the Roasted Beet Salad with roasted beets, mandarins, radish, shaved ricotta salata, fennel, pistachios with orange vinaigrette dressing. (See recipe attached)

The Warm Brussel Sprout Salad proved a seasonal treat and is like breakfast for dinner. Prepared with shaved Brussels, smoked bacon, caramelized onion, salt pepper, olive oil, lemon juice topped with a sunny-side up egg and sprinkled Parmesan. The Herb Infused Pappardelle & Short Rib Sugo along with braised radicchio, aged balsamic, thyme and arugula paired with the Brasswood “Top Brass” Cab 2012 made it a memorable winner. Another brainchild of Chef David is the Pan Seared Halibut with homemade gnocchi, spring caponata, basil aioli, and fish brodo and is a not to miss dish.

When in season, be sure to ask for the Padron Peppers which he is well known for.

And the topper, of course, is their desserts, a perfect way to finish a perfect meal. They have just added to their top-notch team their first pastry chef, Mia Nguyen, formerly of Morimoto and Bouchon.

If a quick stop for an afternoon beverage is on your agenda, their inviting bar offers up an opportunity to catch up with friends over one of their signature House Cocktails, created by Assistant General Manager and Innovative Mixologist, Luke Christian. He creates all of the delightful concoctions offered at the Brasswood Bar. Several of these infused libations poured for your enjoyment is the “Herbs on Fire” – a blend of tru lemon vodka, fresh citrus, pomegranate, basil, rosemary, mint, llanllyr source fiery ginger beer or the “Sweet and Caliente” – Cimarron tequila, giffard cassis, lime, grapefruit, cilantro and jalapeno.

The Brasswood Bar + Kitchen’s atmosphere is warm and inviting in a barn-like intimate setting with big cozy booths and long tables under gleaming brass light fixtures for larger parties. The restaurants interior is accessorized with reclaimed wood and brass fixtures throughout, thus the inspiration for the name. Marcus wanted a name that brought you to a place that was a fantasy of food, wine, and relaxation. Their inviting covered outdoor seating is spread across a lovely deck overlooking the wineries beautifully landscaped courtyard. Many special events are hosted at the Brasswood Estate.

The common thread with the energy and philosophy of the Brasswood team is they always pride themselves on making it a personal experience. It is a dining and congregating experience not to be missed!

Brasswood Bar + Kitchen: 3111 St. Helena Hwy. N., St. Helena, CA 94574