Napa Valley is where Luis' sister Jo lives and in addition to seeing the giant trees at Sequoia National Park, visiting his sister was another main reason for a trip to California this year. The kids really liked getting to know their aunt which was a true highlight for them.
We had a lovely time exploring the streets and shops. Yountville is a relaxed and happy place, not to mention absolutely beautiful! Every season something is ripening here, making the scenery a gorgeous landscape that looks like a painting every where you look.
Yountville is also known for its school programs. Most of the restaurants participate with area schools to fund huge food growing projects and huge gardens have been planted at most schools. The gardens teach the kids about healthy eating, respect for farming, and organic lifestyles. Growing food is actually part of Yountville curriculums!
Someday we'll have to come back for one of the food festivals. All the local farms participate and it's like one giant mecca of fresh, local foods of every kind. Jo told me we can pretty much eat our way through the festival! Sounds terrific!
When we first started talking about California the kids had one thing on their mind, visiting the jelly belly jelly Bean factory.