At the Apple Farm, sleep in wooden cottages surrounded by one of the valley’s last major orchards. Sally and Don Schmitt, founders of the French Laundry, the legendary restaurant in Yountville, California, run the farm with their daughter and son-in-law. As part of a Farm Weekend stay, which includes four cooking classes, guests learn how to make braised rabbit with polenta in peanut-mole sauce, wine-glazed squid, cauliflower soufflé with brown butter, and other delectable dishes.
From $175 (Farm Weekends from $1,800 per couple), 18501 Greenwood Road, Philo, (707) 895-2333, philoapplefarm.com. This appeared in the May/June 2011 issue.