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Napa Valley Like a Local: 5 Recommendations from Ryan MacDonnell & Emilio Alvarez

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Ryan MacDonnell and Emilio Alvarez are longtime residents of the Napa Valley, where they work together on the olive oil cultivation at 450-acre Round Pond Estate. They’re both raising families here and share an appreciation for the area’s communal vibe and its abundance of kid-friendly outdoor activities and restaurants. We asked them to divulge some off-the-beaten-path recommendations, from a local sandwich institution to bike trails for cyclists of all levels.
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Napa, CA, USA
“I'm a cyclist and I love the scenery in the Napa Valley,” says Emilio Alvarez, mill master at Round Pond Estate. “If I'm feeling a little tired, I’ll just ride from Rutherford to Napa for a cup of coffee. But if I have the time and am feeling...
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6770 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
“Ciccio is a small cozy restaurant in Yountville, where you’ll find the chef, Polly, making the pizzas and other dishes herself most nights,” says Ryan MacDonnell, co-owner of Round Pond Estate. “The staff is unbelievably friendly, so much so that...
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St Helena, CA 94574, USA
“I have been going to Giugni’s since I was 16 and I know it’s been around a lot longer than that,” says Ryan MacDonnell, co-owner of Round Pond Estate. “This tiny deli is tucked away in an unassuming location on Main Street in St. Helena. Get...
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Lake Hennessey, California 94574, USA
“Moore Creek Park is probably our favorite trail by Lake Hennessey, as the swimming hole at the end provides the perfect reward after a long arduous hike through the woods,” says Ryan MacDonnell, co-owner of Round Pond Estate. “If you want...
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St Helena, CA 94574, USA
“I really like taking my family to Pizzeria Tra Vigne in St. Helena,” says Emilio Alvarez, mill master at Round Pond Estate. “It has something for everyone. The pizza is delicious, but so are the salads and pastas. It's a very relaxed atmosphere...