The best inns and B&Bs in Napa

The best inns and B&Bs in Napa: forget what you think you know about inns and B&Bs, you won’t find any white lace doilies or continental breakfasts in this list Photo: White House Inn, Napa CA

NAPA, CA, December 3, 2014 - The growing town of Napa is often overlooked by the greater Napa Valley that surrounds it. The city, which once took a backseat to the northern end of the valley for restaurants, hotels and entertainment, is now a bustling hub of all of the above. Sure, Napa houses many luxury hotels and spas, but the real gems of this town are the extraordinary inns and B&Bs.

Forget what you think you know about inns and B&Bs, you won’t find any white lace doilies or continental breakfasts in this list. Rather, you will experience elegant, modern and vintage charms with delicious full breakfasts. And as an extra bonus, all of these inns are within walking distance to all the wonderful restaurants, wine tasting rooms and entertainment possibilities in downtown Napa. Here is a list of some of the best in the city.

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Image: Inn on First.

Inn on First

The Inn on First is one of the most welcoming inns in Napa. Owners and partners Jamie Cherry and Jim Gunther really outdo themselves with every guest. From the first moment in the door, Jamie greets all the guests with his warm smile. Jamie and Jim really put a San Francisco touch on the property. Jamie is also a bit of a concierge, and will help you plan out your stay from restaurants to wineries.

The memories won’t end there, though.  This contemporary B&B distinguishes itself with Jim’s amazing breakfasts. Food isn’t just part of what they offer at the Inn; it is a huge deal here. Folks come from all over the world just to experience the breakfast for themselves. Chef Jim Gunther is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy, which is an affiliate of the Cordon Bleu. He uses only fresh ingredients when creating his homemade, gourmet delights. Here they believe that a bed and breakfast is only as good as its breakfast menu.

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Inn on First, breakfast gnocchi. Image: Inn on First.

Chef Jim is such a good cook that he has created a cooklet: a collection of twelve delicious recipes that he handcrafts at the Inn. Two personal favorites are the breakfast BLT with pancetta and basil oil, and the breakfast lasagna with eggs, bacon and homemade ricotta cheese. These are both phenomenal dishes.

A few other bonuses: they are LGBT friendly, dog friendly, have in-room spa service, and are certified green. 

Prices range from $145 (smallest room) midweek during low season, to $450 (largest room) weekend high season. 

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Image: Inn on Randolph room.

Inn on Randolph

The Inn on Randolph is a designated historical landmark property. The original 19th century estate spent over 100 years with the Hannah Moore family. Back then, there were not enough hospitals to take care of everyone in need.  As a result, those with the most serious conditions were treated first, and many births were delivered at home or at midwife centers. The property was one such midwife center, which came to be known as “Maternity Row.” Now, this extraordinary home has been completely transformed into a stunning inn.

Set on nearly a full acre, the inn is beautifully landscaped and fully renovated to be modern while still holding the vintage charm. Guests have a choice of historic rooms in the main inn or private cottages sprinkled throughout the property. If you are looking for something a little more private and secluded, this is the place for you. The inn has an on-site spa and private room called the Neiman Room that is available for meetings, special events or just watching a movie. The room is named after Drew Neiman, winemaker and proprietor for Neiman Cellars wine. Occasionally this room even hosts Drew Neiman and you can sample his spectacular red wines. 

Breakfast here is also a treat. Full breakfast is served on their deck overlooking the garden. Guests can choose to sit at a community table and dine with others, or sit at individual tables to relax and enjoy the people they are with. Their breakfasts are prepared using local fresh and organic ingredients. If guests are are lucky, they will sample breakfast treats such as fresh Belgian waffles covered in farm fresh blueberries, or one of their famous breakfast skillets packed full of amazing veggies, seasoned to perfection and topped with a poached egg. Their most requested dish is their Gluten Free Granola recipe that features oats, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans and all sorts of other goodies that make for the perfect pairing with a bit of Greek yogurt.

Prices for the cottages range from $275 during the low season, to $450 during the high season. Prices for the historic inn rooms range from $215 - $395. 

Image: White House Inn, dining room.

White House Inn & Spa

The White House Inn is one of the newer bed and breakfasts to open its doors in Napa. The White House is ideal for those with a larger group. Their historic 17-room resort-style mansion has been renovated to be a hip, contemporary retreat that is both visually striking and relaxing. The White House is one of only a few accommodations that offer a serene outdoor swimming pool; ideal for spending a few hours curled up with a book, glass of wine and the warmth of the California sunshine.

Another wonderful extra that the White House Inn offers is their nightly wine and hors d’oeuvre social hour. Enjoy local wines and delectable treats as you share stories of your Napa Valley adventures and make plans for what the evening holds. If you aren’t certain how to spend your days in Napa, the inn’s knowledgeable staff can serve as your personal travel concierge during your stay.

The B&Bs really try to outdo each other with breakfast too. Each morning at the White House guests wake up to dine in their stylish, sun-filled dining room where they enjoy a home style breakfast, crafted to wake up the senses and fill up the tummy before a heady day of wine tasting. A few other bonuses: luxurious linens, in-room fireplaces, jetted spa tubs, lush gardens and on-site spa treatments. Note, the White House Inn is for adults only, making this the perfect retreat for singles and couples.

Prices range from $245 during the low season to $345 during the high season. 

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Sherrie is a perky, music and wine-loving, Northern California local that seeks out and spreads the word about San Francisco experiences as well as unforgettable wine-related travel experiences.  She is CMO of The Grape Hunter USA, where they focus on helping artisan wineries and developing unique wine travel for consumers. Follow her on Twitter @BigNoseWino

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