What We Love
- WiFi and a delectable full breakfast are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Only a short stroll from downtown eateries, wine bars and the riverfront
- Pluck fresh fruit from the citrus trees; the oranges, lemons and kumquats are also used by the chef in marmalades and creams
- READ MORE: A Guide to Napa Valley
What To Know
- This is more of a romantic getaway
- Your view is of the historic neighborhood, and Napa's rolling vineyards and top wineries are nearby
- The carriage house and cottages flank an outdoor lounge area, which is typically tranquil but sometimes chatter can be heard if a group gathers there at night
- Early check-in times cannot be accommodated
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Victorian modern. On a corner lot in a historic residential neighborhood, this B&B feels more like a sophisticated family home than your standard issue hotel. Spread over a 1906 Queen Anne Victorian, a carriage house and two cottages, the hotel plays up the historic details — chair rails, carved columns, window seats, stained glass — but keeps things airy and light with muted color schemes. And there’s nary a fusty antique or lace doily in sight.
Bed & Bath
The five suites in the main house, both upstairs and down, have soaring ceilings and details that old house lovers will adore, such as original crown moldings and wood paneling. Out back you’ll find a pretty pair of cottages built in the ’40s, and the property’s original carriage house; these feel slightly more contemporary but are equally comfortable, with French doors and vaulted ceilings. All rooms have cozy nooks for reading, fireplaces, beds you’ll never want to climb out of and oversize soaking tubs (in one room the tub is tucked away in the turret; in another it’s separated from the bedroom by a sexy two-way fireplace).
Every morning the kitchen turns out delicious offerings that do the second B in B&B proud. A light fruit-and-granola parfait and classic eggs-bacon-potatoes plate is always on the menu, but the chef comes up with specials — maybe eggs benedict over grilled polenta or brioche french toast. As there’s no full restaurant here, offerings beyond breakfast are limited to small free bites, like canapés or charcuterie set out with red and white wine from 5:30 to 6:30 every afternoon (some Fridays a master sommelier stops by to lead a tasting class). We love the outdoor lounge, where you can kick back with a glass of wine on comfy rattan chairs beneath fragrant citrus trees. There’s no on-site spa, but treatments ranging from stone therapy to Swedish massage can be arranged in your room.
In the Area
The in-the-know concierge will set you up with wine tours or provide you with a detailed map and great insider tips so you can go it alone. (Nearby Clos du Val, on scenic Silverado Trail, has an insanely gorgeous tasting room in an ivy-covered 19th-century building.) Downtown Napa is but a few blocks away, and walkability is key when you’ve been wining all day. Locals love Oenotri’s southern Italian fare; plus, the wine list includes back vintages and cult Napa wines. ZuZu dials up tapas with spicy Latin American flavors, and Ninebark is a newcomer serving fresh California cuisine by Michelin-starred chef Matthew Lightner. For days when you’re not tasting, the Oxbow Public Market, crammed full of artisanal food sellers, gift shops and small outposts of famed Bay Area restaurants, is worth a spin. You can also rent bikes or kayaks from Napa Valley Adventure Tours, catch a performance at the Opera House, or pop into one of the area galleries, such as the Di Rosa Preserve, on 200 landscaped acres.
How to Get There
Once again Carrie and Blair were amazing and we met the greatest people staying at the Inn. We have been back five years in a row two times a year and every time we truly enjoy every aspect of what Blair and Carries bring to our visit! I’m forever grateful for them as well as Shirley, Laura and everyone that makes the experience the reason I go back so often!
We had such an amazing time at 1801 First! Our friends had stayed previously and couldn’t stop raving about the food, accommodations, and hospitality. They were right! If you’re heading to Napa, staying here is a must! The rooms are adorable and the amazing breakfasts won’t disappoint even the most seasoned palette.
We stayed 4 nights at this wonderful Bed and Breakfast and had an incredibly great experience. It was the perfect home base for 4 days of exploring Napa. Carrie and Blair - this place is a gem! Your staff, mainly Laura and Shirlee made us feel like family from the moment we walked in. It was like coming HOME each evening. The house is a beautiful Victorian home and we found the house well built and the rooms were particularly quiet. Each of their room offerings are unique with some upstairs, a couple on the ground floor and a couple of cottages outside the main house. All the rooms are immaculate. Every morning their chef Richard offered fabulous breakfast options. Each evening all the guests gather on an outdoor patio for a hosted wine and cheese hour. We picked up some great local traveling tips from some of the other guests, and that just made our travels even more incredible. We hated to leave and understand why there were so many repeat guests. We will be back and are already looking forward to another visit!
Thank you too Blair, Shirlee and the rest of the amazing staff at 1801 for an amazing birthday weekend. Your Inn is so welcoming and charming. The moment we walked in the door we were taken care of. The amazing wine education, tastings, and light bites in the courtyard were fantastic. The breakfast is made fresh each morning and definitely does not disappoint. We were trying to find a nice restaurant to accommodate our large group and they took it upon themselves to get us set up at CIA Copia (It was perfect). At the end of our stay they helped ship back our wine, and everything was just so easy and lovely. A perfect little in just outside the noise of downtown Napa. Thank you thank you thank you!
We stayed at 1801 in mid-September for our 5th anniversary trip. It was amazing. This was our first time staying in a B&B and it far surpassed our expectations. We stayed in Suite 1.
We arrived right as wine hour was beginning and received an incredibly warm welcome from Laura. The property is beautiful and there is so much more character staying in a location like this over a big hotel. I travel a lot for work so I was grateful to feel like a person rather than a number here. Every morning there is freshly cooked breakfast from the chef with very fresh ingredients. Shirlee was such a delight as she took care of us guests in the morning, too.
Aside from the great food, there was great conversation among the staff and guests during the daily wine hour. We could have talked to Carrie and Blair, the owners, all day long. They are incredibly personable and truly show interest in every single guest. Their Inn embodies the spirit of Napa - wine, conversation, camaraderie.
The location is very walkable to downtown Napa and it's easy to grab dinner, shop or go to another tasting room. :)
We will definitely try to stay here the next time we go to Napa!