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
Sadly I had to cancel a recent trip to Napa due to a family illness. While cancelling a fun get-away is never a good time, owner Carrie made the process seamless and stress-free. Her willingness to help and caring nature came through just over the phone. As a family-run business she went out of her way to empathize with my family. If the customer service was this good just for some logistics, I cannot image how amazing it is in-person for their guests. I cannot wait to have the opportunity to stay at this charming Inn and thank Carrie in-person!!
My husband and I spent two nights at this awesome Bed and Breakfast in Napa. Great location. Walking distance to everything in town. We were able to
Check in early and Shirley gave us the tour of this grand home. She was so nice and helpful. There were homemade
Cookies available in the lobby along with water tea and coffee.
Our room was upstairs. It had a comfy king bed with lovely linens and a huge bathroom. There was air conditioning and a ceiling fan to keep it comfortable since we were in Napa when temps were a bit warm.
There was a small refrigerator with water and there was a plate of small chocolates.
The first day there was a hosted tasting in the patio. That was a really nice touch even after wine tasting all afternoon. Parking was easy too.
Breakfast was awesome. First pastries then fruit then hot entree. Everything was so good and Shirley even brought me an avocado since I don’t eat meat!
I also got to meet the owner, Blair, who was super nice and helpful as well. The lodging also had tons of books and pamphlets about Napa and the hundreds of options for dining and touring. Thanks again for a wonderful weekend.
Delightful house with well-appointed rooms and cottages. Included all the basics you expect, plus innumerable little luxuries that made our stay thoroughly enjoyable. I particularly appreciated the extra towels, arrival truffles, and complimentary port.
Definitely have breakfast here if you can. It’s delicious and served in a lovely, sunny dining room.
The location is excellent; an easy walk to restaurants, art shops, wine bars and the wine train.
Where do I start?!? From the charming building to the amazing breakfast and staff, I cannot give this place enough stars! Our superior suite was large and very comfortable. The breakfast was AMAZING. Shirlee took the time to sit with us and give us recommendations on which vineyards to visit and even called and set up a tasting for us! It was so personalized and so caring of her. She truly showed us superior customer service. If you want to stay at a luxury B&B close to town, look no further! This place was a gem and we can’t wait to be back!
We had the best time at 1801 first luxury inn. Very relaxing and the staff was so accommodating. The food was great and the wine hour was great getting to meet people. It was our first time to visit Napa and we will definitely be back to stay!