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
Staying at 1801 First Street is a gift that keeps on giving! We were greeted by Shirlee, the concierge, who showed us around the beautiful, historic Queen Anne Inn and then to our room. We had an upstairs suite that was beautiful; high ceilings, tasteful decor and a cozy fireplace. What a perfect setting for the season of joy! The room had all the amenities you'll need to make your stay perfect! Downstairs soft music plays with coffee, tea and cookies (homemade) always available! Port is in the parlor, which is just the touch for cold Napa evenings! Wine Hour is daily with an array of wine and cheeses to sample and enjoy. Shirlee is knowledgeable about everything Napa. She is a tremendous resource when you're deciding on all your adventures while there. Just when you thought it couldn't be better, it does! Breakfast is served daily by Richard or Gregory and the choices are spectacular! Fresh made scones, muffins, jams and jellies are just the starters. You have to try homemade waffles with blueberries or double deck bacon with perfect scrambled eggs and roasted potatoes! Of course each day can be a different menu, so surprises are always in store! From the beautiful, relaxing parlor with it's crackling fireplace, the sunny dining room that looks out to the historic a front of the property and it's classic front porch, everywhere you venture brings you relaxation and happiness. Of course, they have a lovely patio with cascading waterfall and lovely flowers to enjoy during the spring and summer, as well. 1801 First Street is a treasure from the past and gem of the present; a gift that keeps giving year round!
My husband and I stayed here over the Thanksgiving weekend and it was top notch. From the moment we arrived we were pampered. The garden cottage was so lovely and warm with a very nice Jacuzzi tub. The food was off the charts amazing, evening wine hour was a great way to wind down after a day of touring. But the most wonderful part of staying here was the hospitality of the staff and owners. You just don't see this level of service anymore......and certainly not at a large hotel. Do not miss the opportunity to stay here. We cannot wait to come back!
My husband and I came for our anniversary. We had never stay at B&B and we were pleased with the room and staff. It was relaxing and so private. NO bustle of a hotel. It felt really private and we got to know the staff. Breakfast was awesome and was just right. We would come back again!!!
We planned a two night stay for our 20th wedding anniversary at 1801 First and could not have been happier with this place. Having never stayed at a B&B, we weren’t totally sure what to expect, but we were blown away. Greeted with a smile and offered a glass of wine immediately, we knew we were in for a treat. Gorgeous Victorian mansion, clean and spacious suite complete with a fireplace and huge tub for two. Every night there is a wine and cheese hour and every morning there is a fabulous breakfast served in a gorgeous dining room (or go to the sunroom, our favorite!) There are homemade cookies, gourmet tea, coffee, and fruit available any time. Carrie and Blaire were we’re gracious hosts and it felt like we had known them forever. They were helpful with recommendations and reservations if needed.
It was hard to choose since there are so many B&Bs in Napa, but I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this place.
From the moment we entered the Inn our host Carrie made this experience so personal and inviting. The little touches from Carrie taking us to our room, which included 4 amazing truffles, to the wine and cheese every night to the Port that was left out in the communal living space for a night cap made this experience so unique. The breakfasts were spectacular. The concierge, Shirley, arranged three days of personal tour for us. It is such a relaxing place after a long day of winery tours in Napa. I really enjoyed the fireplace and soaking in the big tub at the end of the day. Would definitely recommend the Inn if you are heading to Napa and area.