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
1801 was a wonderful first stay in Napa Valley. It is a very charming inn. We were welcomed immediately on arrival by the owner and ushered to the garden for refreshments and wine and a chat with other guests and a sommelier. The room was clean and cozy. The bathroom was big and the bed was very comfortable. Breakfast was also delicious. Everyone at the inn is kind and welcoming. The location is perfect and easy walk to downtown Napa. We truly enjoyed our time spent at the Inn.
Joel and I have never been to Napa Valley before so we wanted our experience to be special, and we needed help navigating where to go. The owners, Blair and Carrie, could not have been more wonderful. Our room was lovely, but more importantly, on our arrival, Blair guided us to some terrific little wineries. And before we came we were steered towards great restaurants. Breakfast at 1801 is delightful and delicious, and the happy hour included nice wines, delicious appetizers and friendly company. It was everything we could hope for, and when we get the chance to come back we will surely stay at 1801 First!
The Garden Room was cozy. We enjoyed our 3 night stay. Two of the evenings we sipped wine on the patio with our hostesses. Breakfast was amazing. Shirley took the time to provide a list of wineries that she recommended for Pinot Grigio. Thank you to Shirley, Carrie and Laura! We had a wonderful time and would love to come back! (Sorry if I misspelled names.)
This is the second time we've stayed here are are looking forward to the third. Rooms are great and the owners and staff are superb. We love spending time on the patio with a book and/or a glass of wine when not experiencing the attractions of Napa. Breakfasts are great too. What's not to like?
Amazing B&B in Napa. Our first proper visit to Napa and Carrie and Blair could not have been more welcoming in providing a stunning property for our trip. We were able to check-in early before heading off on a day's wine tasting and Carrie was able provide some excellent recommendations on lunch and dinner venues for our stay, all of which were fantastic. The property itself was stunning with a huge bedroom and en-suite bathroom providing all we could ask for. Breakfast was gorgeous on each morning and the highlight was the visiting winery which Blair had arranged for the Friday evening. We were able to meet the other guests and swap recommendations on Vineyards to visit while tasting delicious wines and hear how Carrie & Blair ran the best Inn in Napa. We had looked at various properties for our stay and were so glad we didn't opt for the usual Corporate Hotel chains, our stay at 1801 First set the tone for a truly amazing trip to Napa and we look forward to returning as soon as our livers allow!