California

Napa, Ca: the Inn On First

Six years ago, I took Stephen here for his birthday.  Innkeeper Jim welcomed us back like we were long time friends coming over for dinner.

Here’s somethings we love about this Bed & Breakfast:

TOP 25: This Registry Bed and Breakfast was ranked top 25 by BedandBreakfast.com.

KEY POINT: this is their home. Not a hotel. It’s not an Airbnb. Those who want either experience is not going to be happy here. There are no television, and there are pets (2 dogs) on property. Breakfast is served at designated times, and you might have to socialize with strangers.

  • The LOCATION is great. It’s about a 15 minute walk to downtown Napa and the Oxbow Public Market (food hall) and a few minutes drive to the Outlets. At the end of the day, when the wineries have closed, you’re near the food.  By car, the wineries are about a 15 to 20 minutes drive away.

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FOOD: There’s homemade cookies and coffee/ tea available anytime.  Also, a complete breakfast is included. Jim will work around your allergies or food dislikes (I hate runny eggs) but you have to let them know!

Breakfast is usually served outside and you start with a yogurt, cereal, fruit, danish buffet bar.  The coffee and fresh squeezed juice is already on the table. Once finished, you’ll get served a hot breakfast entree.

FOODIE TIP: You’ll never get the same breakfast twice, as Jim documents what you had as past guests. Every morning is an adventure.

EARTH FRIENDLY: This Bed and Breakfast is going for green! Since our last visit, they’re added mini iPads to our room so we can listen to Apple Music. The archaic instructions that was once on laminated cards are replaced with pdf files found on the iPad.

  • In the kitchen are ceramic mugs for coffee or tea, and homemade cookies available anytime (except during breakfast, which is from 8:30-10:30am). There’s reusable water bottles to take to your room or on the road. In your Room is a coffee maker with homemade truffles.

OUR ROOM: This visit we had room 4, which was much larger, brighter than our original visit, and had 2 sinks. As in all the rooms, we had our “jacuzzi” style tub. The room had shower gel, shampoo and conditioner mounted on the shower wall, so bring a loofah if you like that better than a wash cloth.

  • Free WiFi is available to entertain yourself, since there’s no TV on property. Or there’s a community computer and lots of magazines downstairs.

The hard work Jim and Jamie puts into the place shows. They treat you as a friend and you are a valued guest.