The Best Bed and Breakfasts in Napa, California

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8 February 2021

Finding a good bed and breakfast is travel’s holy grail. B&B lovers are spoiled for choice in Napa, where many of the most incredible mansions have become bed and breakfasts featuring personalized touches, refined design and modern amenities. What’s more, the innkeepers often act as your own personal concierge, happy to share a wealth of knowledge on local history and activities. Here are the best homespun places to stay in Northern California’s wine country.

Candlelight Inn Napa Valley

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Breakfast is an elevated affair at the Candlelight Inn, a romantic bed and breakfast in a 1929 Tudor-style home. The three-course breakfast served on a patio next to the pool features locally sourced ingredients in banana pancakes with caramel sauce or a golden frittata with spinach and herbs. They’re so good, in fact, guests have been known to request the recipes. The locally owned inn has good relationships with many wineries and prides itself on connecting guests with the experience that’s right for them; whether that’s an expensive cabernet tasting or down-and-dirty vineyard tour. The inn’s guest rooms include flourishes such as stained-glass windows or antique mantels.

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Cabernet House

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Cabernet House transports guests to the old world with its dark-wood columns, burgundy walls and oversized stone fireplace. Guest rooms offer a whirlwind tour of Europe from the Night in Paris with its French doors and antique clawfoot bathtub to La Biblioteca with Venetian plaster walls and a crackling fire. The most requested room, the Starry Nights, is the inn’s smallest, but guests go crazy for the three large skylights over the king-sized bed and the outdoor spa tub. The communal patio has Adirondack chairs and potted plants.

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The Napa Inn & Spa

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Offering the amenities of a hotel but the charm of an inn, The Napa Inn & Spa is a good choice for B&B newbies. It’s in two adjacent Victorian buildings within walking distance of Downtown Napa. All 15 guest rooms have California king beds and luxury linens, and some also have fireplaces. The inn’s small spa offers Swedish massages and mani/pedis, plus treatments can be done in-room, if desired. The champagne couple’s massage, including breakfast in bed and a bottle of bubbly, is the ultimate indulgence. In fact, romance is the Napa Inn & Spa’s calling card; even breakfast is by candlelight.

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Cedar Gables Inn

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Constructed in 1892 by one of San Francisco’s top architects, Cedar Gables Inn recalls a simpler time. An example of Arts & Crafts architecture, the inn looks like a grand English cottage, but jetted bathtubs and contemporary leather couches make it feel altogether more modern. Still, guests will appreciate historical details including brick fireplaces and stained-glass windows. In-room upgrades (for an additional charge) such as flowers, chocolates, special-occasion cakes, cheese and fruit platters and a wide array of wine and champagne, are all on the menu.

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The Inn on First

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Chef and owner Jim Gunther, a graduate of the California Culinary Academy who even has a breakfast cookbook, has created more than 160 recipes for the Inn on First. Guests will have a unique meal on every stay, such as apple-pie pancakes and pop tarts with a fried egg. Adults-only, the mansion’s rooms come TV-free so you can reconnect as a couple. They do, however, have whirlpool tubs and gas fireplaces to help set the mood. The environmentally friendly inn offers guests stainless steel water bottles (rather than plastic), in-room recycling bins and uses only natural cleaning products, too.

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Maison Fleurie

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Napa Valley’s oldest hotel, Maison Fleurie, was built in 1873, originally as the Magnolia, using stone from local quarries. With its central Yountville location, next to the railroad and a saloon, it was a lively gathering spot – and remains so today. Four Sisters Inns bought it in the 90s and gave it a south of France-style renovation. Each guest room, located in three different buildings surrounded by landscaped gardens, has a queen or king bed, and many feature a fireplace, patio, or jetted spa tub. An on-the-house breakfast for two, including blueberry pancakes and artichoke quiche, can be devoured at the wooden farm table next to a roaring fire in the main building.

Hennessey House

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Located in a quiet Downtown Napa neighborhood, this Queen Anne mansion, renovated in 2017, gives guests plenty of peace and a dose of local culture. The owners left stressful, high-powered jobs in Silicon Valley for a simpler life. The innkeepers often chat with guests and share their love and knowledge of local wine. Hennessey House has gardens, a patio and 10 rooms with Belgium antique furniture, as displayed in Mary’s Delight, with its canopy bed and bay windows. Filling breakfasts might include crêpes florentine or tarragon-flecked eggs.

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  • Embrace Calistoga

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    The 19th and 21st centuries collide at Embrace Calistoga. It took four years for the owners to renovate the 1873 mansion into a luxury inn with a wraparound porch in the heart of Calistoga. The five elegant guest rooms have neutral color schemes, marble-floored bathrooms and original art. Guests are welcomed with plenty of gratis amenities, such as snack packs to take on wine-tasting adventures, wine and cheese tastings each evening and a bountiful brunch-style breakfast.

    Churchill Manor

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    The 19th-century Churchill Manor reflects the height of the aristocracy in Napa Valley. Built by a wealthy banker in 1889, San Francisco’s well-heeled once traveled by boat up the river to attend lavish parties here around the turn of the century. Now a luxury bed and breakfast, travelers can take in this architectural treasure, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The interior woodwork has remained untouched, including 12ft (3m) ceilings with detailed moldings, Corinthian columns and museum-quality redwood doors. The 10 guest rooms include the original master bedroom of owner Edward Churchill. The Stag’s Leap suite has an antique walnut French bedroom set, a gold-leaf-adorned fireplace and a tiled shower for two. Guests are treated to three-course breakfasts and a wine reception each evening.

    Beltane Ranch

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    The storied lands comprising Beltane Ranch, originally home to the Wappo Indians, have had many lives. The property has grown fine-wine grapes, fruit, olives and produce, on and off, for over a century. The southern-inspired Ranch House, built by San Francisco civil rights’ hero, Mary Ellen Pleasant, has been a bed and breakfast since the sixties. The fourth- and fifth-generation owners operate it as a luxury farm stay, giving guests the chance to learn about agriculture as they decompress. Refurbished guest rooms have French doors, daybeds and valley views. Beltane Ranch raises turkeys and heritage-breed laying hens, and the chef’s Beltane-grown breakfast almost exclusively showcases ingredients from the farm.

    Chateau de Vie

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    The aptly named Chateau de Vie near Calistoga feels rooted in history, even though it was built in the eighties. The hotel’s formal French-style gardens feature fragrant lavender and rose bushes, and evergreen trees. The views include cabernet sauvignon vineyards in every direction, and Mount St Helena. The most particular travelers will be wooed by thoughtful details such as high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton linens, and a morning coffee and tea service. Guests have a variety of amenities at their fingertips, including a vineyard spa, garden hot tub, 40ft (12m) heated lap pool and library sitting room. Guests need to adhere only to their own schedule, as breakfast is served whenever they want.

    These recommendations were updated on February 8, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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