Home Away From Home: Best of the B&Bs
August 13, 2020
If you feel like you’ve been working overtime, you’re not alone. Recent studies have shown the majority of Americans are experiencing employee burnout due to long hours working from home and added stress from Covid-19. With the Labor Day holiday right around the corner, perhaps it’s time to plan a last-minute getaway to enjoy some much-needed time away.
Luckily, Napa Valley is home to more than 60 beautiful bed & breakfasts and boutique inns, each with their own charming personality and home-away-from-home feel. Bonus for guests looking to stay privately and avoid contact with those outside the household- nearly all B&Bs are available for full buyouts, so you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a totally private escape. Without further adieu, we give you the best of the B&Bs.
White House Inn
White House Inn is a unique blend of a downtown Napa B&B and a refreshingly modern wine country boutique hotel. Totally renovated, White House Inn provides a relaxing, resort-style feel with lovely grounds, pool, and hot tub, and its convenient location offers quick access to Downtown Napa's best restaurants, shops, and tasting rooms. Breakfast is served each morning in a convenient grab-n-go presentation, with each meal curated by resident chefs to go beyond the typical fare.
Inn on Randolph
This original 19th-century property, located in Napa's historic district, sits on nearly an acre of beautifully landscaped gardens. The historic residence also features five stand-alone cottages, exquisitely landscaped English gardens, and plenty of private outdoor spaces and hideaways to enjoy. A full farm-fresh breakfast is prepared daily, utilizing organic produce from the garden and the Napa Farmers Market.
The Hennessey House is a gorgeous Queen Anne style Victorian located on a beautiful 1/2 acre at the top of Main Street in historic downtown Napa, close to Oxbow Market and many Downtown Napa restaurants and tasting rooms. The historic B&B features lovely gardens, a relaxing patio, and a quiet residential location that provides a true home-away-from-home feel. Ten unique guestrooms, all with private bathrooms, are elegant and clean and complete with vintage touches. Indulge in a daily gourmet breakfast, enjoy a welcome treat from the Hennessey House kitchen at check-in, as well as evening wine and cheese offered from 5-6 pm daily.
Maison Fleurie was built in 1873 as the Magnolia Hotel (a lively local gathering spot and rumored bordello at the time), constructed of stone from local quarries. Today, three lovely buildings situated on half an acre of beautifully landscaped gardens comprise the Maison Fleurie, or "flowering house," conveniently located in Downtown Yountville and just steps from some of Napa Valley’s best restaurants, boutiques, and tasting rooms. In addition to a gorgeous pool area, guests will enjoy a bountiful breakfast and afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres daily, and can borrow bicycles for a ride through charming Downtown Yountville or the Napa Valley Vine Trail.
Poetry Inn (pictured in the feature image)
Poetry Inn is a small luxury Napa Valley hotel perched on a hillside Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in the Stags Leap District. Beyond its gated drive, guests experience the ultimate in privacy, serenity, and world-class hospitality with unparalleled Napa Valley views. Each room boasts a private terrace with spectacular views of Napa Valley, and if vineyard views from your room aren’t enough, the sparkling pool is surrounded by acres of Cabernet vines. Guests may also enjoy a complimentary wine tasting at Poetry’s sister winery, Cliff Lede Vineyards.
Napa Farmhouse Inn
Napa Farmhouse Inn is nestled on three acres of organic farm style gardens, surrounded by world-renowned vineyards. The Inn not only feels authentic, but is an actual farmhouse built in the 1860s, fully renovated with genuine manor charm. Every room has a full luxurious bathroom, and some also feature a fireplace and a private outdoor balcony/deck. Guests will enjoy fresh-picked vegetables and fruits from the organic garden during the growing season for a beautiful and healthy brunch, and the inn is within walking distance of many wineries.
Wine Country Inn & Cottages
Wine Country Inn and Cottages is a traditional Napa Valley Inn that provides a tranquil location to escape, relax and explore in a rural country location surrounded by vineyards. The freshly renovated property features 29 spacious accommodations with a mix of traditional guestrooms, suites, and separate cottages, a large outdoor swimming pool, and sprawling landscaping overlooking acres of Napa Valley vineyards. Indulge in a scrumptious daily wine country breakfast, and weekend wine tasting served in the cozy charm of our Winery House dining room or al fresco overlooking the vineyards.
The Francis House
Built in 1886 and left uninhabited for 52 years, The Francis House is the only stone building with authentic French Second Empire architecture in Napa County. Contemporary French design and National Register of Historic Places status blend to create five distinctive guest rooms in the heart of downtown Calistoga. Relax by the pool, rejuvenate in the infrared sauna and salt room, or join in a game of bar billiards. A carefully prepared farm-fresh breakfast made with local ingredients and herbs from the onsite garden is served each morning, and the Francis House is just a two-block stroll from Downtown Calistoga.
Chateau de Vie
Just minutes from Downtown Calistoga and surrounded by two acres of Bordeaux vineyards, Chateau de Vie is old-world European charm in the heart of California wine country. Enjoy magnificent views, formal gardens, and waking up in the vineyards. A fresh seasonal breakfast is prepared daily upon request, and the Chateau is close to many of Calistoga's most beloved wineries.
Find a full listing of Napa Valley Bed & Breakfasts here.
Now that you've found the perfect place to stay, it's time to plan the rest of your Labor Day getaway! Peruse our picks for the Best Places to Dine Outdoors, as well as The Best Outdoor Wine Tastings in Napa Valley. And don't forget to make advance reservations for wine tastings- they are required at all wineries and tasting rooms.