If you’re going to stay at the Candlelight Inn Bed and Breakfast, you might as well stay five days in a row, especially if you’re relatively new to the Napa Valley. The reason is that while many area hotels and inns offer suggestions for exploring the region, the Candlelight actually provides a complete suggested itinerary—but it’s five days long.
The first day features wine tasting and suggests routes so you can drive from winery to winery, starting and ending at the Candlelight Inn and without wasting time or gas. The day finishes back at the Inn with complimentary wine and cheese, and a relaxing in-room massage. The second day is focused on the town of Napa, and includes more wine and some amazing food. On the third day they recommend going to the town of Calistoga, with its petrified forest, its hiking trails, and its spas. Day four begins with an early morning hot air balloon ride, then continues with window shopping, and ends up with dinner—there’s a nap back at the Inn scheduled in there somewhere, too. The fifth and final day takes you to St. Helena for golf, plus either hiking or riding, window shopping, wine tasting, and more food. This isn’t a package you have to book through the Inn; you can do all these things on your own, except for getting the in-room massage at the end of the day. But the itinerary is organized around the Inn as a starting point, and you might as well stay at the Inn and take full advantage of all of the Innkeeper’s careful planning.
Not that you really have to stay all five days, of course. There actually may be a two or three night minimum for weekends, depending on the time of year when you visit, but if you’d prefer a shorter stay you can always ask. Sometimes something will open up.
The Candlelight Inn Bed and Breakfast is housed in a building that was built back in 1929 by a local postmaster. The English Tudor style architecture adds both interest and beauty to the property. Breakfast is served in three courses, beginning with fresh fruits and yogurt and moving on to a choice between pancake or French toast dishes. Then, finally, you get more complex and creative delights, such as a spinach and mushroom strata seasoned with tarragon. The property boasts a pool, high speed wireless Internet, complimentary drinks and snacks, free onsite parking, sending and receiving faxes at no extra charge, the delivery of a daily newspaper, and a movie library. The grounds are not extensive, but they do feature a number of big, shady redwood trees to lounge around under, and of course there’s the Napa Creek.
There are ten rooms, which is fairly large for a bed and breakfast in Napa. All ten rooms have air conditioning, a flat screen TV with DVD and CD player, a private bathroom, bath robes, a hair dryer, and a telephone. Most also have a private deck or a balcony, a two-person marble whirlpool bath, and a romantic fire place. Each room has its own design and personality.
Customer reviews are solidly positive; visitors rave about the excellent, friendly service and the great food. Many compliment the Innkeepers by name. Oddly, the innkeepers’ names are not consistent from review to review. Presumably the innkeepers work as a team, and customers rave about whichever team members are on duty during their stay.
When looking up the Candlelight Inn on the Internet, bear in mind that it’s a popular name; there are Candlelight Inns in several different states. Being aware of this might same you some time, as it’s all too easy, otherwise, to waste fifteen minutes reading all about some hotel in Pennsylvania by mistake.
That that we have anything against Pennsylvania.