The Napa Inn Bed and Breakfast occupies two buildings, both historic. The Napa Inn is a Queen Ann Victorian, originally built as a wedding gift in 1899. The Buford House, which faces a different street but shares a back garden and parking lot with the Napa Inn, is a generation older, built in 1877, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Bed and Breakfast is proud of both buildings’ charm and beauty, as well as their relaxing historical ambiance. Historical ambiance notwithstanding, all rooms are equipped with refrigerators, TVs, with either VCR or DVD players, and CD players with iPod/MP3 hook-ups. Be aware that this is NOT the Napa River Inn. Despite the similar names, they are not similar establishments.
The Bed and Breakfast is not entirely unwelcoming to children, though whether children can stay depends upon their ages and what room you book. If a child-friendly room is not available when you make your reservation, you’ll have to hire a sitter. The pet policy is similar; some rooms accommodate pets, others do not. No matter what room you book, with or without children or animals, you’ll have wireless internet access and a private bathroom with a shower. You may also get a whirlpool tub or a fireplace, depending on which of the eight rooms and seven suites you pick. Prices vary by room.
No matter which room you sleep in, when you wake up there will be breakfast. You can choose from either of two breakfast time-frames, and you can mingle with other guests or occupy a private table with only your travel companion. Offerings may include vegetable quiche or apple pancakes, homemade granola, or peaches and cream bread pudding with amaretto sauce. In the evening, there’s port and sherry with a choice of cheeses, appetizers, and fresh fruit. Some evenings, a local winery will bring wine. There’s dessert, too, and reliable rumor has it that these people have the best cookies in the world. For the hours in between breakfast and sherry, you can walk to downtown Napa from here—that’s shops, restaurants, tasting rooms, live music, and art. The Bed and Breakfast will provide you with tasting passes for local wineries and maps. The region features hiking and horseback riding, paddling and hot air balloon rides, golf, and the famous Napa Valley Wine Train. Or, you could stay on the property all day, as a number of massages and other spa treatments are available either in room or in “spa rooms.” Sitting around looking at antiques and art (some of it produced by one of the Bed and Breakfast’s owners) receiving massages? Sounds like fun.
As fun as all this sounds, no one feature of the Bed and Breakfast met with rave reviews by customers—about the whole shebang, yes, there were raves. Plenty of people have come here and determined to come back, or even to never stay anywhere else again. But some people compliment this, others compliment that. We’re pretty sure you’ll find something you like, but we’re not sure what that something will be. If you really fall in love with the place, there is a price structure called “Stay a Little Longer,” where the third night of a three night stay is half off, the fourth night of a four night stay is free, and the last two nights of a seven night stay are both free. No, you cannot combine these options—you can’t stay seven nights and get the third night half off and the fourth, sixth, and seventh nights free, although we agree that would be cool. The offer doesn’t include weekends in the busy season. Unfortunately, you have to claim this offer when you make your reservation—you can’t use it to extend your stay on a whim. We think that would be cool, too.