It seems, based on customer reviews, that the White House Inn and Spa might have a serious problem; the beds, you see, are so comfortable that you might not be able to get out of them long enough to go enjoy wine country. Should you have this difficulty, however, you are urged to remain calm. A supply of house-made cookies comes with the room, and a full breakfast will be delivered every morning, at no extra charge. If you have to leave early in the morning for some reason, just speak to the staff about it ahead of time; they’ve been known to fix a travel breakfast for folks getting up too early to eat at the Inn.
While you are lying around in bed, thinking about the excellent wine you could be tasting or the miles of trails you could be hiking, you may hear a loud noise above you. Do not worry; this is simply one of your neighbors turning on the Jacuzzi. Most rooms have Jacuzzis, and the fixtures are a little noisy, so the Jacuzzis have somewhat restricted hours–no foaming whirlpool baths at midnight, unfortunately. Strictly speaking, this noise factor is a drawback of the Inn, but since the problem is a result of having Jacuzzis available in an old and lovingly refurbished 19th century mansion, we think the Inn can be forgiven for this one.
There are only 17 rooms in the Inn, and most come with king-sized beds, deluxe linens, the aforementioned jetted tubs, and romantic decorative fire places. You get the use of a big flat-screen TV, an iPod docking station, and complimentary wireless Internet. In addition to your morning breakfast, you also get wine and hors d’oeuvres in the evening, also included with your stay.
There’s a pool, beautiful gardens, and on site spa treatments. By all accounts, the service is fantastic. The facility is for adults only, which is perhaps an amenity for some adults, though a clear drawback for others. For young people, at least you have something to look forward to. Plan to check in at 4 PM, or call at least 48 hours ahead. As a bed and breakfast, the Inn has variable front desk hours and they don’t want to miss you.
If you do manage to get out of your comfortable bed, the amazing restaurants of downtown Napa are only a ten minute walk away. When you are not enjoying gastronomic delights, the valley has hundreds of world-class wineries to keep you busy. Explore on your own, book a wine tasting tour, or take a ride on the famous Wine Train. You can even explore the vineyards from above by means of a hot air balloon.
Not that Napa begins and ends with food and wine. Take to your feet on any of the region’s trails, or take to someone else’s feet and explore the hills by horseback. There are miles of quiet roads perfect for cycling, and the Napa river runs calm and flat downstream, but wild and white upstream, so you have your choice for paddling. Hea to the Calistoga area and find hot springs and even an Old Faithful-style geyser. The beautiful, open countryside is no accident, by the way. Napa County works very hard through a system of conservation easements and zoning agreements to take care of the rural, agricultural character this region is famous for.
If it’s culture you want, there’s always the Lincoln Theater, the Napa Symphony, and the Napa Opera House, plus several museums of history and art, and several fine golf courses. And since exploring such a varied, rich environment can be exhausting, and the end of the day you can always return to the Inn and your big, comfy bed.