To languish in leisure and luxury, few vacations can compare with a stay in a Napa Valley Bed and Breakfast. Here are six of our favorites to get you in the mood for great wine, superb views and day-into-night indulgences!
Napa Valley Winery (Photo: Charlie Day via Flickr)
When coming up with our list, we looked closely at a diverse range of inns to satisfy a range of travelers and traveling styles. We compared over 20 bed and breakfasts in Napa Valley on location, amenities and, in particular, on the evaluations received from guests on various review sites.
Aptly named, from French for “beautiful shelter,” Bel Abri combines the best of the old and new worlds with its European-influenced villa-like furnishings, luxurious baths, in-room private breakfasts and modern, spa-style amenities. There are spacious Junior Suites and Superior and Deluxe rooms to fit every budget and style. All rooms have solid granite deep-soaking tubs and deluxe bath amenities—guaranteeing you a great way to unwind after scenic and sensual Napa Valley adventures.
This 5-room Colonial Revival home has been a house of giving and hospitality since its humble beginnings in 1905. Today, in addition to sumptuously furnished rooms and gourmet breakfasts served at private bistro tables, Arbor Guest House B&B boasts enchanting, tranquil gardens complete with “vine draped walkways and sun-drenched decks.” There’s always a free wine and cheese happy hour at the Inn and the location can’t be beat—a short stroll through a turn-of-the-century neighborhood, chock full of architectural gems, delivers you to the beauty and great taste experience of downtown Napa.
At The Napa Inn you choose from 14 rooms housed in two, adjacent turn-of-the-century Victorian homes. Beauty, comfort and history are housed side-by-side on a quiet tree-filled street. All rooms and suites have fireplaces and private baths, and many have two-person whirlpools to enhance the romance and relaxation of your Napa Valley visit. There are family and pet-friendly rooms, desserts and cookies are served nightly and local wineries occasionally offer wine-tastings here. Ask for the sto-ry behind which guest room was featured on “Trading Spaces” a few years ago.
When it’s time to relax, escape and splurge, you won’t likely be disappointed with Milliken Creek Inn and Spa. All 12 planned-for-maximum privacy rooms feature king beds with “piles of pillows,” spa therapy tubs, upscale L’Occitane bath products and comfy robes. Spread over three acres, there are several decks and terraces to appreciate the Napa river and woodland views, and your breakfast can be served anywhere on the grounds. There’s “Magic Hour” wine and cheese, complimentary cordials each evening, and every guest room includes two passes to the onsite wellness and fitness center.
Four buildings comprise this charming, Provence-inspired Inn, recently voted one of the Top 50 Small Hotels in the US by readers of Conde Nast Traveler. Every colorful guest room has a fireplace and king-sized bed, and some have private outdoor jetted tubs for soaking in the legendary Napa light. Seven guest rooms have dramatic peaked ceilings and private courtyards. There’s a French boules court and lavender garden for your enjoyment, a buffet breakfast served in the Main House and guests can use the swimming pool and hot tub at the property’s sister inn, one block away.
A neighbor to Napa, Sonoma Valley is home to 75 wineries and the sprawling, purpose built Inn at Sonoma. Constructed in 2002 and situated just a block off all the historic attractions of Sonoma Plaza, there are 27 guest rooms to choose from all with fire-places. Several rooms have two queen beds and jetted tubs. For pure vacation pleasure, there’s an outdoor hot tub, and bicycles are available to borrow for a ride along vineyard paths to do a wine tasting or two.