1 . Churchill Manor Bed and Breakfast

Napa, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (707) 253 - 7733

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Whether you are a history buff or someone looking for a little rest and relaxation, the Churchill Manor has it all. This magnificent mansion was originally built by Edward Churchill in 1889 and offers modern amenities in a historic setting. Located in the heart of downtown, this is the perfect place to simply be.

Edward Churchill and wife Mary spent many years calling the lovely three-story mansion home but today it is owned and operated by Joanna and Brian Jensen. The couple has lovingly refurbished the property and continue the tradition of hosting travelers and weddings in the grand scale of the 1800s. Churchill Mansion is located on Brown Street in downtown Napa. From the moment you walk through the doors to the time you say farewell, the hospitality of the innkeepers and their staff is unforgettable. This is the perfect setting for a quiet getaway with a loved one surrounded by romance and history. Choose from any of the luxurious guest rooms named after Napa Valley wine growing regions, called "Appellations," which have been painted on each door by a local Napa artist. Stroll through the manicured gardens, unwind on one of the wicker chairs on the wrap around veranda, and relax with a tasty glass of wine from a local vineyard. Mix in a light exercise with a game of croquet or a leisurely bike ride on one of the tandem bicycles, both are complimentary.

Address

485 Brown Street Napa, CA 94559

Average temperature

Our advice: plan the timing of your trip according to what your plans are during your time in Napa. January is the coldest month, with highs usually in the mid to high 50s. July is the hottest month, highs can reach 100+ but the average daily high in July is around 85. If you plan to hike or bike in the area – common activities in this natural and scenic area – plan your trip for fall or spring. If you don’t mind highs in the high 80s, then by all means visit Napa in the summer.

Related Onsite Offerings

Enjoy a night in and take advantage of the wine and appetizers offered each evening at Churchill Mansion. Selection includes Napa Valley and other specialty wine, appetizers including domestic and imported cheeses, sliced baguettes and crackers, seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, assorted olives, dried fruits, roasted nuts, and assorted dipping sauces.

2 . Lavender, A Four Sisters Inn

Yountville, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 522 - 4140

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Luxuriously cozy and romantically intimate, the Lavender in Yountville, California is a classic Four Sisters Inn bed and breakfast you just have to experience yourself to believe!

Recently voted as one of the "Top 50 Small Hotels in the United States" by "Conde Nast Traveler" magazine, this Napa Valley gem blends Old World charm with contemporary design elements to create a dazzlingly vibrant setting. Guest rooms spread throughout four buildings feature fireplaces, cushy king-sized beds, and sleek bathrooms. You'll never be hungry with a breakfast buffet, afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres, and scrumptious freshly-baked cookies at your fingertips. And, best of all, the wines of more than 300 Napa Valley wineries are always nearby!

Season

If you you're a wine connoisseur, visit in the fall for the grape harvest and its accompanying wine events!

Related activities

If you feel like exploring, try hot air ballooning over Napa Valley, unwinding at a world-class spa, or taking a cruise on the Napa River!

Related Onsite Offerings

Don't know where to start? Stop by the concierge desk for area recommendations and planning!

3 . Hennessey House Bed & Breakfast

Napa, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (707) 226 - 3774

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The Hennessey House was voted one of the 10 best wine region inns nationwide. Like many other B&B's in the area, it's story is unique just like it's architecture. The house was built by Dr. Edwin Hennessey, a well-known physician and former mayor of Napa.

Hennessey House is an 1889 Queen Anne Victorian with a great deal of character. The inn features stained-glass windows, and a wrap around porch and beautiful gardens. The inn is much more informal than our #2 pick but the romantic rooms are furnished in antiques. Some offer fireplaces, feather beds and spa tubs. The bathrooms all feature marble floors and antique brass fixtures. There is a sauna and a garden fountain. The innkeepers, Kevin and Lorri Walsh serve gourmet breakfasts which past guests rave about including blueberry-stuffed French toast and Eggs Florentine. Tea and cookies are offered daily at 3 p.m. Later in the evening, wine and cheese is served. Hennessy House is a short walk to nearby restaurants, shops and theaters. Don't forget the world-famous Napa Valley wineries.

Fun facts

SF Chronicle Baylist Contest -- Hennessey House was recently voted a Top 5 Wine Country Bed and Breakfast.

Related activities

The innkeepers will be happy to make recommendations or reservations for wineries, the area's spas and mud baths, hot air balloon rides, the Wine Train, horseback riding, cycling and hiking.

Getting there

From San Francisco via Golden Gate Bridge - Scenic Route North on Highway 101 to Highway 37 east. East on 37 to Highway 121. Take 121 towards Napa to Highway 29. Turn left (north) on 29. Exit at Lincoln Avenue. Go East on Lincoln to the third stop light, Main Street. Turn right on Main Street. Hennessey House is near the end of the third block on the right.

4 . Blackbird Inn

Napa, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 567 - 9811

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You'll hear yourself saying, "It's okay, I'm on vacation," quite often during your stay at our #4 pick, the Blackbird Inn especially during the afternoon when the scent of fresh baked cookies comes wafting through the air. This is just one of the many signature services offered, part of the prestigious Four Sisters Inn collection. Fun fact: this is a pet-friendly inn.

The Blackbird Inn is a boutique inn that combines modern luxuries without the frills. The California craftsman style architecture is ideally represented in the furnishings and types of wood found throughout the inn. There are eight rooms to choose from, each with its unique touch. Upon arrival at our #4 pick, you may feel right at home in the cozy Blackbird Inn. Nearby attractions include the Oxbow Public Market where you will find locally-grown fruits and veggies, farm-direct produce, gourmet food and handmade crafts on Tuesday and Thursday. Dance the night away at Silos Jazz Club, Napa's premier music room located in the heart of Downtown Napa at the Historic Napa Mill. Known for pairing great wines with great music. Delicious light fare treats and live music many nights of the week. Discover Napa Valley and beyond, check out this list: http://www.blackbirdinnnapa.com/attractions.htm

Address

Centrally located in downtown Napa: 1755 First St. Napa, CA 94559

Related Onsite Offerings

Four Sisters Inns is a collection of extraordinary boutique inns and hotels located in the most spectacular destinations of the West including California and Washington. Inns in our Classic, Artisan and Modern Collections offer elegantly appointed guestrooms, many with a king bed, fireplace, jetted spa tub and breathtaking views, and include a bountiful breakfast buffet and afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres.

Dates and Prices

Check out the Blackbird Inn's exclusive offers posted under the Special Offers page on their website. V. Sattui Sip, Savor and Stay Package Blackbird Inn partnered with award-winning V. Sattui Winery in the legendary Napa Valley to bring you the perfect wine country getaway package. Sip, Savor and Stay package includes: One night at Blackbird Inn $20 gift certificate for use at the V. Sattui Gourmet Deli Two premium wine tastings at V. Sattui Winery Signature Four Sisters Inns breakfast and afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres Valid Sunday through Thursday, November 1, 2011 to March 29, 2012: $195-205, per night, depending on guestroom chosen *'Sip, Savor and Stay' is based on availability and is not valid during holiday,special event periods, and may include blackout dates. Excludes certain room types. Please call the hotel for availability. This is not offered nor bookable on other travel sites. This special qualifies for one point towards the Frequent Sleeper Passport Program. 7 day cancellation policy.

5 . Maison Fleurie

Yountville, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 694 - 2060

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The #5 pick is another Four Sisters Inn property, the Maison Fleurie. You may find yourself daydreaming of days spent in southern France but you won't need a passport to experience this charming little inn. Napa Valley Maison Fleurie, the flowering house, is situated on half an acre of beautifully landscaped gardens - welcoming visitors to a Napa Valley Inn reminiscent of Southern France. Finely crafted furniture, rich fabrics, and a huge stone fireplace lend their ambiance to this historic main building, where a bountiful breakfast and afternoon wine and hors d' oeuvres are served.

Built in 1873, Maison Fluerie, "the flowering house," is a trio of beautiful brick-and-field-stone buildings covered in ivy. The main house has seven rooms and has a charming Provencal style with Terra-cotta tiles. Other unique rooms can be found in the old bakery building and the carriage house. Maison Fleurie is set on a beautifully landscaped gardens reminiscent of the French countryside. It's finely crafted furniture, stylish decor, private balconies and a huge stone fireplace create a romantic and relaxing ambiance. Some feature private balconies, patios, sitting areas, Jacuzzi tubs, and fireplaces. An above-par breakfast is served in the quaint little dining room; afterward, you're welcome to wander the landscaped grounds or hit the wine-tasting trail, returning in time for afternoon hors d'oeuvres and wine. Guests will enjoy a daily, complimentary breakfast before they hit the wine-tasting trail. Many return ready for round two with an afternoon reception of samples from the inn's wine cellar and a variety of hors d’oeuvres.

Highlights

Stay five or more nights at any Four Sisters Inns location and receive a complimentary Bon Voyage gift. No one likes the last day of vacation!

Fun facts

Are you a dog lover? Man's best friends are welcome at twelve of the Four Sisters Inn locations.

Related Onsite Offerings

Are you celebrating your honeymoon or an anniversary? Ask about the Celebration Package Upgrade.

6 . Old World Inn

Napa, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 966 - 6624

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Our #6 pick prides itself on all things local. Russ and Sharon, the innkeepers at The Old World inn treat their guests as if they were old friends coming to visit. They will chat over a fresh cup of tea and tell you where their favorite "hole in the wall" is located, suggest where to make dinner reservations on any given night and help you plan the perfect wine tour(s) based on your wants/needs.

The Old World Inn is a charming and affordable little gem. The innkeepers offer warm hospitality and guidance to first-time visitors and seasoned travelers alike. If you're a chocoholic, you'll fit right in. Night after night guests can enjoy wine, hors d'ouvres or just got straight to the decadent desserts of their choice from the dessert buffet. Homemade fudge and orange liquor soaked cake are just a few of the tasty treats you can expect. Light breakfast options are also available but Russ and Sharon know you need to save room for the wine. Then again, once you take a look at their homemade specialties, you might think twice about saving room. You're on vacation!

Fun facts

Napa Valley is the gourmet dining capital of America.

Related activities

Napa Valley Wine Train -- dine on the elegantly restored 1917 train, and enjoy a meal described as “classic continental style with California overtones.”

Address

1910 1st Street, Napa, CA 94559-2351

7 . Cedar Gables Inn

Napa, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 309 - 7969

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Book a trip to Napa Valley and spend a few nights at the Cedar Gables Inn and you will be whisked away to Renaissance England at one of the grandest and most treasured B & B's in Northern California. On Friday October 21, 1892 the Napa register noted "On the corner of Oak and Union streets stands one of the most unique dwellings in Napa County." In 1892 Edward S. Churchill had the 10,000 square foot inn built by the famous English architect Ernest Coxhead as a wedding present for his son E. Wilder Churchill. The Cedar Gables Inn became one of the big 4 mansions in the Napa Abajo/Fuller Park National Register Historic District.

Do you have a best friend who can cook like a contestant on Top Chef? The relationship with that friend is usually one of love and hate. You love her because she can do no wrong but your waistline hates her. Innkeeper and owner, Susie is that friend. Ken is more of a music man and can be seen playing the guitar on any given night as well as serenading guests. The Cedar Gables Inn offers the Ultimate Napa Culinary Experience: & "Hands-On" cooking classes with celebrity chefs of Napa Valley in an onsite, culinary showcase kitchen. Pair the fruits of your labor with a bottle of your favorite wine. Here is a bit of history on where you are about to stay: Built in 1892, Cedar Gables was designed by English architect Ernest Coxhead. The style is that of Old England, fashioned after the days of Shakespeare. Originally, the downstairs was not carpeted. It was kept well oiled and waxed in such a manner as to render itself to turn of the century fancy balls and gala parties galore. Today Cedar Gables is a 4 star bed and breakfast. Following in yesteryear's traditions it continues to host executive retreats, fancy dinners, holiday parties and grand social events.

Related activities

New restaurants from Food Network stars Tyler Florence and Iron Chef Morimoto are now open in Napa.

Fun facts

Rubicon Estate Winery, owned by Francis Ford-Coppola, is a history of movies AND wine. You may take a free tour of the winery and movie memorabilia, including four of his Oscars, or take a guided tour of the winery or vineyard that includes a tasting.

8 . The Inn on First

Napa, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (707) 253 - 1331

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We chose The Inn on First as our No. 8 pick because the innkeepers want you to feel as comfortable and welcome at their breakfast table as you would in your own home, whether you are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Without prejudice to sex, color, creed, or any other distinction, what matters most to Jim and Jamie is that everyone becomes a part of The Inn On First family.

Located just three blocks away from downtown Napa, The Inn On First offers scenic views of the rolling hills and beautiful vineyards. This historic mansion was built in 1905 but innkeepers Jim and Jamie bring a touch of San Francisco style which distinguishes their B&B from their neighbors.

Address

1938 First Street Napa, CA 94559

Highlights

The Inn on First is the first Northern California Bed and Breakfast Inn to be certified “green” by the State of California, and the second in the state. They are also members of the California Green Lodging Association and the Bay Area Green Business Association.

Fun facts

There are more than 250 wineries in the Napa Valley waiting to be discovered.

9 . Inn at Southbridge

St. Helena, California

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Set your car keys, cell phone and iPad down and get ready for an incredibly relaxing experience at our #9 pick, The Inn at Southbridge. It won't take before you fall in love with this charming little town of St. Helena in Napa Valley.

Historic St. Helena is a bit more spendy than our previous picks but you will not be disappointed once you arrive at the Inn at Southbridge. The beautiful french doors in your room open to provide a crisp morning breeze. Wondering what to do? Where to go? We've got you covered. The great thing about this hotel is the location. It's on Main Street right off of 29 and just minutes away from the Merryvale Winery, Tra Vigne a popular restaurant for formal dining, and Pizzeria Tra Vigne, a trattoria serving casual Italian fare. It is also walking distance from downtown St. Helena where you can shop in the boutiques on your evening stroll. Guests will enjoy a complimentary breakfast every morning and use of the Health Spa Napa Valley next door. Treat yourself to a massage after a long day of walking, biking or kayaking.

Address

Southbridge Napa Valley 1020 Main Street St. Helena, CA 94574

Average temperature

The Napa Valley enjoys a delightful Mediterranean climate, with a year round average mid-day temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The evenings can be as much as 20-30 degrees cooler. Dressing in layers is recommended as are comfortable shoes if winery visits are part of your itinerary. Summer: High 82 and Low 53 Fall: High 78 and Low 49 Winter: High 57 and Low 39 Spring: High 70 and Low 48

Getting there

Airports San Francisco – 75 miles Oakland – 70 miles Sacramento – 83 miles Sonoma County Airport – 28 miles Private Airport-Napa County (APC) – 26 miles

10 . Beazley House

Napa, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 559 - 1649

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If you're looking for an enchanted getaway, look no further. Our #10 pick is special because it was Napa's first B and B inn, opening its doors in 1981 with continued success and happy guests year-after-year. The Beazley House is "Napa’s first and still its finest bed and breakfast inn," according to the innkeepers Jim and Carole Beazley.

Beazley House is located in an ideal location. Innkeepers, Jim and Carole will gladly tell you all about the best activities & attractions that the Wine Country has to offer, including special, hidden places known only to the locals. The inn is dog friendly, in fact a three-legged golden retriever named Tubby and several others call the inn home. Amenities include free wireless Internet access, delicious homemade heart-healthy breakfasts, lush gardens, and comfortable rooms that make you feel right at home. Just like our #4 pick, we hear the fresh baked chocolate chip cookies are incredible and offered daily. Yum! Get to know the innkeepers even better with their "his" and "hers" blogs under the About Us section. Check out "Cookinn with Carol" where you will find a variety of recipes from the sweet innkeeper herself. We can only imagine how tasty the dinners and desserts at the Beazley House truly are. Jim's personality shines through his posts in "Jim's Views". The downtown Napa location is a perfect "home base" from which to explore wineries, vineyards, more restaurants, and the picturesque Napa Valley.

Highlights

The social media savvy couple posted a video on the About The Area page. Be sure to take a look & listen.

Related activities

Experience downtown Napa... you can walk or take a pedicab from The Beazley House for an all-day excursion of tasting at our many local wine bars, Bounty Hunter, Back Room Wines, Vintner’s Collective, & Napa General Store. Have lunch along the Napa River at Napa General Store, host to East Coast sandwiches, salads, brick-oven pizza, or Angéle, (French bistro). Shop downtown at the many boutiques & stores or find deals at the Napa Premium Outlets.

Fun facts

The Napa River is one of the largest protected wetlands on the west coast. Spend the day exploring with a leisurely ride on a "mini-yacht" or kayaking. Napa River Adventures has packages for two and can accommodate groups.

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