Purchase a gift certificate with a value of $300 or more and we will add another 15% onto the value as our gift to you. If you are planning to visit in the next two years, this is a great value to purchase now!
$300 becomes $345, $500 becomes $575, and $1000 becomes $1150.
Or, purchase a gift certificate for $500 or more and receive a $75 credit toward a 5-hour wine tour with innkeeper Jamie Cherry.
Good for gift certificate purchases through January 15, 2018 and must be redeemed by December 31, 2019. After 2019 value is reduced by 15% or wine tour credit is reduced by $75.
Value will be added after purchase and reflected in PDF Gift Certificate sent to you.
Extend your weekend and take off 50% your extra night
Thinking about extending your 2-night weekend stay? Come one day early, or stay an extra day, and we will take 50% off your extended night room rate. Applies to 2-night weekend (Fri, Sat) stays only through April 2, 2018.
Restrictions apply. Discount applies to Sunday or Thursday nights only. Must book before January 15, 2018. Holiday weekends excluded. Not applicable with other discounts. Call to receive this discount now (707-253-1331).
Reserve three midweek nights (Sunday through Thursday) by January 15, 2018 for any stay through April 2, 2018 and take 20% off each night. Holidays excluded. Not applicable with other discounts. Call to receive this discount now (707-253-1331).
NAPA, Calif. — Former priest, now Napa innkeeper and author Jim Gunther announces the nationwide release of his new spiritual book, “Let It Go Deep.” This book was co-authored by the late Dr. Juanita Meller.
Leaving formal ministry Jim Gunther found himself floundering outside of the Catholic Church. First as a trained chef, then a software quality assurance engineer, and finally as innkeeper and chef in Napa. Through it all he continued to ask the deeper question about who God is and what was required of him now that he no longer had a formal ministerial role to fulfill. How does one find faith outside the church community and continue to be of service to God’s people? With the help of his mentor, Juanita Meller, he was able to find the answers he needed.
This book is a call to remember that those who seek intimacy with God are promised this: “He who seeks shall find; to him who knocks, I will open.” The spiritual journey of those seekers reveals the incredible power that is offered to people as they surrender and become willing to go deeper, thus receiving the fullness of inner healing and intimacy with Christ.
Through baptism, people receive the grace of a hunger for more experiences of God’s love. It is a cry to go deeper — a call to simply surrender to the leading of the Holy Spirit. This results in healing of body, mind and soul — leading to wholeness, which is holiness. “Let It Go Deep” reflects the journey of all those who seek a deeper relationship with God and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.
Gunther is a director of spiritual practice in Napa, California, assisting individuals to find and to pursue their spiritual path. With a master’s degree in divinity and Scripture, he brings a deep biblical understanding to his work as well as an integrated approach between Christianity and other spiritual practices. Gunther is currently the co-owner of the Inn on First in Napa, California, with his husband and three dogs.
Meller was an active teacher of Scripture and spirituality in her parish. She served as a spiritual renewal conference coordinator, a pilgrimage organizer and leader. After her husband’s death, she took postgraduate education and earned a degree in relational psychology at 68 years old. She was certified as an NACC hospital chaplain at age 60 and served for 10 years. Meller was a certified spiritual director for 25 years. All these experiences were reflected in her writings.
The Inn On First is participating in Soles4Souls project this winter. We encourage both locals and guests to consider dropping off their gently used shoes for donation. We have a collection bin on the front porch. Hoping all of you will consider taking a second look at your closet and participating in this collection.
Napa Valley Shoe Drive
We are helping collect shoes for Soles4Souls, Inc. through a valley-wide shoe drive organized by local teens and Humanitas Wines. Donate shoes you no longer need in order to help fight poverty, both in America and in developing countries around the world, through Soles4Souls’ redistribution and micro-enterprise programs. Our goal is to collect 25,000 pairs of shoes by December 31st. We can do this, Napa!
For years we have been working hard to provide great food and great service to our guests. Yelpers, those who post reviews for Yelp.com, have been generous in their praise for all of our hard work and for that we are ever so grateful. They have made us #1 for Napa B&B’s for 8 years running and now they have propelled us into the national spotlight by rating us the #2 Best B&B in America! How cool is that! Thanks to all who have been part of The Inn On First family and making us a successful lodging property in the Napa Valley. Read all about it here»
B & B and Me. Napa Valley: still need more participants for a Travel-log show. Extending the show through the Fall.
This is NOT a reality show. Some of you have said you would have applied had you known it was more of a Travel-log series where a production crew will follow couples as they enjoy their stay at this stylish B & B and as they explore the Napa Valley. We are trying to showcase the inn and the greatness of Napa Valley. The cameras are not with you all the time. They meet you at breakfast to capture your thoughts about breakfast. They will meet you at a winery where you talk about your experience of the wine. They will meet you at your restaurant for dinner and showcase the food that is prepared. The show is slated to be witty, informative, creative and fun!
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
Everyone, of course! You all have stories to share about yourselves, your relationship, or even why you have chosen Napa Valley as your destination spot for that special occasion. The production company would love to see diversity of every sort (race, culture, religion, sex, age, et al.).
HOW TO APPLY?
Simply make a reservation (or maybe you already have one!) at the Inn on First for a midweek stay (holidays excluded) in the Fall/Winter. Then email the producers a half page of why you should be chosen, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim here: I was walking the dogs at Fuller Park, a ten minute walk from The Inn On First, an historic Napa Bed and Breakfast Inn. A group of young men (in their 30’s) approached dressed with Raiders shirts and wearing Raiders badges to identify them as part of the support staff.
“Cute dogs,” the one man said. Blond hair, cute, and very hunky. “Well, thanks,” I said. “We wanted to know if you would be willing to help us with a video we are making for the Raiders training camp; if you can tell us what you know about the Raiders.” I laughed. “Really, I’m a baseball fan. I follow the Yankees, the Giants, and occasionally the Angels and the A’s.” “That’s okay,” he replied. “Would you mind if we film you?” “Not at all,” I told him.
I asked the boys to wait patiently. First question: “If you are driving 120 mph, how far will you go?” “Well, how long am I driving in the car?” “One hour,” he said. “Okay, then 120 miles.” Next question: “If you are in the car for one hour and you are driving 80 mph, how far will you go?” “80 miles,” I replied. “Very good.”
Next question: “You walk into a bar and see a really beautiful woman. What is your pick-up line?” I smiled. I moved in closer to hunky blond man and said: “Or maybe I see a really good looking man I want to meet.” His eyes met mine. His face went red. His buddies chuckled behind the scenes. “Uh, okay.” “You are rather handsome,” I said. “Really cute.” “Thank you,” he said in response.
The interview ended. I continued walking, laughing the whole time as my interviewer got ribbed by his companions as they walked away.
The Inn On First, a luxury bed and breakfast inn in Napa, is happy to announce the completion of our winter renovations. We are so grateful to all of our guests who stayed with us throughout the work. You kept our spirits strong and gave us the courage to keep moving forward during the worst of the foundation upgrade and the scaffolding for the new paint job. So here are some before and after pics.
The outside of the historic mansion and garden suites building went from white and yellow with green trim and green awnings to tan and white with red awnings.
As for the garden we moved the corner patio that had a separate wooden table and chairs and conjoined it with the larger breakfast patio. That left us the opportunity to dig out the corner and to put in a new fire pit that is auto-ignited with a timer switch so guests can enjoy the warmth of the fire anytime between 7:30 am and 10:30 pm. We hope you enjoy the new look and feel as much as we do!
I have to admit I thought it would be much worse, but the foundation work moved along smoothly. Yes, we are certainly tired of the jackhammer noise and we are so happy it is now behind us. This week they removed the support girders from the basement. They then dug out the basement floor, have finished setting the framework, and tomorrow they pour the last of the concrete. I think everyone in the neighborhood will be happy to have some parking back along First Street and we, certainly, will be glad to our storage back as we have kept most boxes in our living quarters, already a tight affair.
During this time we also had the fence put up in the parking lot and we are very happy with that result. They have a bit more work to do on the other side of the yard, but really it looks so much better than it did. The next bit of work will be stucco repair all around, and then repainting the house, probably happening in May or June depending on the weather. Gratefully that will have little impact upon the guest experience in terms of noise and dust and equipment.
When all is done with the project we will have a stronger, better looking, and more attractive place for our guests. We want to thank all those who have been so patient with the construction work, and for your willingness to help carry us through this time of renovation.
Can you see it? The girder sticking out of the lower left corner of the basement? When the SBA encouraged us to do a foundation retrofit we weren’t sure we wanted to make that large of an investment. But when we asked: “What is the right thing to do?”, we realized that this would ensure a long and prosperous future for everything we have built here in the last eight years. So, it has begun, and you can see more pictures and read all about it on our Renovation News page. We will keep you informed weekly with more pics and updates on our blog and social media sites.
First and foremost we are doing very well. We want to say “thank you” to all our guests, family, and friends who reached out to us with emails, phone calls, and texts of concern, love, and support. It means very much to us and and reminds us of how much love there is in the world around us.
We, Jamie and Jim, were in Santa Cruz at the time of the earthquake for a niece’s wedding. A friend called at 4 am Sunday and said we needed to come home right immediately. All guests were accounted for and uninjured. We learned Calvin hid underneath a night stand. Maxwell jumped up on the bed, barking (naturally). Hugo stood up and watched the whole thing happen. No injuries, just scared little dogs needing some love and attention.
Our interim innkeeper, Cindy B., out-did herself keeping things calm and cool in the aftermath of our 6.0 earthquake. We lost a lot of “things” and any damage to the historic mansion is cosmetic (cracked plaster, paint chipped off). We called the staff and told them to take care of their families, and if they had time to join us later for clean-up. Cindy B. rallied the troops around us and we began the process.
We closed the inn for two days to clean up the mess. Lots of broken glass, lost dishes (a 100-year old hand painted china set- ugh!), two armoires that fell over and broke apart , and the picture window in the living room overlooking First Street.
However, as you can see in this next picture we had cleaned up by Sunday evening, and most things were back in order. We only lost six bottles of wine in the basement/cellar and although everything fell over or off its perch in the attic, very little was lost. All Christmas decorations managed to survive!
We were told to repair the cracked stucco on the chimney and the living room window won’t be repaired for awhile what with all the other businesses and homes in town in the same post-quake boat.
When you visit you are apt to see the plaster cracks in the living room and foyer even though we are structurally sound. Again, the damage is cosmetic. We are currently ordering new items for the rooms that need it, so please forgive the mismatch of lamps, etc., until we are able to restock our inventory. Apart from some of the visual clues around the house, you would be hard pressed to imagine we experienced an earthquake at all.
What about the aftershocks or tremors? We felt two this morning but thought it was the dogs jumping onto the bed. That was the extent of movement we experienced- very short, very small. As seasoned Californians we know these come and go and we find them more amusing as there is no damage to the house or belongings. Our guests from Georgia slept through the first one and she thought the second one was her husband shaking the bed to wake her up. They are with us for another night. Others, though, for their own reasons canceled and while we were sad to see them go we understand their comfort level is different in regard to this event and they didn’t want to visit Napa, or even California at this time.
As with all things Californian recovery comes quickly and the community moves toward full recovery. The Oxbow Market, our local Napa gathering spot with shops, stores, and restaurants, is already booming with activity. I walked around today purchasing produce, spices, and meat as I wanted to support local vendors in their loss of inventory over the weekend. It was nice to see so many other people doing the same. They reopened Main Street today and they are currently looking to reopen First Street this weekend. There are parts of outer Napa (away from downtown where we are located) where water is still an issue with broken water mains. The majority of downtown restaurants are open, some with “limited menus” until inventory is restocked, and wine tasting rooms are still open for business. The wineries are open after their own clean up, and the local grocery stores are looking to be reopened by Friday (the clean up there is pretty significant).
How can you help? Come visit. Taste wine. Go out to lunch and dinner. Support the local community. Let Napa know that we can and should carry on with the great gift of hospitality that is offered to all.