Our home has been dated to 1905 construction and only 3 families lived in the house prior to the conversion to and opening of a romantic Napa Bed and Breakfast Inn. Renovation began in 2002 and completed in 2003. The mansion originally included 4 bedrooms and 1 bathroom (Budding Vine) upstairs, with four rooms downstairs including the dining room, living room, foyer, and library (approximately 4,000 square feet sitting on .35 acres of property). The second floor was renovated to include 5 bedrooms, removing a sun room (Angel’s Share) off the master suite (Veraison). The renovation of the rooms included private bathrooms, whirlpool tubs and gas fireplaces. In 2003 a separate building behind the mansion was completed (another 4,000 square feet)- 3 lower suites with private decks (Meritage, Incantment, and Heritage Estate), and two extra large suites (Noble Vineyard, Vintage Reserve) referred to as the honeymoon suites on the second floor. Whirlpool tubs for two and gas fireplaces were added to all rooms.
Originally each room was painted a different color and decorated using English artist Cicely Mary Barker’s flower fairies as inspiration. When we (Jim and Jamie) purchased the inn in May 2007 (at the time under a different name) The Inn On First was born. We knew the flower theme didn’t suit us so we chose a more contemporary direction. We removed all doilies and as many flowery accessories as possible from the rooms, painted the common areas of the mansion, removed the existing furniture and replaced it with what we brought from our home in San Francisco.
While most of the flowery accents have been replaced a few examples remain until it is in need of replacement and/or financing is available. There are still elements of the old (armoires in most of the mansion rooms, antique bureaus) mixed in with the new and more contemporary look we want for the whole inn, giving it a homey and comfortable feel that is very different from a standard hotel room. This is a work in progress and will continue for years to come. So, expect rooms to be constantly evolving over the next five to ten years.
A significant decision made about a year into ownership was REMOVING ALL TELEVISIONS. With whirlpool tubs for two and gas fireplaces in every room we felt televisions would only get in the way of intimacy and romance for couples. Yet in a nod toward the contemporary we do provide free wireless internet access for those who need to stay connected with the outside world while on vacation.
Another decision we made was to become a SMOKE-FREE PROPERTY. No matter where one smoked on the property it was noticed by other guests so we felt it best to not allow smoking anywhere on the premises.
The Inn On First is a Certified Green Business
We aspire to be a GREEN BUSINESS and implemented a program that is certified by the State of California. Simple things such as replacing plastic water bottles in the rooms with re-usable stainless steel bottles, installing soap, shampoo and conditioner dispensers in the showers (with Gilchrist Soames BeeKind Collection), and many other practices helped to make this a reality. For a full details of Green-Certified practices and ways we minimize our impact on the environment while providing you the most comfortable stay, visit our Green-Certified Lodging page.
For a full list of what we offer in the rooms be sure to visit our Amenities and Policies Page. We are proud to be one of the certified Green bed and breakfast inns in the state of California.