Will you join us in the National Water Challenge?

My Water Pledge is a friendly competition between cities across the US to see who can be the most “water-wise.” Mayors nationwide will challenge their residents to conserve water, energy and other natural resources on behalf of their city through a series of informative, easy-to-use pledges online.

Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category win. Cities will compete in the following population categories: 5,000-29,999, 30,000-99,999, 100,000-299,999. 300,000-599,999, 600,000+). Participants in the winning cities are eligible to win hundreds of prizes. By the way, your mayor doesn’t have to participate for your city to win… But every person makes a difference! Last year, the challenge awarded more than $50,000 in prizes to nearly 300 residents in U.S. cities.

Use this link to sign up today:  National Water Pledge

 

The Inn On First named in top 25 inns for the US

A few years ago Yelp named The Inn On First in the top 25 inns for the United States.

Last year Trip Advisor named The Inn On First in the top 25 inns for the United States.

Earlier this year Fodor’s named The Inn On First in the top 12 inns for Napa/Sonoma, as well as the top 10 breakfasts in Napa/Sonoma.

This past month BedandBreakfast.com named The Inn On First in the top 25 inns for the United States.

You would think with all this praise  it would go to our heads, but actually it goes straight to the heart.  It’s nice to get a public “pat on the back for a job well done”, but even more it opens our hearts to continue loving and serving people more deeply each day.

A word of thanks to all our guests who continue to empower us to be the best innkeepers in Napa.  Your love, support, and generosity through economic crisis, floods, fires, and earthquakes continues to push us to strive harder to make your stay at The Inn On First a first-rate experience.  Most of all, thanks for giving us the opportunity to fall in love with people all over again, especially our repeat guests whom we have come to know better and to love as friends.

We have been innkeepers for 11 years and we are still happy to be of service to the people who visit.  Really, though, as you know, once you come you are really a member of the family.  As we like to say: You are part of Napa’s First Family!  Thanks for making us such a grand success.

Read all about it here:  https://www.bedandbreakfast.com/info/travelers/awards/top-25-bbs-of-2017

 

Spring is here in Napa…great wine, great weather, so few crowds

Wowza!  Spring has hit Napa big time.  Blue skies, sunny afternoons, mustard in bloom.  We haven’t seen a February like this since 2008.  So warm I had to go find where I packed my shorts and sandals.  The secondary benefit: no crowds.  With so few people here, especially during the week, now is the best time of all to be here.  Great views, lovely wine, and plenty of space to call your own.

Travel Writer falls in love with The Inn On First

We were recently visited by Maximiliano Morales, Wine & Hotel Trend Writer from Chile and CEO of www.andeswines.com the leading wine marketing site of South America with 15 years of experience in working with wineries and countries to communicate their wines to the wine press and hotel industry.
He was visiting to write a Special Report for www.andeswines.com about California Wineries and included The Inn on First as part of an exclusive report in spanish and english.
Take a peek at what he has to say about his stay:

Last chance for holiday savings!

15% added to value of Gift Certificate purchases
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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).

20% off midweek night stays

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).

Book Now

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Chef Jim Gunther’s cookbook is a great gift for everyone this holiday season.  Loaded with 200+ recipes it brings a taste of Napa to every home.

Purchase yours today for $40 at Amazon.com.
Black and White Edition and Kindle Edition available, too.

Angele Restaurant: California cuisine meets French inspiration

A twenty minute walk from The Inn On First (won’t feel so long as you wind around the river path or enjoy window shopping along First Street and Main Street), is a lovely, very romantic restaurant, Angele(pronounce Awn-jell).  Named after her French grandmother, the owner, Bettina, provides a lovely ambience to enjoy a clean, quiet environment with beautiful food.

The menu changes seasonally which is what locals love, and rather than being strictly french, she brings french accents to the dishes without overwhelming you with cream and butter.  Fresh summer tomato salad with homemade ricotta, fried deviled eggs, and classic escargot are some great starters.  For dinner, homemade pappardelle with summer squash, or whole Branzino fish with carrot salad, or your traditional steak frites.

For those looking for a quiet, romantic restaurant, great food with lovely ambience, followed up by a quiet stroll along the Napa river after dinner, Angele is the place.

 

The Corner Restaurant: upscale American food

Twice within a month friends came into town and both times they chose The Corner as the restaurant of destination.  Only a fifteen minute walk from The Inn On First, a Napa Valley luxury bed and breakfast. The Corner provides a hip, casual atmosphere with an uptick in scale on the food.  They take great American classics and make them into something wonderfully delicious and fun.

Garden Beets with Candied Pecans, oh my.  Pork Belly with Peach Mostarde, mm-mm good.  Foie Gras with Pistachio Butter on Brioche, a slice of heaven.  For main courses, they provide enough choices for meat and fish eaters to find something to please the palate: Squid Ink Tagliatelle with Mussels (yes, your teeth will turn black as you sop up every morsel), Sturgeon with Eggplant Raviolo, and Duck Breast with Pinot Lacquer and Cherry Juice.

When you want American basics with a high touch of class and distinction, this is the place to eat.