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Jim’s Napa Blog

Delicious Eats and Sweet Treats in Downtown Napa 

Nothing compares to the magical feeling you experience as you take in the scent of freshly made pastries, bread, and sweet treats when stepping into a bakery. The Inn on First is within steps of Downtown Napa where you’ll find beautiful restaurants, wineries, places to shop and many other things to do in Napa Valley. During your vacation we suggest taking a walk through the local bakeries and sweet shops near our Napa B&B, here are a couple worth checking out.  The Model Bakery If there’s something you should know about The Model Bakery, it’s that their English muffins were [...]

Stay Healthy on Vacation: Napa Valley Activities 

While staying at The Inn on First you’ll be centrally located to an abundance of Napa Valley activities, and you’ll be able to walk everywhere! During vacations, you’ll be indulging in a variety of gourmet eats, sampling delicious wine, so it’s important to remember to get out and stretch your legs as well! Staying active on vacation will be a breeze as Napa Valley is full of beautiful landscapes to hike, has a variety of fresh locally grown food at the local market, paths to bike and more! Here are our favorite things to do in Napa Valley to stay [...]

Best Dog-Friendly Wineries in Napa Valley

Nothing says family vacations like being able to bring the entire family along, including your dog, to our Napa Valley bed and breakfast. At The Inn on First, we know that leaving your beloved furry friend behind can cause emotional distress at times, which is why we suggest bringing Spot to our Napa B&B, please view our three Garden Suite pet-friendly accommodations online. Napa Valley has become increasingly pet-friendly over the years with many restaurants, wineries, and Napa Valley breweries allowing man’s best friend to join in on the fun! Many of the Napa Valley wineries are pet-friendly and we’ll [...]

Three Unique Napa Valley Experiences

Even if it’s your first trip to our Napa Valley bed and breakfast, at The Inn on First we’d like to be your guide as we walk you through unforgettable experiences throughout your stay. Upon request, we’ll provide an itinerary for your getaway so that you’re able to take in all the sights, whether you’re traveling with a group or as a couple. Let us provide a small glimpse of three of our favorite excursions that we can set up for you while lodging at our Napa Inn. Napa Valley Balloons Up, up, and away— fly high above the Napa [...]

A Lesson in Hospitality

Here at The Inn On First, a luxury bed and breakfast inn in Napa, Jamie and I have defined our own style of hospitality.  It is more than service as a craft.  It is the ability to bring the heart, soul, and mind into alignment with your values and to present an integrated approach in word and action in service to the people you meet. One of the first lessons we learned was Authenticity. When we first considered owning a bed and breakfast inn 13 years ago, we met with many innkeepers, stayed at some inns, and questioned everyone we knew [...]

By |April 10th, 2019|Categories: bed and breakfast inn, Hospitality|

Napa Valley Breweries

In a region well-known for wineries, it’s necessary to take a break from indulging in the endlessly flowing wine of Napa Valley. At The Inn on First, we’re known as the best bed and breakfast in California, and with a full day of brewery tours, you’ll want to start with a good base of gourmet cuisine! We have prepared a list of our favorite Napa Valley breweries that will let you relax on this self-guided Napa Valley brewery tour! St. Clair Brown Winery and Brewery Start your Napa Valley breweries tour with a stop at St. Clair Brown Winery and [...]

The Inn On First wins Best of Napa Valley

The Inn On First has won a 2019 Experts' Choice Award from TripExpert. Fewer than 2% of hotels worldwide receive the award Now in its fourth year, Experts’ Choice recognizes endorsements by leading publications, such as travel guides, magazines and newspapers. The 2019 awards are based on more than 1.5 million reviews. Fewer than 2% of hotels worldwide are receiving an Experts’ Choice award. With praise from publications like Gayot, BlackBook and Fodor's, The Inn On First is featured on TripExpert.com as one of the best hotels in Napa Valley. The Inn On First has also received TripExpert's Best of [...]

By |March 4th, 2019|Categories: Media-News|

Downtown Napa Shopping Guide

California’s Napa Valley provides wine aficionados, foodies, honeymooners, and everyone in between with a seemingly endless array of year-round activities, including private wine tours, hot air balloon rides, and even world-class fly fishing. But our guests here at The Inn on First, the premier Napa Valley bed and breakfast, are also encouraged to explore lively Downtown Napa. You’ll discover countless boutiques, over 25 wine tasting rooms, and several award-worthy restaurants. Our historic, romantic Napa inn is a short, scenic stroll along First Street from downtown, perfect for mid-day Napa shopping and a delicious, elegant lunch. Eclectic Napa Shopping There are [...]

3 of the Best Napa Valley Restaurants

Napa Valley is renowned for its world-class vineyards, and rightfully so, but our guests are always pleasantly surprised to discover the high-end culinary scene here in Napa, California. Travelers, wine connoisseurs, and foodies choose The Inn on First for Jim’s gourmet self-created breakfast, Jamie’s private wine tours, and the historic yet luxurious mansion that we call home. As an added bonus, The Inn on First is a ten-minute stroll or a scenic drive from three of the best Napa Valley restaurants. These high-end restaurants are not only revered and supported by all of us here at The Inn on First, [...]

How to Celebrate the New Year in Napa Valley

Celebrate Napa New Year’s in style with your stay at The Inn on First! Wake up to a wonderful breakfast in a lovely room and start your New Year’s on the right foot in Napa Valley. There is plenty to do in the premiere wine spot of California, so check out some of these Napa Valley restaurants and make the most out of your New Year. Dinner in Napa Valley Nothing starts the new year quite like a lovely meal. There are plenty of amazing places in Napa that will let you wine and dine the New Year’s in style. [...]

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