More about The Wine Country Inn
Southern CA native loving Northern CA
When you arrive at the Wine Country Inn, you will feel like you have come home. After 5 nights in a large chain hotel in the city, the Wine Country Inn provided the comfortable accommodations we craved.
The location is remarkable - St. Helena is lovely a town with plenty of tasty temptations. The Model Bakery, the local market, and Taylors (it must be the original!) have tasty food for next to nothing. And Cindy's is a must-visit. The shopping rivals anything I've experienced in cities dozens of times larger.
But my husband & I were rarely hungry because the generous breakfasts and "happy hours" at the Inn were enough to keep us comfortably full.
Our lovely hosts are obviously natives - they know every nuance of the area, from the best hiking trails to the most exclusive wine tastins
Lest I mislead you, don't think this is a bargain location. Everything in this area is ridiculously expensive. But this is one of the best values around - you can pay the same at other places and get half the ammenities.
The rooms are not "high end" by any means, but the bed in our room (#9 in the main 'lodge') put me to sleep in about 5 minutes. The fireplace with real wood was romantic and very cozy on the cool March nights we spent in the Napa Valley.
This if a family-run place, and they will embrace you as if you are their family.
My husband and I stayed here on our honeymoon and it was absolutely perfect! We loved everything, from the bose sound system to the fireplace! Not to mention our own private patio with fountain that overlooked the vineyards! The heated floors in the bathroom were a nice touch too. This is a great place to stay for a special vacation!
For a honeymoon location, this was absolutely perfect! The beauty of the room and the view from our balcony made our first trip to Napa Valley even more enjoyable. The afternoon wine tastings and vineyard coupons were a great way to find experiences off the beaten path. The staff were extremely helpful in making arrangements for our accommodations and excursions in the area and breakfast was delicious! We would highly recommend this location and would love to go back, though it might be a little out of our price range for a regular vacation.
The most wonderful experience!
What more can I say that hasn't already been said by everyone else, other than to recount my personal special memory from this lovely inn. We have stayed at the property twice, both times spontaneously after a day wine tasting in the valley. On both occasions, after only one night stay, I leave in the morning feeling as if I've had a two week vacation. The setting is absolutely spectacular, with vineyard views surrounded by a backdrop of rolling California hills.
Your alarm clock in the morning, the sprinklers watering the vines, your turn down service - a humming bird visiting you on your private patio to say goodnight.
The finishing touches at this inn are so well done, exceptional presentation in the rooms. Breakfast in the morning is very welcoming, with an array of homemade favorites waiting for you to sample. In the evening, complimentary wine tasting and appetizers are served to guests in the charming dining area.
Guest suites are wonderful, down comforters, antique touches, a CD player and sample cd for your listening pleasure await you in each room. We were lucky enough to have a room with a private patio and hot tub over looking the vines. French doors open to the patio and the view - we didn't close them all night, allowing the cool air into the room with a scent of Chardonnay....or was it Pinot Noir???
No place better
What can you say about this place. People always say that Americans are fantastic at customer service - this place takes it up to a new level. My partner and I felt like part of the Wine Country Inn family when we left. Fantastic people - gorgeous location. We arrived and we're greeted by Joan who gave us freshly made, just out of the oven cookies. The food is fantastic here -all you need to set you up on a good day's wine tasting - home made breakfast, the attention to detail and comfort. Although they don't do evening meals - and in a Valley full of top notch restaurant who would - the late afternoon wine tasting sessions are brilliant and a chance to meet and greet with the local winemakers (free!) You just felt that you weren’t just another "guest". The prices may seem high to some on a budget - we we're travelling on a budget but stayed self-catering in other places on our journey so we wouldn't miss out on the Wine Country inn in Napa. Believe me you won't regret it. This place is part of the Napa experience. Wonderful location - easy cycling/driving distance to a lot of wineries. And you may even be visited by Bob the resident cat. Planning to go back next year on our honeymoon!
Wonderful, relaxing getaway
My wife and I just returned from a four-night stay at the Wine Country Inn. We both agree the place was magnificent. They were booked solid and we tried to get in at the last minute, which resulted in us having to spend two nights in one room and then two nights in another. Despite this (not their fault, after all), we had a wonderful time.
The first room we stayed in had a fireplace, which provided a romantic -- and somewhat practical, considering how crisp the night air was -- diversion after dark. The second room had no fireplace, but a California King-size bed and our own private patio.
The workers at the WCI are attentive without interfering, and are very responsive. Chef Guy's breakfasts are copious and excellent, with a good variety of fresh selections and home-baked goods to choose from.
Evening wine-tastings make for a good, easy way to relax after spending the day in the beautiful countryside. And the pool is just lovely, never too crowded, and open until 11pm, so an evening dip in the hot tub is also possible.
I will say that my wife and I found the walls a bit on the thin side, but this didn't prove to be a particular problem since it wasn't a noisy crowd. The occasional burst from a neighbors clock-radio in the morning, though, was about the only fault we could find.
All in all, highly recommended if you're worn out and looking for a relaxing retreat.
We'll be back!
I'm writing this (using the free wi-fi) as I sit on the balcony gazing out at the vineyards. My wife and I arrived on a Friday, leaving on Monday. We stayed in two rooms, #3 (queen size bed, ground floor with patio) and #20 (king w/ fireplace & huge bathroom with double jacuzzi, double shower, heated floors; large porch overlooking the valley). They upgraded our last night to #20 since they had closed their beautiful pool for 24 hrs. for maintenance. Both rooms were great although we did have a neighbor our first night who snored.
Some of the pluses of this place:
1. NO TV--but they have Bose CD players or iHome for iPods in all the rooms.
2. Bottled water and sodas on the honor system available in the lounge 24/7. Homemade chocolate chip cookies in the evening
3. Buffet breakfast--different everyday; today was an Italian frittata, u-make waffles, pastries, fruits, juices
4. Wine tasting every afternoon--different winery each day with hors d'ouevres; recipes are available for all their items
5. Pool with hot tub--comfortable chaises; lots of umbrellas
6. Best of all--free transport in their SUV to restaurants in St. Helena and other locations in the area--no need to have a designated driver
7. 1.5 miles north of St. Helena on Lodi Lane in quiet vineyards. Very bucolic! We walked to town one morning to walk off our meal the night before.
Restaurants--too many to name. Suggest a late lunch in the bar on the deck at Auberge de Soleil or outside at Tra Vigne.
Suggested reading for the wine country-- Judgement of Paris. California vs Paris. Author George Taber. It gives great history of the wine industry in the the Napa Valley and how the California wines won the 1976 historic winetasting. Paperback.
Great Romantic Weekend
My wife and I stayed at the Wine Country Inn for a weekend away in July 2007. The Inn is well located, in St. Helena, which is towards the northern end of the Napa Valley, about 1.5 hours from the San Francisco airport.
The Inn is very secluded, surrounded by vineyards, and is an excellent escape from work and city life. There are great restaurants in downtown St. Helena, about 2.5 miles away, not to mention wine tastings and tours all over the valley.
We found the price of the Wine Country Inn to be very reasonable, compared to more expensive hotels and Inns in the area, that tend to be be quite pricey. In addition, the Wine Country Inn has complimentary breakfast and afternoon wine tastings along with gourmet snack. All of the rooms are individually decorated, and are comfortable, but certainly our room was not over the top luxurious.
The staff is friendly and eager to be of assistance. It isa family run operation, and many of the staff, I believe, are relatives (siblings, children) of the owners.
There are no fitness faciliites here although there is a fitness facility nearby in St. Helana, at extra cost, should this be of concern to individuals like us who have to work out on vacation. There is also a nice bike route/running route on Silverado Trail, just behind the Inn.
This is definitely not a place to take children. It is very quiet and the focus is on adult interests, such as fine wine and food. Children would be totally out of place splashing around in the pool area, at least when we were there. There are no tvs in the rooms.
In total, a very good experience at a reasonable price (for the area).
Another Stay in Paradise
In August 2006 both my wife and I stayed at the Wine Country Inn for 3 days/2 nights in Sunny Garden one of the 5 cottages on the property. This room is one of the more expensive on the property, but it exceeded our expectations. We decided then and there that we would come back in 2007. This time we choose Suite 24 which looks out over the spectacular vineyards and mountains behind the property.
Needless to say we again where thrilled with the room. Everything about The Wine Country Inn is first rate. Like it says on the web site “Luxury without the attitude” That sums it up best. The pool, Guy’s breakfast, the daily wine tasting, the incredible gardens that surround the property, the staff, everything is just perfect.
There are rooms in all price ranges. It’s not inexpensive but you get what you pay for in Napa Valley and this place gives you more than you could ever expect.
Some recommendations in Napa while you are there. Don’t miss these!
- The town of Calistoga
- Tour Sterling Vineyards, Mondavi and MUMM Vineyards (champagne!)
- Auberge du Soleil for a late lunch outside on the deck over looking the valley.
- Silverado restaurant. An easy and short stroll from WCI when you tire of wine and want to have a cold beer and inexpensive but good food.
- The outdoor festival on Saturday afternoon at Sattui Winery
- Brix, Go Fish and Market restaurants on Route 29. Reasonably priced, great atmosphere and food.
I could go on but that’s a good start and will take you several days to enjoy.
What an incredible Inn
What a great Inn. I searched using tripadvisor and other websites to find a romantic place to stay for a long weekend. This was one of their top rated B&B's. What a great experience. We stayed in Room 20, which is their honeymoon suite. This room is very large, it has a wood burning fireplace, private balcony and a bathroom the size of most hotel rooms (heated floors, double shower, and a whirpool tub that has a huge window overlooking neighboring vineyards). The Inn has a very small feel, even though they have over 25 rooms/cottages. Everone is very friendly. The included breakfast as well as afternoon appetizers (with a local winery pooring wine) are fantastic. The chef (Guy) and owner (Jim) have a personal touch on everything served.
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