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15 years ago
06/03/2008, 06:36 AM
Home away from home in the heart of Napa Valley – I've just returned from my 3rd visit to the Wine Country Inn in 3 years and already miss it. The WCI is everything I love about a bed & breakfast type hotel (comfortable yet stylish accommodations, conveniently located, personal recommendations on what to do & see, etc.) but none of the things I dislike . Their breakfasts are wonderful - no going hungry here! Each morning they have a different (delicious!) egg souffle to try, plus make it yourself waffles, cereals, amazing homemade granola, fresh fruit, home-made muffins, etc. You serve yourself, so breakfast is at your pace. Tables abound through the large comfortable dining area, which includes an outdoor seating area overlooking the vineyards. Engaging with other guests is at your discretion &certainly not forced (as some B&B's are known to do). Each afternoon a local vintner is invited in to provide a wine tasting for guests and a large spread of tempting appetizers are provided. (Caution - the apps are so good it is possible to ruin your dinner - and w/ all the amazing restaurants in the area - you'll want limit your intake of apps).
The grounds of the WCI are absolutely stunning. The property is nestled into a vineyard and nearly every view overlooks part of the vineyard. The accommodations range from small, but serviceable (and tastefully appointed) rooms to cottages with large private terraces.
The staff is extremely friendly and will go out of there way to make sure all of your needs are met. After just the first visit you're made to feel like family. Joyce on the evening shift is one of my personal favorites.
The WCI also offers a wonderful amenity - evening taxi service to a rather extensive list of local restaurants. After a day of wine tasting, not having to drive is more than just a luxury. Janelle the primary driver is loads of fun with lots of stories.
If you visit, look out for "Bob" the Cat, a super-friendly Manx who just adds to the overall hominess.