Historic Inns of Napa Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour & Taste

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While snow may be falling in other parts of the country, Napa Valley enjoys a moderate Mediterranean climate. The winter is one of the best times to visit Northern California wine country; the crowds have dissipated and a more relaxed vibe takes over the restaurants and shops in historic downtown Napa. This is the time of year when I like to escape to Napa for a bed and breakfast romantic getaway. Fires blaze brightly in the fireplace and a hot tub calls my name with a glass of bubbly to end the day. This is also a great time to chat with winemakers and the local people behind the counter or kitchen door.


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If you’re looking to sip and dine your way through downtown Napa during the December holidays, I have just the tour for you. Better yet, book a stay at one of these historic inns of Napa for the first Saturday in December and you’ll wake up to a feeling of Christmas cheer. That’s because eight Napa Inns will deck their halls – and banisters and windows – you get the picture – with ribbons and bows. The stockings will be hung from the chimney with care in hopes that a Napa Valley winemaker soon will be there.

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You won’t have to worry about drinking and driving, or rely on St. Nick and his eight tiny reindeer to get you from one inn to the other because a complimentary shuttle service is included with the price of your ticket. The cost of the 2016 ticket is $75 and includes food and wine pairings from local Napa chefs and innkeepers, as well as Napa Valley winemakers. The event takes place from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. with live entertainment included at most bed and breakfasts. This is a charity event, with funds going to local and deserving Napa charities.


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This will be my first time attending the 2016 Napa B&B Holiday Tour, but I have had the pleasure of staying at several bed and breakfasts, quite a few are members of Historic Inns of Napa. Inn on Randolph is also a member of Historic Inns of Napa, however, they are not participating in the holiday tour this year. You may read my review here.


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2016 Napa B&B Holiday Tour Participants

1801 First

Arbor Guest House

Beazley House Read my Beazley House Bed & Breakfast Inn review here.

Capp Heritage Tasting Room & Lounge (not a bed & breakfast)

Churchill Manor

Hennessey House

La Belle Epoque Read my La Belle Epoque review here.

McClelland-Priest Bed & Breakfast

The Napa Inn

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Story by San Francisco-based travel writer and bed and breakfast aficionado Nancy D. Brown. She was recently in Napa Valley researching B&B’s for an online article. 1801 First photo courtesy Nancy D. Brown all other photos contributed by Napa Bed and Breakfast Holiday Tour and Taste participating inns.

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