TRAVEL WEEKLY

Written By: Northstar Travel Group

This inn is situated just off Highway 29—the main thoroughfare through the Napa Valley—and next door to the Beaulieu Vineyard (BV) winery, which is known for its cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay. The Rutherford Grill restaurant is also just a few steps away. Most guests are vacationers here for wine tasting and fine dining.

All 26 rooms in this hacienda-style lodging are suites—six are premium suites and one has a separate bedroom. They encircle a central courtyard that holds a pool and whirlpool. A beehive-shaped outdoor fireplace warms a communal space, and there are two fire pits by the pool. Nine stained-glass windows created by Napa Valley artist Gaye Frisk enhance the property and some guest rooms.

Guests enter the spacious lobby and head to a check-in desk in the back. Staff is welcoming and friendly.

A generous buffet breakfast is served in the property’s small private cafe. It includes pastries from a popular local bakery, eggs prepared to order, breakfast sandwiches, fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, cheeses, nuts and espresso drinks. Breakfast can be served in room for a small fee. A lunch menu is served in the cafe, and room service is available 7:30 am-6:30 pm. Snack and soda machines are located by the pool. Coffee and tea service is available in the lobby, and a complimentary evening wine tasting hour featuring local vintners is presented Thursday-Saturday at 5:30 pm.

Nearby activities include wine tastings galore, hot-air balloon rides, health spas and the Wine Train. A left turn (east) out of the parking lot takes you through a tunnel of trees to the famed Silverado Trail.

There is no gift shop. Guest and concierge services are available 24 hours at the front desk, which can assist with restaurant reservations, car rental and wine-shipping arrangements.

Two small meeting spaces are available, as is the necessary equipment. There is no guest business center, but facilities at the concierge desk can be used. A large, free off-street parking lot adjoins. The hotel has a partnership with Alta Transportation to provide guests with airport transportation, wine-tasting tours and more.

The property is two stories, and there is no elevator. Hallways are outdoors. The spacious rooms vary a bit in size. All have wall-to-wall carpeting and decor that compliments the architecture. Some have vaulted or exposed beam ceilings or private patios. Natural knotty pine ceilings and doors were made with wood recycled from a 19th-century Ohio barn and provide a cozy, camplike atmosphere. Colorful framed weavings from Ecuador brighten things up. Sunken sitting areas are furnished with a comfortable brown leather sofa and chair and feature flip-on freestanding fireplace.

All rooms provide a Keurig coffeemaker and bottled VOSS water. The high king beds are firm and comfortable and covered with white cotton sheets and duvets. Each room has a multidevice charging dock, and 55-inch HD TVs (several rooms have two). Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the property. Air conditioners are quiet, and lighting is good. Spacious white-tiled baths have white-marble vanities, some with two sinks. Some have a walk-in oversize shower with sliding door and stained-glass window plus a separate toilet closet. No rooms have tubs. The all-natural, custom Tarocco toiletries are presented in a souvenir take-it-with-you, zip-close bag imprinted with the hotel name. All rooms have a private patio.

In general, the second floor is most desirable because it is away from the pool traffic. Room 109 has a large wrap-around patio with dining table, lounge chair and a view over the fence of the Beaulieu Winery. In general, the one-bedroom suite and premium suites are more desirable because they are larger and have two TVs, double sinks, and stained glass windows.

Two rooms are wheelchair accessible. This property is smoke-free and does not permit pets.

The staff is friendly and available.