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The Cycle of Life: celebrating the closure of Maxwell’s life with us here at The Inn On First

It is always with a heavy heart to hear your dog has an inoperable, untreatable stomach tumor, that he only has weeks to live.  Yet in the cycle of life that we celebrate at The Inn On First we will not allow his light to go out without notice.  He is still with us for now, so if you do happen to visit, see a scrawny dog with floppy ears and a wagging tail, well that would be him.  Maxwell, aka, Mr. Sunshine.  He is blind in one eye, so you need to be sure to wave your hand in front of his face before you pet him, otherwise he could be surprised by the touch and yelp.  He loves to be petted, and his energy is always up and ready for play.  Yes, there are moments of sadness, but right now let us all make it the best few weeks of his life: smiling, laughing, playing, petting, and loving him to the very end.  It’s the way I want to go when I die.  I want to offer him the same gift.

To all of our guests who have loved him so well after we rescued him 5 years ago, we thank you for your kindness and attention to him.  To those who are guardians of other animals and have lost your own loved ones, we know you understand the hard but necessary choice we face.  We know you will carry us in love, peace, and prayer in the days ahead.

My Maxwell Haiku:

Sorrow comes slowly,

Grilled hot dogs make him happy

Love is wagging tails.

Bicycling options near The Inn On First

Napa Valley Bike Tours introduces their new Napa bike rental shop (previously located on California Blvd.) into Downtown Napa!

Guests can visit them at 950 Pearl Street – at the corner of Pearl & West streets (same block as Melted and Bui Bistro).

The new location is a short ten minute walk from The Inn On First, has plenty of free parking across the street (in the lot behind Cole’s Chop House) and is only a few blocks from Vallejo Street, where it’s easy to pickup the Napa Valley Vine Trail for a 9-mile car-free bike rideall the way up to Yountville.

Starting from the new Downtown Napa location, guests can ride 5 miles to reach the wineries of the Oak Knoll District (Laird Family, Trefethen, Silenus and Monticello – to name just a few).

Guests looking for a break from wine tasting can enjoy a scenic ride along the Napa Riverfront and through Kennedy Park – stopping at Oxbow Market for a tempting treat along the way.

And a 9-mile ride will bring bikers all the way up to Yountville, where they pop into Domaine Chandon (#willbikeforbubbles), stop by Addendum for their cult-favorite fried chicken box lunch or visit any of Yountville’s many great tasting rooms or restaurants.

Best of all, after indulging in all that Yountville has to offer, bike rental guests who don’t feel like riding 9 miles back to Downtown Napa- don’t have to!  Rental guests have the option to return their bikes to our Yountville shop location for a $10 per bike relocation fee and then catch an Uber or Lyft to their next destination.

A Point-to-Point Bike Ride through Napa Valley… How cool is that?!

Another exciting new offering at the Downtown Napa location are super-fun Electric Bikes by Pedego!  You have to trust us when we say it’s truly Love at First Ride on these colorful, sprightly eBikes that make pedaling just about anywhere a “No-Sweat” proposition. We can’t wait for you to experience this exciting new option!

Will you join us in the National Water Challenge?

My Water Pledge is a friendly competition between cities across the US to see who can be the most “water-wise.” Mayors nationwide will challenge their residents to conserve water, energy and other natural resources on behalf of their city through a series of informative, easy-to-use pledges online.

Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category win. Cities will compete in the following population categories: 5,000-29,999, 30,000-99,999, 100,000-299,999. 300,000-599,999, 600,000+). Participants in the winning cities are eligible to win hundreds of prizes. By the way, your mayor doesn’t have to participate for your city to win… But every person makes a difference! Last year, the challenge awarded more than $50,000 in prizes to nearly 300 residents in U.S. cities.

Use this link to sign up today:  National Water Pledge


The Inn On First named in top 25 inns for the US

A few years ago Yelp named The Inn On First in the top 25 inns for the United States.

Last year Trip Advisor named The Inn On First in the top 25 inns for the United States.

Earlier this year Fodor’s named The Inn On First in the top 12 inns for Napa/Sonoma, as well as the top 10 breakfasts in Napa/Sonoma.

This past month named The Inn On First in the top 25 inns for the United States.

You would think with all this praise  it would go to our heads, but actually it goes straight to the heart.  It’s nice to get a public “pat on the back for a job well done”, but even more it opens our hearts to continue loving and serving people more deeply each day.

A word of thanks to all our guests who continue to empower us to be the best innkeepers in Napa.  Your love, support, and generosity through economic crisis, floods, fires, and earthquakes continues to push us to strive harder to make your stay at The Inn On First a first-rate experience.  Most of all, thanks for giving us the opportunity to fall in love with people all over again, especially our repeat guests whom we have come to know better and to love as friends.

We have been innkeepers for 11 years and we are still happy to be of service to the people who visit.  Really, though, as you know, once you come you are really a member of the family.  As we like to say: You are part of Napa’s First Family!  Thanks for making us such a grand success.

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Spring is here in Napa…great wine, great weather, so few crowds

Wowza!  Spring has hit Napa big time.  Blue skies, sunny afternoons, mustard in bloom.  We haven’t seen a February like this since 2008.  So warm I had to go find where I packed my shorts and sandals.  The secondary benefit: no crowds.  With so few people here, especially during the week, now is the best time of all to be here.  Great views, lovely wine, and plenty of space to call your own.

Travel Writer falls in love with The Inn On First

We were recently visited by Maximiliano Morales, Wine & Hotel Trend Writer from Chile and CEO of the leading wine marketing site of South America with 15 years of experience in working with wineries and countries to communicate their wines to the wine press and hotel industry.
He was visiting to write a Special Report for about California Wineries and included The Inn on First as part of an exclusive report in spanish and english.
Take a peek at what he has to say about his stay:

Last chance for holiday savings!

15% added to value of Gift Certificate purchases

Purchase a gift certificate with a value of $300 or more and we will add another 15% onto the value as our gift to you.  If you are planning to visit in the next two years, this is a great value to purchase now!

$300 becomes $345, $500 becomes $575, and $1000 becomes $1150.
Or, purchase a gift certificate for $500 or more and receive a $75 credit toward a 5-hour wine tour with innkeeper Jamie Cherry.
Good for gift certificate purchases through January 15, 2018 and must be redeemed by December 31, 2019.  After 2019 value is reduced by 15% or wine tour credit is reduced by $75.
Value will be added after purchase and reflected in PDF Gift Certificate sent to you.

Extend your weekend and take off 50% your extra night

Thinking about extending your 2-night weekend stay?  Come one day early, or stay an extra day, and we will take 50% off your extended night room rate.  Applies to 2-night weekend (Fri, Sat) stays only through April 2, 2018.

Restrictions apply.  Discount applies to Sunday or Thursday nights only. Must book before January 15, 2018.  Holiday weekends excluded.  Not applicable with other discounts.  Call to receive this discount now (707-253-1331).

20% off midweek night stays

Reserve three midweek nights (Sunday through Thursday) by January 15, 2018 for any stay through April 2, 2018 and take 20% off each night.  Holidays excluded.  Not applicable with other discounts.  Call to receive this discount now (707-253-1331).

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Chef Jim Gunther’s cookbook is a great gift for everyone this holiday season.  Loaded with 200+ recipes it brings a taste of Napa to every home.

Purchase yours today for $40 at
Black and White Edition and Kindle Edition available, too.