Interested in coming to visit Napa over Labor day weekend. Come stay with us here at The Inn On First! We have rooms available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Come enjoy our delicious homemade breakfasts each morning, or perhaps a Wine Tour with Jamie. We’re here to help make your visit to the Napa Valley all that it can be!
Just a short ten minute walk from The Inn On First, a romantic Napa Bed and Breakfast Inn, is Fuller Park. It is where I walk the dogs each morning after breakfast service. Over the course of the year it changes with the seasons and every year I think one season is better than the next. When actually they all have their merits. In winter the leaves are gone, the air is crisp, the sky blue, and there is winter leaf-mulch all around. There are fewer people in the park so it makes for a lovely walk in silence and solitude. Until those squirrels decide to play naughty and run across the paths of the dogs. Calvin is incredibly fierce in his determination to chase, but alas he is called back to formation with the pack.
For me it is the long shadows with the sun hanging low in the sky that calls me to attention. It is romantic in its own way, creating an ideal of shadow and light that equally play together into something beautiful. It is serious, yet playful; simple, yet full of delight. While visiting here in Napa, at any time of year, take a walk around Fuller Park and discover some of the beauty that other than grapevines and wineries.
Just a fifteen minute drive from The Inn On First, a romantic Bed and Breakfast inn in Napa, is Ceja Vineyards. This family knows how to put on a party and you don’t want to miss it if you’re going to be in town. Details below:
Cinco de Mayo at Ceja Vineyards
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, Ceja Vineyards hosts a festive afternoon filled with a live Mariachi band, Ballet Folklórico performances, authentic Mexican cuisine from Amelia’s kitchen, bocce ball, dancing and of course Ceja vino!
It’s from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 4 at Ceja Carneros Estate, 1016 Las Amigas Rd.
Cost is $80.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 255-3954.
The Inn On First, your luxury Bed and Breakfast Inn in Napa, is proud to be the first to offer Fly Fishing Lessons to our guests. This is a unique experience that can enhance your stay here in the Napa Valley.
You begin your day at 7 a.m. in the parking lot of the inn where you will meet your guide, Richard Loft, who will offer you an early morning continental breakfast.
Fishing in the State of California requires a license which can be procured from the California website: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/
As we left for the day from The Inn On First, a luxury Napa Bed and Breakfast, we knew we were in for a real treat with our upcoming vineyard lunch. You enjoy as much wine as you want from each bottle they open for you to try. You eat to your heart’s content with incredible food from Ken Frank of La Toque. You look down upon the beauty of Napa Valley and think: “Oh my! I’m so lucky to be in Napa!” You are one of the few who have discovered and enjoyed the uniqueness of Napa Valley at its best.
Chateau Patel-VGS. Vineyard Lunch. It began with a drive up Mt. Veeder and down a long, dusty road to a gated vineyard. We met Tony, an affable man with a great smile, and he opened the gates and invited us to follow him. We traversed the rows of cabernet grapes, and when we spotted the pink flag on one of the stakes he proudly proclaimed: “Pick a row! Climb the mountain.” We did. It wasn’t a long climb, about 50 yards, through the vines ripe with fruit, purple and luscious, hanging, waiting for you to enjoy their bounty. I can see why tennis shoes or good hiking shoes are a must.
We found a dirt road on top and followed that up another 50 yards until we found the arbor, built specifically for this purpose. A table, white linen table cloth and napkins, with wine glasses, silverware, and plates awaiting the diner. As well as a gorgeous view of Napa Valley and the surrounding vineyards.
We started with a salmon spread and toast points served with their VGS Explorer Sauvignon Blanc ($25). A crisp wine with smells of lightly buttered toast and hints of lemon went well with the salmon. We followed this with a lovely green salad, blue cheese, candied pecans and a balsamic vinaigrette served with the VGS Chardonnay ($45), with notes of pear, green apple, and honeydew. A beautiful combination of food and wine. We also paired this and the next course with their cabernet-zinfandel blend called “Illegitimate” (2009) ($37). Fruity, with flavors of tart cherries and spice, very fruit forward and big fruit flavors.
Our main course was beef carpaccio, potato salad, and marinated vegetables served with the Illegitimate and their VGS Syrah (2009) ($75) with big fruit flavors, lightly spiced, and extremely delicious. Of course there was still the cheese course with cranberry nut bread, nuts, and three beautiful cheeses. All that could be paired with what we already had open. But then Tony opened a bottle of their late harvest zinfandel, called “Zinie” (2010) ($28). Low in residual sugar and not at all like many of the dessert wines we’ve had elsewhere, it was an incredible pairing with the cheese and bread.
I have to admit that it wasn’t just the food and the wine and the view that made our day special. Tony is an incredible host, funny, and willing to engage you in conversation about many things. He makes you feel comfortable, even about the fact that there are no restrooms: “Just find a nice spot around the bend in the road,” he encouraged as we each took turns finding our private hideaway. Rustic, yes, but with the views of vineyards and mountains, it didn’t matter. For $80/pp you would be hard pressed to enjoy such a wonderful experience at any restaurant in the valley with this caliber pairing of wines for anything less. And remember, you also get all those views on your way down the mountain! Oh, and don’t forget to ask him: “What does VGS stand for anyway?”
The Inn On First, a romantic Napa bed and breakfast inn, is happy to say that ballooning is absolutely worth the money. Jamie is afraid of heights, was still willing to go, and would do it all over again. Granted he won’t look over the edge of the basket and down to the ground, and yet admitted the views are stunning and incredible. On a clear day you can see all the way to San Francisco to the south and to Mt. St. Helena to the north. The vineyards dotted below you are just magnificent in the morning sun.
Our preferred vendor is Balloons Above The Valley. You can be picked up for a fee, or meet at a nearby location. They ride you out to the site (Yountvile was our starting point) and you ride for a full hour. It is so much fun! The largest basket holds 24 people, and even though it is tight quarters, you are not overcrowded. It is gentle on the way up and you just float, float, float- why, just like a balloon!
They follow up their ride with a lovely champagne brunch with scrambled eggs, potatoes, bagels, sausage, bacon, cold cuts, rolls, waffles, and so much more. Know that it requires an early morning rise (anywhere from 5:30 am to 7:00 am depending on the season) as the morning is the only opportunity they have to fly.
To contact the company visit http://www.balloonrides.com
For those who want more, watch a 4-minute Flip Video on YouTube we created: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phgUfF9S-wI&feature=g-upl