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Today we welcome The Red Chair to Napa!

The Red Chair Makes Coast to Coast Journey    Red Chair on its way to Napa

I never knew about Flat Stanley, but soon came to discover that he had been around since 1964.  Where travelers once held photos of Flat Stanley in unusual places, photographers now shoot photos of a humble red chair. Long considered simply a place to rest one’s buttocks, the lowly wooden chair has been elevated to celebrity status, and is being welcomed at inns and B&B throughout America. It’s all part of a consciousness raising experiment among innkeepers.  After a short drive to to Davis/Fairfield, we found The Red Chair waiting for us, excited about the the next part of this trip in the historic Napa Valley, home to over 400 wineries and world class wines as well as Michelin-star-studded chefs with great cuisine.

Grape Crusher StatueOf course we needed to visit the Grape Crusher Statue that welcomes all guests to the Napa Valley . He stands at the entrance to the Napa Valley and is the enduring symbol of what makes this valley so famous.


This week the chair is making its way to The Inn On First, our beautiful 10-room Napa Bed and Breakfast Inn. Look for innkeepers Jim Gunther and Jamie Cherry shooting images of the Red Chair at local Napa locations.    Red Chair Welcome


Throughout 2012 and early 2013, the Red Chair developed a personality of its own being photographed by innkeepers in communities from one end of New England to the other. Starting in Cape Cod, the Red Chair journeyed throughout the six New England states on a nine month tour. Follow the Red Chair’s travels on where inspiring photos of the Red Chair can be seen from beaches to bandstands. Throughout 2013 and 2014 photos and stories from the Red Chair’s journey to nearly twenty states will be added to the website as they are captured.

Vineyard View

Look for tales of the Red Chair’s travels to The Inn On First on this blog over the next few days.   “We are privileged to be able to participate in this nationwide adventure,” said Jamie Cherry, co-owner of The Inn On First. “We want to show off the best that the City of Napa has to offer in the way of food, wine, and lodging.”


Climate Leader Award given to The Inn On First for exceptional green practices.

We were already feeling great in 2010 when we were awarded the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for invaluable service to the community by the office of Mike Thompson, our Congressional representative in Washington, D.C.   In 2010 we were also awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the California State Legislature for outstanding recycling efforts, and we strive to make our Inn a better place for everyone.

Now in 2014 we are excited to announce that we are one of thirteen businesses in the State of California to receive a Climate Leader Award from that is funded by the California Environment Protection Agency. This award recognizes California small businesses that demonstrate exceptional climate change management practices and communication.  We also received Certificates of Recognition from our State Senator, Lois Wolk, and our State Assembly Member, Mariko Yamada. It was a fun afternoon in Sacramento with the other award winners and to see that small businesses throughout the State of California can and do take steps that have significant impact upon the environment.  We may be small, but we are mighty.

With Michael Erke, Legislative Assistant for Senator Lois Wolk.
With Michael Erke, Legislative Assistant for Senator Lois Wolk.

Cool California Small Business AwardNot only are we a premier destination for romantic getaways in Napa, but our commitment to promoting green living and reduced energy consumption helps set us apart from all other lodging inn locations throughout Napa.