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“It's like coming home.” 5 of 5 stars
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The Inn On First
1938 1st Street, Napa, CA 94559   |  
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Ranked #2 of 24 Napa B&B and Inns
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6 hotel reviews
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“It's like coming home.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

My husband and I make frequent trips to Napa and the Inn on First is on the top of our list each and every time. Each visit seems like we are coming home. Both Jamie and Jim really go out of their way to make us feel at home. From wonderful gourmet breakfast to extra little touches like Jim's homemade truffles, chocolate chip cookies, split of Mumm sparkling wine, and nightly port from Prager, this place can't be beat. We tried different B&Bs in Napa, Yountville, and St. Helena, but none of these B&B offer the true hospitality and friendship that the Inn of First offers.

During our stay, we were served breakfast cannoli with homemade pasta and risotto tater tots with poached egg and basil oil for breakfast. We had to leave early to catch a flight in San Francisco so they made us a wonderful breakfast to go with breakfast quesadilla, homemade granola with yogurt and berries, and a tasty cake...Yum!

Ever since our first visit to the inn, Jamie knows what type of wineries we prefer (my husband and I prefer small, boutique wineries over large, commercialized ones). During this recent visit, we went to Barnett and Crane who gave us personalized attention during our tasting. At Crane, we went to the owner's private residence and sat on his porch while we tasted his wine. We were there for 3 hours!!!

After all the wine tasting, my husband and I wanted to try something different. Jamie and Jim suggested a specialized coffee tasting and blending class at the Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company. We met Charlie and he walked us through creating our own blend by tasting various types of coffee. We had a great time selecting our own "house" blend and bring it home with us. Charlie keeps your blend in his records so you can reorder in the future.

We are really surprised by some of these negative reviews because we have always been treated so well. Jim and Jamie help coordinate your visit before your arrival. If you know what you want or need recommendations, they will take care of everything. Stay at the inn and judge for yourself. All I can say is that you are really missing out if you go somewhere else...believe me, we tried others, but we have always returned to this inn.

Room Tip: Stay away from the cookies...they are very addicting and may spoil your appetite for dinner.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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tiofinnkeeper, Owner at The Inn On First, responded to this review, January 11, 2013
Dear T00muchwine: Well, here we are again, saying thank you for another wonderful visit with you both. For you two the breakfast is simple, Jim does what he loves to do and you get to enjoy something you've not had before. Same for me, I know what you like and I never tire of sharing our new found wineries with you both. I am especially happy to see you give some props to not only the wineries you've visited but to the coffee blending class as well. For coffee lovers this is a must! Thanks also for the support, it was not easy to read online that another guest didn't enjoy the same experience as you have repeatedly, even though duplicating your experience is our goal. My 2013 resolution is now in place! We look forward to your next visit and I've already got a list of wineries lined up for you! Thanks for posting another review, we appreciate it very much. Jamie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Stayed at the Inn for a long weekend with a group of friends. Jim and Jamie are such gracious hosts. The rooms are cozy and tastefully decorated and the bed was so comfortable to sleep in. But best of all was waking up each morning to one of Jim's delicious breakfast feasts. Yum, yum!
Loved the fact that the Inn is close to down town and the restaurants are within walking distance. Highly recommend The Inn on First.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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tiofinnkeeper, Owner at The Inn On First, responded to this review, January 11, 2013
Dear Judy B: Thanks so much for taking the time to post your review! We're thrilled you and your friends enjoyed your time with us... especially Jim's breakfast feast every morning. And feasts they are as everything is from scratch. We look forward to seeing your wonderful group again in the future. Thanks again, Jamie.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

The Inn on First is at a great location- few minutes walk/drive to most attractions downtown and some great places to eat. Jim and Jamie were perfect hosts. Jim's breakfast was out-of-the-world (Butternut squash hash!). It was our first anniversary and we felt very special. They get extra brownie points for letting us check-in a little early (we had travelled from NE and were extremely tired) and also for taking the time to see us out even though it was the busy breakfast hour when we checked out. Thanks to Jim, Jamie and the delightful inn- we had a very relaxing vacation!

Room Tip: The Vintage Reserve is amazing if you want to go in for a higher-end and spacious room.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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tiofinnkeeper, Owner at The Inn On First, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
Dear Asha S: Talk to me about that hash! What a crowd please, right? We're always happy to check guests in early, whenever we can, it's part of the innkeeper code! :) Checking out is equally important, and we're just thrilled you enjoyed your first anniversary here with us. We hope you'll be able to spend a few more anniversaries with us, and we promise to make them equally special for you both. Thanks for taking the time to post your review, we appreciate each and every one! Jamie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012 via mobile

Its like coming home....

Hosts are amazing. Breakfasts are yummy and recommendations for wine tours and region exploring are really useful.

Rooms are clean, spacious and well decorated. Port and cookies are tasty too. Location is central, walking distance to town.

This is everything we could have asked for in a B&B, plus more. So much more wonderful staying here than in a lifeless hotel.

Thanks Jim and Jamie. You guys are the best. We'll be sure to look you up when we are next in town!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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tiofinnkeeper, Owner at The Inn On First, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
Dear Jimmy C: "It's like coming home"... our heartfelt thanks to you for that expression of your stay with us. If I say anymore it would be too much. We look forward to seeing you both again. Jamie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012 via mobile

Oh my where do I start...Jaime and Jim went over and beyond for us! The food A+! The location perfect walking distance to everything downtown! Ample safe parking! Clean room, love the fireplace, whirlpool jetted tub, great conversation I can go on and on!! Jaime even picked up and delivered a cake for us just to help us out! Now that's service! We even had to check out super early and were going to miss breakfast so Jim made us a nice healthy to-go breakfast. I totally recommend this inn to everyone! You won't regret it.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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tiofinnkeeper, Owner at The Inn On First, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
Dear Evette815: Thanks so much for your generous review of our inn, we are very happy you enjoyed so many aspects of your stay. We're honored that you chose your very special celebration weekend for a stay with us. We wanted to provide the experience your celebration deserved. I'm also glad I was able to provide that special service in delivering that cake; when I have the bandwidth to do that I am happy make the effort! We can't wait to see you both again, and again, thanks for taking the time to post your review. Jamie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

My fiancé and I can say enough positive things about the wonderful bed and breakfast. It truly lived up to the advanced billing from all of the glowing reviews on trip advisor. Jim and Jamie do such a wonderful job and the attention to detail is very obvious. The bedrooms are super comfortable and cozy with large whirlpool tubs, in room fireplaces, and awesome beds. The breakfast is what you might expect at a high end breakfast restaurant. And don't forget to try the cookies! They are amazing. We had an in room couples massage our first evening in town, and it was worth every penny. The thing that stuck out the most to my fiancé and I was how engaging both Jim and Jamie were asking questions, offering suggestions, and doing everything possible to make sure that everyone's expectations were exceeded. First class all the way!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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tiofinnkeeper, Owner at The Inn On First, responded to this review, January 3, 2013
Dear Scotty B: Thanks very much for taking the time to post your review of our inn. We're always happy to hear from our guests, and knowing that the bed was very comfortable (a significant piece of a bed and breakfast) and you enjoyed the breakfast (the other significant component) and our service and hospitality has put a smile on our faces. At the end of the day we want every guest to enjoy a memorable experience. You two were equally responsible for your time here as you were as interested in you enjoying yourselves as we were. We made a great team! Thanks again for your review, we appreciate each and every one. Jamie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We traveled to Napa to visit local wineries and found a friendly and warming bed and breakfast. The Inn on First and their owners Jim and Jamie were absolutely terrific, from the comforts of our room to the unbelievable morning breakfasts that were prepared and served to us(they were awesome). All of our dining and traveling tours were arranged by them and each one was superb. Can't wait to return and visit with them again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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tiofinnkeeper, Owner at The Inn On First, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
Dear deb4ster: We're very happy you enjoyed your time here with us and in Napa and the Napa Valley. Jim does care so much about breakfast, and we're always thrilled to hear guests rave about them. We're equally happy to hear that our recommendations for dinner and wineries was a success as well. Most importantly, we're happy to hear you look forward to staying with us again. We can't thank you enough for posting your review, we appreciate it very much. Jamie
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Address: 1938 1st Street, Napa, CA 94559
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Location: United States > California > Napa Valley > Napa
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Napa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are setting the new standard for the American Bed and Breakfast Inn. This is not an inn for traditional B&B people. We are attracting the next generation who want great food for breakfast, well beyond the traditional omelets, frittatas, and egg bakes of old. This is where you get to experience a chef’s creative innovation each morning, one of his 110 recipes for breakfast, such as Corndog Omelets, Tomato and Egg Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons, or S’mores French Toast with house made Marshmallows.WARNING: we do not cater to people who want to stay connected to the television. We purposely removed all televisions so that couples can enjoy the intimacy of whirlpool tubs in the rooms with gas fireplaces, or sit out in the garden sipping on wine and enjoying great conversation. Yes, WiFi is available for those who feel they must stay connected to the outside world, but our hope is that you will learn to leave all that aside to enjoy great Napa hospitality here at the inn and at the wineries. ... more   less 
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