I wanted to share an extraordinary experience my wife and two children had at a most elegant Bed in Breakfast in Napa Valley. Based on several recommendations from friends that frequent the wine country, we stayed at the Ink House in St. Helena.
My wife and I have stayed in more B & B's than I can remember; it's just the way we prefer to travel. Our stay at The Ink House was by far our best experience yet! In fact, we aren't people that write reviews very often; only when our experience is extraordinarily good or bad.
From the time we set foot on the 4 acre property with vineyard, walked into the gorgeous 1884 yellow Italian style ranch house, and stayed the night in the "French Room" where Elvis Presley stayed in the 1960's while filming "Wild in the Country, the Ink House delivered! The Ink House is indeed unique. Unlike many B & B's in Napa that are on smaller properties amid other homes, the Ink House stands apart, proudly standing between two prestigious wineries in "power alley" of highway 29; home to Cakebread Cellars, Grgich Hills, and Niebaum-Coppolla.
The Inn Keeper, Kevin Outcalt had the character and passion that matched the beautiful home. When we entered the Ink House, Kevin was in the middle of a story recalling some of the rich history of Napa for 6 enthralled guests. Even though it was an hour before the official "happy hour" began, the fun had already begun and we quickly found ourselves "fast friends" with a lovely couple from Denmark, a couple from Shanghai (who had heard about the Ink House from a friend in China!), and a mom and daughter who was just celebrating her 21st birthday. Kevin's engaging personality and ability to create a "magic environment" had everyone laughing and having the time of their lives.
When Kevin gave us a tour of the house and grounds, it was unlike anything we had seen. On top of the grand house is an observatory, an approximately 15 x 20 room with windows on all sides and a fantastic view of the vineyards in all directions. We later discovered that this was where Theron Ink who build the house in 1884, would keep an eye on his vineyard workers tending the grapevines on his 400 acres. It's a beautiful room, full of light, for visiting with other guests or just reading a book and enjoying the cool breeze.
One of the best parts of the trip was listening to Kevin's fascinating stories about the Napa Valley and its history. We also enjoyed learning many facts and tips about the valley that not only enriched our visit, but saved us money enough to pay for our stay!
I know this is running long - just a sign of the excitement that my wife and family still have after staying at the Ink House. I recommend the Ink House to anyone visiting the valley (locally or Internationally). We also learned that the Ink House organizes murder mystery parties which my wife and I have already started planning for October!
Hardy and Mary Lipscomb
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