We've found ourselves coming back the Walt Whitman room again and again, ever since Poetry Inn opened for business. The view from the patio is as grand and serene as we've experienced (including Positano, Maui, St. Barths, and many other breathtaking room views). Since there are only about 1/2 dozen rooms, there is no crowd factor here, and the privacy is exquisite. Chris has been a great, steady host over the years, though we heard Lena was planning to leave (as of January) – not sure if she’s changed her mind based on recent postings. A newer, male innkeeper is a bit junior, but harmless.
As mentioned below, the champagne and cheese greeting transitions you into a world of absolute relaxation. The breakfasts are always fresh, tasty, and filling. While the absence of late-day room service leaves you on your own, there are more than enough sit down, take home, and picnic food options in the area to compensate.
The room is perfect and spacious, and the inn’s cleanliness has been maintained over the five years we have been visiting. The heated tile floor is noteworthy. The outdoor shower on the balcony is always refreshing. The pool area, while small, provides a good sunning and dipping spot.
As a runner, I park at the Cliff Lede (Inn owner’s) Vineyard parking lot about ¼ mile away, then run on Yountville Cross Rd. – it’s as meditative a runner’s or hiker’s environment as you will find, at least in the morning. It’s barely a five minute ride into Yountville Center, with several restaurants and shops, and the Inn’s location on Silverado Trail offers a great north-south route to approach Oakville, Rutherford, St. Helena, and Calistoga (rather than the occasionally congested Rt. 29). Plenty of great vineyards in and outside of the Stag’s Leap district are within convenient reach. Poetry provides climate controlled space to store your wine purchases.
Really a gem, even for this travel snob.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perched above the vineyards of the Napa Valley's Stags Leap District, this luxurious and exclusive inn offers the discerning traveler all the sensory pleasures of the wine country. Spread over forty acres of pristine hillsides and world-class vineyards, Poetry Inn is a world apart. Guests, those fortunate few, enjoy unparalleled service aimed at creating an atmosphere of rural calm and seductive seclusion. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Poetry Hotel Napa
- Poetry Inn Napa, Napa Valley, CA