The Vintage Inn

While in Napa Valley for our birthdays this weekend, we spent two nights at the intimate and charming Vintage Inn, which had the distinct advantage of being just a short block away from the French Laundry. We had one of the larger, asymmetrically-shaped rooms at the far end of the property in a two-story cottage of sorts (No. 504). Apparently the upstairs rooms feel even more spacious with cathedral ceilings. Our room though was comfortably appointed with a lavishly oversized (and very quick-filling) Jacuzzi that two people could almost get lost in, a supply of candles, lavender bath salts, and l’Occitane products, a wood-burning fire-place, patio, and a very comfortable king bed complete with a down comforter and shockingly good pillows. The gray weather and proximity of other “cottages” made the room a little dark and I would have preferred not to know what time our neighbors upstairs came, went, or used the restroom and not to have heard the cars going by, but in anything but the lightest sleep we would not have noticed at all.The complimentary bottle of Beringer Founder's Estate Chardonnay was, sadly, utterly undrinkable. The daily champagne brunch, afternoon tea, and evening wine pouring offered a nice variety and good opportunity for relaxing over some tasty bites while reading the paper or perusing the menus from local restaurants, but nothing to compare with the organic breakfast or lunch you can get just down the road at Gordon’s.Had the weather been better, the shaded patio outside the lobby would be a wonderful place to enjoy a glass of wine or afternoon tea and I could easily spend hours lounging by the pool, hiking in Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, or visiting more wineries. Two nights was a wonderful taste, but I would gladly spend another long, languorous weekend here – or more – any time.