8 Top St. Helena Best Bed and Breakfasts

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St. Helena is centrally located to many wineries and is a great home base for your visit to the Napa Valley Wine Country. Among the town’s charming shops, wineries, and restaurants are quite a few lodging options. For a more personal experience, we recommend selecting from this list of bed and breakfasts; the innkeepers of these inns are known to provide those extra touches that make staying in such an intimate venue cozy and comforting.

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Black Rock Inn

Tucked into the hillside, the serene and calm Black Rock Inn is surrounded by greenery. The rooms are spacious and the breakfast is exciting, with offerings that change daily. Innkeeper Jeff Orlik prides himself on providing personalized hospitality to each of his guests; as proprietor and host, he’ll make you feel at home in this Victorian inn located on the Silverado Trail. He’ll even use his expertise to help you plan a customized itinerary for your stay.

Insider Tip

After a day of exploring, relax by the firepit over a glass of wine and s’mores.

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Wine Country Inn

Wine Country Inn was founded by Ned Smith in 1975, and started as a bed and breakfast, built and decorated with the help of Ned’s wife and five children. Over the years, Wine Country Inn has evolved to become more of a luxurious boutique hotel, but it’s never lost its personal, B&B feel. The antique-filled property has a wide range of rooms and cottages to suit every budget, and the vineyard and orchard views, homey decor, and gardens make for a comfortable, relaxing stay. Wine Country Inn really encourages visitors to “unplug”—the rooms do not have TVs, but board games are available for entertainment.

Insider Tip

Take a morning stroll through the vineyard—these are the same grapes that go into the Napa Valley cult wine Hourglass.

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Shady Oaks Country Inn

The property is beautiful, quiet, and secluded Shady Oaks Country Inn, which is situated on two acres of vineyards, has been run by proprietors John and Lisa Runnells for over 30 years. Ivy meanders up the walls and over the patio trellises outside, and comfortable and homey furnishings give the rooms a cozy vibe within. A favorite activity is indulging in the Champagne breakfast al fresco during warm weather months while enjoying the vineyard views and rising sun.

Insider Tip

Innkeeper John makes his own wine. Pick his brain about winemaking while trying some of his Chardonnay.

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Spanish Villa Inn

Located 8 miles off of the Silverado Trail, the Spanish Villa Inn is a quiet and serene getaway surrounded by forest. The cozy rooms feature hand-carved Spanish headboards, antique lamps, and floral linens: elements that align well with Mediterranean influences like clay tiles and rounded archways, and enhance the relaxing, secluded environment of the property. The property offers diversions like bocce, rose gardens, and a library including books from the 17th century.

Insider Tip

Borrow a good book and enjoy a glass of wine under the vine-covered trellis on the property’s old-world stone patio.

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Vineyard Country Inn

Vineyard Country Inn is a bed and breakfast inspired by the French countryside. The farmhouse reflects influences of old-world charm such as brick fireplaces and wooden ceiling beams, but the new world is ever-present in the Vineyard Country Inn’s comfortable furnishings and modern amenities like wi-fi and in-suite wet bars. Breakfast is served in a spacious room overlooking the surrounding vineyards, where a wood-burning fireplace, and candelabra chandeliers transport the imagination to a French farmhouse.

Insider Tip

Unlike many of the other bed and breakfasts, Vineyard Country Inn has both a pool and hot tub onsite.

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Napa Farmhouse Inn

Just a glimpse of the Victorian, canary-yellow Napa Farmhouse Inn, with shady trees and peaceful gardens, has been known to relax visitors. Built in the 1860s, the old home sits on three acres of organic gardens, and this home-grown bounty is on full display at brunch. Owners Ed and Mimi Brown have great style—the farmhouse-chic sensibility serves to elevate the ambiance of the place, and the rooms are cozily wallpapered in floral prints and appointed with custom French-style beds covered in soft linens.

Insider Tip

Stay in the main house if you would like the full breakfast; the carriage house offers a lighter option of a continental breakfast.

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Inn St Helena

Centrally located on Main Street, Ambrose Bierce House is a new venture. Featuring a Victorian country vibe with fresh, updated touches, this boutique bed and breakfast consists of two houses next door to each other. The main house is home to five rooms, as well as the reception area and breakfast room, whereas the cottage house next door has three spacious accommodations. A different breakfast is served each day of the week.

Insider Tip

If you’re looking for a caffeine refuel during your stay, Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company is two short blocks away.

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Zinfandel Inn

Built in 1984, this English tudor home is set on a beautiful two-acre property. Innkeepers Jerry and Barbara Payton know how to create an elegant, luxurious experience for their guests, as the spacious rooms are well-appointed with mahogany furniture, fireplaces, and richly-colored linens. The breakfast is lavish and includes English favorites like fresh scones. If you’re looking for wine tasting, the manor is surrounded by vineyards, and Raymond Winery is poised just across the street.

Insider Tip

Be sure to mention any dietary restrictions upon booking and check-in: Jerry and Barbara happily accommodate for allergies and “plain dislikes” when serving their breakfast.

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