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The Poetry Inn – Napa, CA

This past week my husband and I decided to take a little break through the weekend. Originally this was a trip we were supposed to take with our little one (because I’ve become one of this annoying parents who can’t bear to be parted from their baby), but it turns out almost every hotel I wanted to stay at within a short driving distance did not allow children under 16. So we made it a short couple’s weekend trip and I was really happy we took it. I highly recommend this for all new parents, by the way!

Now onto a property which is now my #1 new favorite in Napa Valley – The Poetry Inn. Located right off of Silverado Trail, and a five minute drive away from Yountville, it has (in my opinion) one of the best locations for Napa Valley, especially for first time visitors. You drive up a little hill off of Silverado, and buzz through a gate, and park a little while up. Then you walk into the lobby.

Poetry Inn is a boutique property, with only five rooms, and is technically a “bed and breakfast,” although a super nice, luxurious version. One of the Innkeepers greets you when you arrive, and there are usually freshly baked chocolate chip cookies whenever you come down (and in the evenings, a complimentary nightcap station).

Even though there are only five rooms, the lobby is of ample size, and the view of course is amazing. By the way – the dates we stayed there, the inn was at full capacity, but we never ever saw another guest.

Now, onto our room. There were two rooms that had been recommended to me at Poetry by a friend – the Emily Dickinson or the Robert Louis Stevenson. The Emily ended up being booked for our dates, so RLS it was! I love that the rooms are all named after writers. By the way – when I was booking, it seemed that Emily Dickinson was the most popular accommodation, likely as it is the least expensive. Something to keep in mind. Continue Reading

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Healdsburg

Even though I’ve lived in Northern California for most of my life, before this past weekend I’d never been to Healdsburg. For no particular reason, I just always ended up in Napa/Sonoma/Calistoga. My husband and I finally  had a…