April 1, 2012 - Spring, everything is waking up
Today was so beautiful; I was driving through Jameson canyon and noticed that the vines were coming back to life - Bud Break! The vineyards look awesome right now and the contrast between the dark gnarly trunks and the first leaves emerging is breathtaking.
The Inn is also emerging from a winter slumber, well slumber isn't quite right...it's been a frenzy of construction, designing, picking great tile, the right colors, new furniture, well you get the drift - so, the Inn is waking up too. I love how everything looks and hope to see you there soon. RIght now mid-May is our target for full operation. Wish us luck.
March 24, 2012 - Home Stretch...
After almost nine months of major construction at the Inn on Randolph in downtown Napa we are finally nearing the finish line. The foundations have been replaced, new roofs have gone on, the 160 year old extremely unique 10 feet high windows have been rebuilt and reglazed, the bathrooms have been remodeled and now include heated floors, the kitchen has been enlarged, revamped and tricked out with all the latest, the buildings are all repainted, and as I write this the new landscaping is under way! As the new beautiful and comfy furnishings are arriving, I am getting very excited to be welcoming our guests. Thanks to all of you who have called and tried to book rooms - I really appreciate your patience and I hope you will agree with us that it was worth the wait. The calendar on the website is open starting the second week in May. If you have a moment check our latest trip advisors reviews to see what our guests are saying about the "new" inn. If you are interested in attending the grand opening party make sure to click the Facebook "Like" button at the top of the screen. We will be posting the party details on our Facebook page.
See you at the Inn!
February 14, 2012 - A Great Find...
Part of our work getting the Inn on Randolph, a historic Bed and Breakfast in downtown Napa, ready is to search for great wine tasting experiences. We've been on some great tours and have tasted many fine wines but today was something special – Palmaz.
Their theme: Know the land - Know the Grape, and make wine that honors both.
Carved into a hill they have constructed one of the most phenomenal wineries I've ever seen. Palmaz was designed from the ground up as a series of caves vertically stacked through the mountain, which creates a fifteen-story height that is used for gravity flow winemaking. We had a small private tour with six of our friends led by Brad who by the way was not only knowledgeable and informative, but also very funny. After our hour-long tour, which left us all speechless and in awe we were treated to a wonderful wine tasting and food pairing in their beautiful dining room. I was torn between the 2007 and the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon so I bought a bottle of each! This six hundred-acre property located in the Mt. George region in the southeastern part of the Napa valley is not to be missed. Book early as they offer private tours by appointment only.
November 16, 2011 - Napa Valley Film Festival - Huge Success!
The inaugural Napa Valley Film festival wrapped up on Sunday and it was a huge success. For five glorious fall days the Valley was hopping with films, wine and parties hosted from Napa to Calistoga. We decided to take a day off from construction and bought a pass for Saturday and watched four films – all of them were excellent, especially First Generation. This film, which followed four low-income students in California as they struggled to overcome the tremendous obstacles that keep well deserving but disadvantaged students from receiving the college education they deserve is still haunting me four days later. I wasn't surprised to see it won an award.
August 28, 2011 - Times, they are a changing...
The ultimate remodeling challenge... How to preserve the charm and incredible personality of the 160 year old Inn on Randolph while at the same time bringing it up to date and adding the amenities and special touches that will make for a memorable an unforgettable Napa Valley getaway for our guests? The plans for the main house are complete and the cottages remodels are underway. Bring on the challenge the fun has begun!
August 21, 2011 - Week 2, Progress
What a difference a week makes. We had the whole property pruned and trimmed of 20 years of overgrowth. Check out the before and after pictures of the front of the Inn. The beautiful historic house is finally visible from the street!
August 11, 2011 - Great First Week...
What a great first week we had as the new owners of the Inn on Randolph. We caught the last Chef's Market of the season - loved the wine, the music and met a few new friends.
Our days have been crazy busy, but we are making sure to get out at night to relax and enjoy everything that our new community has to offer. I love the fact that the Inn is within walking distance of so many top rated, excellent restaurants. We had great meals at Angele, Celadon, Bistro Sabor, Mini Mango Thai Bistro, and Norman Rose Tavern.
And, just so you don't think we are acting like fun guests on vacation we did pull the first construction permit. A lot of the trees on the property are overgrown and some of the landscaping is out of control. A crew comes on Monday to cut, prune, and clear selected areas- can't wait to actually be able to see the beautiful Inn from the street! I'll post before and after pictures soon...
August 8, 2011 - Big Changes for the Inn on Randolph
The excitement and fun begins! Just closed escrow on the inn. I am so thrilled to be the new owner. Renovations plans are underway to refresh, rejuvenate and revitalize this beautiful historic inn in downtown Napa. Can't wait to share this special place!