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The Mom Reviews - December 2013

New in Napa: Inn on Randolph Review

With over 40 picturesque lodging properties in heart of Napa, finding the right one can be tough. Sitting on almost an acre of precisely trimmed landscape, the Inn on Randolph was recently renovated in 2012 from a 19th century bed and breakfast to a modern yet cozy place to rest your head. Only a few short blocks to the dynamic downtown area, owner Karen Lynch has made her dream a reality in this lovely Victorian with adjoining cottages. Travelers will be happy to learn that the Inn is unique in that their delicious hot breakfast service and incredible homemade evening treats are completely gluten free!

Pulling up to the Inn on Randolph you’ll find the beautifully manicured yard greets you as you approach the front steps. A keypad is on the doors to the main house, the rooms, as well as the cottages that offer a private code for each guest.

Upon entering you’ll find a sitting room and fireplace area that includes a before and after photo story of the Inn’s renovations. Just beyond, the dining room offers plenty of seating to enjoy your one of two breakfast hours each morning. I just love those barn doors that separate the room to the kitchen! There’s coffee and tea offered throughout the day beginning at 7:15 am and a refrigerator stocked with non-alcoholic beverage for your convenience.

As I was on a media tour, I spent one of two mornings dining at the Inn and my Mexican medley was served hot and delicious and filling for my walking tour! Fresh fruit, homemade (gluten-free) granola, and yogurt are also available on the beverage bar to complement the meal. During the day, I would witness the staff available as personal concierge assisting in planning off-site activities including winery tours, spa treatments, sightseeing trips or dining reservations for guests. They really do it all here!

Guests have a choice of 5 rooms in the main 1860 Victorian or of 5 cottages about the property. Cottages offer a bit more privacy with much more room that include a television, refrigerator, separate entrance, and its own sitting area or garden.

I stayed in the main house in the Union room with private entrance and outside balcony. My room like many had a King bed with linens that felt like butter glazing my skin, it made it hard to get out from under the covers each morning. The room was large and bright and I appreciated I had a desk with lamp (and wi-fi at no additional cost) so I could catch up with work early mornings with my coffee. A bottle of Frog’s Leap Zinfandel awaited me along with a bottle of cold water on the dresser, a perfect welcome gift fitting for wine country!

The bathroom was spacious with a lovely whirlpool spa tub (for two) and heated floors that are a savior in the morning!

Outdoors, you can enjoy your meal on the large patio overlooking the gardens and gazebo which was lovely in early November!

The days I stayed the temperatures were a mild 72 and 73, the fall colors were absolutely stunning on the property as well as around downtown Napa. The Neiman Room is a newer building open to guests to enjoy during your stay. Equipped with a large flat screen TV, Apple TV, Netflix, games, and a refrigerator of non-alcoholic beverages, there is also a patio area with chairs and firepit for cozy evenings outside.

There is plenty of free parking on the street along the Inn as well as a first come first serve parking lot behind the Laurel cottage. The Spa room is available for massage (inquire about schedule/pricing) and can double up as a private occasion or corporate retreat space that opens up to the Spa gardens and pergola.

I’ve never stayed in such a modern bed and breakfast before. It’s a far cry from doilies and country-style, yet it’s charm, attention to detail, and care for the guest’s comfort and well-being is more apparent than ever. I enjoyed my stay immensely and you can literally park once and walk downtown to dinner, a show, wine tasting, or shopping in a matter of minutes!

For more information, visit their website, http://www.innonrandolph.com/ or on Facebook.

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