4.6 on December 03, 2013
My wife and I and our 2 dogs had a great experience. We stayed three nights in the Cottage which was nicely decorated. The breakfast was tasty and different each day. Marge & Dennis were a treat to spend time with discussing the history of the area and our personal experiences. The afternoon wine (from their own vineyard) and munchies were great. I would highly recommend The Bear Flag Inn.
5 on November 29, 2013
We loved our stay at The Bear Flag Inn. The host and hostess were very charming and very accommodating. The place is charming and very quiet. We'd definitely stay there again.
4.2 on November 13, 2013
Beautiful property, excellent breakfast (eggs Benedict, fresh fruit, fresh bread, jams, ...), great service. Location is perfect, less than 5 mins from Calistoga downtown. We stayed at the standalone cottage. It's good size but dated. Everything else was wonderful.
4.4 on October 15, 2013
I did a great deal of searching for the perfect place for a much needed getaway and ended up booking the cottage at the Bear Flag Inn. Dennis, his wife and their dog could not of been more welcoming. The cottage was perfect. Cozy, quite and comforting. The breakfasts were a perfect mix of yummy food and good company, all enjoyed in my favorite room of the house, the glass dining room. While others went off wine tasting for the day, I lounged around, enjoying every moment of my Calistoga escape.
3.4 on October 01, 2013
Our stay at The Bear Flag Inn was very relaxing and is in a nice location
3.2 on September 30, 2013
not so great breakfasts as we expected - quite tasty but too small portions. Smal room if you need pull out bed and this bed is very uncomfortable. The owners are very kind.
3.0 on September 28, 2013
Great to have pets but my dog did break one of the blinds on the last day. Owner husband charged for the blinds but owner wife stated shouldn't have charged us. Either way I got charged and that left a bad feeling as my party left. Wouldn't go back because of the way it was dealt with.
"Well behaved" dog was not so well behaved now was he? Your dog does damage expect to pay for it. P.S. Did not include the labor charges for this repair. Wouldn't go back....will not be allowed back.
4.0 on August 21, 2013
We have a great experience to stay in Bear Flag Inn during this summer. The host is very kind and the rooms are cleam and classic.
5 on August 17, 2013
We stayed in the cottage rather than the main house. The privacy was wonderful and the single standing structure was very well maintained. The daily morning maid service was unexpected and appreciated. We enjoyed our long breakfasts with wonderful conversations from the host.
4.8 on August 14, 2013
Let me start by saying that I had an incredible stay here and would not hesitate to go back again. The staff were welcoming and friendly, the accommodations were nice and clean and the food was incredible. I would HIGHLY recommend staying here if you are looking for a B&B. Too many people complain about B&B locations...the curtains are not pretty enough, the carpet is old, etc. If you are looking for the Ritz Carlton, you are probably going to be disappointed in any B&B. However, if you understand the difference between a hotel and a B&B then this is the place for you. We arrived in the early evening and were welcomed by the owners during the check-in process with a delicious glass of their cabernet from grapes grown on the property. They walked us through the accommodations and made sure we had a good understanding of the amenities of the property and activities in the area. They then helped us select a restaurant for dinner that we could get into without a reservation. This continued with each evening's reception of wine and snacks. Breakfast each day was unbelievable...Belgian waffles, eggs benedict (fresh eggs from the property and homemade hollandaise sauce), piles of bacon and fresh fruit, coffee, juices....just don't expect to have much room for lunch later. In summary, there are many options in the Napa Valley area to choose from. If you are looking for clean, friendly and great food and wine, then the Bear Flag Inn will definitely treat you right.
4.6 on August 08, 2013
We stayed at the little separate cottage at Bear Flag Inn and were able to bring our dog with us. The cottage is charming and has everything you need for a quick weekend away in wine country. Dennis and Marge are charming hosts and made us feel very welcome. We were greeted with wine and snacks and were served a fabulous breakfast the next morning. The inn's location is excellent - right nearby the town of Calistoga and several really nice wineries.
3.8 on August 08, 2013
Friendly. The owners were very hospitable and accommodating. The cottage was great for us traveling with a dog. Liked the fenced in yard, which allowed us to let the dog out. Lovely farm like setting nestled off a busy highway. However, for the price we expected more.
3.6 on August 02, 2013
The cottage was perfect for us and our dog. Enjoyed our stay very much.
4.6 on July 27, 2013
This is a homey, friendly place to stay and innkeepers, Marjorie and Dennis are terrific. They also make a super breakfast.
5 on July 25, 2013
We stayed in the cottage and loved it. We especially enjoyed the hospitality of the owners. Breakfasts were amazing. A wonderful stay! Susan
4.6 on July 13, 2013
We booked a weekend at the Bear Flag Inn to attend a party at Castello de Amoroso which is only a couple of miles down the road. The weekend turned out to offer so much more than we expected. Marjorie and Dennis are spectacular hosts, very warm and welcoming, it took me back to memories of when I used to stay at my Aunts house in the country. The inn has a lot of history and character and the wine that Dennis shared with us that is grown from the grapes in their front yard rivals the best that the Napa valley has to offer. They cooked us full course breakfasts each day, offering poached eggs, quiche, fresh fruits, and more. It was quiet and peaceful, and just what we needed. They recommended a spa for us which was great to add to the relaxation of our weekend. I would definitely go back.
3.2 on July 11, 2013
Everything was nice, clean - Dennis and Margie were very friendly and accommodating. We had to leave very early on our last morning (6:30) and breakfast was waiting for us before we left. Food was outstanding every morning - always something different. Pool was clean and warm, beautiful grounds.
5 on July 09, 2013
This was our third stay at the Bear Flag Inn and we had a wonderful time as usual! We couldn't imagine staying anywhere else in the Napa Valley! Thank you, Dennis and Marge for another relaxing and memorable vacation!
4.4 on July 08, 2013
Had a wonderful experience here. Dennis and Marge are extremely pleasant, warm, witty and sweet. Had our dogs and they loved running around with their dogs. Real and down to earth, a great break from the semi-snobby wineries. Rooms were a bit out of date, but that gave it character and history. A/C worked great. Will surely come back.
4.4 on July 07, 2013
Owners friendly, stories fun, food great. Wine excellent
4.2 on June 19, 2013
We shared a Father's Day weekend with our adult daughter and hosts Marj and Dennis at the Bear Flag Inn, a lovely, historic B&B with a vineyard in front in Calistoga, CA. Our 2-room cottage next to the pool was cozy and private with its own small fenced patio which was perfect for our dog. Marj and Dennis were welcoming hosts, serving Dennis' own Cabernet during as well as white wine and champagne to celebrate the engagement of another couple. Breakfasts were fantastic with homemade Belgian Waffles one day and Eggs Benedict with homemade hollandaise sauce the next, all presented in a glass breakfast atrium. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and highly recommend the Bear Flag Inn to anyone who enjoys a homey atmosphere in the Napa Valley away from the throngs.
3.4 on June 10, 2013
We had a lovely time in Calistoga. Dennis and Marge were wonderful hosts! My only true complaint was that the bed in our room was extremely hard and I was unable to sleep comfortably for the two nights we were there.
4.6 on May 27, 2013
When we arrived at the Bear Flag Inn, May 20th, we were greeted by Dennis and Marjorie, the hosts of Bear Flag Inn...such nice, friendly people...welcoming and helpful to us as we planned places to visit in the Calistoga area. The Bear Flag Inn is on a lovely, quiet piece of property with a pretty vineyard and rich history. We stayed in a room that was named after Lovina Cyrus, a survivor of the Donner Party...we even ventured into the Pioneer Cemetery in town and found Lovina's grave. Calistoga is a fun town to visit with lots of wineries nearby...our favorite was Castello Di Amorosa. Dennis prepared an amazing breakfast the next morning with one of the prettiest fruit platters I've seen and a special large baked pancake dish which we topped with baked apples and syrup. It was delicious ! Thank you Dennis and Marjorie for your kind hospitality !
5 on May 04, 2013
The Bear Flag Inn is just an awesome place to stay. Friendly, warm, and inviting, the Cottage we stayed in was well appointed and very clean. Marge & Dennis make an amazing breakfast and are as friendly and helpful as you could possibly want. Would definitely recommend to anyone!
4.0 on May 01, 2013
Marjorie and Dennis were really lovely hosts. Warm and open, with stories to tell about their life and families. Love them!
3.8 on April 17, 2013
The breakfast was amazing everyday and the hosts where very friendly and accommodating. We stayed in the cottage which is very roomy. The furniture and carpet could use some updating but overall it was a pleasant stay.
4.8 on April 05, 2013
This hidden B&B offers the best in old fashioned hospitality. The setting is rural, yet walking distance to the town of Calistoga. Our pet friendly cottage was comfortable, clean and private. Marge and Dennis are both down to earth, wonderfully warm people. They make you feel comfortable and when you leave they feel like they are old friends. The breakfasts were outstanding, elegantly served in their beautiful glass sunroom. This was a very memorable experience for us and our dogs had a great time too!
5 on December 03, 2012
My wife and I spent 3 nights at the Bear Flag Inn in November 2012. We could not have been happier. Our hosts were hospitable, filled with knowledge about the best vineyards and restaurants to visit in the valley and they put on a great breakfast. We slept like logs in our bedroom.
5 on November 18, 2012
What a lovely stay! Nestled among the vineyards and just a bit away from downtown Calistoga. Upon returning from dinner in St. Helena, we chatted with the Innkeepers and other guests long into the night over wine at the cozy Parlor. Marjorie and Dennis are such gracious hosts and kept the conversation flowing. By 9am in the morning, we were greeted with excellent farm fresh eggs and freshly picked fruit for breakfast in the glorious atrium. We stayed in the well-appointed Cottage, which gave us a little bit more privacy. The Cottage felt like our own little sanctuary despite the fact that it was just across from the main house. The Cottage was quite large, and could easily fit four people. When we come back to stay in Napa again, we will definitely come back to the Bear Flag Inn. (Our stay was only for one night.)
4.6 on November 05, 2012
Can't wait to get back to the peace and quiet !
5 on October 31, 2012
The room was cozy and comfortable. The breakfasts were wonderful! Hosts are so friendly and fun to talk to. The house is lovely. Can't say enough good things about it. We will definitely stay there when we are up there again!
4.6 on October 10, 2012
Thank you Dennis and Marj! We had a wonderful time in wine country and it was made better by staying at the Bear Flag Inn. We made new friends, had a wonderful time each evening sitting in the den with you and your guests and the breakfast? To die for!!! We can't wait for our next chance to stay at the Bear Flag Inn!
4.4 on October 02, 2012
We stayed in the Lovina Graves Inn and it was lovely! The bed was very comfortable and the morning view of the vineyard was a delight to wake to! The breakfast was absolutely delicious and the staff were casual and friendly.
5 on September 27, 2012
This was an ideal setting for our Calistoga honeymoon. The Lovina room where we stayed was very beautifully and tastefully decorated. Gorgeous claw foot bathtub. Fabulous high thread count sheets. Dennis and Marge are delightful hosts full of character and charm. We had a somewhat difficult time getting good food in town. Dennis's daily farm fresh gourmet breakfasts made up for it and then some! German pancakes, eggs benedict and belgian waffles with fresh fruit and whipped cream were all expertly executed and very fresh. All three meals were delicious and made with the eggs from their many chickens. Too bad we couldn't eat all of our meals at Bear Flag Inn! And Dennis's homemade wine was awesome. I'm told he makes a mean IPA as well. A handy tram can pick you up and take you anywhere in Calistoga should you get a bit tipsy. The grounds are so beautiful and homey. Gorgeous hydrangeas and yes, a California bear flag. It's wonderful to sit out in the garden and talk. They also have a pool and hot tub. We totally enjoyed our time here! Thanks for a great time guys!!
5 on September 12, 2012
fabulous, delicious, relaxing, interesting Could go on and on if I had time. These two inn keepers made our stay the best B&B experience we ever had. We'll be back for sure. Aaron Malberg
3.4 on August 25, 2012
Great bed and breakfast place in a more countryside setting. Lots of animals on the site (chickens, dogs and a cat). Very helpful and sweet hosts!
5 on August 06, 2012
My friends and I stayed here for a wine tasting weekend and it was by far, one of the best B&B experiences I've had. I loved how the owner brought us snacks in the afternoon (and wine) and gave us great recommendations on where to go for a better wine tasting experience. The rooms were adorable and clean and I loved having a pool for the hot weather. The breakfast room is really beautiful because it feels as though you are outside, which I loved! And the breakfast was so delicious - homemade waffles with all the fixin's one day and eggs benedict the next!
5 on June 28, 2012
My wife and I choose the Bear Flag for our 16th Anniversary. We hadn't been back to the Valley area for quite some time. Dennis and Marge were fantastic Hosts. I had never stayed at a B&B before this, and enjoyed every minute of our stay. The room was comfortable, very clean, and cozy....Breakfast was a highlight every day and the after noon social hour was something we made a point to do every day. Dennis makes great wine!
4.0 on June 28, 2012
The Inn was very homey and the owners made you feel welcome and appreciated. I enjoyed the fact they loved their labrador retrievers, but the animals were never in the way or where they should not be. The breakfasts were very good, and certainly healthy. No skimping on anything. The only thing we would like the Inn to consider is an outside sitting area to the front of the home, where a glass of wine might be enjoyed in the evening.
3.4 on April 26, 2012
The B&B is in a very nice location and has a lot of potential. It does need some TLC however and thus the reason for my rating. Breakfast was great.
4.4 on March 22, 2012
We are new dog-owners and are new to traveling with him. The cottage at the Bear Flag Inn is as comfortable as it gets. Our living room was right off the enclosed pool. It was huge with a sofa bed and TV. The bedroom was large and cozy and we had a fenced-in dog-safe patio, looking out on the vineyards. The owners, Dennis and Marge were like family- so fun and interesting and helpful. Can't wait to return!!
4.4 on March 07, 2012
The owners participate, along with other B&B owners, to put on a pasta feed the night before the marthon at the Calistoga Community Center. It felt like you were at a family gathering. We apprecitaed the fact that they did not require a 2-night stay for the marathon weekend.
4.0 on February 29, 2012
Dennis, his wife, and their friends made our stay very enjoyable.
5 on January 23, 2012
A incredible stay with lovely folks!
5 on December 18, 2011
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at the Bear Flag Inn. We enjoyed the hosts as well as the town. Great location and lovely and clean rooms. Nice grounds and wonderful persimmons to pick as an extra unexpected treat.
3.6 on November 27, 2011
We stayed in the small one bedroom cottage next to the pool (separate from the main house). Cozy little space with gas fireplace. It was convenient to town where we enjoyed a mud bath spa and massage treatment. The hosts are very friendly and made excellent breakfasts. One day was eggs benedict with fresh fruit (they even had fresh persimmons from the old tree next to the house) and the following morning they had home-made waffles! We look forward to returning. Dave & Stacy
4.4 on November 18, 2011
The cottage at this B&B was wonderfully quaint. The McKays are great hosts and incredible cooks. Every breakfast was beyond what I imagined; fresh fruit, waffles, eggs Benedict, orange juice, coffee. The B&B is set among a small vineyard. Sweet dogs and chickens roaming around. We loved it!!!!! And would stay there again.
4.0 on November 12, 2011
We stayed two nights and had a very pleasant time. The hosts are friendly and accommodating. Breakfast was great.
3.4 on September 28, 2011
The owners are very friendly but will give you your space if they sense you need it. We enjoyed discussing a number of issues with them over breakfast.
2.8 on September 19, 2011
breakfast was fabulous...no coffee in room..had to go to main house....would have preferred coffee and breakfast in room or on patio....we are private people and don't like to interact on vacation....great location, however. Would be nice to have table in room or on patio for breakfast...hosts are lovely people...just a bit too much if you like privacy...bit rundown..could use a facelift....but comfy and clean....
5 on September 15, 2011
We recently had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Calistoga and arranged to stay in the cottage at Bear Flag Inn. We have chihuahua pups and they were very comfortable too! The breakfasts were awesome and company delightful. Dennis answered all of our questions and provided everything we needed for a perfect stay. We will definitely be going back again!!
4.2 on September 13, 2011
During my stay at Bear Flag Inn . I was treated like family . The place is very comfortable . The food is Outstanding . Marge and Dennis McNay are wonderful hosts . Loved spending time with them at breakfast , and for wine in the evening . This is my favorite place to stay in Calistoga . Novato,California
5 on September 08, 2011
Will definitely stay here again when visiting Napa Valley.
5 on August 31, 2011
Dennis was a great host and very understanding. We had car trouble getting out their and so we were unable to stay for the first night. Given that their was a two night minimum stay for the time we booked, we were less than happy. At no obligation of Dennis but out of great customer service he discounted our weekend stay as we were unable to to make the first night. He took a hit for one night's pay but we will definitely be back to visit! Thanks Dennis.
4.2 on August 22, 2011
Had a great weekend at the Bear Flag Inn. The rooms are nice, but not spectacular. But the owners are very, very friendly and kind and helpful. And the daily breakfast is spectacular! I would definitely recommend the Bear Flag.
4.6 on August 16, 2011
Dennis & Marjorie made us feel like family. In fact, I know if we lived near them, we would be friends! It was very difficult to leave. This was our second stay there and will definitely not be our last! Bravo to this fabulous B & B and the incredible couple who run it!
4.0 on August 13, 2011
The Bear Flag Inn is a lovely B&B, with truly charming hosts (an elderly couple with lots of nice stories), lovely rooms, and good location, just a few minutes drive from Calistoga center (close enough to be very accessible, far enough so it's a lot quieter, with a relaxed, rural feeling). They have wine and crackers every evening with their guests and make an amazing breakfast. Only downside was the bed, which was very creaky (Lovinia bedroom. Otherwise, very nice and well decorated).
3.2 on August 12, 2011
We recently spent a long weekend at Bear Flag Inn. Innkeepers, Marge and Dennis, were delightful. Our room was comfortable and clean as was the inn itself. The grounds have beautiful seasonal flowers however the grass and outdoor furniture was unkept and not appealing for lounging or resting in the hammocks. The in ground pool and spa were old and did not appear clean (mildew and stains). The pool side furniture was old, faded and misplaced in rough grass/weeds and flower beds somewhat overgrown with weeds and dirt holes. It was very uninviting and a big disappointment as we had hoped to enjoy it at the end of our afternoon before heading out for the evening. The "happy hour" wine and snacks were very good and the beautifully served breakfasts were yummy. Overall a nice stay escaping our 100+ Texas heat 35 days running! The inn has great potential but needs some repairs and tweaking.
5 on August 05, 2011
We just returned from our "anniversary getaway". All I could think about is going again. This was our fourth visit to the Bear Flag Inn. The rooms are clean and well appointed. Innkeepers, Dennis and Marge welcome you into their home and make your stay memorable. A full breakfast is served every morning at 9am in the sun-room. Breakfast is really magnificent! The Inn location is conveniently located in walking distance to the downtown and minutes from wineries. Whether you are looking to lounge by the pool or tour the Napa Valley wineries you can't go wrong staying here.
4.6 on July 28, 2011
This hosts were delightful -- very friendly, interesting and warm. We had a lovely time, and if we ever go back to Napa Valley, would check with them for reservations first.
4.6 on July 15, 2011
we stayed in the cute little cottage next to the main house. accomodations were perfect and the hot breakfast made every morning was 5 star! highly recommend staying here!
2.8 on July 01, 2011
Bear Flag Inn was in a great location, just at the North end of the Napa Valley. The accommodations were quaint, antique-filled, and private. The grounds were filled with vineyards, fruit trees and a sense of going back in time. The breakfast of waffles, bacon, coffee and juice was well-prepared. Some tips: Give customers a couple breakfast choices. Provide more in-room amenities, such as a coffee service, better TV package, etc. The owners were pleasant and worked to make our stay a positive experience, but there are too many B&B's that provide more for the money.
To be clear, our breakfast menu changes daily, however we are not a restaurant. Coffee is available in the kitchen 24/7. Our TV connection is premuim comcast cable. Most people do not come to the wine country to watch TV, but we do make it available.
5 on June 15, 2011
Wonderful, quiet, great food, nice company, really enjoyed our stay. Took our bikes and rode into town, and several vineyards.
4.4 on June 02, 2011
We were greeted by our cheerful Host, Dennis and immediately invited to their daily Happy Hour. It was a wonderful way to unwind after a long drive. Marge, our Hostess, joined us shortly thereafter with fresh picked cherries. We stayed in a lovely room and the only criticism was the bed squeaked with every movement making it hard to sleep soundly. However, there was ample time for napping at this quiet B&B. Breakfasts were superb. We enjoyed Happy Hour each of the 3 nights we were there & getting to know Dennis & Marge, as well as the other guests. The animals were as welcoming as their "masters". We enjoyed spending time with their dogs & Mad Max. But, the best was being able to share some time with the 9 puppies on their way to becoming K-9 Companions. We would highly recommend Bear Flag Inn & look forward to another visit.
4.8 on June 01, 2011
Dennis and Marge offer the classic B&B experience. A nice room, an incredible breakfast, and unequalled hospitality. Our stay at the Bear Flag Inn was probably our most comfortable and memorable B&B stay in years.
5 on May 26, 2011
Dennis and Marge have a wonderful place. The breakfasts are outstanding.
5 on April 08, 2011
Dennis and Marge were wonderful! They made my stay so nice and relaxing! The breakfasts were fabulous... very quiet and peaceful. Loved staying at The Bear Flag Inn!
3.4 on January 20, 2011
We had a short, one-night visit but everything was just fine. Both Marge and Dennis were very friendly, breakfast was excellent and the room was clean and roomy. The area is beautiful and the weather was good, so our overall experience was very enjoyable.
3.2 on December 20, 2010
Very pleasant stay at Bea Flag Inn. Breakfasts were excellent. Hosts are very engaging and we thoroughly enjoyed meeting their friends and family - we were treated like family. The bedroom and bathroom could do with some updating, and the bed was a little under par. Overall - great weekend. Would return.
4.0 on November 11, 2010
Denis and Margery are a delight. I was there for four days taking in the mud baths at the Indian Springs spa. I hadn't travelled on my own since my early twenties so this was a new experience for me. Each afternoon we'd have wine and appies and chat about the day. I loved that part. When Denis asked in his Welcome email if I had any food allergies or sensitivities I didn't think much of it. I mean aren't B&B breakfasts normally light "coffee and muffin" sort of deals? Well, I was in for a pleasant surprise. Expect a full course meal. Breakfast held me for the entire day. I'd snack on nuts avoiding having to leave the spa for lunch. That meant only one meal eaten out. Both Denis and Margery reminded me of folks back home. I feel lucky to have found them. If I go back to the area, I'll be staying at the Bear Flag Inn. Suzanne LaCombe, Vancouver, BC. P.S. Go slowly with mud baths. They churn up a lot of emotions!
4.2 on September 19, 2010
Marge and Dennis were outstanding hosts and provided us with a wonderful stay! It was a bit pricey, but we were there during Labor Day weekend, so abailability was limited. We were very happy with our stay at Bear Flag Inn! The breakfast was amazing and Marge and Dennis were very accomodating!
4.4 on April 08, 2009
My wife and I spent a weekend at the Bear Flag Inn and would highly recommend it! The room was nice and we loved the location - just out of town and centrally located to all the exploring we wanted to do. The breakfasts both days were mouthwatering. We've stayed at B&B's in the area many times and would rank TBF Inn at the top of the list.