The Inn on First

1938 First Street , Napa, CA 94559 USA (Show map) Diamond Collection

Professionally Inspected & Certified Diamond Collection


We are setting the new standard for the American Bed and Breakfast Inn. We cater to the new generation of B&B guests who want something more than doilies, egg bakes, and cheap sherry. With no televisions in the rooms, we choose to be counter-cultural and encourage our guests to disconnect from the world in order to reconnect to each other. This is not an inn for traditional B&B people. We are attracting the next generation who want great food for breakfast, well beyond the traditional omelets, frittatas, and egg bakes of old. This is where you get to experience a chef’s creative innovation each morning, one of his 125 recipes for breakfast, such as Corndog Omelets, Tomato and Egg Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons, or S’mores French Toast with house made Marshmallows. And, YES, WiFi is available for those who feel they must stay connected to the outside world, but our hope is that you will learn to leave all that aside to enjoy great Napa hospitality here at the inn and at the wineries. We are in the heart of downtown historic Napa with access to 400 plus wineries in the valley, and Sonoma is just a 15-minute drive away.




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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Adorable, Fun Place to Stay

5 on June 04, 2014

We stayed here on our honeymoon and it was a great choice. The rooms were adorable and clean. Jim and Jamie were fantastic. The breakfasts really made it outstanding for us. The creativity every morning was amazing. The complimentary cookies and port each day were a super touch as well.


5 on December 11, 2012

Oh my where do I start...Jaime and Jim went over and beyond for us! The food A+! The location perfect walking distance to everything downtown! Ample safe parking! Clean room, love the fireplace, whirlpool jetted tub, great conversation I can go on and on!! Jaime even picked up and delivered a cake for us just to help us out! Now that's service! We even had to check out super early and were going to miss breakfast so Jim made us a nice healthy to-go breakfast. I totally recommend this inn to everyone! You won't regret it.

Decisions Made Easy

5 on April 16, 2012

I am a person who has a difficult time making decisions when given a myriad of choices as inevitably there are when visiting any popular location. This of course includes the fine inns, culinary excellence, and extensive wineries of the Napa Valley. Jamie and Jim of The Inn On First have taken the stress and complexity out of the selection process. It goes without saying (just read the reviews!) that they have the B&B world down-pat, it's all true as far as my partner and I are concerned, but the best part for me is that we can, even on a moment's notice contact Jamie and Jim, and they will demystify the decision-making process by making suggestions and then by making the reservations for us. They even provide a listing in their guestroom books of restaurants that they have personally test-driven, rating them as excellent, great, and "so-so" which is invaluable to me. We have visited different restaurants and wineries each time we have stayed at The Inn on First, and without hesitation rate all that they have recommended as five-star experiences...and needless to say The Inn itself is a five-star plus! So if you are into making things simple and taking the stress out of decision-making I highly recommend that you entrust Jamie and Jim at The Inn On First to make your entire Napa visit a "get-out-of-your-head and into-your-heart" reality. We'll be back for sure, Paula and Barbara

Great B & B Getaway

4.0 on December 31, 2011

What a relaxing few days. The room was beautiful, the food amazing and the hospitality unmatched.We showed up on Christmas day in the afternoon and Jamie was still able to get us a dinner reservation at The Farm, no small feat with so many places closed for the holiday. All of his recommendations for wineries and dining were spot on, and our first trip to Napa turned out perfectly. PS - Best breakfasts! Homemade spaetzl was amazing and I kept sneaking down for more cookies and brownies in the afternoon !

Jewel of a B&B

4.0 on December 14, 2011

My husband and I went to The Inn On First on the recommendation of our daughter and son-in-law who spent a week there last year in celebration of their 5th wedding anniversary. We found the inn to be simply charming. It is clean, comfortable and nicely decorated. We found it to be joyful to come home to after every outing, always with fire burning in the fireplace and pleasant, soft music playing in the background. The inn keepers are equally delightful. Jim is a terrific and creative cook. Jaime is the tasteful and creative decorator. Both hosts are gracious and most helpful to their guests. That goes all the way from making sensible rules that help to insure the enjoyment of all of their guests to making recommendations about sightseeing, restaurants, etc., giving directions and making dinner reservations. We definitely give this B&B 5 stars!

Second Time Around

4.8 on November 29, 2011

The Inn is beautiful. The rooms are excellent. Jim's breakfast dishes are easy the best breakfast I've ever had. Jamie setup all of our dinner and wine tour reservations, which for the 4 of us was a challenge. This was our second time to stay at the Inn and without a doubt it gets better each time we go. Jim and Jamie are the best host. as if you were visiting family. We were worried about staying in the main house due to noise we have experienced at other B&B's, it was NOT an issue. The location to downtown napa is awesome.

Awesome, Awesome, Awesome

4.8 on November 28, 2011

Awesome stay, personalized service. A must stay if you are heading to Napa.

The Most Amazing Bed and Breakfast in Napa Valley CA

5 on November 21, 2011

Jim and Jamie are the most amazing and hospitable people you will meet in Napa Valley, CA. We found them both to be very informative about the Napa Valley area, so if you don't know what to do just ask and they will plan an awesome day of fun filled adventure. Great for dogs, so if you travel with your animal family you WILL want to stay here. Don't worry about breakfast there is a gourmet meal each morning with something new everyday, not just your everyday pancakes and eggs await you. If you are ever in Napa Valley and are looking for a great place to stay The Inn on First is the only place. My husband, myself, and our dog family will be back. Thanks Jim and Jamie for making our first trip to Napa Valley "a trip to remember".

Fabulous getaway

5 on November 21, 2011

The house is beautiful from the moment you walk in. There is a nice sitting room with complimentary port and snacks with a super cozy fireplace. Made us feel welcome from the moemnt we got there. Our room was nice and secluded. Even though the Inn was fully booked while we were there we felt very alone in our room which was great. The breakfast each morning was amazing and they accommodated diet restrictions without complaint. The churros and scones were ridiculously good! Jamie was very personable and gave us great tips on how to spend our time in Napa. We loved our trip and would definitely go back next time we are in Napa!

Wonderful B&B; Great Hosts

5 on October 18, 2011

I knew we would like this B&B within minutes after I made the reservation, because about 5 minutes thereafter, I received a confirmation email with advice and recommendations as well as another email asking about breakfast preferences, etc. Any innkeeper with that much attention to detail certainly has his work cut out for him, and we weren't disappointed in the least. We were in room #5, a beautiful room in the main house. The bed was exceptionally comfortable, the linens were great quality, and we both slept very well both nights we were there. The bathroom was immaculate and included a great jacuzzi tub and fireplace. I had been in touch with Jamie via email a few weeks prior to the trip and he had provided some great tips on which vineyards to visit. Once we decided on them, Jamie set up the appointments with them. All we had to do once we got to Napa was have Jamie show us where to go and we were all set. They even provided loaner picnic boxes and water bottles. After a long day of driving around and visiting wineries, there was nothing like coming back and having one of Jim's delicious cookies. The breakfasts were phenomenal - I still can't stop thinking about his amazing Hawaiian pancakes. I can't recommend this B&B enough.

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Rooms & Rates

Budding Vine

Rest in the queen size bed wrapped in an alcove, or read a book while being warmed by the fireplace, or maybe a bath in the whirlpool tub to rejuvenate. This cozy room is beautiful in garden greens and dappled with afternoon sunlight.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $225 - $375

First Crush

Treat yourself to a king size bed, whirlpool tub and gas fireplace. This spacious room cloaked in royal blue is where you can get away from it all.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $225 - $450


This Wine Country room hosts a king size bed, whirlpool tub, fireplace and seating area. Be enveloped by the soothing and soft yellow walls, with definitely enough room to stretch out in.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $225 - $450

Angel's Share

A room with a view: This gorgeous room is surrounded in windows and has a private deck overlooking the gardens. You'll sleep in a king size bed, read a book out on the balcony and soak in a whirlpool tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $225 - $475

Sweet Reserve

Great things come in small packages. This room is inviting in soft tan and gold accents, with golden thai silk curtains welcoming you to a queen size bed, and a fireplace you may enjoy from bed or soaking in your whirlpool tub. Beautiful garden views from the oversized glass windows.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $200 - $375


Your own personal haven awaits you with a beautiful king size iron bed, whirlpool tub, and comfy chairs that beg you to sit and enjoy the fireplace, but wait there is a private deck… a set of chairs with a table to enjoy some Napa Valley wine.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $250 - $525


This cozy blue room is flooded with natural light gracing a king size bed and heart shaped whirlpool tub. Allow yourself to be mesmerized by the flames of your fireplace from your bed or read a book on your private enclosed deck.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $250 - $525

Heritage Estate

Soft silvery walls invite you to enjoy your heart shaped whirlpool tub, sleep soundly in a king size bed or snuggle in a chair in front of the fireplace. There is even a private deck under your very own oak tree on which to enjoy some champagne. This room is ADA compliant

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $250 - $525

Noble Vineyard

Majestic in red and gold, you won’t want to leave this garden suite. Nap in your extra large king bed, soak in your two person whirlpool tub, curl up with a book in your large sofa chair, or sip some wine on your private balcony amongst the trees.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $275 - $650

Vintage Reserve

Pamper yourself in this spacious room with a king size four poster bed, two person whirlpool tub with a view of the fireplace, large sofa chairs, and small refrigerator. Enjoy some Napa wine on your private balcony nestled under a one hundred year old Napa Valley oak tree.*

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $275 - $650

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Location Type

Wine Country, California, Napa, Downtown


San Francisco, CA (SFO) 45 miles

Directions to property:

Highway 29 North. Take the LEFT fork which is marked "Calistoga/Sonoma Highway 29" NOTE: Ignore signs that read "Napa/Lake Berryessa". Proceed on Highway 29 approximately 1.5 miles. Take the "Downtown Napa/First Street" exit bearing RIGHT at the stop sign. Note: You cannot come down FIRST St., as it is ONE WAY against you. So follow road to right and take first available LEFT onto SECOND St. Go 3/10's of a mile on Second St. to Warren & turn LEFT. Go 1 block to FIRST St. Turn Left--The Inn on First is three houses West of the corner of First & Warren on the right-hand side of the street.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Napa Valley Wine Train, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Copier, Wired internet , Dog-friendly, Refreshments and baked goods always available, Port wine

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Telephone, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Hot Air Ballooning, Spas/Mud Baths, Olive Oil Tastings, Wine Tours, Napa River Walk, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental

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  • Check In:: 3:30 pm to 6:30
  • Check Out:: Noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No Only allowed in Vintage Reserve
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Allowed only in three lower Garden Suites, call for details
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Multi-day stay may be required if stay involves a weekend or holiday.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: If the particular room you've requested is available, a deposit of 50% of the total stay will be charged to secure your reservation. Those guests requesting 1 night only will be charged 100%.
  • Cancellations: A 30 day non-refundable deposit policy in effect year-round. Outside of 30-day notification period notice your deposit is returned less a 15% cancellation fee per day canceled.



Jim Gunther and Jamie Cherry

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

The Inn on First will do their best to take care of everything from the details of your room to your itineraries when you arrive, making your stay a memorable one. Chef Jim is a graduate of the Cordon Bleu San Francisco.

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  • Time Served: 8:30 am to 10:00 am
  • Serving Location: Our gardens, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Just ask!

Signature Dish

Corndog Omelet
Take an open faced omelet. Fill it with spinach, prosciutto, and pepper jack cheese. Roll it up into a long cigar shape. Cut it in half, dip it in corndog batter and deep-fry until golden brown. Served with mustard, this dish brings together the smoky, sweet, spicy goodness of breakfast in every bite.