Posted: 2/2/2007Provided by Citysearch -
What a great surprise this placed turned out to be for us! The location is probably the best in all of Napa Valley if you really want to be in the Wine Country -- we took a walking tour the first afternoon we arrived and made it to White Hall Lane across the street, Franciscan across the other direction, Rutherford Grove on a short trek through the neighboring vineyard and then over to Alpha Omega. They are so close that you can get to each in a couple of minutes.
Back at the Ink House we had a blast with the other guests as appetizers were served and Heitz showed up to pour -- although we were already warmed up a bit -- and had so much fun that 2 other couples that we just met went out to dinner with us to the Rutherford Grill after Rachel, the innkeeper, pulled some strings to get us a table. We ended the evening playing pool in the basement game room.
Our room, the French Room, was spacious, clean, fitted out in sturdy antiques and very quiet as this old mansion is built like a battleship. The bathroom looks re-done recently as the tile and paint seemed brand new and it was good sized. The neat thing about the room is that Elvis Presley stayed there for a month in the early 1960s while filming a movie in Napa -- same bed and furniture. A champagne breakfast was served that was more food than we expected and included an egg dish, fancy hasbrowns, fruit, home-made banana bread, and coffee.
The staff made us reservations for dinner the next night, and for a balloon ride the second morning (fabulous, but you get up pretty darn early). We also had fun exploring the grounds of about 4-5 acres including a vineyard, grand lawns and gardens, olive orchard, gigantic old barn, and even a regulation horseshoe pitch!
It's way more affordable than the fancy places and lots more fun. We have already made reservations to go back in October during the crush and plan on making this our regular Napa Valley headquarters for our future wine county adventures.