We admit we’re pretty jazzed to be featured in the April 2015 issue of Sunset as Best of the West. (It’s even better to be mentioned alongside our friends at @SenzaHotelNapa, another historic property which has recently been revamped, which is owned by our friends & winery partners at HALL Wines.) It’s most gratifying that this reimagined hotel built by Calistoga town founder Samuel Brannan in 1860 is getting such a terrific response from media and guests alike, and prompting lots of calls. If you’re planning on visiting us this summer or fall, we recommend booking early; many weekends are already sold out. More Sunset love: the Inn is one of four finalists for Best Hotel/Inn Renovation in their first Travel Awards.
Bookending the sweet spot of Napa Valley wine country – that is, the stretch of State 29 between, to the south, the city of Napa itself, and to the north, the funky mud-bath town of Calistoga – is a pair of recently reinvented Victorian hotels. The first, the eight-room Parker Mansion (circa 1870), serves as a cool marble-and-taupe nucleus of an otherwise modern 41-room resort called Senza (top), owned by the family behind Hall Wines and set right where cul-de-sacs start giving way to vineyards. The second, a gingerbread villa called the Brannan Cottage Inn (above), occupies one of the original cottages that Calistoga’s founder, the freewheeling Samuel Brannan, built for his hot-springs resort in 1860. Along with the appropriate antiques, its six bedrooms are furnished with illy espresso machines, flat-screen TVs, and Roku boxes. The buccaneers of today should feel right at home. Senza; from $239; senzahotel.com. Brannan; from $299; brannancottageinn.com – Sunset Magazine, April 2015