Sunday, March 1, 2009

Napa Valley Bed & Breakfast

Beazley House B&B
1910 First Street
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 257-1649

V and I stayed at Beazley House B&B on our visit to Napa and even though this post is a little late coming, I definitely wanted to write about it. The innkeepers prepared special vegetarian breakfasts during our stay since we had informed them prior to our visit, but more about the breakfast later!

Beazley House is within walking distance to downtown Napa. It was a rainy weekend when we were there, and we were glad for the warm fire in the living room that was always tended to. There was an electric hot water kettle and a variety of great teas, and also some cream sherry just in case one was in the mood for a night cap. V took a liking to the "Masala chai" and I fell in love with the "Raspberry Rooibos" tea. (V declared that any tea with berry in it was too girly for him!) We had numerous cups of the tea in the cold evenings in pot-bellied Beazley House mugs. In fact, we bought one of the hand-made mugs to bring home with us; it does seem to keep the water warm for a longer time.

We did not see Jim & Carol, the owners of the inn on the first morning at breakfast, but we got to meet them on the second day. They are a very warm couple and seem to genuinely enjoy being innkeepers. Jim asked us about our experience at Ubuntu, to make sure he was recommending the right thing to his future vegetarian guests.

Now getting to the breakfasts at Beazley, they were simple, elegant and healthy affairs. Carol, apparently used to be a nurse before she became an innkeeper and hence she always modifies her recipes to make them more healthy. Yet, the main dishes on both days were very flavorful and filling. There was always fruit and cheese, fresh coffee, orange juice and yogurt.

On the first day, we had scrambled eggs with red bell peppers and bread pudding with berries. On the second day, Carol made great quiche (flan) with mushrooms and we also got a fruit cup with berries and other fruit. She apparently substituted the cream in the flan with yogurt, and it tasted just wonderful.

Beazley House, being in Napa, is at the southern tip of the wine country. This could be a good starting point from where to head north to wineries at Oakville, St Helena and Rutherford and other places. V and I did enjoy our stay here, and would consider it if we were visiting the area again.

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