Nov 15

Cedar Gables Inn in Downtown Napa is a historic Bed & Breakfast in The Heart of Wine Country. The historic significance of Cedar Gables Inn stretches back to 1892 as one of the top architects in San Francisco, Earnest Coxhead, applied the emerging Arts & Crafts style to the residential architecture of the Cedar Gables Inn.

Who was Earnest Coxhead

Earnest Coxhead was an English born architect who practiced his draftsmanship stateside in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Coxhead was trained at the Royal Academy and the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. When Earnest moved to the United States, he primarily focused his designs on the Gothic Revival Style and was heavily involved in church architecture. After the 1890s, Earnest Coxhead began to lead the emerging Arts & Crafts Architectural Style, which incorporated the characteristics of English Country Houses including shingles, gabled roofs, pointed arches, brick fireplaces, steep roofs, and wide porches—many of the very design elements you will find inside and outside the Cedar Gables Inn.

Coxhead was born the fourth of six children of William Coxhead in Eastbourne, East Sussex, England in 1863. At age 23, Coxhead immigrated to California with his older brother. Earnest established an independent architectural practice in Los Angeles and secured commissions to design several Episcopal Churches in Southern California. His successes in SoCal led to the commissioning of several more churches in Northern California, where he moved to San Francisco. He designed a total of 17 churches of which 11 still stand today.

After the 1890s, Coxhead began to focus on residential buildings and ended up designing dozens of homes in Northern California in the Arts & Crafts style, primarily in San Francisco and Berkeley, California. He even ventured north to Napa where he designed the then Churchill House, which today is known as Cedar Gables Inn.

Coxhead lived in San Francisco with his wife and three children until his death in 1933. Coxhead left an indelible impression as he guided the Arts & Crafts movement’s influence on American architecture. Many of his drafts and collections of his work can be found at the University of California at Berkeley’s archives.

Book Your Stay at Cedar Gables Inn

We invite you to explore the Arts & Crafts Architecture Style and one of Earnest Coxhead’s very own designs which still stands, right here in Napa, California. The Cedar Gables Inn, located in Downtown Napa offers a rich history, architectural significance, and an ideal location for guests who are looking to have a romantic Napa excursion. Our 9 boutique guest rooms are luxuriously furnished and our gourmet daily breakfast will ensure you start your day of wine tasting and exploring Napa off the right foot with a restful sleep and healthy meal. Book directly on our website where you will find our lowest rates and latest availability:

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Oct 15

When you plan your next vacation to the San Francisco Bay Area, at the top of your must-see list should be Napa Valley. Napa offers visitors amazing tranquil scenery, world-class wineries, shopping, spas, private and group tours as well as a wide selection of gourmet restaurants. There are so many hidden gems to enrich your experiences. Downtown Napa offers something for everyone with its unique attractions.

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Napa is known for its world-class wineries where you can enjoy perfectly aged wines from over 400 wineries in the region. Most of the wineries, restaurants, and craft breweries are family owned, as are the unique gift shops and boutiques.

On Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8 am – 12:30 pm, visitors to Napa can enjoy the Farmers Market. More than 40 local farms provide certified organic seasonal fruits and vegetables, flowers, herbs meats, eggs, and seafood. The Farmers Market also showcases local artisan goods and gourmet cheeses, jams, honey and baked treats. The Farmers Market is a family-friendly venue, offering Chef demonstrations, and children’s activities. You can learn more about the Farmers Market by visiting:

Oxbow Public Market It is one of the most beloved gathering spots of locals and tourists alike. It is an indoor community gathering place and offers visitors live music, cooking demos, wine and beer tastings, organic produce, custom furniture, and collectibles.

If you want to get a front row seat to the splendor of Napa, The Napa Wine Train is a must. Originally built in 1864 the train runs through the western and eastern side of Napa Valley. The train transports guests through the older industrial section of Napa and soon astounds guests with the famed agricultural beauty that is synonymous with Napa. The Napa Valley Wine Train offers wine tasting, touring, and gourmet meals during its thirty-six mile round trip excursion. The ride lasts for three hours and takes passengers through the stunning wine country. You can learn more about the Napa Wine Train here:

Napa is genuinely a food, wine, and art lover’s paradise. Visitors to the area can take cooking classes at Copia, Culinary Institute of America, or settle in and listen to the best jazz or live theater in the area at the Blue Note Napa.

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When visiting Napa, be sure to book your stay at historic Cedar Gables Inn. Cedar Gables Inn is a stunning example of Arts and Crafts style architecture and is within walking distance to bustling Downtown Napa. Cedar Gables Inn is the perfect choice for couples looking for a romantic get-away. Book direct at to enjoy the lowest rates.

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Sep 08

Napa Valley is synonymous with world class wineries and fine wines they produce. As William Shakespeare once said – “The wine-cup is the little silver well, where truth, if truth there be, doth dwell.” And truth be told, Napa is home to 400 outstanding wineries, and consolidating this list to the top 5 is a daunting task.

Napa is the fertile agriculture wine basket of California. Napa Valley is held as a globally premier wine region and is home to dozens of varieties of grapes. However, the recognized grape varieties that are grown and harvested in Napa include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Petit Verdot & Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Syrah/Shiraz, Petite Sirah, and Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio.
Napa vintners have been commercially producing wines since the 19th century, and they have graced connoisseurs with awe-inspiring premium wines since the ‘60s.

Rutherford Hill Winery:  This family owned winery sits high atop a hill that offers breathtaking views of Napa Valley.  Rutherford Hill Winery pioneered the development of Merlot in California.  Guests can enjoy award-winning Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet.

Chateau Montelena Winery:  Here is another family owned gem that uses only organic, sustainable farming methods.  Their old world style handcrafted wines which are aged in French oak barrels include fabulous Zinfandel, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Caymus Winery:  Caymus Vineyard is owned by the Wagner family, and produces two Cabernets Sauvignons which deliver rich flavors and aromas.  Visitors to Caymus Winery will enjoy Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel.

Nickel & Nickel:  Guests will find Nickel & Nickel in a bucolic setting located in Oakville in Napa.  Nickel & Nickel produces varietal, single-vineyard wines that boast varied characters.  They offer single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as a small collection of Chardonnay, Merlot, and Syrah – all single-vineyard of course. 

Cardinale Winery:   This winery sits in the heart of Napa Valley, and produces limited-productions Cabernet Sauvignon blends with dark flavors that are the artistic expression of Winemaker Christopher Carpenter, and will surpass your expectations.

There are so many fantastic wineries that should be included on this list, like Del Dotto Vineyards, Artesa Winery,  Far Niente, Schweiger Vineyards, Hourglass Winery, Lokoya,  Domaine Carneros, and more.  It is nearly impossible to choose just five, but we highly recommend that you extend your stay in Napa Valley to discover your favorites.

Hotel Accommodations in Napa Valley

Cedar Gables Inn is within a short scenic drive from the vineyards, and wineries located in Napa Valley.  Cedar Gables Inn offers non-smoking standard & deluxe rooms and suites.  All of our rooms have premium bathrobes, plush linens, and pillowtop mattresses. Guests are welcomed with complimentary Ghirardelli Chocolates and bottled water.   Our guest rooms are equipped with queen or king beds and private bathrooms, and some rooms offer a soaking tub or claw foot tub. The suites have fireplaces, hot tubs, and walk-in showers.  Cedar Gables Inn resides in Downtown Napa and is within walking distance to shops, excellent restaurants, and wine tasting.  

Cedar Gables Inn is an exquisite Arts & Crafts style mansion that defines comfort and opulence and offers a perfect retreat for guests looking to experience Napa at its finest.  Be sure to check our packages that include exclusive extras for guests.

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Sep 01

Napa Valley has several unique experiences for anyone who is visiting the wine country for the first time. The wines, vineyards, tasting sessions and the various delicacies are just the ingredients to set into the tourist groove. A ride on Napa Valley Wine Train should be given strong consideration. Silverado Trail is an amazing route to tread. You should consider driving or biking on the Silverado Trail. You can always rent a car or bike. Better yet, you can plan a limo tour and embark on Silverado Trail. There are several Downtown Napa places to visit that offer epicurean delights.

Oxbow Market

Oxbow Market or Oxbow Public Market is another unique experience that awaits you in Napa. It is a paradise for anyone who loves to taste new delicacies. It is possible you would have tasted some of the foods served here but a considerable portion of what’s on offer will surprise you. Oxbow Market is located at 610 and 644 First Street. It is open every day of the year excluding Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day. The market is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., every day. On some days, especially major holidays, the hours could be reduced and you can find that out rather easily. You should ideally be at Oxbow Market after 9 a.m. By that time most retailers will be open. Many retailers close shop by 7 p.m.

Whilst you are at Oxbow Public Market, you should consider indulging Anette’s Chocolates, Cru @ The Annex, Five Dot Ranch and Cookhouse, Eiko’s, Gott’s Roadside, The Fatted Calf, Hog Island Oyster Bar, Fieldwork Brewing Company, Hudson Goods & Greens, Napa Bookmine, Kara’s Cupcakes, Napa Valley Distillery, Kitchen Door, Napastak, The Model Bakery, The Olive Press, Whole Spice and Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant. You can look up the market hours to know which shops open early and how long they remain open.

Stay at Cedar Gables Inn

Oxbow Public Market is less than 1 mile from Cedar Gables Inn. You don’t even need to drive because a stroll will take you past the First Presbyterian Church, Uptown Theatre, Veterans Memorial Park, various cafes and restaurants. You may stop by at the Napa County Public Library or simply enjoy the scenic Riverfront Promenade along Napa River as you work on your appetite as you reach Oxbow Market.

Reserve your accommodations directly with Cedar Gables Inn and get the best deal on our Downtown Napa B&B. Our well appointed rooms with premium bathrooms, luxurious custom linens and mattresses, branded bath products and Ghirardelli chocolates will more than satiate you.

We look forward to being your home away from home while you visit Napa Wine Country.

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Sep 01

The Silverado Trail in Napa Valley is one of the finest routes through the wine country, perfect for a leisurely drive or an idyllic bike ride. You may even hire a limo and be chauffeured around, exploring the beautiful Silverado Trail while drinking to the content of your heart. Silverado Trail is as much about the wine itself as it is about touring vineyards. Exploring Silverado Trail is definitely one of the top things to do in Napa, CA. Your vacation or adventure to Napa Wine Country will be incomplete if you do not explore this back road.

About the Silverado Trail

Silverado Trail is twenty nine miles long. If you do not stopping for wine tours or extensive wine tasting, the drive or ride would take you about an hour to complete. The scenery along the trail will depend on the time of the year. Spring is when you would find the earth carpeted with gorgeous yellow mustard flowers. Summer will compel you to jostle for space. Fall is when the grapes are harvested and definitely the time for wine connoisseurs throng Napa. Winter is wet so expect a drive or ride in the rain.

Silverado Trail is a back road running parallel to California State Route 29. Although the larger wineries are along SR 29, there are quite a few along the trail. The trail is not a meandering route. It is more of a roadway with curves and dips set by the foothills. The journey is delightful primarily owing to the spectacular views of the mountains and the vineyards.

You can rent a car or a bike. There are enough options. You could hire a chauffeur driven limo. Start the drive or ride at the southern end of the trail that meets Trancas Street. Drive or bike past the Chardonnay grapevines, Yountville Cross Road, Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards, get to the Napa River Ecological Reserve, then to Yountville and eventually back to Silverado Trail north. The mountains, oaks, chaparral, fir, sedimentary rocks, alluvial deposits, the sight and fragrance of wine grapes among many other subtle and very bucolic elements will make your drive or ride through Napa Wine Country a truly memorable experience.

Stay at Cedar Gables Inn

Cedar Gables Inn is less than three miles from 501 Trancas Street wherefrom you take a left turn to begin your drive or ride on the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley. Cedar Gables Inn, a charming and historic Napa B&B has comfortable well appointed Napa hotel rooms at affordable rates. Get the best rates by reserving your accommodation directly with the hotel at

We look forward to hosting you at Cedar Gables Inn Napa!

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Aug 23

The Culinary Institute of America at Copia (CIA) is a treasured destination for food and wine lovers.  This esteemed Institute has a long history of providing interactive classes, and demonstrations, where guests have an opportunity to channel their inner Joël Robuchon or Thomas Keller and hone their kitchen skills with hands-on experience with gourmet cooking and baking, and Wine tasting.

CIA is open daily from 12:00 noon – 5 p.m.  They offer a “Tasting Showcase” that offers visitors an educational opportunity to discover a wide selection of wines from Napa and various regions.  CIA rotates their selection from wineries regularly, so guests can always find their next new favorite!

CIA at Copia offers food and wine enthusiasts a unique experience that opens a world of cooking, baking and wine tasting from their campus located in the heart of Napa Valley.   CIA at Copia offers both private and group classes as well as Sunday family fun days.  All classes are led by expert chefs and instructors and are a perfect fit for your culinary getaway.   Whether you are a seasoned professional or new to cooking, a visit to CIA at Copia will leave you with sharp new kitchen skills and enhanced cooking techniques.

Be sure to catch CIA at Copia’s class:  The History of Napa Valley in 8 Glasses

Hotel Accommodations near the Culinary Institute of America at Copia (CIA)

Cedar Gables Inn is 0.9 miles northeast of the Culinary Institute of America at Copia.  It takes guests approximately 5 minutes by car to reach this premier culinary destination. Cedar Gables Inn offers non-smoking standard & deluxe rooms and suites.  All of our rooms have premium bathrobes, plush linens, and pillowtop mattresses. Guests are welcomed with complimentary Ghirardelli Chocolates and bottled water.   Our guest rooms are equipped with queen or king beds and private bathrooms, and some rooms offer a soaking tub or claw foot tub. The suites have fireplaces, hot tubs, and walk-in showers.  Cedar Gables Inn resides in Downtown Napa and is within walking distance to shops, excellent restaurants, and wine tasting.  

Cedar Gables Inn is an exquisite Arts & Crafts style mansion that defines comfort and opulence and offers a perfect retreat for guests looking to experience Napa at its finest.  Be sure to check our packages that include exclusive extras for guests.

Book your stay today at Cedar Gables Inn and explore the best that Napa Valley has to offer:   

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Aug 01

Sterling Vineyards in Calistoga are among the finest Napa Valley has to offer. Almost equidistant from Sacramento and San Francisco, Sterling Vineyards includes more than ten estates including Diamond Mountain Ranch, Bear Flats Estate, Nolasco/Larsen Vineyards, Petersen Ranch, Calistoga Vineyard, Rosedale Vineyard, Tamagni Vineyard, Rutherford Ranch, Oak Knoll Vineyard and Wildwood Vineyard. Sterling Vineyards was established in 1964 by Peter Newton. He was a paper tycoon who wrote for Financial Times in London. An Oxford scholar and connoisseur, Peter Newton had a desire for wines that would possess a genuinely varietal character. Every brand of wine produced at Sterling Vineyards is aimed to accomplish that.

About the Sterling Vineyards

Sterling Vineyards is especially associated with wines that are rich in aroma and flavor. The different varieties of grapes grown in Napa can be treated in a myriad of ways. The winemaking techniques used at Sterling are gentler and tailored to extract the most out of each variety of grapes. Sterling has made its presence felt in white wines with its Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay as well as red wines with its Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Zinfandel. Vineyards or wineries are all about touring the estates, checking out the precious produce and indulging in some wine tasting. Sterling has a bit more to offer.

There is an aerial tram offering splendid views of Napa Valley that you can hop on to so you can reach the hilltop winery. The aerial tram is unique in the region. You can explore the winery as well as get to and from it without causing any adverse impact. The aerial tram serves an aesthetic and utilitarian purpose. This doesn’t dilute or reduce the significance of wine tasting in any way. There are different options at your disposal. You could head to 1111 Dunaweal Lane in Calistoga any day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and opt for the Platinum or Silver Experience. There is general admission excluding tasting and group tasting options as well. You can make reservations for group tastings. General admission for adults is $32, those under 21 is $15 and kids aged three or younger get free admission. Also, there are winery events almost throughout the year you can attend.  Learn more about Sterling Vineyards here:

Stay at Cedar Gables Inn

Sterling Vineyards is around half an hour drive from Cedar Gables Inn. Cedar Gables Inn is a luxurious but affordable bed and breakfast in Napa Valley. You should book your stay directly at Cedar Gables Inn to get the best rates.  Book your boutique stay in Napa today at and begin exploring the entire valley from Calistoga to Sonoma with ease and comfort.

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Jul 15

Castello di Amorosa is a Tuscan-style castle and also a winery located at 4045 Helena Highway in Calistoga, CA. The castle has been open to the general public since 2007. The Castle and the winery are owned by the Sattui family. They are managed by Dario Sattui who has inherited the business and property from his great grandfather V. Sattui.

About Castello Di Amorosa

The Castle has a hundred and seven rooms on eight floors including a few underground levels. The castle has a total area of 121,000 square feet. The architectural detail and construction techniques date back to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. There is a drawbridge, a moat, defensive towers, a torture chamber, courtyard, chapel and knights’ chamber. There is a great hall measuring 72’ by 30’ and ceiling is 22’ high. There is an iron maiden in the torture chamber that is three hundred years old.

Castello Di Amorosa is open every day except on Christmas and closes early on Thanksgiving. You can visit anytime from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. during March through October and till 5 p.m. during November through February. There are guided tours, wine tasting and corporate events. Weddings are not allowed till now due to restrictions in Napa. General admission will get you a map, limited wine tasting and you can explore the castle levels above the ground which will include Knight’s Hall and Main Tasting Bar. You wouldn’t be able to explore the Armory, Torture Chamber and Grand Barrel Room. These can only be explored on guided tours.

You must pay $25/person for premium tasting of five wines and $35/person for reserve tasting of six wines. Kids aged five to twenty will pay $15/head and the fee includes juices. There are group tours that must be reserved in advance. There are plenty of upgrades available. You can pair wine tasting with some chocolates. There are Belgian chocolates, especially handmade, available for an additional $5.00/person. You can opt for cheese pairing or charcuterie pairing.

Hotel Accommodations near Castello Di Amorosa

Cedar Gables Inn is twenty-five miles southeast of Castello Di Amorosa. It will take you around half an hour by car to reach this iconic winery. We offer non-smoking standard & deluxe rooms and suites at Cedar Gables Inn. All of our rooms have premium bathrobes, plush linens and special mattresses. Guests are welcomed with complimentary Ghirardelli Chocolates and bottled water. Our guest rooms have queen or king beds, private bathrooms with blow dryers. Some rooms have a soaking tub or claw foot tub. Suites have fireplace, hot tubs and walk-in showers.

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Jun 25

Napa is one of the most favorite tourist destinations in California and not just for its eponymous wine region but also for its natural beauty with its many parks and trails, scenic landscape and a plethora of fun things to do. While you should explore Oxbow Market, do some shopping and enjoy some amazing food in Downtown Napa, you definitely want to explore some of Napa’s parklands. You would definitely want to visit Alston Park once you are done with your wine tours and tasting where you can fhike the trails and enjoy the serene landscape and amazing weather in Napa. Another favorite park to explore is Westwood Park.

About Westwood Park

Westwood Hills Park is on 3107 Browns Valley Road. It is a city park, densely wooded and has a trail three miles long meandering through oak groves and green meadows offering unmatched views of Napa. There are picnic tables and benches so you can easily plan an entire day outdoors with a picnic basket and your favorite Napa wine. There is ample parking along the trail. You should visit Carolyn Parr Nature Museum when you go to Westwood Hills Park. It is next to the parking space. The museum has exhibits of animals and plants that are found in Napa County. There are five natural habitats of native plants and animals. There is a nature library that will be a great exploration for kids and even adults.

Westwood Hills Park has an easy trail if you want to just enjoy a short walk/hike. You don’t need to be an expert hiker. The small park doesn’t take long to explore so you can combine two or more tourist hotspots on the same day. Valley View Trail has a eucalyptus forest, which offers a nice adventure for naturalists. There are paved pathways but not all are properly named so you will need directions with the help of a map. Fortunately, the trail is not long and not complicated at all so you would not get lost in any circumstance.

Hotel near Westwood Hills Park

Westwood Hills Park is around two miles from Cedar Gables Inn. Our historic Napa inn is close to McKinstry Street Station and Oxbow Market. Upon entry into any of our nine well-appointed guest rooms, you will be welcomed with Ghirardelli chocolates. Our climate-controlled rooms have private bathrooms with premium bathrobes. There are custom mattresses and luxury linens, complimentary bath products and toiletries. You’ll get a fruit platter, wine and full breakfast with your stay. Cedar Gables Inn is a four-star historic property with 9 rooms and suites. Celebrated architect Ernest Albert Coxhead designed the hotel championing Victorian architecture. We invite you to explore Napa while experiencing our hospitality.

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May 15

Napa Valley is a haven for connoisseurs and epicurians. The idyllic place with serene landscape, pleasant weather and the glorious vineyards are what luxury holidays are made of. There are a few imperative things to do in Napa CA such as riding a limo and enjoying a wine tour with exquisite wine tasting, exploring gourmet foods and experiencing the boutique shops in Downtown Napa.  There are of course other tourist attractions in Napa CA such as Alston Park and Oxbow Market or you could hit the links with a golf outing at Chardonnay Golf Club.  A great way to avoid the hassle of driving between wineries and enjoying a different experience altogether in Napa is by hopping on to the Napa Valley Wine Train.

Napa Valley Wine Train

Rich with over 150 years of history, The Napa Valley Wine Train rolls from 1275 McKinstry Street. It offers six hours of wining and dining while exploring the wine regions of Napa. There are four courses of delicious and sumptuous foods, four wineries to explore and a vintage train. Of course there are variations but the train is powered by two engines, there are three kitchens on the train and the regal interiors will certain leave an indelible impression on you.  Book your ticket and find more information at the Wine Train website.

The train has many compartments including the Cabernet Sauvignon Lounge Car, the Zinfandel Lounge Car, Le Petite Gourmet Dining Car, Merlot Lounge Car, Le Chef De Cuisine Kitchen Car and Chardonnay Lounge Car among others. There are many types of tours depending on the theme you choose. You can explore Vista Dome or Gourmet Express, Murder Mystery or Quattro Vino Tours, Romance On The Rails or The Castle Winery Tour, Ambassador Winery Tour or the Raymond Winery Tour, Private Twilight Tours or any of the specials on Father’s Day, Thanksgiving and Independence Day among others.

You would start at McKinstry Street Station, which is in downtown and just a short stroll from The Cedar Gables, wherefrom you would explore the old industrial area, an agricultural preserve, Oak Knoll and Yountville, then Oakville to Rutherford and subsequently St. Helena which has some super expensive farm real estate. The roundtrip journey is thirty-six miles long. You can get an idea of the prices of the various tours here:

Places to Stay in Napa CA

Cedar Gables Inn is a mile from McKinstry Street Station. It is also close to Oxbow Market. Cedar Gables Inn welcomes guests with some Ghirardelli chocolates in the rooms, there are premium bathrobes and luxury linens, custom mattresses, branded bath products, complimentary platters, three course breakfasts and wine tasting among other services and amenities.

Cedar Gables Inn was designed by celebrated architect Ernest Albert Coxhead. It is a unique four-star property with a distinct historical significance offering a luxurious but reasonably priced stay in Napa Valley, CA.  Book your Wine Train Tour, enjoy the day seeing the amazing Napa Valley and delighting your soul with top wine flights and delectable bites and then come rest your head at Cedar Gables Inn.

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