Entries by Jim Beazley

Napa Valley Wine Tasting: The High Cost of “Free”

With over 400 wineries in our tiny little corner of the wine world that is the Napa Valley, how do you know or decide which ones to see? If you visited the average of 4 per day, it’d take you well over a year to hit them all! Our innkeepers know how to pair you up with wineries that match your tastes, as well as a few hidden gems you’ve never heard of.

Napa Valley Wine Tours

At Robert Biale Vineyards this is so much more than just a Black Chicken. He is a legend.

When the founder’s son, Aldo Biale, was running his family’s Napa Valley farm in 1942 he and his mama sold mostly vegetables, walnuts and eggs. But they also had “heritage vineyards of Zinfandel” and made what became a very popular wine.

Since the Biale’s phone was on a “party line” and because wine production then, as now was highly regulated, Aldo cleverly…

Winter In Napa Valley

We measure our four seasons in Napa very differently than yours. Winter lasts mere weeks. Spring several months. Summer a few months, and autumn, a blend of spring and summer lasts three months minimum…sometimes four.

When we try to explain to guests unfamiliar with Napa’s version of winter that our afternoons are warm and sunny and that fruit trees begin blooming at the end of January they frankly don’t believe us!

As I write this in mid-December we are less than a week from the “Winter Solstice,” this year on Thursday, December 21. This is when…

Napa Valley Is Open For Business

It honestly feels like the wildfires that affected our area was ages, not just months ago – time seems to fly. We’re thrilled to see the hills affected in the Napa Valley are bursting forth green, lush and gorgeous. The town of Napa didn’t lose a single building and is bustling with activity of the holidays. The Napa Valley floor and its hundreds of wineries were untouched and open for business! The vineyards and wineries are as beautiful as ever now.

We had so much to be thankful for this “Thanksgiving.” While we know friends who lost so much, we were able to help. When possible we provided rooms for those who lost their homes. We also hosted 106 room nights for our PG&E linemen and admin staff.

How the Beazley House “Went to the Dogs”

It all began when we hosted our first “guest dog, Molly”. She was the beloved pet of guests who had stayed with us year after year as they returned to see a favorite grandmother. Gretchen and Steve began rescuing retired Greyhounds, so we hosted them too. After all, they came twice a year to visit Grandma, they were like our family too.

Years later we added Sissy and Tummy, our Golden Retrievers, to our Beazley family.

Beazley House celebrates being a “36-year Overnight Success”

On June 1, 1981 – 36 years ago – Carol and I and our family became Napa’s first INNKEEPERS. In fact, we’ve been Innkeeping for over half of our lives!

From this prospective we’ve seen a LOT of change. Parents have died. Children grew up, got married and Grandchildren were born.

But these things have remained: The Beazley House welcomes everyone to a place where memories are made and promises kept.