When navigating the Napa Valley there’s a RIGHT road and a slow road.

The Silverado Trail is literally the right hand road when heading North from Napa up into the Napa Valley. It also happens to be the “road less traveled” and therefore the “RIGHT” road to take when going up and down this world famous wine country.

Some people think that “‘Doers’ DO” while Dreamers just dream.

We’ve learned over the last 35 years that you can’t DO if you don’t DREAM.

I’m writing this on December Eve..that’s right, November 30th.

In the past I looked forward to “The Holidays” about as much as Scrooge.

This year will be different. I’m getting an early start. The family was fully involved in Napa’s Christmas Parade two days after Thanksgiving. Pheenix drove our decorated PT Cruiser as Spencer tossed out candy. (That lasted about 1 block!) Sidney manned the ’47 Packard, daughter Brooke accompanied Carol and me walking the Historic Inns of Napa banner. And Daryl took pictures.

They say you can see a New England Fall from outer space. But if you come to the Napa Valley in November you won’t have to go that far. And with temperatures in the upper 60s it’s downright balmy by comparison.

Early rains in October and the first Sunday of November have greened up our hills, turning California gold into Irish green. But the real show is in Napa’s vineyards.Whether they’re on hillsides or the valley’s floor the vineyards are a rich tapestry of yellows, oranges and reds.

It was harvest 1981, October 1st. Our mentors, Jack and Essie Doty–owners of Chalet Bernensis, were gone; not just out of town, but out of the COUNTRY!

They had taught us all we knew about innkeeping and then gave us the best possible send off: it was up to us: we could fly or flop. The Dotys, Napa Valley’s second B&B owners, were the reason we had become innkeepers.