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.

What do you get when you add a particularly wet Spring to the coolest Summer in memory?

One of the latest Napa Valley Grape Harvests in history.

But our Autumn has started EARLY! The Grapes may not be turning, but the leaves sure are.

Mother Nature sure has a sense of humor, doesn’t she?

Ever notice how “WE the people” know stuff long before the news media?

Take Napa’s renaissance for example. Our Beazley House guests have certainly noticed the many changes to our little town over the last couple of years. New wine tasting rooms have blossomed, new restaurants have popped open and new entertainment venues have thrilled audiences after years of darkened stages.

We’ve been saying it for years, now: the town of Napa has finally joined the rest of the Napa Valley as a world class destination. Now the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle are saying it too!