Thursday, April 10, 2014

BIG NEWS: Erasto Jacinto joins Napkins Restaurant as their new Executive Chef!

As the innkeepers of the Old World Inn, we're delighted to share some REALLY big news today: Erasto Jacinto, one of Napa Valley's hardest-working and most talented chefs has joined the team at Napkins restaurant as their new executive chef.

Erasto and his brother Pablo spent decades as executive chefs for restauranteur Cindy Pawlcyn's famed Mustards Grille and Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen. The two brothers also collaborated with Cindy in developing her popular cookbook Big Small Plates, a follow-up to her James Beard Award-winning Mustards cookbook. Their latest joint venture was working with Catherine Bergen's C Casa, a Michelin Bib Gourmand-winning Taqueria in Napa's Oxbow Public Market. These guys are great.

We have stopped by and enjoyed the fun atmosphere and food of Napkins several times, but we can't wait to get in and try Chef Erasto's new creations. 

Life is good in downtown Napa!

-Russ Herschelmann & Sharon Fry

Old World Inn
Cabernet House
Merlot House
Hotel Napa Valley

Friday, March 14, 2014

Old World Inn: Bottlerock Napa 2014 LINEUP!!!

WOW, what an incredible array of talent for BottleRock 2014.

All the details below. If you want to stay in Napa at the Old World Inn for Bottle Rock 2014, you need to call us soon.

BottleRock Napa 2014 will be on May 30, 31, and June 1, 2014. 

This year's event has an amazing line up:

The Cure
Eric Church
The Fray
LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Trip
Sublime with Rome
Third Eye Blind
Matt & Kim
Barenaked Ladies
Smash Mouth
De La Soul
The Black Angels
Robert Earl Keen
Spin Doctors
Gin Blossoms
Ed Kowalczyk
Thee Oh Sees
Howie Day
Robert DeLong
Moon Taxi
Karl Denison's Tiny Universe
Camper Van Beethoven
Hurray for the Riff Raff
Keep Shelly in Athens
Ben Soulee
Delta Rae
Tea Leaf Green
Jon Batiste & Stay Human
James Otto
Moon Alice
The Stone Foxes
The Soft White Sixties


Combine that with Napa Valley's top wineries and food from some of Napa's best chefs, and you have the makings of one VERY memorable weekend. 

Tickets for all 3 days are as low as $249.

Unlike some of the other hotels in town, we are NOT going to make our rates $1000 per night. So we *will* sell out, just like last year.

If you're interested in staying with us for BottleRock 2014, please book online at:

Or call us at anytime (24/7) at 707-257-0112 if you need any help.

We'll see you soon...Napa Valley wine, great food, and music... what could be better?

See you soon!

-Russ Herschelmann, Sharon Fry, and all of the innkeepers at Old World Inn

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Reese Witherspoon, Drew Barrymore & Cameron Diaz: Girls Getaway to Napa!

Reese Witherspoon, Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and friends vist Napa

The great thing about being an innkeeper at a Napa Bed and Breakfast Inn is that, sooner or later, the whole world stops by for a visit. This week is no different, as some of our favorite leading ladies are in town, fresh off their Oscar parties a few days ago.

Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore are having fun together, taking private classes at the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) in St. Helena, doing a bit of wine tasting at Opus One and Maison(ry) in Yountville, and... well, who knows what's next? Perhaps they'll stop by Morimoto Napa for some delicious nibbles...

The ladies are touring with some of their friends (see photo). We're sad they're not staying with us, but hey, ladies, if you ever want some good old fashioned down-home hospitality, stop on by. 

Please call us first, though...sometimes we're out running around getting fresh flowers and other goodies for our guests. We would hate to miss you!

Those who have stayed with us know that movies from three ladies take up LOTS of space in our DVD shelves-- Cameron's Knight and Day, Something About Mary, In Her Shoes, A Life Less Ordinary, Charlie's Angels, The Holiday and of course . . . Shrek!

Our Drew films include Ever After (one of Sharon's favorites), Charlie's Angels, The Wedding Singer (a Russ fave), Never Been Kissed, Music and Lyrics, Fever Pitch, Riding in Cars With Boys, Home Fries... and many others.

We both love Drew's 50 First Dates, for a very special reason: We first heard Izy Kamakawiwo'ole's "Over the Rainbow" in this movie. We loved it so much that it was the song we played in the delivery room when our daughter, KT, was born. Every time Russ hears it now, he tears up...

Sharon's a HUGE Reese Witherspoon fan, and a big admirer of her spunk and strong will. We own almost every movie Reese has ever made. Sharon's life-affirming movie---the one she watches whenever she needs a pick-me-up-- is Legally Blond. It's amazing how it feeds her soul and gives her strength. Makes her laugh, too!

Ladies, we thank you for all of the love and passion you've put into your films. The world is a better place because of who you are and what you've done. Grazie.

We hope you have an amazing time in the Napa Valley. 

Should you ever want to stay in a really beautiful historic old home, please give us a call. We'll tell you about our secret getaway spots, and wineries no one knows about. 

We'll even pull a special bottle of old, dusty wine out of our personal cellar to share with you.

We'll raise a glass and toast strong Hollywood women, and what they've done for women, all over the globe.

With warm regards from sunny Napa,

-Russ and Sharon
Napa Old World Inn
and Hotel Napa Valley

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Oenotri... Oh no!

Sad seems Oenotri founders Tyler Rodde and Curtis Di Fedde have had a parting of the ways. 

Word on the street is that one is leaving, and the other will remain at the helm.

We will update this as we get more information, but wanted our longtime guests to know this as soon as we did.

As far as we know, the restaurant will continue serving its amazing fare, every day and night.

We are big supporters of what Oenotri is and does, and will continue to be. 

We wish them all the best as they move forward.

Russ Herschelmann & Sharon Fry
Napa Old World Inn

Friday, June 14, 2013

Old World Inn Napa Bed and Breakfast in USAToday Travel Tips

Lots of folks love to come to the Napa Valley.

For many, one of the hardest questions is:  Where to stay in Napa?

USA Today addresses this in their Hotels in the Napa Area article (a Travel Tips section feature), offering advice on the best lodging properties in Napa.

USA Today had very specific choices, and only a select few made the cut.  In the article, they recommended two Resorts, two large Inns, two Hotels, but only ONE area bed and breakfast.

Wanna guess which one?

Out of almost 100 Napa Valley Bed and Breakfasts, Old World Inn is the ONLY one mentioned in USA Today's Travel Tips.  Our history, daily gourmet breakfast, evening wine reception, and yummy chocolate chip cookies were all mentioned.  Gotta love that!

We've received a number of great awards and acclaim over the past few years.

It's great to get this kind of attention, but it's the guest reviews that mean the most to us.

Our sincere thanks to all of our amazing and wonderful guests for making this such a great place to stay in Napa!

Russ Herschelmann & Sharon Fry
Napa Old World Inn

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bottle Rock Napa: A California Music and Wine Event

May 9-12, 2013 brings Bottle Rock Napa to our town!  This 5-day, massive celebration of music, comedy, food, and drink is located just across the river from downtown at the Napa Valley Expo - about 2 miles away from the Old World Inn.

One-day event passes are $139.  Four-day VIP passes are $599.

Parking is $20 per day, and the "bottle bus" shuttles cost $29 per day.

The town of Napa has never hosted an event of this size (35,000 fans are expected).  While shuttles will run from remote parking lots, most locals are planning for one of the busiest weekends they've ever seen.

If you're staying with us anytime during these days (May 9 through 12, 2013), please contact us for tips on how to get around the traffic, and where to eat (with more than 30,000 extra people in town, all restaurants will be beyond capacity; many have been fully booked for weeks).

Eighty acts are scheduled for the event.  Some top names include:
  • The Black Keys
  • Kings of Leon
  • Zac Brown Band
  • Primus
  • Jane's Addiction
  • The Avett Brothers
  • Train
  • The Flaming Lips
  • The Black Crowes
  • Jackson Browne
  • Cake
  • Blues Traveler
  • Michael Franti and Spearhead
  • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  • And dozens of other national and local bands
40+ wineries and 30+ restaurants will be serving food on Bottle Rock festival grounds, so we are hoping this will take care of a large part of the hungry/thirsty concert-goers.

We want all of you to be prepared for late-night partiers celebrating at all hours, throughout the town of Napa.  While Napa does have very strict noise laws and quiet hours (after 10pm), we honestly don't know what will happen during Bottle Rock.  So we're planning for it to be L-O-U-D.  We're hoping things will quiet down a bit once the festival stops each day (around 2 or 3am), but this may not happen.

We are not sure how traffic will be affected in other parts of the Napa Valley.  If you have questions or concerns, call us at 707-257-0112.  If our phones are swamped, please leave your name and number with one of our off-site reservation agents, along with good times to call you back.

Please stay tuned to our Facebook page for all the latest info throughout the festival.

We want this to be a great event for everyone - including those who are *not* attending the festival.

Please note:  All Old World Inn guests must observe the standard quiet times of our inn, from 10:30 pm to 8:00 am, each day.

Napa now hosts several world-class events (like the Film Festival), so we know we can handle a lot of happy people.  We hope Bottle Rock will also become an annual event.  It's just hard to predict what will happen, since this is the first year of this event. 

We'll see you soon!

- The Innkeepers Napa Old World Inn