Shady Oaks Country Inn

Shady Oaks Country Inn399 Zinfandel Lane // St Helena, CA 94574
707.963.1190 // 707.963.9367 // [email protected]

If you’re visiting Napa Valley, whether it’s your first time or an annual trip to the area, staying at a top notch Bed & Breakfast is a must. I had the pleasuring of being hosted at one such establishment, Shady Oaks Country Inn, during my stay. Situated right in the heart of Napa Valley, Shady Oaks is in a centralized location perfect for an entire Napa stay {for a few days or a whole week}: just a few minutes from St. Helena and surrounded by wineries and wonderful restaurants. This B&B has 5 bedrooms and is fully equipped with HD tvs and wifi for guests to enjoy {not like you’ll be needing either of those amenities in Napa, just relax!}.

Upon my arrival in the evening, I was greeted by the owner himself along with a friendly staff member. Wine and cheese is served every night, allowing guests to not only meet one another but also interact with 28 year Napa Valley natives and inn owners John and Lisa Runnells. They’re so welcoming and are a great resource for suggesting hidden local eats and recommended experiences! I peaked in each room to get a feel for the entire house which is quaintly decorated making guests feel right at home. The following morning I rose out of a plush bed in the County Blue Room to the knock of a woman asking if I would like to start breakfast with a mimosa or orange juice – now that’s the right way to kick-start my morning. Our breakfast spread was absolutely superb with fresh grapefruit, homemade croissants, and eggs benedict – read more about my dining experience in Guide to Napa Valley: EAT.

NOTE: John and Lisa Runnells also operate their sister B&B Ambrose Bierce House.

Shady Oaks Country Inn


Shady Oaks Country Inn


– I received a complimentary stay at Shady Oaks during my trip: all opinions are my own. First image via – 

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Kristin, It was a pleasure meeting and getting to know you. I had a great evening. Thank you for the write up. We will make sure to treat all your readers to a great Napa Valley experience.

Can’t wait to visit, sounds awesome!

Looks like a great place to stay!

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