On this edition of gluten-free travel, Celiac and the Beast visits Napa, CA at the Inn on Randolph in downtown Napa.
I recently visited Napa, CA with an amazing group of ladies for our somewhat annual #GFBloggerRetreat! This is a private, sponsored retreat, with just me and 9 other of my favorite gluten-free ladies. Last visit, we hit up Portland, OR. We had a set of amazing sponsors in Portland last year! We ate a bunch of New Cascadia bagels and had amazing gluten-free beer. This time, it was wine country – BRING IT.
What an amazing group of gluten-free bloggers I had a chance to be with! These ladies are complete rockstars! Top to bottom row, left to right.
- Brianna from Flippin’ Delicious
- Chrystal from Gluten Free Palate
- Michelle from My Gluten-Free Kitchen
- Chandice from This Vivacious Life
- Cindy from Vegetarian Mamma
- Megan from Allergy Free Alaska
- Erin from Meaningful Eats
- GF Jules
- Sarah from Sarah Bakes Gluten Free
Gluten-Free in Napa
You can easily eat gluten free in Napa. Yes, the Inn is gluten-free, but so are many restaurants in town, and in wine country (Yountville, CA). The Inn on Randolph, one of our sponsors of the retreat, is a gluten-free bed and breakfast in Napa, CA. It’s just a short walk from downtown Napa and all of its charm. I was greeted with this awesome little gift from the brand. Of course, it included lots of nummies from some of our sponsors like Schar, and Napa-locals, Cup4Cup. And of course, wine.
Each morning we were greeted with a wonderful gluten free breakfast at the Inn on Randolph in Napa. For the first morning, they created french toast casserole using Canyon Bakehouse heritage loaf bread (our amazing sponsor!). They were able to accomodate all of our weird little diets (I’m dairy-free and egg-free, and no beef. Cindy is vegetarian and can have eggs and dairy. Jules is a vegetarian and can have eggs but no dairy. Some of us are just dairy-free. And yes, there were even a few people that are just gluten-free). Just arrange with the chef in advance so they can prepare a menu for each guest.
Each of these below dishes that I had during our trip to the Inn on Randolph were modified for me specifically (hence the place card), to be made gluten-free (obviously), dairy-free, and egg-free (unless baked).
Another great thing about the Inn is that they have endless tea and coffee available. This is available in the main house, and 24/7. They have a hot water tap (can I please get one of these in my house?!?!). But they have this one tea from Napa Valley Tea Company – the Wine Country Detox tea – that is my absolute favorite loose leaf tea. It’s described as an herbal tea with holy basil, spearmint, rosehips, lemon myrtle and linden blossoms. I drank so much of this tea, because I had the restraint of a kid at an all-you-can-eat pizza restaurant. I was so excited to open up my swag bag to see that I got to take a small box of it home with me! You can buy this tea on their website (seriously, I can’t find it anywhere else online)- it’s SO good!
The Inn on Randolph
The entire Inn holds 10 guests (or sets of guests) with rooms in the main house and separate cottages on the property. There was plenty of parking on the back and on the street of the Inn (it’s in a neighborhood). I was in a room on the 2nd floor. There are four rooms in the main guest house (that also holds the kitchen and dining area) and several stand-alone cottages.
Michelle was in the Fowler room a stand alone cottage closest to the parking lot and the Cabernet room (for meetings/shared group space). If I was here as a guest, I would definitely choose this one because it’s private and doesn’t adjoin to other guest cottages or the main house.
Jules, recently recovering from surgery, was in the Hannah Moore room, the only room on the first floor.
Upstairs, Cindy took the Union room (my 2nd favorite choice of the main house rooms because it was the only one with a 2nd floor outdoor patio), and Chrystal was in the adjoining Walker room that opened into the 2nd floor stair well.
Brianna was in the smaller Wilson room, but it offers privacy because it doesn’t adjoin to other rooms.
I had the Jefferson room, a secluded large room on the 2nd floor. I LOVED this choice of rooms for me. It was quiet, private, huge, and had an amazing bathroom with heated floors.
I would highly recommend staying at the Inn on Randolph during your next trip to Napa. Thank you to the Inn on Randolph for sponsoring part of our event in Napa!