La Belle Epoque History
La Belle Epoque is one of the original ” Painted Ladies” of Napa historic fame. For over a century, this stunning Napa Valley Queen Anne has been a Victorian beauty in Napa. La Belle Epoque is a luxury Napa Bed and Breakfast Inn surrounded by beautiful gardens. The main house offers six rooms, and an additional four suites are in the Buckley House across the street.
The elegant La Belle Epoque was designed and built in 1893, a wonderful example of Napa’s most noted architect, Luther M. Turton who designed many of the buildings in Napa between 1876 and 1925. In 1871, Herman Shwarz and his new wife, Elizabeth “Lizzie”, opened a hardware store that by 1906 was the largest of its kind in the North Bay Area serving Napa, Sonoma, and Solano counties. The house was built by Herman Schwarz, a successful hardware merchant and community leader.
Herman and Elizabeth Shwarz’s daughter, Minnie, received the Queen Anne house with ornate stained glass windows as a wedding gift from her parents. Throughout the home, your eyes will feast on some of the most beautiful stained glass windows from that period in history. The light pouring through them during the day bathes the room in their gorgeous light.The home stands today on the corner of Seminary and Calistoga Avenues and has been known as La Belle Epoque since 1981.
Romance & Luxury Await You
Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, beautiful surroundings for a family reunion, or a base for your Napa Valley wine tasting, La Belle Epoque welcomes you with a three-course gourmet breakfast, lovely afternoon tea every day, and nightly port and sherry for her guests.
La Belle Epoque is an unforgettable experience in service and wonderful farm to table cuisine for breakfast. A lovely afternoon tea is served every day in the beautiful, formal dining room, and during select weekends, La Belle Epoque invites special vintners to pour and share their exquisite wines with our guests in the parlour.
The formal dining room is always set with china, linen, candles, and crystal for the height of ambiance and elegance. Breakfast is served each morning and is a culinary delight that is prepared with great care by Tracy, resident Innkeeper and Chef, and complements the beautiful surroundings by tempting you with farm to table freshness that includes juice, fresh ground coffee, gourmet teas, and La Belle Epoque specialties. Please visit the Cuisine page for more tempting information and gastronomical indulgences.
From exceptional guest service and amenities to selective and tastefully appointed rooms, it is our desire to make your stay a very special and memorable occasion. We look forward to hosting you here at La Belle Epoque very soon.