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 Napa bed and breakfast inn offers six rooms and an additional two suites are in the Buckley House.
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 building 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 stain glass windows as a wedding gift from her parents. Throughout the home your eyes will feast on some of the most beautiful stain glass windows from that period in history, the light pouring through them during the day baths 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 is welcomes you with the first wafts of early morning coffee brewing to sherry for her guests and wine tasting in our Cellar in the evening.
La Belle Epoque is an unforgettable experience in service and wonderful farm to table cuisine for breakfast. Our guest services and amenities pave the way for our rave reviews on Trip Advisor. Many a weekend we open our Wine Cellar to our guests and serve premium Napa Valley wines, cheeses, and tasty specialities to our guests in an elegant reception. We are the only inn in Napa with a our own private wine cellar, guests and wine connoisseurs alike visit us because they want to experience the best of wines and beautiful and intimate setting.
Our formal dining room is always set with china, linen, candles, and crystal for the height of ambiance and elegance. Our award-winning breakfast match or exceed their surroundings and tempt you with farm to table freshness; including juice, fresh ground coffee, gourmet teas, and La Belle Epoque specialities. Please visit our Cuisine page for more tempting information and gastronomical indulgences.