Treat yourself to Victorian elegance in the midst of the Napa Valley's world famous wine growing region. Among the vineyards and neighbors to some of the finest wineries and restaurants, a stay at the Ink House is a nostalgic return to an era long past with all the conveniences of modern comfort.
Built in 1884, by Theron H. Ink, this grand and historic landmark home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Here at his "Helios Ranch", Ink, a true pioneer, lived with his wife and children and presided over many Napa Valley ventures. This Italianate Victorian style home offers two first floor parlors, with antiques, fireplace, circa 1870 pump organ, crystal chandeliers and original stained glass. The estate sits on four acres of grand lawns, gardens, a petite sirah vineyard, olive orchards, and an 1884 barn and carriage house as well.
Your stay includes a full gourmet's breakfast which may include everything from baked pears with cream to our Chef Innkeeper's signature dish "Bella Torta". Unique hot entrees are always included and a variety of beverages, fresh baked breads, cinnamon buns, and muffins accompany each breakfast. In the late afternoon, wine and appetizers are served. Many afternoons the Ink House is host to visiting wine makers who will pour for you and share their wine making secrets. Brandy and ports are available for guests to enjoy, as well.
For Elvis Presley's third film after his discharge from the army, producer Jerry Wald and director Philip Dunne chose what would be the only northern California location for an Elvis film.
The title for this 1961 Twentieth Century-Fox feature was WILD IN THE COUNTRY. However, the "country" chosen was the Napa County wine country, probably the least "wild" and most urbane nonurban area in the Golden State. Many exteriors were shot in Napa County, including the streets of the village of Calistoga, but the principal location was the INK HOUSE in St.Helena.
Now a popular bed-and-breakfast establishment, the Ink House was built in 1884 by pioneer businessman Theron H.Ink, at the center of his Helios Ranch. Today it still has two first-floor parlors, with a concert grand piano, a fireplace, a circa-1870 pump organ, crystal chandeliers, and original stained glass, all of which Elvis saw when he was here and which can be seen in "Wild in the Country. He probably even tickled the ivories of the piano. At the top of the house, high above the treetops, is a glass-enclosed observatory perched fifty feet above the valley floor.
The Ink House has a copy of 'Wild in the Country' which is available for viewing by guests on request. For the full Elvis experience, reserve the French Room in the Ink House where Elvis stayed during the filming to avoid the crowds that had discovered the Napa motel where the crew was housed.