Only a 10-minute walk from The Inn On First, a romantic getaway in the Napa Valley, is Fish Story, a restaurant dedicated to fish and seafood. Located downtown, with ample riverfront patio seating, Fish Story serves lunch and dinner daily. The menu features live Dungeness crab and live Maine lobster fresh from salt water tanks, fresh fish and shellfish all sourced in accordance with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program and non-seafood items, as well. We began with the BBQ’d oysters with a lovely relish of onion and bell peppers on top (not with BBQ sauce as is often served here in the Bay Area). One order was not enough and a second had to ordered as we enjoyed them so much. I enjoyed the Cioppino with fresh seafood and Jamie ordered the Seared Scallops. I am a bit picky about my Cioppino broth and was really pleased when I found theirs to be well balanced between tomato and salty brininess. Jamie found the Scallops to be tender, perfectly cooked, and well-seasoned. For dessert we ordered the Butterscotch Pudding (a staple of the Lark Creek Restaurant Group Restaurants) which is always a big hit with us, and the chocolate-peanut butter terrine that was scrumilicious! We really liked this restaurant and what it had to offer. Where Morimoto Napa seeks out new and varied ways to present fish, Fish Story is more traditional in its approach and delivers a solid, dependable menu that changes daily according to the catch of the day. Knowing, too, that they respect sustainable fishing practices makes you feel better while dining.
All around The Inn On First, a Napa Bed and Breakfast Inn, we were fortunate to be surrounded by all kinds of musicians for the Napa Porchfest 2011. A new phenomenon here in the U.S., it began in the Midwest and Napa was the first city in California to host such an event. It was incredible! Almost 30 houses in historic downtown Napa hosted various musicians for a 3-hour musical extravaganza on porches, driveways, or front lawns. No one got paid. It was all volunteer. People came on bicycles, drove around in cars, skateboards, roller skates, and some, like us, just walked around with canine friends. They have a website for maps and directions- http://napaporchfest.org/. It was very well planned. What a joy to hear soft rock, hard rock, rockabilly, and classical music, and all within walking distance of The Inn On First. The weather was perfect, the crowds were appreciative, and some houses even provided refreshments and snacks (donations appreciated). I’m telling you this now so you can plan for next year. It falls on a Sunday afternoon, July 29, 2012. It is an afternoon devoted to walking around the historic downtown area, looking at historic homes, and hearing live music played all around. I’m uploading a short video of one of the groups we enjoyed that was very close to the inn to NapaPatch website- Napa Porchfest 2011- what an extravaganza you missed! But can catch next year!. Next year we will definitely be hosting a group on our own front porch.