BBOnline Member SINCE 1997

Shady Oaks Country Inn

399 Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena, California 94574
Innkeeper(s): John & Lisa Runnells

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction

    Welcome to Shady Oaks Country Inn - A bed and breakfast in the Heart of Napa Valley

    Enjoy Breakfast and wine and cheeses on our Roman Pillared patio built in 1883 covered with a 100 year old Wisteria Vine. Take a ride on our swing hanging from the 200 year old oak tree or enjoy a game of Bocce on the Bocce court.

    For over two decades we have served what has become known as “the best full champagne breakfast in the Napa Valley”.

    Awaken to the Inn’s own blend of coffee. We serve a full champagne breakfast complete with Eggs Benedict, Belgian waffles, fresh fruit, our home baked croissants, a selection of premium teas, coffee, fresh juice and champagne of course.

    During the Winter we serve breakfast in the fireside dining room. When weather permits we serve on our patio built in the 1880″s with roman pillars and covered with a one hundred year old Wisteria vine.



    You could not be in a better location in the Heart of the Napa Valley the premier Wine Country in California. Walk through vineyards to wineries from this perfect location on Zinfandel Lane just one mile to Downtown St. Helena. Fine and casual dining and boutique shopping. We are approximately 1 1/2 hours from San Francisco, Oakland or Sacramento.


    "You won’t find warmer and more enthusiastic hospitality served together with the best breakfasts we’ve ever had in the most central location in the Napa Valley.”
    Rick & Katie McKay

    “You are a stranger here but once.”
    Rich and Angi Cirigliano



  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to John  & Lisa Runnells for sharing their own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Location, Location, Location! We are centrally located among the finest wineries and restaurants in the Napa Valley! Our famous full gourmet Champagne breakfasts; wines and cheeses each evening. Warm and enthusiastic hospitality! ROMANCE!

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Our famous full champagne breakfasts. ~ Awaken to the Inn's own blend of coffee ... for you we serve a full champagne breakfast complete with Eggs Benedict, Belgian waffles, fresh fruit, our home baked breads, a selection of premium teas, coffee, fresh juice and champagne of course. Our warm and enthusiastic hospitality. Secluded on two acres yet just 2 minutes to downtown charming, darling and historic St. Helena. 

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    World class fine and casulal dining and unmatched wine tasting! Vineyards galore and friendly people to match!

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    "You made our first experience at a B&B a memory we will never would not have been as romantic nor made such vivid memories without your beautiful home, your warm hospitality and the evenings spent drinking wine and laughing on your patio"!

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Small little wineries that we can get you into.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Tasting wines and touring some of the oldest and most prestigious wineries in the Napa Valley is just the beginning… dining… ballooning… bicycling… massage for two? We are happy to be your own personal concierge.

    Is there anything within walking distance of you?

    Wineries and Vineyards

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area? 

    Terra,Redd,French Laundry, Market, Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, Bistro Jeanty, The Restaurant at Meadowood.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? and

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have five rooms all with private baths, two have private entrances, and three have fireplaces. All our rooms are beautifully done in antiques with fine linens, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi and decanters of port. Flat screen TV's

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets.