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Cedar Gables Inn

A Napa B&B serves up delicious romance with hands-on cooking classes

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Some couples can’t wait to escape from the kitchen when they go away; others think food is the finest aphrodisiac, or just plain fun. If you’re in the latter group, grab your partner and head to this elegant inn in downtown Napa. Tie on that apron and learn from Napa Valley’s master chefs during hands-on cooking classes; you assist with duties alongside other inn mates as you help create—and eventually eat—a gourmet meal that’s perfectly paired with local wines. Food certainly plays a big role at Ken and Susie Pope’s 1892 brick inn, from multicourse breakfasts featuring such treats as Susie’s scrumptious maple bars to evening wine pours by the fireplace and carved oak bar in Cedar Gables’ Old English Tavern, where Ken plays ad hoc sommelier. And the antique-filled rooms, most with whirlpool tubs for two, are positively delicious too, especially with their complimentary chocolates.

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