From a stagecoach stop during the California Gold Rush to one of the Napa Valley’s finest hotels
Milliken Creek’s history dates back to the mid-1850s, when the Main House was used as the stagecoach stop on Old Mountain Road, now the famous Silverado Trail. Its proximity to the Napa River made it the perfect resting stop for weary travelers during California’ Gold and Silver Rush years.
The original property consisted of our Main House lobby, previously, the living room, our foyer, which was the original dining room, the office, formerly the kitchen, and Room #3, which was the original master bedroom. In fact, some of the original finishings are still intact, such as the staircase and the lobby fireplace. These are the original pieces brought over from England in the mid-1860s.
Once the Gold and Silver Rushes were over, the house ceased to be a stagecoach stop. It was at this time during the turn of the century that famed horticulturist Ira McKenzie took up residence at the home, leaving a legacy of beautiful tree specimens including our Japanese Maple, Live Oak, and Magnolia trees that are still alive today, as well as the Valley Oaks fronting the Silverado Trail.
It wasn’t until 1980 that the house returned to its roots as a hostelry, with stints as both The Black Surrey Inn and The Country Garden Inn before an extensive renovation gave us Milliken Creek Inn & Spa. In 2013, Milliken Creek Inn & Spa joined the prestigious Four Sisters Inn luxury collection as a premier pampering hideaway on the banks of the Napa River.
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