October 28, 2003
Kim Thomas and his wife Nancy have active imaginations (and are very interesting people in their own right). They have decorated the Inn and invited in artists to make it a place like none you have ever seen before.
There are three rooms, each themed after a particular famous person: Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), Dr. Seuss, and Jimmy Buffett. How, you ask, did Jimmy wind up in such company? He happens to be one of Kim's favorites.
We stayed in the Dodgson room, a sumptuous study in purples. The furniture was antique and the attached bathroom a literal trip down the rabbit hole (read your Alice in Wonderland if you don't understand and check out the picture of the cat from the ceiling). If you wanted to do any light reading, Dodgson's books were conveniently placed around the room.
A friend of ours stayed in the Dr. Seuss room. Whimsical and charming, it is as brightly colored as you would expect it to be. It even came with Dr. Seuss-themed games, though I think it takes the mind of a child to play them (at least without the benefit of instructions, which we couldn't find). The Dr. Seuss room had an adjacent, but not attached, bathroom.
The Inn includes a library with an intersting collection of books and a comfortable living area filled with incredible artwork (including an original Dali). You'll see etched wine bottles just like the ones at wineries all over the area, as Kim started the company that makes them. The outside is just as inventive and colorful, with a garden filled with flowers and interesting art and artifacts.
Kim, though he doesn't live at the Inn, was very accessible and friendly. He gave us great recommendations, made reservations, and served up a great breakfast every morning.
Note: The Inn of Imagination is no longer under the same ownership and may not even be a B&B anymore, after the owner sold it to move to Mexico. :-(
From journal Wine & Dine in Napa Valley