Napa County inn joins Four Sisters' Wine Country portfolio

  • The Milliken Creek Inn and Spa in Napa was purchased by the Four Sisters Inns of Monterey. (photo by John Burgess/The Press Democrat)

Four Sisters Inns has added its seventh Wine Country property, taking over the management of Napa's Milliken Creek Inn and Spa.

The Monterey-based company, which began at the landmark Green Gables Inn in Pacific Grove, expanded into Sonoma and Napa counties about 20 years ago. It now manages boutique inns in Sonoma, Glen Ellen and Healdsburg, plus two each in Napa and Yountville.

"We love the Sonoma and the Napa valleys," said Four Sisters President Shelley Post.

The seven Wine Country inns are among 14 that Four Sisters owns or manages in California. Each is unique for its architecture and offerings, Post said.

Both Milliken Creek and the Gaige House in Glen Ellen feature their own spas. The Healdsburg Inn overlooks the town plaza, and the stone and brick Maison Fleurie in Yountville is the oldest hotel in the Napa Valley, built in 1873.

"They each have their own personality," Post said.

The privately held Four Sisters gets its name from Post and her three sisters, whose parents purchased the Green Gables Inn on Monterey Bay in 1971. The Post family first turned the seaside Queen Anne-style inn back into a residence. But a few years later they began renting out rooms there.

Today Post is the last of the sisters to work in the business.

Tourism remains an important, growing segment of the Wine Country economy. Visitors to Sonoma County spent nearly $1.5 billion here in 2011, according to Visit California.

To date this year, county hotel revenues have increased 13 percent from 2012 and are projected to grow another 6 percent next year, said Ken Fischang, president/CEO of Sonoma County Tourism.

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