Outdoor Recreation

2020 Napa Valley Marathon in Calistoga, CA

Run. Sip. Savor.

It’s that time of year! The Napa Valley Marathon and Half Marathon are coming to Calistoga this spring, and you won’t want to miss your chance to enjoy luxury accommodations while you pursue running excellence. Whether this is your first long-distance run or you are an accomplished marathoner, the Napa Valley Race is a one-of-a-kind way to earn that coveted 26.2 sticker. The race follows along the Silverado Trail and is world-renowned for good reason – you will pass by some of the most beautiful countrysides in the United States. Your running spirit will stay high with scenic vineyards, time-worn farmhouses, and the unmatched Napa Valley air lightening each step.

Race InformationA paved road running alongside a vineyard while the sun rises behind.

The race begins at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 1, 2020. With a net downhill of about 250 feet, this race is ideal for those wishing to qualify for the Boston Marathon in April. Though many experienced runners participate, this race is welcoming to runners of all skill levels, including those who prefer a half marathon or a 5K.

The race itself has twelve aid stations along the full marathon route, with water and Nunn readily available as you progress. Both the women’s and men’s winners (and in both the full and half-marathon) will receive an etched double magnum as well as a Napa Valley Collective case, which is a 12-bottle selection of the finest wines in the valley. Not quite fast enough to come in first place? You can still enjoy champagne to celebrate your accomplishment back in your room or on our multi-level redwood deck.

The Luxury Accommodations Every Runner Deserves

No matter your race length, the Calistoga Wine Way Inn and Craftsman Inn are the right place to lace up the night before and an even better place to celebrate after. Of course, if you’re here to cheer on your runner and aren’t racing yourself, there’s no better place to sip a glass of local wine and unwind while you hear all about the beautiful memories they made on their run.  Finally, take a much-deserved rest as you tuck in between your sheets, with no concerns for the bustle and crowds at other, less intimate lodgings. Book your stay with us now for this exciting race!

Outside view of the patio with two red wine glasses on patio table from the Spring room at the Craftsman Inn in Calistoga, CA; Wine Country, Napa Valley

Top 6 Places to Mountain Bike in Napa Valley For All Skill Levels

Whether you’re an avid mountain biker or you consider yourself a beginner who just wants a unique way to explore the Napa Valley area, there’s a path for you in this beautiful region. Mountain vistas, river valley views, and wildlife sightings await you on these scenic singletracks. Keep in mind that many of these trails are shared with hikers and equestrians, so stay alert during your ride.
A black mountain bike parked along a golden field.

  • Skyline Wilderness ParkThis park offers seven different mountain biking trails ranging from intermediate to advanced skill level. The shortest is a mere half-mile, while the longest is four miles.
  • Lynch Canyon and Newell Open Spaces: Enjoy a quick, easy ride on Lynch Road or delve deeper into the open space by traveling through the Lynch Canyon Loop and onto the Prairie Ridge Trail for extra difficulty.
  • Moore Creek ParkThe scenery and wildlife take center stage at this beautiful park that offers several miles of singletrack on the Moore Creek Trail, Valentine Vista Trail, and Chiles Creek Trail.
  • Oat Hill Mine TrailThis much-loved trail is in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park and is a 16.6-mile out-and-back trail. Challenging terrain and technical rocky climbs make this a fun ride for advanced riders.
  • Las Posadas Forest: Take the 3.5-mile short loop trail for an intermediate experience. The path is well-shaded, making this a great trip for a warm, sunny day.
  • Annadel State ParkThis park has a lot to offer to mountain bikers. All ranges of skills and abilities will find an enjoyable ride here. For an easy path, try the Warren Richardson Trail. For a longer, more challenging, technical ride, try the Great Big Annadel Loop which clocks in at 22.7 miles.

Local Bike Shops You’ll Want to Visit

If you need to rent your bike and gear or need any other assistance, we recommend these local shops:

Check out Calistoga Bike Shop’s guided tours if you’re wanting expert-level mountain biking guidance and easy trail-side repairs. Also, make sure to read our other post about the best ways to explore Napa Valley by bike. We love hosting you for whatever outdoor adventures you plan to have. Our gourmet breakfasts will power you for the road ahead, and there’s just nothing quite like coming back to our inn and our comfortable, cozy rooms after a day of shredding. Book your stay today to see all that the beautiful Napa Valley has to offer!

Outside front of the Craftsman Inn in Calistoga, CA, located in the Wine Country in Napa Valley

Best Ways to Explore Napa Valley on Bike

Discover the beauty of Napa Valley by hopping on a bicycle and hitting the open road. Whether you never leave home without your own bike, or you need to rent one, we’ve got you covered with this list of ideas to explore and places that will support your ride.

The crown jewel of cycling in Napa Valley is the Napa Valley Vine Trail. It’s an expansive project undertaken by the Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition, aiming to connect all of Napa Valley from Calistoga to Vallejo. Right now it has 12.5 completed miles of trail, but 47 miles are planned or are currently under construction. Although the trail does not connect directly to local wineries, there are some that are quite close (within a mile or so) that require a short ride on roads with bike lanes or wide shoulders. This trail is a great way to cover a lot of ground, poke around valley towns, and see many gorgeous vistas along the way.

A cyclist is on a paved road that winds along the countryside. Light, evening clouds dot the landscape.

If you’d prefer the guided approach, Napa Valley Bike Tours is just the ticket. They can set you up with a bike rental and offer guided tours through the valley for all different ability levels. They also provide a comprehensive map of the area to guide your plans. If you’re an experienced cyclist looking for a challenge, they have suggested routes that are sure to get your blood pumping. If you’re less experienced or would rather take things slow, they have casual routes that provide a more leisurely pace. Consider renting an e-bike to cover more ground with less effort (and sweat!). Napa Valley Bike Tours has a wide selection of choices for whatever journey you’re hoping to take.

Calistoga Bike Shop offers a unique experience if you’re looking to include wine tastings in your day. You can choose between bringing a guide along with you to carry your stuff so you get to just pedal and enjoy the ride; or you can opt for a self-guided tour that still takes a lot of the hassle out of planning, because they will cover your tasting fees and will pick up any wine you buy so you won’t have to bike it back with you. Calistoga Bike Shop also offers hourly and daily rentals to suit whatever adventures you have planned.

Cycling is just one of the many ways to enjoy the beautiful Napa Valley. We’d love to help you include this healthy, earth-friendly mode of transportation to your stay with us. And there’s nothing like our breakfasts to fuel you for the road ahead! Book a room and see why we are the very best in Napa Valley!

Come for the Wine, Stay for the Golf in Napa Valley

When people think of Napa Valley, they think of wineries, wine tours, wine trains, wine tastings–everything wine. But what do you do when you’re not sipping on our finest libations? One answer for many of our guests is golfing. Napa Valley and its surrounding countryside is the perfect backdrop for a round or two of golf. Explore these courses and see which one fits you best!

A man swings a golf club on a bright green, under a sky of scattered clouds.

  • Oakmont Golf Club in Santa Rosa–This club has two offerings, and both are 18-hole options–Oakmont East and Oakmont West. The walkable West Course starts with 9 smaller greens and ends with 9 longer, more scenic greens. The East Course is more challenging and features many bunkers, trees, and water hazards. At 30 minutes from our Inns, it’s a great place that will suit any golfer.
  • Bennett Valley Golf Course in Santa Rosa–This course boasts a very natural setting, with plenty of trees and a creek that runs throughout the course. Come see why it was voted “Best Golf Course” by the readers of The Press Democrat of Sonoma County in 2019. Another perk is that it’s a mere 30+ minutes from our Inn.
  • Hidden Valley Lake Golf Course in Hidden Valley Lake–This course has a nice, level first nine and a hilly, tree-dotted back nine. The views of Mt. St. Helena are spectacular, and the two acres of ponds and water hazards make this course a hidden gem of northern California golfing. Heading north, this course is about 40 minutes from the Inn, but well worth the drive.
  • Healdsburg Golf Club at Tayman Park in Healdsburg–This 9-hole course is the oldest course in the area and is surrounded by a view of the valley, stately oak trees, and Fitch Mountain. The club has undergone many renovations and is looking better than ever. The 40 minute drive makes this historic club the perfect destination for a day trip.

Napa Valley and the surrounding area are truly a golf-lovers delight. Book a stay at Wine Way Inn or Craftsman Inn, and see why so many folks start their golfing getaway with us!