Day 1: Grape to Glass
Welcome to Napa. Now that you’re here, you can take in all that the area has to offer! You’ll be needing a home base for your adventures, and our comfortable rooms provide an ideal launching point. Start out by exploring one of the many nearby wineries. Napa is famous the world over for its wines after all, and being in the valley provides a rare opportunity to go right to the source! Sip a delicious vintage while out amongst the vines, and who knows, you might just gain new insight into how that wine goes from grape to glass. End your day on a high note with a visit to one of area’s best Calistoga restaurants. Bring depth to the taste of wine with a food pairing and enjoy a pleasant evening as the sun sets behind the rolling hills.
Day 2: Explore and More
A day out exploring Napa deserves a strong start, and what better way to do so than with a full breakfast at the inn? Made in-house from innkeeper Gillian Kite’s own cookbook recipes, they’re sure to delight the palate and provide much-needed energy for the full day ahead of you! If you’re heading out, take the opportunity and enjoy a leisurely walk around downtown Calistoga. Have a bite at one of the local eateries and take in the beauty of the town. Afterward, take a chance on the experience of a lifetime and go up in a hot air balloon! See the whole valley spread out below you and take it all in, the perfect way to end a day while watching the sunset from high in the sky.
Day 3: Distinctly Napa Experiences
Feel like going back in time? Would your Napa getaway benefit from a bit more of a medieval touch? Well then, you’re in luck! Only 2 miles from the inn is the beautiful Castello di Amorosa. Built to resemble ancient Tuscan style, a visit to the castle is like a step back into the past. Enjoy food and wine events in the “Castello Style” in the Great Hall or take in the fresh air up on the Terrace. For those interested, we’ve got you covered with our specially curated package.
Want to stay active and see all the natural beauty Napa has to offer? Rent a bike or join a Sip ‘N Cycle Wine Tour of Calistoga, where our guests receive a $10 discount. End your day with a visit to one of the area’s premier restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a delightful romantic meal or simply need a bite to eat, you’re sure to find the perfect meal.
With all these incredible options, The Valley is the perfect place for any kind of getaway your heart desires! If any of these activities have stirred up a desire for beautiful sunshine and Napa wine, then let us be the home away from home for all your Napa Valley adventures.
Any lover of wine will tell you that nothing complements great wine like great food. A yin and yang of delectable flavor combinations that mutually benefit the other. For those foodies searching for that all-inclusive culinary experience, why not let our Napa Valley lodgings take out all the guesswork of deciding where to stay? That way you can kick back, relax, and focus on tasting the next great vintage.
Start your Morning Right
Both of our Napa Valley, California Inns offer a wide selection of delicious fresh and cooked fruits, hearty homemade granola and yoghurt, fresh baked scones and muffins, and a signature hot dish of the day. At Craftsman Inn, breakfast is available out on our front porch where you can breathe in that fresh morning air while sipping our own custom coffee blend served French press style. At Wine Way Inn, enjoy breakfast in the beautiful glass-roofed dining room or immerse yourself in nature at tables situated in our lovely garden.
For those guests who love their breakfast so much they can hardly bear to part with it, the good news is that you don’t have to! All breakfasts at both inns are made from Innkeeper Gillian Kite’s own cookbook, Inn Food. Take these delightful meals served at our Inns home with you and enjoy Napa-style cuisine with your family and friends.
Unique Culinary Experiences
More than just mealtimes for the morning, the area surrounding our inns has a wide variety of culinary options to choose from and no lack of excellent food for the discerning palate searching for their next pairing. For larger parties looking for a premium catering experience, Napa Valley Heritage Catering specializes in local cuisine with a focus on sustainably and humanely raised pork and offers buffet style, plated, and even whole animal cookery. You can also pop into their kitchen deli for great sandwiches, salads and their 18-month aged Napa Valley prosciutto which is not to be missed.
For those later risers, brunch at Auberge du Soleil is a Michelin star rated experience with a distinct Napa flavor. Take in the scenic vista overlooking Napa on the terrace and, for only $75 a person, enjoy a basket of pastries, three-course brunch, and a mimosa or bloody mary. With over 15,000 wines to choose from, selected by their Director of Wine, another visit for their exquisite dinner options would be the perfect end to a day of wine tasting.
Discover New Flavors
Looking for a few places off the beaten path? You may have never heard of them, but these two restaurants are sure to wow with their unique cuisine. Two Birds One Stone, located between St. Helena and Calistoga, is a Japanese gastropub serving Asian variants on classic dishes like chicken thighs and Wagyu beef short ribs along with Japanese classics like their own in-house ramen recipes. A visit to this little-known, but excellent, eatery is a must for any discerning epicurean. Additionally, a brand new restaurant, Gran Eléctrica, has just expanded from their New York City location and opened in Napa Valley! Serving high-end Mexican dishes with a diverse selection of tequilas and mezcals, you’d be hard-pressed to find better Latin-American cuisine in the Napa Valley area.
Want a keepsake to savor this getaway even longer? Besides the endless selection of wines, Napa Valley Olive Oil sells high-quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar to use in your own cooking endeavors. Whether brought home or given as a gift, take the taste of Napa as a memory of the wonderful time spent here.
Napa is truly a phenomenal vacation destination. With its rolling hills of vineyards, beautiful breakfasts on the patio, and decadent dinners overlooking sunset, not many places in the world offer an experience quite like the Valley does. For a first-time visit or a long-awaited return, stay with Napa Valley Lodging and let us provide the perfect launching point for all your Napa adventures. See you soon!
When you step into Lovina Calistoga on highstreet, you immediately feel like you’re walking into someone’s home. Both the atmosphere and the food are warm and inviting. The rustic plating and tableware added to the genuine home-style experience of Lovina, making it one of the best restaurants in Napa Valley in our opinion. Lovina is a five minute walk from the Craftsman Inn and Calistoga Wine Way Inn, so after your delicious dinner rest your head at Lodging in Napa Valley for a relaxing night’s sleep.
The snacks and appetizers were in just the right sizes to share between a small group of friends or family at this Calistoga dining establishment.
- The fried maitake polenta bites were light and fluffy with a pleasant mushroom flavor throughout.
- The five cheese spinach and leek dip was served with sturdy, crunchy crostini. This creamy, cheesy, fondue style spinach dip was warm with a hint of leek and Calabrian chili.
- The curry creation by Chef Jenna can be described best as a homemade, English style tikka masala.
- The silky smooth and creamy roasted maitake mushroom risotto has delightful notes of truffle throughout with tender asparagus and fresh, vibrant green peas.
The entire meal and experience makes one feel like they’re at a good friend’s house eating genuine comfort food.
Join us at our Calistoga bed and breakfast for an unforgettable getaway to the Napa Valley Wine Country area.
If you are traveling to either of our Calistoga bed and breakfasts, via Santa Rosa, Bird and The Bottle is a must see for a quick bite or cocktail before heading over the hill.
This new gem is one of the Stark Restaurant Groups latest creations. It features Southern American, Asian and Jewish influenced food in a contemporary and sophisticated back drop. Located just off downtown Santa Rosa, this place is a great option for casual bar dining after a long day at work, or for a more intimate setting on a romantic date night.
I stopped by here after doing some shopping, and was very pleased with the experience I had. You are greeted right away at the front desk with the option of sitting in the bar, dining room or outside on the gorgeous patios. We opted to sit at the bar and grab a few snacks.
The fried chicken skins were hands down my favorite dish. They serve them with sautéed onion, chilis and herbs. It was the perfect balance of flavors and textures. Next, we tried the chicken liver mousse which was accompanied by pickled onions, honey glaze and smoked salt. The preparation on the mousse was very classic with a current twist on the presentation. Other dishes we tried were fried chicken sliders, kimchi deviled eggs and three times fried potatoes.
This style of restaurant is right up my alley because it allows you to try various dishes consisting of an array of cultural influences, techniques, variety of flavors and textures in a casual yet classic setting.
Bird and the Bottle gets a thumb up from me!
Bird and Bottle is located at 1055 4th St. Santa Rosa, CA 95404. Call (707) 568-4000 to make a reservation.
They are open Monday-Thursday 11:30am-9:30pm, Friday-Saturday 11:30am-10:00pm, Sunday 11:30am-9:30pm, Brunch is Saturday-Sunday 10:30am-2:00pm, Happy Hour is Monday-Thursday & Sunday 3:00-6:00pm