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7 Ways to Bring the Romance to Your Anniversary in Napa Valley

It’s no wonder so many couples choose Napa Valley for their romantic getaways. With the abundance of picturesque views, gourmet dining, and charming vineyards, it easy to see that Napa Valley is the epicenter of romance. But there’s more to the valley than just wining and dining. Here are seven of our favorite ways to celebrate romance in Napa Valley:

  1. Take a Romantic Ride on the Wine Train—The Wine Train is hubbed out of Napa and will take you through the heart of wine country. Choose from a variety of experiences, such as half and full-day winery tours, dining experiences, and special events like murder mystery theater and holiday specials. Make sure to take a minute to stop at the Love Lock Bridge and add your own padlock to the collection of couples who have publicly proclaimed their love for one another in Napa Valley.
  2. Take a Ride in a Hot Air Balloon—Imagine soaring across one of the most beautiful valleys in the world with your loved one in your arms. Private flights offer you a way to see all of the natural wonders of the valley from a bird’s eye view. Check out the romantic packages offered through Calistoga Balloons.
  3. Pack a Picnic Lunch and Go For a Stroll—There’s an endless amount of romantic spots to enjoy a picnic lunch together in Napa Valley. Check out this list of wineries that allow picnicking on their property. Also, consider Pioneer Park, the Oat Hill Mine Trail in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, or the Petrified Forest. Make a stop for supplies at Oxbow Public Market which offers all sorts of fresh Napa Valley produce.
  4. See a Show—Enjoy music and live entertainment with your loved one at one of the many venues in the valley. The Napa Valley Performing Arts Center in Yountville offers programs year-round, and Upstage Napa Valley is a great option for an intimate setting.
  5. Horse Rides—Take a scenic ride through the valley on horseback with a tour from Triple Creek Horse Outfit. These guided tours offer serenity, romance, and a chance to get back to nature in some of the best surroundings the valley has to offer. Wind your way through vineyards, shady wooded groves, and peaceful countryside with your favorite partner by your side.
  6. Couple’s massage—There’s no better way to relax and unwind than with a luxurious, peaceful full-body massage. Enjoy this bliss with your loved one by your side with a couple’s massage from any of our various local spas. We’ll even arrange for a private experience at our inn if you prefer.
  7. Stay at a Romantic Bed & Breakfast—A stay at Calistoga’s Wine Way Inn and Craftsman Inn is peak romance. We offer luxurious accommodations, gourmet breakfast, and beautiful rooms that will make your romantic getaway absolutely perfect. Our Wine & Dine package offers romance at every step with champagne and chocolates upon arrival, vouchers for fine dining, and tours & tastings at local vineyards and wineries. Reserve our Silverado Room or Lokoya Room for a jetted clawfoot tub or try the Spring Room for a private porch and separate entrance. You will find yourself feeling right at home in our luxurious accommodations.

Book your anniversary trip today!


View of Lokoya room at the Wine Way Inn in Calistoga, CA, Napa Valley, Wine Country

Top 10 Things to do in Napa Valley

View of the Napa Valley from Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, CA

Napa Valley Has Everything You Want in a Getaway

While Napa Valley is best known for its world-famous vineyards and its exquisite wines, there are more things to do in the area than you might expect. Take a look at these 10 must-see attractions and see why a getaway to our Calistoga Wine Way Inn and Craftsman Inn are perfect for an escape into wine country.


  1. Castello di Amarosa—This 13th century-inspired castle winery is a huge draw to the area. Book a package through our inns and enjoy a castle tour, premium wine tasting, and a complimentary shuttle ride!
  2. Visit a Michelin Three-Star Restaurant—Napa Valley is home to not one, but two, world-class restaurants that are worth including in your getaway plans:
  3. Pack a Picnic and Take a Hike—There is an incredible amount of spectacular hiking in the valley. Check out “7 Amazing Hikes Near Napa Valley” for a look at some of our favorites! A hiker walking along a fallen log in a green forest.
  4. Visit Wineries and Tasting Rooms—The beauty of Napa Valley is that there are SO many options for wine tastings and vineyard tours. We recommend using this guide to narrow down your options based on location, experience types, and wine flavors. We also offer a list of some of our favorites here.
  5. Mineral Springs—While Napa Valley is known for its vineyards, a lesser-known regional feature is the mineral springs. Spend a day at a luxury spa for a truly rejuvenating getaway.
  6. Take a Balloon Ride—Napa Valley makes for a truly remarkable birds-eye-view. Let out your inner thrill-seeker with a journey across the valley in a hot air balloon. Some options include:
  7. Take a Tour or a Ride on the Wine Train—Because there are so many options for restaurants, wineries, and vineyards, it can really take the guesswork out of planning your getaway by hopping on a tour bus, taking a ride on the famous Wine Train, or signing up for a food & wine walking tour.
  8. Ride a Horse—Connect with your inner cowboy/cowgirl with a horseback ride from Triple Creek Horse Outfit. There’s just nothing quite as peaceful as hitting the trail with these graceful creatures.
  9. Shopping—Napa Valley is a mecca for artists and artisans, so there is no shortage of fun shopping to experience. Whether you’re looking for a unique gift for someone special or you would like to take home a one-of-a-kind souvenir, you’ll find it in Napa Valley. Here are some ideas to get you started:
  10. Stay with Us!—We are the premier place to stay in Napa Valley. Our two properties—the Wine Way Inn and Craftsman Inn—are consistently rated high for our beautifully appointed rooms, our delicious gourmet breakfasts, and our superior location. Come see why we have been given Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence for 8 years! Book a room today to create the getaway of your dreams!

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

5 Ways to Prevent Health Care Burnout

How to Rest & Rejuvenate as a Medical Professional

There’s no question that today’s medical professionals are working harder than ever before. Long shifts, increased patient to staff ratios, and overnight work makes it difficult to carve out time to take care of yourself. You give everything you have, day in and day out which often leads to burnout. It’s about time you take care of yourself and restore your inner calm, so you can continue to bring your best to each patient. Let us help you fill up your tank with a stay at one of our two Calistoga inns. Here are 5 ways to prevent health care burnout in Napa Valley.

  1. Convenience

    Whether you’re coming from a nearby city or are flying in from one of the three major airports near us (San Fransisco, Oakland, and Sacramento), we are the perfect distance from home for a quick, rejuvenating getaway. Escape the hustle and bustle of the big city with just a short drive over to our small town of Calistoga where you will instantly feel the relief of less traffic, fewer people, and more wine! Not only is Calistoga conveniently located near you, but our inns themselves are also conveniently located in the heart of Calistoga. We are within walking distance of shops, tasting rooms, wineries, and more. You won’t spend your precious time off waiting around to get somewhere or wishing you could have packed more activities into your vacation.

  2. Spa TherapyCouple having a combined massage in the Napa Valley Wine Country

    You work hard, so you shouldn’t have to when you’re taking time off. Rest and rejuvenate with some much-needed spa therapy. Let us schedule a couple’s massage for you and your partner, or take some time to visit one of our local spas:

      • Indian SpringsMud baths, massages, and a mineral spring pool
      • Golden HavenCouples mud baths, facials, and massages
      • SolageLuxury mud treatments, mindful meditation classes
  3. Let Others Cook For You

    Let someone else prepare a delicious, healthy dinner for you at our local restaurants. Here are a few ideas we love to recommend to guests:

  4. Take It Slow

    Working in the medical field means you’re used to working at a fast pace. Let yourself slow down to the rhythm of nature by enjoying one of our local hikes. Or take a walk over to our local book shop for a page-turner you can enjoy in one of our comfortable rooms. Schedule a yoga class at Hot Yoga Calistoga to give yourself space to relax. Sometimes doing nothing at all is the best way to bring your inner tranquility back.

  5. Perfect Napa Valley Lodging

    We are the perfect getaway for medical professionals because we love pampering our guests with our many amenities. There’s nothing like waking up to a delicious gourmet breakfast that you didn’t have to prepare! Our rooms are calm and comfortable with everything you need. Don’t wait until you’re burned out to stop and let us take care of you. Book a room today and take advantage of our mid-week rates!

Breakfast of fruit and granola in Calistoga Pottery dishware on wooden dresser in the dining room of the Calistoga Wine Way Inn in the Napa Valley Wine Country

The Napa Valley Film Festival 2019

The Best of the Best Come to Town A dark theater with bold, red velvet seats.

We love to pair wine with our favorite activities, so what better way to enjoy wine than with your favorite food and a movie? The Napa Valley Film Festival is in its ninth year of celebrating creativity through the art of wine, food, and film. This merging of craftsmanship brings the very best of the best to the Napa Valley region. Our favorite vintners will offer their best wines, chefs will offer cooking demonstrations along with their exquisite food, and independent filmmakers will present their latest work to audiences.

The festival is put on by Cinema Napa Valley, a non-profit organization whose mission is to “celebrate the cinematic arts and enrich the community by presenting an annual world-class festival and year-round education and outreach programs”. This year there will be up to 100 new films showcased in Napa Valley. The awards offered include best narrative, best documentary, best ensemble cast, best screenplay, and many more. Although many of the awards are based on a jury decision, many others are up to audiences to decide. So don’t miss a chance to rub elbows with famous actors, directors, chefs, and vintners at this spectacular event and see why folks keep coming back year after year!

Event Information

A exquisite table setting with carefully folded napkins and rows of wine glasses.

The event is based on a pass system. A “flex” pass ($125) will give you access to film screenings and wine intermissions. A “festival” pass ($225-$295) adds onto the flex pass with culinary demonstrations. And a “pass plus” ($575-$695) will give you access to both the flex and festival pass offerings as well as priority access in line and invitations to both the Festival Gala and the Friday Night Bash. If you buy the 5-day pass plus ($695) you will also be able to attend the celebrity tributes and the opening night party.

For an exclusive VIP experience, join the “Patron Circle” which gives you a year-long membership supporting the outreach programs and offers special amenities during the festival, such as an intimate cocktail hour with film directors or a sit-down dinner with Celebrity Tribute honorees.

Same-day screening tickets are also available but are only offered if there are remaining seats after all pass holders have entered the screening.

See why this is one of the most anticipated yearly festivals in Napa Valley, and let us give you the celebrity treatment with our luxurious rooms and gourmet breakfast. After the hustle and bustle, you’ll want a serene place to come back to rest and recharge. Book now because we fill up for quickly for this event!


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