Restored Craftsman-Style B & Bs in Heart of California Wine Country
When Nick and Gillian Kite decided to convert an old Craftsman-style home into an inn, they aimed to create the kind of bed and breakfast that they’d like to visit themselves. Among their primary specifications: spacious guest rooms and, more importantly, spacious bathrooms. The Kites also updated the interior of the hundred-year-old building, giving it a clean, modern look. Despite the renovations, however, The Craftsman Inn retains many of its distinctive features, including the original wainscoting and pocket doors. Right by the Craftsman Inn is another inn owned by the Kites, Wine Way Inn. Like the Craftsman Inn, it features similar architecture and period-piece antiques, with more modest, simply decorated rooms.
Breakfast is Gillian's department. "I have been passionate about food and cooking for as long as I can remember," she says. She distributes her own homemade granola at local farmers' markets and recently published her own cookbook, Inn Food: Seasonal Breakfasts in the Wine Country. The breakfast menu changes regularly, but might include bacon-and-onion scones, spinach frittatas, and homemade yogurt. Early risers are welcome to join Gillian in the kitchen for a chat and a cup of coffee as she readies the morning meal.
Calistoga, California: Laid-Back Napa Valley Community near Numerous Vineyards
Set at the north end of Napa Valley, Calistoga is a laid-back, down-to-earth community in an area abounding with more than 400 vineyards. The small downtown district—located just a few blocks from the inn— is filled with flat-front, Old West–style shops and restaurants. The region is lined with hot springs and mud baths, but most visitors come here for the wine. Most wineries offer tours, with only the more popular ones requiring you to book in advance. In nicer weather, you can bike from winery to winery, pausing for a leisurely lunch at picnic tables overlooking the vineyards.
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Palisades or Howell Room at The Craftsman Inn
One queen bed
Standard occupancy: 2
Maximum occupancy: 4
Adding occupants above standard: $35 per night for each additional guest
Large leather sofa with full-size sleeper sofa
Tiled bathroom with large steam shower
Rutherford or Napa Room at The Calistoga Wine Way Inn
One full-size bed
Standard occupancy: 2
Maximum occupancy: 2
Adding occupants above standard: N/A
Check in: 3:30-6 p.m.
Check out: 11 a.m.
Rollaways: not available
Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
Room upgrades at The Calistoga Wine Way Inn: Rutherford or Napa reservation can be upgraded to Yountville or St. Helena room for $20 per night; to Oakville room for $30 per night; to Calistoga room for $40 per night; to Palisades or Howell room for $50 per night; or to jacuzzi tub room for $80 per night.
Room upgrades at The Craftsman Inn: Palisades or Howell reservations can upgrade to jacuzzi tub room for $30 per night.
By plane: 19 miles from Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport (STS); 85 miles from San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
By cab: about $50 from STS
By car: about 25 miles northwest of Napa; about 74 miles north of San Francisco; about 85 miles west of Sacramento
If traveling with children younger than 10, you must call first to discuss.
Guests receive a $10 discount on Gillian Kite's cookbook, Inn Food: Seasonal Breakfasts in the Wine Country.