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Craftsman Inn

1213 Foothill Boulevard, Calistoga, California 94515
Innkeeper(s): Nick & Gillian Kite
  • Introduction

    Craftsman Inn, Calistoga, California, frontWelcome to our luxury Napa Valley bed and breakfast. The Craftsman Inn is the perfect spot for romantic Northern California wine country getaway. Enjoy staying just steps away from beautiful spas, renowned restaurants and shopping in downtown Calistoga. Savor an authentic wine country at some of Napa Valley’s best wineries in Calistoga, and then explore Sonoma, Russian River and Alexander Valleys only a short drive away.

    The Craftsman Inn offers all the modern amenities of a boutique hotel with warm service our knowledgeable innkeepers. Our elegant Calistoga lodging offers designer bedding, L’Occitaine luxury toiletries and our champagne breakfast is the best in Napa Valley according to our guests! Relax in your plush spa robes and indulge in a nightcap of Madeira with homemade cookies. Don’t hesitate, book your dream wine country getaway today!

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  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Nick and Gillian Kite for sharing their own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    To experience the beautiful Napa Valley.

    What are you best known for?

    Fantastic breakfast from the pages of Gillian’s lovely cookbook, Inn Food (

    What makes your inn unique?

    Guests enjoying the house and garden feeling as comfortable as if it was their home.

    What do you love most about your inn?

    Perfect order and service as if by magic!

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Wine, the spas, great food.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Our best compliment are the guests who come back every year, sometimes several times per year.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Small family wineries.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Wine tasting, a spa day, experience the local food, visit the farmers markets, walk from Bothe park to the Bale Grist mill and buy some flour, visit the Armstrong Redwoods, ride the Wine Train etc. etc. Four days is not long enough!

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Dozen or more wineries, loads of great restaurants, all the wonderful spas, downtown shopping.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?


    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 8 at the Wine Way Inn, 5 at the Craftsman Inn.

    Do you accept pets?

    No, try Solage resort.

  • Breakfast

    Craftsman Inn, Calistoga, California, breakfastBreakfast is always an event at The Craftsman Inn! Enjoy sharing your wine country adventures with other guests inside at our elegant dining table or take in the cool morning air on the porch. Our seasonal breakfast menu is carefully created to offer both healthy choices and vacation indulgences.

    Our typical breakfast menu includes: Homemade granola, seasonal fruits, homemade yogurt, fresh baked goods and a hot entree of the day. Beverage parings include our signature Craftsman Inn coffee blend served French press style, selection of fine teas, orange juice, Napa Valley champagne or mimosas. We are also happy to meet in special dietary needs during your stay. If you enjoy fine food and wine, you may also be interested in our upcoming food and wine appreciation classes.

  • Wineries in Napa Valley

    Craftsman Inn, Calistoga, California, wineHow many in a day?

    How many wineries your visit in one day depends on the tasting rooms you choose and the pace you are comfortable with. For a popular winery, allow about 30 minutes to an hour, around 30 minutes for longer tours and tasting. Most wineries are open from around 9-10 AM until 4:30 or 5 PM. Make sure to allow for travel time and a stopping to appreciate the scenery and a nice lunch. A full day would be around 6-8 winery visits, and we would recommend 4-6 for a more relaxing visit.

    Where to visit?

    The are over 250 wineries in the valley, that's actually a tough question! We try to find out what people are looking for so we can base our advice on their preferences. Visit our website to see our Napa Winery guide that includes some personal favorites grouped around some themes that guests often find useful in putting together a list of wineries to visit.

    However, even living here, we don’t know every winery and that part of the fun of Napa! If you see something on drive don't be afraid to stop! And if it's great, please share!

  • Wine Way Inn

    Craftsman Inn, Calistoga, California, wine way innLooking for the same great breakfast, but less lavish rooms and a lower rate? Then please check out our sister property the Wine Way Inn, just a stone's throw away.