Napa ValleyNapa Valley

If your travels take you to California's Napa Valley, consider a stopover at Fanny's, a cozy, casual bed-and-breakfast housed in, a 1915 Craftsman bungalow. Just a short walk from the center of Calistoga, the inn puts visitors close to shopping, restaurants, and day spas that capitalize on the area's therapeutic mineral springs and mud baths. With just a couple of guest rooms, Fanny's has an intimate atmosphere and plenty of personal comforts, including plump down comforters, cushioned window seats, and private baths. Although guests often choose to do nothing more strenuous than swing in the inn's cedar-shaded hammock, those so inclined can also picnic amid the redwoods at Bothe Napa Valley State Park, walk the paths at nearby Petrified Forest, visit California's Old Faithful Geyser (it erupts every 40 minutes), take a restorative soak in Indian Springs Resort's mineral pool, and/or hit the wine trail in search of the perfect zinfandel or chardonnay. Room rates start at $120 and include a full breakfast; (707) 942-9491. -- Monica Michael Willis


The Official Guide to American Historical Inns
Deborah Edwards Sakach
Circa 1915. In a shingled Craftsman-cottage style, painted forest green and red, this inn offers an inviting shaded porch with swing, rockers and spots for dining. Inside, comfortable interiors include over-stuffed chairs, a fireplace, library and upstairs guest rooms with plank floors and window seats. The innkeeper, a former restaurateur, provides a full breakfast and knowledgeable touring suggestions.

Wine Country, California’s Napa and Sonoma Valleys
John Doerper
This simple, quiet, craftsman cottage, painted wine red, is a quiet retreat just a couple of blocks off Calistoga’s busy main street. It was built in 1915, with a full-length front porch (to accommodate rocking chairs and cats, of course), and is about as quiet as any place in this spa town can get. All bedrooms have private baths and window seats. The Living room and dining room are spacious, allowing for extra privacy. The sumptuous breakfast alone is worth the stay. Besides, owner/innkeeper Deanna Higgins knows the valley, its wineries, and vintners very well and is ever willing to help plan forays into the hidden nooks and crannies of the Valley. To top it off, she’s a good hiking trail guide as well.