Ready to get that blood pumping, to get invigorated for a new day?
Napa Valley is rich with options to do just that. Jogging, hiking, biking, swimming, golf, a gym workout – we know them all. Our Front Desk/concierge staff have maps and suggestions to help you get the most fun out of your workout.
First thing in the morning is best for lap swimming, it’s quite possible you’ll have the pool all to yourself. One hundred and ten lengths will get you in a mile and then the hot tub right next door can help release the burn if you really feel like pushing it.
Of course the afternoons in the Napa Valley can be quite warm through the spring, summer and fall, though many tell us the 95 degrees just don’t feel bad when it’s only 30% humidity. Lounging and a quick nap with a final invigorating dip might be the way to go after a day of wine tasting.
It’s all here. You get to pick.
Set out in the country, off the highway, starting your run from The Wine Country Inn is a delight from the first step.
Most mornings, even in the height of summer, are perfect for a little run or walk.
Our Jogger’s Map (available at the Front Desk) offers four different routes of varying mileage and difficulty, all taking you out into the countryside and up into the hills. Glass Mountain, directly to the east of The Inn, is literally a mountain of obsidian. The entire area around The Wine Country Inn is deep in historical significance. Indian tribes from all over the Western United States used to visit the Napa Valley, trading for the exquisite arrow and spearheads that were made from this stone.
The Napa Valley offers spectacular scenery for hiking.
Hiking options include:
Bothe State Park (only minutes from The Wine Country Inn), boasts six well-maintained trails delving deep into the western hills of the Napa Valley. Shaded and cooled by the year-round creek, these trails range from a beautiful stroll to hikes that the Innkeeper and his wife still have not seen the end of yet with the longest trail delving 6 miles into the mountains. Beautiful and serene.
Robert Louis Stevenson Park (about 25 minutes from The Wine Country Inn) starts at the summit of Hwy 29 as it ventures over Mt. St. Helena towards Lake County. There are two great hikes from here. The most popular is climbing up a well-maintained fire road up the face of Mt. St. Helena to the summit. If you know where to look you will pass the ruins of a little town where Robert Louis Stevenson honeymooned and wrote the short novel Silverado Squatters. This is a 10 mile round trip and is very exposed to sun and wind. The Innkeeper recommends this for a Fall or Spring adventure. Summer hiking on this trail can be brutal.
The other choice here is the Palisades Trail. This trail can be picked up from the south parking area and heads into the cliff-strewn mountains above Calistoga. This a beautiful trail with spectacular views of the Napa Valley and off almost to the coast. Recently, through generous donations, this park was connected with the Oat Hill Mine Trail (talked about next) so that the most adventurous could actually loop all the way from the Napa Valley floor up to the parking lot of Robert Louis Stevenson Park.
Oat Hill Mine Road is actually an old stage coach route that used to run from Pope Valley to Calistoga. The trail head is at the intersection of Hwy 29 and Silverado Trail, in Calistoga. It is unmarked, but obvious if you know to look for it. This strenuous hike garners almost immediate gratification with beautiful views of Calistoga and Napa Valley. Supposedly you can hike all the way over to Pope Valley or up to Robert Louis Stevenson Park at the top of Mt. St. Helena though the Innkeeper and his wife would never be that silly. A great hike as long as you know to watch for poison oak.
The Napa Valley offers a wide variety of bicycling options.
The Innkeeper and his wife, Lorinda, have done them all: the flats, mountain loops, off road and single tracking. The flat valley floor is perfect for either touring the wineries or for a long relatively flat ride. Hwy 29 is awfully busy and quite narrow in spots, therefore the Silverado Trail is really the preferred route. Since the valley is over 30 miles long, you can get some really good long rides in.
As soon as you get off the valley floor, you begin climbing. The backroads to Angwin make a great mountain ride; it’s only 10 miles round trip, but you climb 2,500 feet and then get a great coasting ride home. For a great long road ride, you can extend the Angwin ride down to the next valley of Pope Valley, wind through Chiles Valley and back to the Napa Valley. This is 35 miles of backroads with one great 4 mile stretch of down hill banked turns that is an absolute gas!
For off road options there are three: Bothe State Park with 3 or 4 trails (one of them goes 7 miles back into the woods), Mount St. Helena which has one crisscrossing fire road that climbs to the top of the mountain, and a quiet spot up in Angwin that has 25 miles of fire roads and single track.
This area of Northern California is an ideal location for any Napa Valley golf vacation.
Though the Innkeeper does not claim to be a golfer, he has played most of the courses in the area. Silverado Country Club is probably the best know in the area since it hosts the Senior’s Tour every Fall, but there are a number of other courses that are just as nice.
Please note: Green Fee charges change frequently; the dollar amounts shown below are to be used as a guide.
While The Wine Country Inn doesn’t have an exercise room per se, we do have a relationship with the nearby (approximately two miles) St. Helena Health and Fitness Center. Wine Country Inn guests can purchase a daily Fitness Center pass for only $12 (regular price is $16). The St. Helena Health and Fitness Center is a new facility with new equipment and a great staff. Please contact them directly for the day use pass and hours of operation at: (707) 967-0510.