Host Simon Kane is your guide to Calistoga's picturesque hillside wineries, natural hot springs, accommodations and dining, and breathtaking scenic attractions. Sample the wines and chat with the owners of Graeser Winery and Storybook Mountain Vineyards, and indulge yourself at the luxury spa resort, Calistoga Ranch, with its thermal pools and mud spas. Get a feel for the character of this authentic small town, and send your spirits soaring with a hot air balloon ride over Napa Valley landmarks.
The Wappo Indians proclaimed this lush green valley as "the land of plenty." Today, Napa is recognized as one of the world's premiere wine growing regions. You won't miss a thing as Simon visits Napa's wineries, points out its architectural masterpieces, and explores its bustling historic downtown. From COPIA, the American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts to the "belle epoque joie de vivre" of its inns and bed and breakfasts, you'll get a generous sampling of this little piece of paradise.
Sonoma County is one of the world's top wine growing regions and a year-round haven with fine dining, lodging and spas, and a flourishing arts community. Fifty-eight miles of Sonoma coast offer a magnificent display of nature. Stop in Bodega Bay, where Alfred Hitchcock filmed "The Birds", and go behind the scenes of local winereies, including Rodney Strong, St. Francis, and Ferrari-Carano. Visit the Charles Schulz Museum, devoted to the creator of 'Peanuts', and explore the Arts Trail, as artists welcome the public inside their studios.