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Feb 29, 2012

Wine Country Getaway Via Vintage Travel Trailer

Photo by Erin Thiem @ The Outside Inn
Where else can you tour a castle, ride a gondola, drink wine and spend the night looking at the stars?  Looking for a fun way to experience the wine country?  Try camping in Calistoga.  The cute little town provides the best of the amazing award winning wineries, plus shops, hot springs and dining.  If you want to park right in town try the Calistoga RV park, but a more rustic option would be the Bothe Napa State Park, less then 5 minutes from downtown Calistoga.

Photo by Erin Thiem @ The Outside Inn

Our family enjoyed a tour at the Castello di Amorosa Winery, we thought we had left California and gone to Italy for the weekend.  Our 6 year old’s favorite stop at the Castle was the weapons room, whereas we both enjoyed the wine tasting and particularly the Pinot Noir.

For the younger member of the family we rode the gondola up to Sterling Winery and took in 360-degree views from their outdoor patio.  The self guided tour is a great way to get to see the inside of a working winery, without having to worry about a 4 year’s old attention span.
Another great family friendly adventure in the area is hiking in the state park with a stop at the Bale Grist Mill, on the weekends you can watch them grind wheat into flour with the 36 foot water powered mill.

Our classic 1957 Cardinal vintage trailer certainly gets a few looks when it pulls up next to the a large 5th wheel trailer, but we love it!  The cowboy motif on the insides provides the perfect rustic feel, complete with original wood paneling and the leather dinette that converts into a twin bed.  A perfect weekend getaway, what more can you asks for?

Post by Erin Thiem, owner of the Outside Inn, in Nevada City, California or find her on her  Blog  InnSide Nevada City.


Seriously if you have ever considered visiting Nevada City, CA you will want to fallow the InnSide Nevada City blogg and stay at The Outside Inn just a few blocks from all the action of downtown Nevada City. 
Thank you Erin for taking the time to write this post, it's so appetizing I'm planning this trip for our family this Summer or sooner.