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Calistoga's Magical Mud

The Napa Valley city of Calistoga isn’t only famous for its mineral waters; it’s famous for its one-of-a-kind mud, too. Mud around here isn’t your run-of-the-mill dirt-and-water variety. It’s a magical mix of volcanic ash, mineral water, and a host of other naturally occurring elements in the soil…

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Calistoga's Resilient Workforce

Between the locals who grew up in the area and visitors who fell in love with Calistoga's rustic-yet-refined vibe and wanted to stay, it takes all types to keep Calistoga's tourism industry running and thriving. Derek Flegal, winemaker at Tamber Bey, grew up in Calistoga but took a circuitous path…

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Where to Wine & Dine in Calistoga

From corks to forks, we’ve rounded up the very best spots to sip and savor throughout Napa Valley’s rustic and refined retreat, plus new experiences not to be missed, and where to find live music. Calistoga is located at the north end of Napa Valley, about 25 miles from downtown Napa and 75 miles…

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People of Calistoga: Meet Tara Pelter

Name: Tara Pelter Title: Manager and Wine Buyer at the Calistoga Wine Stop Hometown: Calistoga, California Education: B.A. in Social Work, Sacramento State University Tara's father moved to Calistoga in the mid-80s to be surrounded by the wine and tourism industries. He did not have a job lined…

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Win a Calistoga Dream Getaway

Visit Napa Valley is living the Calistoga dream all throughout September, and to celebrate we’re having a #CalistogaDreaming photo contest and giving away a dream vacation to Napa Valley’s northernmost town. Entering is easy! All you have to do is submit your favorite Calistoga pics by posting on…

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Tourism in Calistoga

Tourism in Calistoga From thermal water mud baths and alfresco lunches, to tasting rooms and outdoor adventures, travel experiences help fuel Calistoga’s economy. More About Calistoga Despite losses due to COVID-19 business closures and community lockdowns, Calistoga is well-positioned for…

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The Ultimate Guide to Calistoga | A Three-Day Itinerary

On this three-day adventure, you’ll make #CalistogaDreaming a reality, exploring local history, hidden gems, and iconic landmarks of Napa Valley’s northernmost town. If you’ve ever visited Calistoga, you’ve likely heard about Sam Brannan – the state’s first millionaire – who developed the town as a…

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People of Calistoga: Meet Jacey Ohlinger

Name: Jacey Ohlinger (she/her) Job: Tasting Room Lead, Tank Garage Winery Jacey Ohlinger, tasting room lead at Tank Garage Winery, pours an ever-changing lineup of wines in a retro Calistoga gas station. Learn more about Jacey, her journey and Tank Garage Winery in the spotlight piece below. Jacey…

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People of Calistoga: Meet Charles Buster Davis

Name: Charles "Buster" Davis Job: Owner of Buster's Southern BBQ Hometown: Ventura, California Education: Long Beach State Charles Buster Davis, owner of Buster's Southern BBQ, welcomes visitors to Napa Valley's Calistoga side – the perfect place to beef up on barbecue before setting out on a day of…

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The Best Day Ever: Calistoga Dreaming

Napa Valley’s northernmost town is the perfect destination for a wine country daycation. Just 75 miles north of San Francisco and minutes from the Sonoma Airport, Calistoga is a quick trip from the Bay Area and Sacramento and is home to some of Napa Valley’s best hidden gems. We’ve called in the…

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