It’s no secret that the mineral waters and associated muds of Calistoga have healing and restorative powers. Author Robert Louis Stevenson moved to the northern part of Napa Valley in the late 1800s to take advantage of these natural wonders, and people still visit to do the same today. Spas, mud baths—you name it. If you want to unwind, Calistoga has you covered.
Beginning in 2021, the city of Calistoga celebrates its bounty with a week-long extravaganza - Calistoga Wellness Week - and this year’s festivities take place April 18–24. But there’s more to Calistoga than just mud and water, and locals are putting together a series of activities throughout the week. You can check out the full schedule of activities, but we’ve highlighted some of the week’s events below.
Explore on Foot
Because of its position at the northern part of the Napa Valley, Calistoga is practically surrounded with open space to explore on foot. As such, there are several hiking activities in conjunction with this year’s Wellness Week.
To help soothe soul in nature, there are two self-guided hiking options at Bothe Napa Valley State Park. The first, a 3-mile loop, follows Ritchie Creek up to several redwood fairy circles. The second, a 5.5-miler, features Coyote Peak, which gives a partial view of Napa Valley as well as an excellent view of the forest canopy. There’s also a naturalist-led version of this second hike on Earth Day, April 22. Rangers at the park will offer half-price entry for all visitors who mention Calistoga Wellness Week, which means a $4 fee.
On Earth Day, April 22, guests can participate in a guided history-oriented hike of a section of Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. This hike, sponsored by the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, will lead participants from the trailhead to the cabin site where Stevenson famously “squatted” with his wife and son during his time in Calistoga. Advance registration is required, so reserve a spot.
Workout Classes Galore
Wellness is also about fitness, and Calistoga Wellness Week 2022 comprises a host of fitness classes to keep the heart pumping.
Calistoga Parks & Recreation and Calistoga Fit are teaming up to offer a variety of classes in Calistoga’s Pioneer Park. One class is a boxing class on April 18, and another is a bilingual tone and sculpt class on April 20. Classes are held from 5-6 p.m., and advance registration is required. Classes are free for Calistoga Residents and $15 for non-residents.
The same two entities are also partnering to deliver a restorative yoga and chakra-balancing class on April 21 from 10-11 a.m. Guests will unwind on the meditation deck near Spa Talisa at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley; both the class and parking are free, but registration is required.
Indian Springs Calistoga also hosts another yoga class, held April 21 from 7:30–9 p.m. and will include candlelight as the day winds down. The yoga will be followed by an extended savasana and a “sound bath” of harmonic tones. Yoga mats, blankets, and pillows will be provided, and guests are welcome to make donations, which will be given to Ukrainian relief funds. The event will be held in The Barn, which is located adjacent to Sam’s Social Club restaurant. Registration is required.
Finally, Calistoga Pilates and Picayune Cellars & Mercantile are presenting the Wellness Week Pilates Mat Class Adventure on April 23 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. The event revolves around a challenging fitness class and can be combined with a wine tasting at Picayune afterward. Pricing is $20 for the class and $50 for the combo. Register by calling Picayune at (707) 341-3410.
Free Earth Day Concert
Earth Day is a great day for live music, and Maya, a Latin tribute band, will perform in Pioneer Park on April 22 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. The concert is free and wine from sustainable wineries such as Baldacci Family Vineyards, Bennett Lane Winery, and Cakebread Cellars will be available for purchase at the Mother Earth wine bar.
As expected, there are a host of hotel/resort promotions around Calistoga Wellness Week 2022. The city of Calistoga has listed all of them here, and several involve package deals that bundle overnight accommodations and spa services. Here is a sampling of what’s available:
Golden Haven Spa is offering a Wellness Week $99 per-person couples mud bath experience that groups can take together.
TRUE Spa at Mount View Hotel & Spa is offering free enhancements for all guests who book a treatment for Wellness Week.
MoonAcre Spa & Baths has rolled out its Spring Awakening treatment that includes a back massage, leg scrub, steamed towels, and a head rub (in addition to any other treatments a guest requests).
A package deal from Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort includes overnight accommodations and two mud baths, two CBD massages, two robes for the duration of your stay, and a healthy-snack welcome gift.
Booking a Spa Cottage during Wellness Week at Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs means you also receive $150 in spa credit, a signature yoga mat to take home, and a bottle of wine upon arrival.
Therapists at Calistoga Spa Hot Springs Resort are giving free 15-minute chair massages all week.
Several Calistoga restaurants are offering special Wellness Week menus.
At Lovina, guests can select a special vegan three-course, fixed-price menu that includes dishes such as roasted beet tartare, Impossible sausage lasagna, and coconut lemongrass tapioca. The menu is being offered only for dinner and only during Wellness Week (though some of the items are old standards on the regular menu).
And at the House of Better, the restaurant at Dr. Wilkinson’s Resort, a special menu celebrating the festivities features seaweed salads, booster bowls, and house-formulated herbal tea blends.
While Calistoga’s Wellness Week is a great opportunity to experience many of Calistoga’s spa and wellness activities with some amazing packages, Calistoga is a great destination for wellness year-round. Even if you miss this year’s week-long activities, the city is always waiting with open arms to help restore and rejuvenate your body and spirit – and perhaps with a glass of wine as well.