If cozy and charming are two adjectives you use when looking for accommodations, then Calistoga just might be the place for you. In many cases, the words elegant and luxurious also apply. This California-casual town at the north end of the Napa Valley is filled with B&Bs and smaller inns that fit every budget. Check out these properties:
Brannan Cottage Inn (pictured above) is the only cottage built by Calistoga founder Samuel Brannan for his 1862 hot springs resort still on its original site and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The property includes six unique rooms with modern comforts and lush gardens. Continental breakfast is included.
Cottage Grove Inn features 16 private cottages, each uniquely appointed with luxury furnishings, soft linens, and plush down bedding on king beds. Overstuffed chairs frame the fireplace, and bathrooms feature deep-soaking Jacuzzi tubs for two. A full breakfast is included.
Embrace Calistoga is a European-style luxury inn in an historic 1873 Victorian with five king or queen rooms, each individually designed and uniquely appointed with the finest fabrics, linens, and original artwork. Brunch-style breakfast included.
The Chanric Inn is a 10- to 15-minute walk from downtown Calistoga, if you don't want to take the city shuttle. Its 7 guestrooms (6 king bedrooms and 1 queen) feature marble showers, stone floors, and stone vessel sinks. Outside, there's a beautiful garden patio with fountain, fireplace and lounge area, massage room, and a swimming pool and whirlpool tub. Full homemade breakfast is included.
The Craftsman Inn and Calistoga Wine Way Inn are two B&Bs in the Craftsman style, each conveniently located within walking distance of downtown. The Wine Way Inn has eight rooms and the Craftsman has five rooms, each uniquely decorated. Both serve full breakfasts.
The Pink Mansion was built by local swell William F. Fisher in the 1870s on land given to him by Calistoga's founder, Sam Brannan. Fisher established the town's first stage line, linking it to mining sites on Mt. St. Helena and points north. Today you can enjoy the property's large parlor and crystal chandeliers, reminiscent of the grand parties Fisher gave in his heyday. The inn also features eight individually appointed rooms as well as a heated indoor pool. Rates include a gourmet breakfast for two.
Chateau de Vie is an elegant country house surrounded by formal gardens of lavender and roses, vineyards, and views to the Calistoga Palisades. Located outside of town, the inn features five rooms/suites with luxury appointments. There's also a Jacuzzi hot tub, as well as a 40' heated lap pool. A full seasonal breakfast is served at your convenience.
CasaLana is a private retreat just a short walk from Calistoga's main street. Its two guest rooms each have private entrances and feature oversized showers and soaking tubs. Full breakfast is served on the garden patio. In addition, CasaLana offers “gourmet retreats” with customized cooking classes.
The Francis House is Calistoga's newest inn, where history meets contemporary luxury. Built in 1886, it was once a hospital and is the only stone building in Napa County that's built in authentic French Second Empire architecture.