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Calistoga

A rustic-yet-refined retreat surrounded by hundreds of acres of vineyards

Located at the northernmost tip of the Napa Valley, Calistoga offers an easygoing, relaxed vibe. The town’s mineral-rich waters and natural geothermal hot spring pools add to its lure as a premier wine destination.

Calistoga remains home to a number of spas, where visitors can soak it all in at long-time favorites like Calistoga Spa Hot Springs and Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resort.

If you have kids in tow, don’t miss Old Faithful Geyser and animal farm. Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga’s main drag, is lined with shops, tasting rooms, and eateries. Each December, Lincoln Avenue hosts the Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade. Plan ahead and join the locals for this festive, down-home event.

 
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Once you get to Calistoga...

Hike up Oat Hill Mine Trail. It's an uphill climb, but the pastoral views are worth it. Relax with a thermal water mud bath at Indian Springs Spa, then keep the chill vibes going with an alfresco lunch at Solbar. Ready for wine? Book a tasting at the 1882 Chateau Montelena, in a stone castle at the base of St. Helena mountain. Where to stay? The five-room Francis House was built in 1886 in French Second Empire architecture. (Architectural Digest named it one of the world’s 15 best-designed hotels.)

 

A little Calistoga history

In the 1860s, Sam Brannan, the leader of the permanent American settlers to arrive, developed a spa similar to one in Saratoga, New York. The town was later named Calistoga, after Brannan's tipsy proclamation that he would make this area the Saratoga of California — which came out as the "Calistoga of Sarafornia." When Brannan's vision of building a railroad was realized, Calistoga became a summer retreat for San Franciscans.

 

Calistoga Annual Events

JUL–AUG — Concerts in the Park
SEP — Harvest Table
DEC — Holiday Village & Christmas Faire
DEC — Lighted Tractor Parade

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Explore Calistoga

Explore more than 50 wineries located just outside the town of Calistoga

 
 
 
 

Explore more than 15 wine tasting rooms & wine shops located in the town of Calistoga

 
 
 
 

Explore more than 40 hotels in Calistoga

 
 
 
 

Explore more than 25 restaurants in Calistoga

 
 
 
 

Explore more than 60 things to do in Calistoga