Calistoga, tucked into the base of Mount Saint Helena at the top of Napa Valley, offers all the rustic charm of a 19th-century western town. Among the many wineries in Calistoga, you'll find Chateau Montelena, which put Napa Valley wines on the map by beating France's best at the 1976 Paris Tasting. Adventurous tasters can ride a tram to enjoy the views at hilltop Sterling Vineyards or tour Castello di Amorosa, a winery set in a faithfully reconstructed Italian castle overlooking the Napa valley.
Restaurants in Calistoga are diverse and delicious. If you've meandered your way up-valley, wine tasting along the way, lunch on a picnic table at Busters Southern BBQ & Bakery is the perfect mid-day stop. At the other end of town, Michelin-starred Solbar offers some of the finest, most creative food and cocktails in the Valley amid the palm trees and fountains of the Solage resort.
Calistoga hot springs and spas have brought visitors seeking renewed health and rejuvenation in the mineral-rich volcanic waters of Calistoga since the 1800s. Throughout town, you'll find spas and resorts from casual to chic where you can indulge in hot soaks, saunas, massages and the quintessential Calistoga experience: the mud bath. Emerging from the ground at a temperature between 140-150 degrees, Golden Haven is home to a hot spring pool whose minerals always leave you with soft skin.
You'll never run out of things to do in Calistoga. Compact and bikeable, the town offers shops, galleries and a vibrant Art Walk. The Sharpsteen Museum presents local history within a 19th-century cottage from the area's first resort, and Villa Ca'Toga sets gems of art and architecture on five acres of gardens and grounds. Nearby natural wonders include a geyser and petrified forest, and the trails of Robert Louis Stevenson State Park offer opportunities to picnic and hike.
At the end of a long, fun day, Calistoga hotels, resorts and bed and breakfasts beckon. Surround yourself with luxury and comfort at Solage,Calistoga Ranch or Indian Springs Resort, or enjoy the intimate, welcoming charms of small inns like Chateau de Vie just north of town.