Calistoga Travel Guide
In downtown Calistoga this spa and resort, with surrounding views of the Palisades Mountains, is known for its reception of families, being that the facility has been family-owned and operated since 1969.
Architect Michael Graves turned to the ancient civilivations of the Mediterrean when considering the Postmodern design of Clos Pegase. The god of wine, Dionysus, figures prominently throughout the grounds and main building, which was inspired by a temple on Crete.
Situated on Diamond Mountain, this small, family-owned winery was established by Rudy von Strasser, who began his career as the first American intern to work at the renowned French winery Château Lafite Rothschild.
Within the framework of what was once Larkmead Winery -- originally built in 1884 and now listed among the National Register of Historical Places -- Frank Family vineyards commenced operations in 1992 in Calistoga.
Since 1952, this clean, friendly, family-owned resort has allowed visitors (most of them day-trippers) to experience Calistoga’s iconic mineral waters and volcanic mud baths—at very reasonable prices.
Friendly staffers can arrange packages that include bike rentals, maps, wine-tasting appointments, lunch reservations, and (if you need it) roadside assistance, for around $80 per person.
As Napa Valley became a hotbed during the silver rush in the 1850’s, the Silverado Trail was completed for a more efficient route between the southern end of Napa and northern end of Calistoga.
For a hands-on taste of winemaking, this property (known for its sparkling wines—in particular, Brut Rosé, Blanc de Blanc, and Crémant) hosts annual two-day “camps,” which allow participants to take part in the vineyard’s production cycle.
With 14 rooms and more than 100 treatments ranging in a multitude of skin and nail rejuvenation, massages, and baths, as well as fitness and yoga classes, the spa at the Solage resort is one of the most immersive.
Sspecializing in retreats for couples, this spa accepts only a maximum of eight clients at one time in its Asian-inspired garden setting.
Evocative of an underground cellar, Enoteca’s interior has hanging candle chandeliers and painted walls of fake rocks and stone archways.
Another great option: The family-run August Briggs, housed within a simple barnlike building on the south edge of town, offers free tastings.
After 15 years under construction, Castello di Amorosa opened to guests in 2007.
Though the look is somewhat dated, this downtown Calistoga spa and resort offers comparable amenities and treatments to other facilities in the area. Herbal facials, deep-tissue massage, reflexology, and European body wraps—a three-hour therapy involving weight loss—are available.
In downtown Calistoga, Carlo Marchiori’s personal gallery displays his works, which showcase his classical Venetian training. The works include paintings, porcelain, sculptures, ceramics, furniture, watercolors, tiles, and books.