I love working in Calistoga for a multitude of reasons. First and foremost is my daily commute from downtown Napa, where I reside. My 40-minute drive never becomes dull, as it is a daily reminder of the amazing privilege it is to live in such a beautiful geographic area.
I would suggest visitors start their day hiking the Oat Hill Mine Trail for its incredible views and because the trail head is so close to downtown Calistoga. Make your next stop a late breakfast or brunch at Solbar, guaranteed to be delicious. Continue your day with the ultimate relaxing combination of an authentic mud bath and massage. Next, visit Claire at Picayune Cellars; she is an incredible wine expert, friend and owner of this boutique, négociant-style tasting room. After your wine tasting, walk down Lincoln Avenue and visit local shops and retail stores for great finds!
Grab a pre-dinner cocktail in the bar at Calistoga Inn, followed by dinner that features a farm-to-table-esque cuisine experience. Dinner is paired best with a bottle of wine selected from the restaurant’s Calistoga-heavy wine list. I would suggest my personal favorite: a bottle of Brian Arden Lake County Zinfandel. Post-dinner, head back to your resort hotel for a soak in the Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort geothermal pools.