Change of season brings forth change in Calistoga, where new spots are springing up, as well as new faces and new things to do. Here are six announcements to add to your itinerary once you visit Calistoga, and be sure to stop in our “newly renovated” Welcome Center at 1133 Washington Street for more information, maps, and to refill your water bottles!
Soul Rebel Coffee, Calistoga’s newest coffeehouse offers an Organic Coffee and Juice Bar with fresh-brewed, organic, fair-trade coffee and tea along with a variety of fruit smoothies, baked goods and soon-to-include pressed juices and breakfast sandwiches.
Cheer Bar Refreshments & Mercantile is set to open their doors in downtown Calistoga on April 6. The new soda fountain/arcade occupying a prominent space on Lincoln Avenue will feature traditional and updated soda fountain treats as well as fresh-pressed juices, pour-over coffee and light lunch offerings. The arcade space currently offers two 10-foot skee-ball machines for free play and is hoping to expand with skee-ball tournaments and additional arcade games in the future.
Picayune Cellars & Mercantile will be relocating its wine tasting and retail business from a small building behind Palisades Deli Café in Calistoga, to a larger space at 1329 Lincoln Avenue. The move will occur sometime in mid- to late April, and will allow the business to expand their merchandise offerings while continuing to offer seated tastings of their small lot wines. The space will incorporate the local artisanal retail selections with Picayune’s wine tasting, which includes a unique music and wine pairing option.
Evangeline Restaurant in downtown Calistoga is now serving lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 am-2:00pm. The weekday lunch service complements its weekend brunch offerings. Evangeline’s menu features fresh, fun versions of bistro favorites like steak frites and mussels as well as instant classics inspired by the creole cuisine like gumbo ya-ya and shrimp etouffee.
Solbar at Solage, an Auberge Resort, has recently announced Gustavo Rios as appointed executive chef. Rios brings more than 20 years of experience working at luxury properties and some of the best restaurants in the U.S., including a previous stint of seven years at Solbar, where he mastered his culinary skills under the tutelage of Brandon Sharp. Solbar has recently introduced new breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.
Tours of the Villa Ca’Toga in Calistoga begin every Saturday in May and run through October. The Palladian villa, the residence of artist Carlo Marchiori, is a glimpse into the private world of an artist. The gardens and grounds offer surprises of pools, statues, Roman ruins and 18th-century follies.