Coming to Calistoga for Wellness Week, April 19-25th? Need some help planning your trip? Visit Calistoga has put together a few ideas on how to do it all right and reap the benefits!
Arrival: Check into your chosen Wellness Week hotel (see special Wellness Week packages and offers here) and put on your favorite walking shoes to head over to the Calistoga Bike Shop for your Wellness Week discount to enjoy visiting Calistoga on 2-wheels. Whether you prefer a hybrid, road or electric bike, they have everything you need to explore the charming neighborhoods surrounding downtown or a little farther afield, pedal to your favorite winery for an afternoon tasting.
Upon your return, lounge by the pool or book yourself a mud bath, massage or a simply soak in the waters at one of Calistoga’s many hot springs spas. Calistoga is famous for its natural hot springs, discovered by the Wappo tribe hundreds of years ago, and these mineral rich waters have many benefits. These include improved thinking skills, and improved muscle coordination and strength (that’s the boron doing its stuff!). The magnesium found in the waters has an incredibly important influence on the body’s natural energy production and keeps the heart healthy!
Evening: After your treatment, wander into town for a Strawberry-Basil Lemonade (virgin or not, your choice!) on the patio of the Calistoga Inn, Restaurant & Brewery. Sip your beverage and watch the world go by before heading to Lovina for dinner. Try one of their many vegetarian offerings, including the Fried Mushroom Polenta Bites, Roasted Squash Salad or the Impossible Sausage Lasagna. Make sure you leave room for the newest sweet treat on the menu, Lovina’s “Almost Cheesecake”. This whipped coconut cream, passionfruit caramel, cashew “cream cheese,” toasted macadamias and lime zest dessert is both gluten free and vegan.
Head back to your room for the best sleep you’ve had in months.
Morning: Start your day with one of the scheduled outdoor fitness classes with an Aqua Fusion or Fit & Focus class with Calistoga Fit and Calistoga Parks & Recreation. (Full schedule of classes can be found here.) Another option is to head to Bothe-Napa Valley State Park for a self guided hike and look at fire ecology. Learn about the natural processes involving fire in an ecosystem and its ecological effects during this educational 3-mile self-guided hike through the park. See how nature is healing from the Fall 2020 fires and enjoy the spectacular spring wildflowers and conditions along the way. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy en plein air while there from one of the many options in Calistoga, including Sushi Mambo’s Oceana Nirvana Salad, finely chopped Sashimi over a bed of greens with 7 season sauce or a picnic lunch (baskets included!) from Sam’s General Store. Grab a bottle of wine from Calistoga Wine Stop for a complete Napa Valley picnic experience.
Afternoon: Enjoy the tranquility of town with a walk in the Indian Springs labyrinth, tucked away behind a shrub on the south side of Lincoln Avenue. Journey to your own center and back again out into the world on this meditative and purposeful walk. Afterwards, stop into the Calistoga Creamery for a taste of their all organic ice-cream, all made in-house and 12 flavors to choose from, including frozen yogurt and non-dairy selections. Continue back to your hotel for another wellness treatment or treat yourself to an afternoon nap.
Evening: Reserve your table alfresco at one of Calistoga’s many delightful restaurants including Evangeline, for French-Creole cooking, Amaro Italian Kitchen, for the latest in Italian or Solbar, to enjoy their recently expanded lounge and restaurant space under the palms. Order up the heart healthy King Salmon, with a salad of chicories, frisee, endives and fuji apples at Evangeline, the Cacio e Pepe Cauliflower at Amaro Italian Kitchen or Solbar’s always refreshing Whipped California Avocado, with toasted seeds, nuts, herb oil and TRAM farm dipping vegetables. You can’t go wrong with any of these choices and your heart and body will thank you!
Morning: Start your day at Café Sarafornia with an eye opening freshly squeezed juice, with coffee and a vegetarian hash before your visit to Calistoga’s own Old Faithful Geyser of California. Offering discounted rates on entry for the entirety of Wellness Week, this geyser is a wonderful spot for a picnic, to enjoy the farm animals and learn about Planet Earth, earthquakes, geothermal energy, geysers and local history. Visit one of the wineries in the area, including Chateau Montelena, Envy Wines or Tamber Bey, all located on the same stretch of road.
Another option to consider, the “Sip and Cycle” itinerary with Getaway Adventures. Bike 12 miles, taste at 2 wineries and enjoy a picnic lunch. Groups meet in downtown Calistoga and head out from there on this guided tour on quiet roads. It’s a great way to explore Calistoga, considered the crown of the Napa Valley.
Upon your return, enjoy a bit of time exploring downtown Calistoga’s many unique shops to purchase a few souvenirs to remember your trip. From antique stores, art galleries, small boutiques, tasting rooms, museums and a monastery, Calistoga has so much to do and see, you might want to consider extending your stay for some of the Earth Day activities later in the week. You won’t want to miss your vineyard walk and tasting with Amici Cellars & Beckstoffer Vineyards or dinner and “March of the Penguins” movie at Mount View Hotel & Spa’s new outdoor movie theater.