Coming to Calistoga for Wellness Week, April 18-24? 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 to kick start your week of wellness! Several Calistoga properties have put together overnight packages for you to enjoy including Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs, Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort, the Resort at 400 Silverado Trail and for the outdoor enthusiasts, Bothe-Napa Valley State Park. Once you’ve settled in, put on your favorite walking shoes and 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 pedal to your favorite winery for an afternoon tasting.
Be sure your route includes a stop at the brand new House of Better for one of their refreshing house formulated herbal tea blends, such as the cleansing immune booster that includes medicinal mushrooms, mineral rich seagreens + adaptogenic herbs -Earth + Ocean and lunch of a Booster Bowl with sautéed kale, red quinoa, grilled zucchini + squash, black beans, red or green chile, avocado, pickled onion, toasted hemp hearts
Upon your return, lounge by the pool and browse through the spa options to book your appointment for a couple or friends mud bath at Golden Haven Hot Springs Resort & Spa, a 15-minute poolside chair massage at Calistoga Spa Hot Springs Resort, the Spring Awakening special at MoonAcre Spa (at Calistoga Motor Lodge), or add a complementary enhancement to your massage at the brand new TRUE Spa at Mount View Hotel. You can also simply reserve a 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 glass and watch the world go by before heading to Lovina for dinner with their unique all vegan menu created specifically for Wellness Week. Try one of their many offerings, including the Roasted Beet Tartar with capers, Dijon, shallots, jicama, mango “egg yolk,” tapioca chips or the Almost Bolognese with red lentils, impossible sausage, portobellos, calabrian chili, chickpea “parmesan,” gluten free pasta Make sure you leave room for the newest sweet treat on the menu, Lovina’s Coconut Lemongrass Tapioca with caramelized pineapple, pistachios.
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 such as Aqua Dance, Tone & Sculpt or Yoga Chakra (hosted at the brand new Resort at 400 Silverado Trail) 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 one of their two self-guided hikes and make sure to mark your calendar for Bothe’s Earth Day naturalist guided hike. 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 order a picnic lunch 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 the shrubs 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. Make sure you reserve your spot for the candlelit yoga and soundbath on April 21 in the barn on property. You’ll float home.
Evening: Reserve your table at one of the newest spots in town including the recently opened Living Room at TRUSS Restaurant & Bar and order up the Sprout Salad with pickled vegetables, lettuces and black walnut vinaigrette followed by Ora King Salmon with miso eggplant, charred scallion aioli and tatsoi. Additional restaurant include Evangeline’s Skuna King Salmon and the Cacio e Pepe Cauliflower at Amaro Italian Kitchen. 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 and a vegetarian hash before your visit to Calistoga’s newest spa, Spa Talisa (at the Resort at 400 Silverado Trail) . Offering discounted rates on spa treatments Monday-Thursday of Wellness Week, this heavenly spa is tucked away on the grounds of the hotel and guarantees bliss. Visit one of the wineries in the area, including Elusa, the on-site winery at the Resort at 400 Silverado Trail.
Afterwards, pop over to Solage and enjoy lunch poolside at Pico Bar and order the heart healthy Whipped Avocado with brokaw avocados, toasted seeds + nuts, goat cheese, herbs and corn chips accompanied by an Herbal Fresca such as Maracuya Mint with mint, lemon, orange liquor and a tortilla salt rim. While poolside, make sure to sign up for the Calistoga Pilates Wellness Week classes and special wine tasting with Picayune Cellars & Mercantile, and if you want to show your skin a little love, be sure to book your self-love tanning appointment on Saturday, April 23 at Picayune Cellars & Mercantile. Picayune has put together an entire day of wellness activities and fun, all of which can be found here.
A few more options to consider: take the scenic route over to Six Sigma Ranch in Lake County (just over the hill!) and learn about the property’s rich history, the flora and fauna of the land, sustainable farming, and other “earth-related” themes with their guided hikes. Offered each Saturday in April, it’s a month-long celebration of Mother Earth. At Cakebread Cellars in Rutherford, grab your glass and head into the vines for a special discount on their Wine & Vines Experience.
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 and unique 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.