If you’re seeking the perfect spot to spend your honeymoon, a romantic weekend away, or to rekindle romance, Calistoga is the destination to visit! Whether you’re sipping wine with your sweetie, overlooking an incredible Napa Valley view while curled up by the fireplace, or indulging in a couples massage and/or mud bath, Calistoga has everything you need for a starry-eyed excursion sure to make lasting memories.
To secure your unique, exclusive experience, you will want to book your appointments in advance. Here are some itinerary options you might consider:
Check in at one of Calistoga’s romantic bed & breakfasts, such as The Bergson, with its in-room fireplace, or at the newly-opened and infamous The Francis House, or at the historic Brannan Cottage Inn, one of the last cottages that remains from the original resort in Calistoga (it is even on the National Register of Historic Places and underwent a beautiful renovation in 2014). Other options include Embrace Calistoga, a stunning historic property with a wrap-around porch and gourmet breakfast, Meadowlark Country House & Resort, a beautiful, adults-only property with a hot springs mineral pool, and the luxury private vacation homes rented by Mayastoga Property Group in the hills above Calistoga.
Take a stroll through downtown, exploring the shops hand-in-hand. Start at the West End Antiques District to explore vintage and historic treasures at Lincoln Street Market, Rags to Riches and Roam Antiques. Head further downtown and check out the local staple, Silverado ACE Hardware, the trendy and chic vibes at Rove Boutique, and the unique shoes at Azusa. Keep walking to the Calistoga Depot; in one of the historic train cars, you can enjoy hand-painted confections at earth & sky chocolates.
Once you’re ready for wine tasting and nibbles, you may want to sample a flight of wines by the cozy fireplace at Olabisi Wines. If you’re interested in learning how wine can complement and accentuate the unique flavors of chocolate, stop in August Briggs Winery for a chocolate truffles/wine tasting. For dinner, a cozy corner table at Evangeline is sure to end the evening on a romantic note. Sip handcrafted cocktails with a New Orleans flair, followed by a French Cajun-inspired meal and delectable dessert, all served by candlelight.
Get an early start to the day with a hot air balloon ride from Calistoga Balloons! You’ll meet the team at their office in the Calistoga Depot Train Cars between 5-7 a.m., (dictated by sunrise), and lift off in time to catch the stunning sunrise over the valley. Book a group balloon ride or reserve a romantic, private ride for two (if the timing is right, pre-arrange a proposal during or post-balloon ride). Once you’ve landed, take your time to chat with your newfound friends to enjoy a scrumptious brunch with sparkling mimosas at Solbar.
Since you’re already there, are you ready to take advantage of the incredible spa Solage, An Auberge Resort? Book a relaxing couples massage or mudslide treatment, the latter a unique variation on the classic Calistoga mud bath, where you can paint each other with healing mud and rinse off in a private, outdoor shower. Once done in the spa, you’ll want to take a dip in the geothermal-fed mineral springs pool in between meditation in the high-tech Somadome pod. On your way out, you may want to replenish with a restorative smoothie available for purchase at the spa bar on your way out of the bathhouse.
Now that you’re completely relaxed, it’s time for wine! Drive up to Schramsberg Vineyards for an unforgettable tour of the mossy, historic caves (plan to book this tour a few months ahead of your visit). Enjoy Schramsberg blanc de blanc at the end of your tour, or book a group tour with a cheese pairing. Your choice!
Another option is to schedule a private tasting at the rustic upscale Phifer Pavitt Winery. Not only will you fall in love with its signature label, “DATE NIGHT”, you’ll fall head over heels when you feast your eyes on the stunning tasting room, complete with hanging bar, reclaimed wood paneling and wine country chandeliers.
Now that you’ve enjoyed a full day of wine and wellness, it’s time to head back to downtown Calistoga for a spectacular French-inspired meal at Veraison, where every other Monday’s “Bubbly Monday” draws a crowd from 5-6:30 p.m. If you happen to be visiting on the appropriate day, bring a bottle of your newly-acquired Schramsberg sparkling to share, and the restaurant will provide free oysters! Any night of the week, Veraison’s window seats are the ideal spot in Calistoga for divine French food and people-watching.
Noteworthy: Planning to propose while visiting Calistoga? We can’t blame you for choosing the most romantic spot in the Napa Valley! Bennett Lane Winery offers a wonderful proposal package that includes a photographer, flowers, chocolates, sparkling wine and more. Once you are in the wedding planning process, consider returning to Calistoga to get married in the spectacular wine cave or Monet garden at Hans Fahden Winery or Triple S Ranch, an historic 1860s property featuring a grand Victorian, reception area, swimming pool and thirteen renovated cabins.
Sign up for a cooking class to help you bond through food and teamwork! You’ll find one-day classes available at Napa Valley College and the Culinary Institute of America (availability varies by season and day of week). You can also visit the Calistoga Farmers Market on Saturday to purchase fresh, locally grown produce to prepare for dinner.
In the afternoon, visit Jericho Canyon Vineyards for an experience you’ll never forget. Buckle up for a Polaris ride through the steep, hillside vineyards and share a kiss (and take a selfie) at the top of the hill where the view of Napa Valley stuns your senses. Then, enjoy a tour of the wine cave and a seated tasting of estate-produced wines. For something a bit more relaxed, make an appointment for a tasting at the historic library tasting room of The GRADE Cellars in downtown Calistoga.
End your stay on a relaxing note with a “Couple’s Body Melt” at Mount View Hotel & Spa. This indulgent treatment includes a hydrotherapy bath for two and a couple’s cocoa massage featuring organic chocolate massage oil.
Although your stay in Calistoga is over, your memories will fuel you for a while, but you’ll no doubt want to plan ahead for your next visit to explore the many options that still await.