Springtime is a season of renewal and regeneration, and like the geyser’s burst at Old Faithful Geyser of California, Calistoga is bursting with new and renovated businesses, as well as a few new faces. Here’s a list of new things to do in Calistoga, many are new and all are happening this spring!
Rove Boutique: The newest boutique on Calistoga’s main street, Lincoln Avenue, Rove (pictured, left) showcases women’s bohemian-style clothing and accessories for sale. Owned and operated by siblings Sandra and Jessica Maas, Rove’s jewelry selection is either provided by California artisans or made in the U.S.
Hot Yoga Calistoga: Springtime is a great time to change up your fitness routine. State of the art infrared heat warms the studio for classes that include Power Flow (a hot Vinyasa) Yoga, Baptiste Yoga, Inferno Hot Pilates, and Beginner’s Yoga. Group membership plans are available as well as retreats, bridesmaid and birthday packages.
Calistoga Wine Tours Gift Shop and Wine Tours: Located in rail car number 16 in the Calistoga Train Depot, this gift shop and wine tour business is owned and operated exclusively by Napa Valley locals. Calistoga Wine Tours has renovated the historic rail car with vintage trunks, leather furniture antique clocks to capture Calistoga’s railway days. Private and public tours are offered to create an unforgettable wine country experience with boxed lunches prepared from a local restaurant.
Calistoga Spa Hot Springs Resort: Known for its geothermal waters, Calistoga Spa Hot Springs Resort has been serving guests for more than 50 years. Recent renovations covered all aspects of the spa and its public spaces. The lobby has been re-designed, as well as the mineral pools and terrace. New additions to the spa include Italian porcelain tile and natural stone decor.
Azusa Shoe Store: In a renovation that more than doubled its former size, Azusa reopened in downtown Calistoga with a vast selection of fun and functional footwear. With the renovation, the introduction of a line of men’s footwear is on the shelves, crafted from European styles. Personal service includes recommendations for foot problems that may include plantar fasciitis, shin splints and more.
Bella Bakery is a family-owned coffee shop that has had an extensive makeover with new display cases, flooring and menu boards showcasing added seasonal soups and more. Bella Bakery offers local-roasted coffee selections, teas, and is also a full-service bakery with a large selection of house-made pastries, custom cakes, panini’s and pizzas, the latter offered on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Romeo Vineyards is a pet-friendly tasting room located in downtown Calistoga. Guests may now enjoy pizzas with wines by the glass or bottle in a storybook garden setting under a canopy of redwoods. The pizzas are made in a brick oven and available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Artisanal cheese plates may be paired with a wine tasting for an additional $20. Tastings start at $20 for current release, and $30 for the library tasting.
Solbar: Massimo Falsini has been named Executive Chef at Solage, an award-winning and Forbes Five-Star rated Auberge Resort in Napa Valley. An acclaimed culinary professional with more than 25 years of international experience, Falsini will oversee all culinary operations including the Michelin Star-rated Solbar restaurant.
Falsini, who earned a Star on the Michelin Guide at Harry’s Bar in Rome, joins Solage after a distinguished, international culinary career that started in Italy where his roots trace back to generations of Italian charcuterie artisans, and continued in Europe, North America and the Middle East. Over the years, Falsini has developed a reputation for using the flavors of the destination, while respecting traditional techniques.
Likening Napa Valley’s abundance of fresh produce to that of southern Tuscany, Falsini offers dishes bountiful with locally sourced ingredients that celebrate the spirit of region.
Chef Massimo’s new menu will include seasonal dishes such as Fava Agnolotti – Puréed fava bean leaves, Crisped Mc Farland Spring Trout, Chilled Minted Sweet Pea Soup and Pan roasted Tolenas Quail.
“I am honored to join Solage, with its exceptional staff and longstanding reputation as one of the very best restaurants in the region,” said Falsini. “I look forward to offering guests sophisticated dishes with favorite childhood flavors in a destination where the food culture respects local produce, farmers and ranchers.”
Prior to joining Solage, Falsini served as Executive Chef at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on the Big Island of Hawaii, where he led the culinary operations for seven restaurants. While in Hawaii, he launched the Hualalai Food & Wine Festival “Chef-Fest” that brought the resort onto the national culinary scene. He previously held executive chef positions at Waldorf Astoria Orlando in Florida, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates and La Plage Resort in Taormina, Italy.