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When you visit Calistoga you experience a taste of “small-town” America. Calistoga is a quaint and charming town nestled between rolling vineyards and picturesque mountains. But, don’t let the small-town ambience fool you. Calistoga boasts world-class wineries, award-winning restaurants, famed galleries and unique shops. Renowned as the “hot springs of the west” Calistoga is also home to a myriad of spas and resorts that offer a full range of services including mineral baths, mud baths. They are sure to help you de-stress and sink into deep relaxation. 

Napa Valley is world famous for its spectacular wines, and rightly so. But there are many other activities available to make your visit even more memorable. The Valley has numerous outdoors activities from hiking and horseback riding to river canoeing and soaring in gliders. There are several museums on local history and performing arts centers featuring local company productions. 

Listed on the site are only some of my personal favorites and others that I thought should be shared. Of course there are many more excellent options available and I look forward to experiencing them in the future.
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Calistoga’s natural hot springs have spawned numerous resorts, day-spas and massage treatments. Each offers a unique menu of services and ambiance. Since there are so many excellent choices, listed here are just a few of my personal favorites.

A Healing Place
1227 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga 707.942.4325
advanced massage therapy; hot stone massage

Harbin Hot Springs
Massage & Watsu at a clothing optional resort North of Calistoga in Middletown 707.987.0422

Indian Springs Spa
1712 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga  707.942.4913

Mount View Spa 
1457 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga  800.816.6877

Spa Solage at Solage resort 
755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga, CA 94515

Calistoga Fit

Calistoga Pilates

Fitness First
1330 Gerard ST Calistoga, CA 94515 707.942.5275
classes offered daily
Health Spa Napa Valley
1030 Main St, St Helena, CA 94515 707.967.8800
fully equipped fitness center; day passes available


Napa Valley has evolved into a world-renowned food haven with a diverse offering of cuisine styles. There are so many incredible restaurants in the valley it can be difficult to choose. Dining options in Napa Valley are abundant. Listed here some favorites based on personal experience and customer feedback.

All Seasons  California style cuisine; excellent wine list. 707.942.9111
Calistoga Inn & Brewery  California cuisine, outdoor seating.  707.942.4101
Checkers  Pizza, Pasta, Salads.  707.942-9300
Evangeline  French Creole cuisine 707.341.3131
Lovina (formerly Calistoga Kitchen) Downtown setting with great food 707.942.6500
Sam’s Social Club Rustic American dishes 707.942.4969
Solbar  Full service bar and restaurant at the Solage Resort. Features bistro fare with healthful, seasonal cuisine as well as rich, comfort food 707.226.0850
Veraison  French inspired farm to table bistro  707.942.5938

Archetype  seasonally inspired American menu 707.968.9200

Cook  Italian cuisine, casual setting  707.963.7088

Goose and Gander rustic American food 707.967.8779

Market  Upgraded home-style cuisine.  707.963.3799

Meadowood (Restaurant)  Awarded 2 Michelin stars, excellent prix fixe  707.963.3646

Wine Spectator at CIA  California style cuisine.  707.967.1010

Ad Hoc, Yountville. Thomas Kellar’s casual restaurant, prix fixe menu   707.944.2487

Auberge du Soleil , Rutherford. California cuisine, French influence.   707.963.1211

Bistro Jeanty, Yountville.   French country cuisine.  707.944.0103

Bistro Don Giovanni, Napa.  Italian.  707.224.3300

Bottega, Yountville.   Michael Chiarello, Italian   707.945.1050

Bouchon, Yountville.   French Bistro.   707.944.8037

Brix, Yountville.  California with Asian influence.  707.944.2749

French Laundry, Yountville.   An incredible dining experience but reservations are very difficult to obtain.   707.944.2380

La Toque, Napa.   Prix Fixe menu; rave reviews.  707.963.9770

Morimoto’s, Napa.   Iron Chef Morimoto, Japanese  707.252.1600

Mustard’s Kitchen, Yountville. American grill cuisine, latin influence.   707.944.2424

Oenotri, Napa. Italian cuisine   707.252-1022


Today Napa Valley has more than 200 wineries ranging from small, boutique wineries producing a few hundred cases a year to large-scale production wineries. Many of the original founding wineries such as Charles Krug, Beringer and Heitz are still in operation today. This list by no means represents all of the great wineries in the valley. Some of the best finds are the small, waiting to be discovered wineries. So be adventurous and make some new discoveries of your own as you experience the Legendary Napa Valley.

August Briggs – tasting room Lincoln Ave 707.942.4912
Bennett Lane Winery – boutique winery; premium wines  707.942.6684
Chateau Montelena – great grounds  707.942.5105
Clos Pegase – excellent art displays  707.942.4981
Cuvaison – picnic grounds  707.942.6266
Reverie Winery – red Bordeaux varietals  707.942.6800
Schramsberg – beautiful grounds, by appt.; champagne  707.942.2414
Sterling – tram ride  707.942.3344
Summers – interesting varietal Charbono  707.942.5508
Vermeil Wines – tasting room Lincoln Ave 877.668.4334

Vincent Arroyo – barrel tasting; olive oil  707.942.6995
Zahtila– known for Zinfandels  707.942.9251

Cakebread Cellars – Hwy 29  707.963.5222
Groth – Oakville Cross Rd  707.944.0290
Miner Family – Silverado Trail  707.944.9500
Plumpjack – Oakville Cross Rd  707.945.1220
Robert Mondavi – Hwy 29 – daily tours  707.963.9611
Robert Sinskey – Silverado Trail  707.944.9090
Silver Oak – Oakville Cross Rd  707.944.8808
Swanson Vineyards – Manley Ln 707.754.4018 (salon tasting by appt)

Del Dotto – Atlas Peak Rd  707.255.5087
Hess Collection – Redwood Rd (art)  707.522.1144
Jarvis – Monticello Rd (incredible caves)  707.255.5280
Silverado – Silverado Trail (beautiful tasting room; great views) 707.257.1770

Beringer – Hwy 29 – historic winery with daily tours  707.963.7115
Duckhorn – Lodi Ln / Silverado Trail  707.963.7108
Charles Krug – Hwy 29 – historic winery  707.963.5057
Joseph Phelps – Taplin Rd (off Silverado Trail) (by appt only)  707.963.2745
Merryvale – Hwy 29 component tasting seminars on weekends  707.963.7777
Pride Mountain Vineyards – Spring Mtn. Rd.   707.963.4949
Rombauer – Silverado Trail (great Zinfandel and Chardonnay)  707.963.5170
Schweiger Vineyards & Winery – Spring Mtn. Rd.  707.963.4882
St. Supery – self guided wine discovery center.  707.963.4507

Artisan Wine Tours – 707.235.9050 Lin Durling

            Private town car up to 6 people; hourly rate no added surcharge
Beau Wine Tours – 707.938.8001
1)      private cars available, pick up at B&B
2)      join group tour, pick up at B&B – $99 per person, incl lunch; tax/gratuity extra
California Wine Tours –  800.294.6386
            Private town cars; pick up at B&B – $60/hr plus 8.5% lic fee and 18% gratuity
                        4 hrs – $333.60 total
                        6 hrs $485 total
Destiny Wine Tours – 707.254.0442
            8 passenger stretch limo – $75 / hr (3 hr min) plus gratuity
PLEASE NOTE – pricing is subject to change. Contact tour operators for current prices / offerings

Other Activities Near Calistoga

Take time while you are in the valley to experience some of the many other activities offered. Shopping includes everything from premium outlet stores to antique shops and boutiques. There are local performing art centers, world famous art galleries and a number of museums on local history. For outdoor activities you can choose from ballooning and soaring for an airborne experience or hiking on local trails or canoeing for something more grounded. Enjoy Farmers’ Market year-round in Calistoga and late spring to fall in other nearby towns.

Calistoga Pottery – Beautiful hand-thrown pottery Foothill Blvd  707.942.0216

Casa Design – unique home décor Lincoln Ave  707.942.2228

Calistoga Wine Stop – great collection of hard to find valley wines Lincoln Ave  707.942.5556

Chateau St. Shirts – casual wear, swim wear  Lincoln Ave 707.942.5039

Zenobia – unique gifts, clothing Lincoln Ave  707.942.1050

Ca’Toga– Cedar St., Calistoga  707.942.3900

Culinary Institute of America Hwy 29, St. Helena culinary store; ‘flavor bar tastings’ daily; weekend cooking demonstrations  707-967-2320

di Rosa Art and Nature Preserve Hwy 121  707.256.5991

Jessel Gallery Atlas Peak Rd., Napa  707.257.2350

Lee Youngman Lincoln Ave., Calistoga  707.942.0585

Napa Valley Museum Presidents Circle Yountville  707.944.0500

Oxbow Public Market – First St., Napa  707.259.1600

Sharpsteen Museum Washington St., Calistoga  707.942.5911

Bicycling – Getaway Adventures, Calistoga.   800.499.2453

Calistoga Balloons  707.942.5758

Crazy Creek Soaring – Middletown  707.942.987.9112

Farmers’ Markets

  • Calistoga – Saturday mornings – year round
  • Napa – Tuesday mornings
  • St Helena – Friday mornings

Geyser – Old Faithful Geyser 1299 Tubbs Lane., Calistoga


  • Bothe-Napa Valley State Park  707.942.4575
  • Robert Louis Stevenson State Park  707.942.4575
  • Armstrong Redwoods State Park – Guernville 707.869.2015

Horseback Riding

  • Mayacamas Ranch Mountain Home Ranch Rd., Calistoga  707.942.5127
  • Triple Creek Horse Outfit at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park  707.933.6000
Water Sports
Napa River History Tour & Kayak Rental  707.227.7364

Kayak Napa Valley – Paddle boards, kayaks  707.581.8585

Burke’s Canoe Trips – canoe and kayaks on Russian River 707.887.1222

Russian River Adventures – self-guided rafting on through vineyards and redwoods  800.280.7627

Bale Grist Mill 3369 St Helena Hwy., St. Helena  10 minutes south of Calistoga: Step back in time and see a waterwheel powered millstone that still grinds grains and produces a variety of flours and cornmeal

Petrified Forest 4100 Petrified Forest Rd., Calistoga

Safari West Wildlife Preserve 3115 Porter Creek Rd., Santa Rosa 707.579-2551