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Calistoga Anniversary Getaway

11 Oct 2008  Another Trip Advisor member wrote me asking for my Calistoga suggestions, since we had the same tastes in travel! Here's what I wrote
3.5 of 5 stars based on 2 votes

One night or several, Calistoga is a romantic, idyllic getaway where I return regularly. Here are my completely biased favorites!

  • 1. Indian Springs
    Indian Springs Resort and Spa, Calistoga, Napa Valley

    My favorite Calistoga getaway, hands-down. Get a mud bath if you dare for a great de-tox, and lie by the heated mineral pool for the rest of the day (free with spa services). I love the massages (60 minutes minimum, do yourself a favor!), facial, and my friend Claire loves the body wraps.

    Indian Springs is a great accommodations choice if you want to slink back to your room after your massage/mud baths, great hot-springs-heated year round pool there too.

  • 2. The Elms
    The Elms, Calistoga, Napa Valley

    I'd recommend the Elms if you want a B&B experience (although they were for sale last time I was there so check recent reviews to make sure they haven't gone downhill.) Charming rooms, great breakfasts.

  • 3. All Seasons Cafe & Wine Shop
    All Seasons Cafe & Wine Shop, Calistoga, Napa Valley

    Make dinner reservations here first, you won't be disappointed. Ask for wine suggestions from their fabulous wine list if you're intimidated (or to try something new). I've been many times and keep returning.

  • 4. Wappo Bar and Bistro

    Named for the Wappo Native American Tribe from this area, you'll find a great selection of south-western cuisine here, with a great outdoor patio to boot.

  • 5. Lavender Hill Spa
    Lavender Hill Spa, Calistoga, Napa Valley

    Lavender Hill Spa does a great couples side-by-side massage package, I haven't done it but know many who have, highly recommended for an anniversary.

  • 6. California Wine Tours
    http://www.californiawinetours.com/tour_napa_pub.html

    We've done the California Wine Tours 3 times so far, it's a great way to enjoy a day of winetasting without having to drive. They used to pick up at any area hotel but I don't see this option online... I bet wherever you book your accommodations, they will tell you a company that picks up at your place.
    We always talk the group into going to different wineries than the driver had planned...

  • 7. Mustards Grill
    Mustards Grill, Napa, Napa Valley

  • 8. Cal Mart Supermarket, Calistoga California

    Great deli at the Cal Mart market if you want to pack a picnic lunch.

  • 9. Calistoga area favorite wineries

    Some of our favorite off-the-beaten-path wineries in the area are the Frank Family Winery (try their LPR!), Raymond Winery (affordable to higher priced, great late-harvest Chardonnay) and Summers Winery overlooking Calistoga's famous Old Faithful Geyser (on the Calistoga water bottles).

    Sterling Vineyards is fun just because of the cable car gondola ride (I don't care for their wines, personally, but it's a great tour.)

    I love the sparkling wine tour at Domaine Chandon in Yountville too.

  • 10. Taylor's Refresher
    Gott's Roadside, St. Helena, Napa Valley

    worth the wait if you want a burger for lunch. No dogs allowed.

  • 11. St. Helena Shops

    A great town to window-shop. On The Vine is my favorite store in St. Helena.

  • 12. Safari West
    Safari West, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County

    My sister and I took our kids, husbands, and parents to Safari West last year, it' a fantastic safari experience if that interests you at all, without kids would be just fine too. I'm planning a sleepover party there for my 45th birthday in a few years :-)