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The City of Calistoga is located 80 miles North of San Francisco in the scenic Napa Valley. It is found at the top of the Napa Valley, at the foot of Mt. St. Helena, which rises 4,500 feet above the city.

Calistoga, population 5,000, is a popular destination for visitors to the heart of the Wine Country. Calistoga is best known for its geothermal hot springs, mineral water, and is home to California's Old Faithful Geyser. It is also the home of many wineries for wine tasting and the Napa County Fairgrounds.

Calistoga has maintained its small town atmosphere while still being able to accommodate many tourists each year.

Following are some of the dining, spa and wine tasting opportunities to choose from:


DINING IN CALISTOGA

The Napa Valley offers many world class dining experiences. We have listed a few of our personal favorites here. A good site for planning, accessing reviews and checking table availability is www.opentable.com; Search under wine country restaurants or a specific Napa Valley town.

Calistoga:

Jole. www.jolerestaurant.com
Our new favorite restaurant in town. Matt and Sonia Spector deliver on their tag line of "Farm to Table" with beautiful, tasting menu sized dishes that showcase their love of fresh, local, seasonal ingredients in combinations that will wow your taste buds. Highly recommended.

Calistoga Inn. www.calistogainn.com/restaurant.html
American comfort food and grilled classics. Outdoor dining in summer, cozy dining room in winter. Live music weekends and some weekdays in summer.

Bosko’s Trattoria. www.boskos.com
Friendly, simple, family style Italian.

Brannan’s Grill. www.brannansgrill.com
California cuisine in a great old building. Live music most weekends.

All Seasons Bistro. www.allseasonsnapavalley.net
Bistro classics and fine dining. Smaller and more intimate than Brannan’s Grill.

Bar Vino. www.bar-vino.com
Trendy wine bar with light Tuscan style fare.

Solage. www.solagecalistoga.com/dining/index.shtml
Chic casual dining at Calistoga’s new upscale spa resort.

 

St. Helena:

Farmstead. http://www.longmeadowranch.com/Farmstead-Restaurant
Seamus Feeney showcases the very best seasonal, local ingreients in great farm to table cuisine featuring Long Meadow Ranch's superb grass fed beef. .

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A local favorite. Italian comfort food in a cozy setting.

Terra. www.terrarestaurant.com
Outstanding pacific rim cuisine in a fine stone building. Perfect for a romantic dinner for two.

Tra Vigne. www.travignerestaurant.com/tv.htm
Fine Tuscan cuisine, lively atmosphere, great for groups.

Go Fish. www.gofishrestaurant.net
Everything for the sea food lover, raw bar, sushi and classic fish dishes.

Press. www.presssthelena.com
Steak, steak and steak, great quality, high price, simple preparation.

 

Rutherford:

Rutherford Grill. www.rutherfordgrill.com
Comfort food at relatively modest prices, no corkage charged so take that bottle you just bought and can’t wait to try.

Meadowood. www.meadowood.com/winecuisine/
Fine dining in the restaurant and simpler fare in the grill. Both overlook the croquet lawns and golf course.

Auberge du Soleil. www.aubergedusoleil.com/html/restaurant.shtml
Watch the sun go down over the vineyards while you dine in luxury. The perfect spot for that special romantic dinner.

 

Yountville:

French Laundry. www.frenchlaundry.com
If you love food and you can get a reservation - take it! The only restaurant we can’t even try to get you reservations for.

Redd. www.reddnapavalley.com
Approaching French Laundry standards with a hipper atmosphere and a fraction of the price. Probably the best value fine dining tasting menu in the valley.

Bouchon. www.bouchonbistro.com/
Lots of visitors choose Thomas keller's other restaurant when they find the French Laundry impossible to get into. It is very different. Service is fast and even frenetic at times. Food is French Bistro classics. It can be noisy and crowded so a good spot for a group of friends, perhaps not the best place for an intimate romantic dinner.

Ad Hoc. www.adhocrestaurant.com/
Another Thomas Keller Restaurant and well worth a try. Serves a fixed menu so, if you have strong dislikes, check what they are serving when you reserve.

Healdsburg:

Cyrus. www.cyrusrestaurant.com
Well worth the pretty drive north to Healdsburg to sample outstanding fine dining.

 


Napa Valley Wine Tours and Limousine Service
Let the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Beau Wine Tours help you plan the perfect Napa Valley wine tasting excursion. Dinner service and airport transfers also available. Reservations: (800) 387-2328

Calistoga Balloons is quite unique in the beautiful Napa Valley. Calistoga is the furthest northerly point of the valley. Quaint and more rural in nature, this region offers scenery like none other, such as majestic Mt. St. Helena, the tallest mountain in the Mayacamas Range looming to 4,600 feet, the Palisades Cliffs, California's Old Faithful geyser and the Petrified Forest.

SPAS

Calistoga was founded as the Hot Springs of the West and that tradition lives on with everything from old time mud baths to chic luxury resorts. If you are looking for a private massage treatment we can arrange one for you in our hillside gazebo. Alternatively, we can help you reserve at one of the local spas. We have listed a few of our favorite places for bath and mud treatments, here:

Lavender Hill Spa. www.lavenderhillspa.com
European style day spa offering couples bath treatments and massages.

Indian springs. www.indianspringscalistoga.com
His and hers mud baths and massages plus a great mineral spring fed pool.

Golden Haven. www.goldenhaven.com
Traditional thick Calistoga mud baths for couples.

Solage. www.solagecalistoga.com/spa/mudbar.shtml
Trendy upscale take on the Calistoga Mud tradition. Luxury treatments in a sparkling new resort.


WINERIES


How many in a day?
How many wineries to visit in a day depends on the wineries you choose and the pace you are comfortable with. For a regular tasting at a popular winery, allow about ½ to one hour, around 30 minutes more for reservations for a longer tour and tasting. Most wineries are open from around 9-10 AM until 4:30 or 5 PM. Allowing time for travel between wineries, a stop or two to appreciate the scenery and perhaps a nice lunch a fairly hectic day would be around 6-8 winery visits. A more relaxing day would be perhaps 4-6. 

Where to visit?
One of the most frequently asked questions from guests is something along the lines of “what are the must see wineries”? With over 250 wineries in the valley it’s actually a tougher question to answer than you might think. In responding, we first try to find out what people are looking for so we can base our advice on their preferences. The following recommendations are a few personal favorites grouped around some themes that guests often find useful in putting together a list of wineries to visit. If there is a category you really like then choose several from there, alternatively choose a few from each to get a flavor of the valley’s diverse wineries. Also, please remember that even living here, we don’t know every winery and that part of the fun of the valley is the element of discovery. If you see something on your travels, or read something about it on a web site or hear something from a friend - try it out, that winery may just become the one you love that becomes your personal favorite to share with a friend – and so the cycle turns…..

Planning
A great web site to explore the many wineries of the valley and plan your excursions is the Napa Valley Vintners Association at:
www.napavintners.com/home

Winery

Brief Description /Link

High End

Impressive Architecture

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Free Tasting
for Our Guests

Quintessa

Beautiful modern architecture in an idyllic setting.
www.quintessa.com

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Darioush

Ancient Persia meets Napa Valley www.darioush.com

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Cakebread

Great selection. www.cakebread.com/toc2.html

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Far Niente

Gardens, caves and classic cars.
www.farniente.com

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Rubicon Estate

Francis Ford Coppola’s high end wines at one of the valley’s oldest wineries.
www.niebaum-coppola.com

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Schramsberg

Bubbly that is good enough for Presidents. Informative and entertaining cave tour. www.schramsberg.com

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Berringer

Grand old winery and caves.
www.beringer.com

 

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Sterling

Movies under the stars in Summer. Cable car to the winery, informative tour.
www.sterlingvineyards.com

 

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Castello di Amorosa

Daryl Sattui’s incredible Tuscan castle.
http://www.castellodiamorosa.com

 

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Bennett Lane

Great value wines, discover them now before they get pricier. Maximus blend is excellent.
www.bennettlane.com

 

 

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Calistoga Cellars

Love their Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc. Walk to their new tasting room in town.
www.calistogacellars.com

 

 

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August Briggs

A true family winery and one of the friendliest we know. Try their great Charbono a very rare Calistoga find.
www.augustbriggswines.com

 

 

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Attalon

Part of a big corporate winery but has a nice welcoming atmosphere and good value wines.
www.atalon.com

 

 

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Mumm

Remember it’s “Napa Valley Sparkling Wine” NOT Champagne..but it still tastes great and is very affordable.
www.mummnapa.com

 

 

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Cosentino

Sinful Zinfandel and other huge wines.
www.cosentinowinery.com

 

 

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Vincent Arroyo

Fun, friendly wines and winery. Try the port or buy the futures.
www.vincentarroyo.com

 

 

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Sequoia Grove

Nice Cabernet Sauvignon. We love their White Burgundy style Chardonnay.
www.sequoiagrove.com

 

 

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Summers

Warm welcoming family winery with a great selection from Charbono to Muscat Canelli
www.sumwines.com

 

 

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Elizabeth Spencer

Small and friendly with some Napa classics as well as lighter “patio wines”.
www.elizabethspencerwines.com

 

 

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Miner

Great views and wines. www.minerwines.com

 

 

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Reverie

Informative and picturesque tour that takes in the winery, caves redwoods and, of course, great wines.
www.reveriewine.com

 

 

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Goosecross Cellars

Eclectic collection from good value everyday wines to special occasion extravagancies.
www.goosecross.com

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Honig

Many great wines, we especially like their late harvest sauvignon blanc.
www.honigwine.com

 

 

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Gillian & Nick Kite<, Innkeepers

Calistoga Wine Way Inn
1019 Foothill Blvd., Calistoga, CA 94515

1.800.572.0679  •   707.942.0680  •  FAX: 707.942.4657

     

 
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