Welcome to Calistoga
A hidden gem of Napa Valley offering relaxed elegance and the best in resort life
Developed by businessman Sam Brannan, Calistoga was designed as a resort spa intended to rival the prestigious Saratoga Springs in New York. Brannan declared that this new area would be the Saratoga of California. But, as the legend goes, Brannan had indulged in a bit too much of Napa’s famous wine, and the words came out as ‘Calistoga of Sarafornia.’ The name stuck, as did the spa lifestyle.
Modern-day Calistoga offers incredible spas and resorts, boutique shopping and art galleries, a luxurious vibe, and some of the most spectacular scenery in California. This friendly little town does it all with a smile.
What to Love
- Stunning views
- Premier wineries
- World-class spas
- Close-knit community
People & Lifestyle
In Calistoga, health and wellness are part of the lifestyle. Locals love to take advantage of the spa amenities, especially the coveted mud baths. The mineral-rich hot spring water combines with volcanic ash to create the centuries-old ritual people still swear by today.
With a rejuvenating resort experience at every turn, not to mention a sip of the world’s best wine, Calistoga provides a nourishing and relaxing home for those lucky enough to live here. Perhaps this is why residents of this cordial community are so warm and friendly.
Calistoga’s laid-back luxury, small-town feel, and big city vibrance will make you feel right at home.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Calistoga’s incredible scenery and climate aren’t just for show. The unique conditions here make for the prime growing of both grapes and produce. Organic farms abound, and the area’s restaurants focus on sourcing local ingredients for both dinner and drink menus.
The bold flavors and creole soul of Evangeline add spice to Calistoga’s tranquility. Locally owned and operated, this French bistro puts a jazzy spin on classics like Assiette de Fromages and Tour de Fruits de Mer, while the inventive cocktail menu showcases beer from California’s top breweries, as well as locally made liquor. The New Orleans vibe and al fresco dining make this a local favorite.
For an upscale supper club experience, Sam’s Social Club is a must-try. This beloved eatery offers New American cuisine with a Mediterranean flair. With a creative menu ranging from breakfast and brunch to dinner and lounge eats, this bright, cozy spot is perfect for a night out with friends. Grab drinks at the bar, enjoy dining by the fireplace, or take your meal out on the patio.
Whether you enjoy whipping up a gourmet meal or prefer to make reservations for dinner, the Culinary Institute of America has what you’re looking for. Catering to cooks of all kinds, the famed cooking school has courses for students of the culinary and baking arts, as well as home cooks, wine enthusiasts, and food entrepreneurs. Skip the kitchen entirely and enjoy dinner at Gatehouse Restaurant, which showcases the talents of recent graduates, or grab a coffee and treat from The Bakery Café.
For a true taste of Calistoga, look to cozy Lovina. This upscale cafe offers premium local wines, elegant American fare, and the distinction of being a top choice for hungry residents.
Things to Do
Topping the list of favorite Calistoga pastimes is, of course, relaxation, and there are plenty of places to go-to for top-notch pampering. One of the most historic is Indian Springs Calistoga. At the site of Calistoga’s original resort, this bohemian retreat offers the ultimate Calistoga spa experience. Famous for the thermal geysers and deposits of volcanic ash running through the property, the mud baths here are an absolute must-try.
Those seeking an exclusive, European vibe in the heart of wine country will adore The Francis House. This top-rated boutique hotel in downtown Calistoga offers a sauna, tennis court, breakfast made from local ingredients, and even a library. The gorgeous French Second Empire architecture has been featured in top design magazines and is truly impressive.
Taste the best of wine country at Solbar Restaurant. This breezy bistro serves elevated California cuisine made from farm-fresh ingredients alongside local wines. Sip freshly pressed pineapple juice poolside, or enjoy the patio and treat yourself to the Regiis Ova caviar.
The Calistoga lifestyle isn’t complete without its world-famous wine, and Castello di Amorosa is just the place to taste it. Known for its Italian-inspired wines, this 13th century-style winery offers tastings, castle tours, and a wine club.