At the tip of Napa Valley is where you will find Calistoga. It’s too far north to be on the tourist trail of Napa, but those who make it to this adorable tiny town are not disappointed. Self-named the "spa capital of Northern California," you will find a full menu of spas and massage parlors in Calistoga.
The natural hot springs, mud bath spas, relaxing wineries, and beautiful scenery make the perfect setting for a romantic weekend getaway. Your time in Calistoga will leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and closer to your partner.
No need for plane tickets and bag checks, hop in the car and get ready for a romantic weekend just 75 miles north of San Francisco. Highway 29 is the quickest way to Calistoga, but we suggest taking the scenic and historic Silverado Trail. This is the first road linking Napa to Calistoga and includes 30 miles of shady oaks and wineries. The tranquil route has 40 small wineries and farms, and will wow you with its incredible views of Napa Valley. There are so many places to stop along the route, no matter what choices you make, you can't go wrong.
Solage Calistoga is a chic hotel made up of 36 bungalows with private patios. This upscale accommodation rolls out the amenities. They offer a loaner Mercedes-Benz SUV, a fitness center, two pools, and private cabanas, plus a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Mount View Hotel and Spa is a boutique hotel with a modern feel. It’s location, right in the middle of Calistoga, puts you in place for the many sights and opportunities that are strollable. Mount View's beautiful backyard includes an outdoor heated pool, mineral whirlpool, cabanas, private grounds and patio that all allow you to relax in comfort and style. Plus, for a quiet night in, enjoy onsite dinning and the wine lounge.
Calistoga Ranch is nestled in a canyon on 157 acres. It is off the beaten path and the perfect place to spend an intimate weekend with your loved one. At $800 a night, it’s not the lightest on the budget, but Calistoga Ranch offers secluded nature and serenity like no other. Hike, bike, relax poolside among the forested hills and wine country.
If you opt to not eat the breakfast at your resort or B&B, head into town for brunch at Lovina. The frequently changing menu churns out classic breakfast dishes ... with a twist. Try the French toast, made with cinnamon raisin walnut bread, and finish off with a Sunday Funday: vanilla gelato with cashew brittle, salted caramel, hot fudge, and yum yum balls.
If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat in the morning, the Calistoga Roastery is your best bet. Grab a breakfast sandwich or a pizza bagel and a hot cup of coffee to go, and wander the streets of downtown with your food in hand. This spot is a favorite at least as much with locals as with travelers.
For a romantic, fine dining experience head to The Lakehouse. A four-course prix-fixed meal is $120 a person, and worth every penny. It’s a quiet and romantic setting, the perfect way to end your weekend getaway. They serve amazing farm-to-table cuisine produced with ingredients from their own garden.
Looking for a breather from the vineyards and wine tasting? Try a different spin with a Sonoma County brewery bike tour. Peddle the charming streets and rolling vineyards of Sebastopol and Santa Rosa alongside a knowledgeable guide, stopping at breweries along the way.
Take a Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour and taste regional varietals at three different wineries in Napa and Sonoma, including both big-name and family-run estates. Learn about the wine-making process during guided tours of vineyards and barrel rooms, and savor the area’s gourmet culture.
After a bike ride or morning walking the wineries, ease your tired muscles with a mud bath at Calistoga Golden Haven Hot Springs. This three-step experience will carry you from mud bath to hot mineral jacuzzi to a comforting blanket wrap. You will leave with melted muscles, detoxified skin, and refreshed for whatever comes next in your day.
Glen Ellen’s secret spot, Lake Suttonfield, is only frequented by locals since it doesn’t appear on many maps of the region. Take the main trail through Sonoma Valley Regional Park, then veer onto the East Sutton Lake Trail. This is a great spot for a picnic lunch, or some peace and quiet.
A fantastic way to view Sonoma Valley and all the hardworking hills of vines is coasting on the gentle breezes above in a hot air balloon. It's a lesser-taken path through wine country, gives you the big-picture view and you still get to enjoy the tastes and vibrations of some of the area's best wines.