Calistoga California Lodging
Surrounded by vineyards in
the magnificent wine country, Calistoga is the choice spot
in the scenic upper Napa Valley. An Americana town full
of individual spirit, and famous for its hot spring spas,
mud baths, world-class restaurants, award-winning wineries,
the Old Faithful Geyser of California and the Petrified Forest.
With many attractions and outdoor activities, Calistoga is
an idyllic getaway for San Francisco and Bay Area travelers.
The Napa Valley Fairgrounds, located in the city limits of
Calistoga, is host to the famous Calistoga Speedway, Mt.
St. Helena Golf Course, and the Napa County 4th of
Calistoga California History
Calistoga was home to an indigenous people known as the Wappo. During the Spanish colonial era of the 1700s, Calistoga and much of the Napa Valley was under the control of Mission San Francisco de Solano. Mission properties were partitioned and disposed of by the Mexican government in the 1830s and 1840s, creating huge ranchos in the Napa Valley.
The first Americans arrived in Calistoga California during the 1840s. Sam Brannan, a wealthy San Francisco businessman and newspaper publisher, was enthralled with Calistoga's hot springs and purchased over 2,000 acres to develop a spa resort reminiscent of the well-known hot springs in Saratoga, New York. Brannan's resort opened to California's rich and famous in 1862. According to legend, during the christening of the area, Brannan, who had overindulged in the evening's festivities, misspoke and instead of declaring the town the Saratoga of California he declared the new area the Calistoga of Sarafornia and so has the name stayed.
Come discover why the National Historic Trust for Historic Preservation chose Calistoga as one of only twelve cities in the United States to be designated a Distinctive Destination. Calistoga has it all . . ., water, wine, and wellness . . . and so much more.
Calistoga California Attractions
- Old Faithful Geyser of California – One
of three famous Old Faithful Geysers in the world, it
erupts every 14 to 18 minutes, shooting thousands of
gallons of water skyward. Self-guided geothermal tour
and private moonlight viewing available. Call for current
times (707) 942-6463.
- Petrified Forest – Walk among
8 million-year-old giant redwoods that turned to stone
after being uprooted and covered by volcanic eruptions
over 3 million years ago. Guided walking tours available.
- The Old Bale Mill – Built in
1846 by Dr. Edward Bale, the huge "overshot" wooden
waterwheel still grinds grain into a variety of flours
for sale at the mill. The historic mill features imported
French millstones and is fed by a redwood log flume.
Old Mill Days feature crafts, milling and games held at the Bale Grist Mill each October. For information, call (707) 963-2236.
- Bothe-Napa Valley State
Park – Forested 1,800 acres with elevations
ranging from 400 to 2,000 feet, the park features pine
and redwood groves for hiking, picnics and swimming.
Campsites with restrooms and hot showers are also available.
Located three miles south of Calistoga on Highway 29/128.
For information, call (800) 444-7275.
- Calistoga Depot – Built in 1868,
this is the second oldest train depot in California and
is listed under the National Register for Historic Buildings.
It now includes six restored railcars housing historical
exhibits and retail shops.
- Sam Brannan Resort Cottage – Built
in the 1860s, this is the only cottage still on its original
site, located at 106 Wappo Avenue. The architecture differs
from the other two cottages in Calistoga (at the Sharpsteen
Museum and on Cedar Street ) with a wrap-around porch.
- Sharpsteen Museum (Across
the street from the Roman Spa) – Named
for benefactor Ben Sharpsteen, animator, producer and
director for Walt Disney Studios for many years. The
Sharpsteen Museum houses many exhibits on the history
and people of Calistoga. The adjoining Sam Brannan Cottage
was built in 1860. Open daily. 1311 Washington Street
- Robert Louis Stevenson State
Park – This area was the inspiration for
Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Silverado Squatters," the
story of his stay in Calistoga in 1880. The trail to
the top of Mt. St. Helena provides unsurpassed views
of the Napa Valley. The park has no facilities. Located
eight miles north off Highway 29 to Lake County (707)
- Safari West – Located on 400
acres in the heart of the wine country, Safari West is
home to over 400 exotic mammals and birds. Not a zoo,
or a drive-through park, it is a wildlife preserve where
the whole family can experience some of natures most beautiful
creatures in a natural habitat. Guided tours are led by
experienced staff. Located 10 minutes outside Calistoga.
- Castella di Amorosa – A 13th century replica castle with 107 rooms on 8 levels above and below ground built in the Tuscan style. A complete working winery producing primary Italian wines. Opened in 2007 and built by winery owner Dario Sattuti, the castle took 14 years to build.
Daily tours available. 707-967-6272. [Top]
- Twin Pines Casino – Middletown – (800)
- River Rock Casino – Geyserville – (707)
- Napa Valley Brewing
Company – Calistoga – (707) 942-4101
- Calistoga Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festival – Largest
celebration in the Napa Valley featuring traditional costumes,
dancing, mariachis, delicious food, and skilled Mexican
Charros performing riding and lariat tricks. First weekend of May.
- Villa Ca'toga – The Palladian-style
home of internationally acclaimed muralist Carlo Marchiori,
opens one weekend in May for its annual tour. Tickets available
through the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce (707) 942-6333.
- Calistoga Art in the Park – Showcases
the work of area artists, including oil, pastels, ceramics,
photography, and sculpture, accompanied by live music,
food and a silent auction. Held in June of each year.
- Napa County Fair – Carnival
rides, live entertainment, arts and crafts, livestock competition,
plus fireworks and 4th of July parade.
- Christmas in Calistoga – Decorated
with banners and wreaths, the town hosts an all day food
and craft sale. After dark, the lighted Truck and Tractor
Parade begins, celebrating the agricultural heritage of
the valley. Held each year the first Saturday in December.
- Pioneer Christmas – Held at the
Old Bale Mill one weekend each December from 10:00
a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call (707) 963-2236 for information. [Top]
- Napa Valley Wine
Train – Take a trip back in time and tingle
your taste buds on this fantastic journey. Delight to
the gourmet cuisine and fine wine as you cruise on the
33 mile roundtrip journey. Special trips that include
winery tours or murder mysteries are also available.
For reservations, call (707) 253-2111.
- Calistoga Balloons, Inc. – Fly
over the beautiful Napa Valley. Let the breeze usher you
along the corridors of grapevines and between the mountains
of one of the most magnificent valleys on earth (888) 995-7700.
- Hiking, biking and horseback riding – The
Napa Valley offers many hiking opportunities, from the
demanding trails up Mt. St. Helena to easy walks in the
many parks. One of the best ways to see the wine country
is by bicycle, with many bike trails for casual biking.
Additionally, the wine country offers horseback riding.
For rentals, contact the Calistoga Bike Shop (707) 942-9687.
For trail rides, contact Napa Valley Trail Rides (707)
- Chardonnay Golf Club – Two 18
hole courses south
Napa (707) 257-8950
- Mt. St. Helena Golf Course – 9
hole course Calistoga (707) 942-9966
- Napa Municipal Golf Course – 18
hole course Napa (707) 255-4333
- Vintner's Golf Course – 9 hole
course Yountville (707) 944-1992. [Top]
- Stroll through our antique shops,
clothing boutiques, art galleries, and bookstores. It won't
take long for you to discover why the web site ILeftMyHeart.com
voted Calistoga the second best shopping experience in
the San Francisco Bay Area! [Top]
Calistoga and the surrounding Napa Valley
are home to over 100 wineries. The rich volcanic soils and
varied micro-climates of the Napa Valley have provided us
with many wonderful vineyards and wineries.
- The Calistoga Family Wineries consist
of 12 small family-owned and operated wineries in Calistoga.
The first weekend in May each year attracts hundreds of
visitors to their open house for food, wine and music.
- The Silverado Trail Wineries Association consists
of over 30 wineries located along the 26-mile stretch of
the "trail," known as the quiet eastern side
of our Napa Valley. Reach them at www.silveradotrail.com.
These wineries are within 10 minutes of Calistoga:
- Vincent Arroyo Winery (707) 942-6995
- Bennett Lane Winery (707) 942-6684
- Benessere Vineyards (707) 963-5853
- Calistoga Cellars (888) 393-9463
- Casa Nuestra Winery & Vineyards (707)
- Clos Pegase Winery (707) 942-4981
- Frank Family Vineyards (707) 942-0859
- Silver Rose Resort Winery (707) 942-9581
- Schramsberg (707) 942-4558
- Sterling Vineyards (707) 942-3344
- Summers Winery (707) 942-5508
- Twomey Cellars (800) 505-4850
- Von Strasser Winery (707) 942-0930
- Zahtila Vineyards (707) 942-9251
- Castella di Amorosa Winery (707) 967-6272 [Top]
For a complete listing of wineries with regular tours and
tastings, or those available by special appointments, contact
the Napa Valley Vintners' Association's "Winery Finder" at www.napavintners.com/wineries/wineryfinder.html