They say that Calistoga sits atop the Napa Valley like the cork in a bottle of wine, and while it may seem a bit off the beaten path for some, others find the retro unspoiled charm of this historic hot springs oasis to be well worth the drive.
Known for the healing (and beautifying) powers of its mud and mineral water, the bustling little town of Calistoga draws visitors with its promising of rejuvenation and relaxation. It's a popular spa destination for San Franciscan urbanites eager in indulge in mud baths, hot steam treatments, herbal body wraps and mineral spas. Lincoln Avenue Spa
, The Bathhouse at Calistoga Spa
and Mountain View Spa
are among the primo pampering spots.
Don't forget a visit to Calistoga's Old Faithful
. Just as reliable as that other, more famous geyser, Calistoga's 60ft high blast happens in proximity of a herd of 'fainting goats.' Kid you not.
Calistoga's designation as a unique appellation is currently pending. East of Calistoga is the Diamond Mountain District AVA, a rocky 5000 acres in the Mayacamas. The high elevation and porous volcanic soils lend to Cabernet Sauvignons with rich, powerful fruit and hard tannins. Seriously world class wineries such as Chateau Montelena
make this a region not to be missed.