Guide to a Weekend in Calistoga

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Travelers looking for a relaxing vacation in Napa County should pay attention to the small town of Calistoga. Visitors to Napa Valley’s most northern city can mingle with farmers, grape growers, winemakers, and locals just by walking down the street, or stopping by one of the many restaurants the town has to offer. Wine tasting and relaxing by a geothermal mineral pool are the main attractions, but Calistoga has much more to offer.

Staying in Calistoga

Calistoga hotels focus on relaxation. Many feature heated mineral pools, heated from the surrounding soil and a country vibe where guests can enjoy friendly smiles and warm greetings.

Image Source: Mount View Hotel

Mount View Hotel & Spa
1457 Lincoln Ave.
Calistoga, CA 94515
(800) 816-6877
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 268 reviews
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The Mount View Hotel is located on Calistoga’s main street and each of the winery suites has their own unique design inspired by a local winery. Insider tip: Stay in one of the Winery Artist Cottages for your own private patio, outside Jacuzzi tub, and a bottle of wine—autographed by the winemaker who inspired the room.

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Brannan Cottage Inn
109 Wappo Ave.
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-4200
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 58 reviews
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The recently renovated Brannan Cottage Inn perfectly blends history and modern amenities. The Victorian country cottages are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and come with modern amenities like espresso machines and pillow top king beds. Insider tip: While Brannan Cottage Inn is central to many shops, restaurants, and wineries, they also offer an on-demand shuttle to help guests see more of Calistoga.

Image Source: EuroSpa & Inn

EuroSpa & Inn

1202 Pine St.
Calistoga, California 94515
(707) 942-6829
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 338 reviews
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The EuroSpa & Inn is surrounded by vineyards, and a one-minute walk to downtown Calistoga. With a day spa on site, the EuroSpa & Inn is a great place to detox with a mud wrap, made with local volcanic ash and clay.

Brunch in Calistoga

Calistoga brunch is a must for visitors looking to go wine tasting in the afternoon. Many restaurants are open for brunch on both weekdays, as well as weekends.

Image Source: Yo El Ray Roasting Yelp

Yo el Rey Roasting
1217 Washington St.
Calistoga, CA 94515
Yelp: 4 stars, 108 reviews

Yo el Rey Roasting, just off the Main street, is a small coffee shop that serves organic, fair trade coffee. The walls are covered in art, supporting local small time artists. Insider tip: Order the iced vanilla cold brew coffee and enjoy people watching from the window seat.

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Cafe Sarafornia
1413 Lincoln Ave.
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-0555
Yelp: 3 stars, 320 reviews

Cafe Sarafornia on Lincoln Ave serves a traditional diner breakfast with a wine country twist of seasonal dishes such as the Brannan Benedict (two poached eggs, guacamole, bacon, and their very own red-eye sauce on English muffin). Insider tip: Past diners say the portions are big—so come hungry!

Image Source: Calistoga Kitchen and Yelp

Calistoga Kitchen
1107 Cedar St.
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-6500
Yelp: 4 stars, 103 reviews

The Calistoga Kitchen is known by locals for their Sunday brunch. The sign “Great Food” outside the small patio isn’t just good marketing, it is a promise to guests to expect good food when eating here. Insider tip: Grab the hash of the day and pair with a mimosa made with local sparkling wine producer, Schramsberg Blanc de Noir.

Lunchtime in Calistoga

If you are planning early morning or evening adventures in Calistoga, there are no shortage of places to grab a bite to eat during lunchtime.

Image Source: Solbar

755 Silverado Trail N.
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 226-0800
Yelp: 4 stars, 642 reviews

The Solbar is a Michelin star bar and restaurant that is trendy, yet approachable. Guests are treated to farm-fresh, seasonal ingredients in all areas of the meal – Order the smoky margarita and pair with fish tacos and you will get house made tortillas, fresh fish and a craft cocktail that pairs perfectly. Insider tip: Try the butter popcorn ice-cream for dessert (if available).

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Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery
1250 Lincoln Ave.
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-4101
Yelp: 3.5 stars, 361 reviews

The Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery is for travelers who are looking for a casual lunch and a place to grab a beer (refreshing after a day of wine tasting). The outdoor patio stretches along the Napa River and all the beer is made in the historic water tower. Insider tip: Guests rave about the chili parmesan bread knots.

Image Source: Same’s Social Club

Sam’s Social Club
1712 Lincoln Ave.
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-4913
Yelp: 4 stars, 91 reviews

Sam’s Social Club is a new restaurant to Calistoga scene, but quickly has become a favorite of visitors and locals. The main restaurant holds up to 90 people, and also features a ground floor brew-pub called The Cellar. Insider tip: Take a break from wine tasting to try their Reuben sandwich with house-made pastrami and a pilsner.

Dinner in Calistoga

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Bosko’s Trattoria
1364 Lincoln Ave.
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-9088
Yelp: 4 stars, 338 reviews

Bosko’s Trattoria on Calistoga’s main street serves authentic Italian comfort food. You will find favorite dishes like Minestrone soup, chicken parmesan, and the Godfather pasta—Italian sausage and vegetables in a spicy tomato sauce. Insider tip: Try a pasta dish. All pastas are handmade, with love.

Image Source: Evangeline

1226 Washington St.
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 341-3131
Yelp: 4 stars, 58 reviews

Evangeline is casual French fare with a Creole twist. Tables are mostly patio seating, so make sure to bring layers when dining here. Insider tip: If you are there on a Saturday night, get the weekly special, the buttermilk fried quail.

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Barolo Italian Kitchen and Cocktails
1457 Lincoln Ave.
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-9900
Yelp: 3.5 stars, 178 reviews

Barolo Italian Kitchen and Cocktails, serves contemporary Southern Italian cuisine with a focus on local, seasonal and organic ingredients. Insider tip: Ask the bartender to make you his favorite craft cocktail. With many seasonal ingredients at the bar, you will never get the same cocktail twice.

Wine Tasting in Calistoga

Calistoga is in Napa Valley’s northern region and home to both large and small wineries for travelers to visit. Prefer not to drive? Take the Calistoga Vine shuttle to go wine tasting.

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Dutch Henry
4300 Silverado Trail N.
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-5771
Yelp: 4 stars, 70 reviews
Reservations: Not required

Dutch Henry is a small family owned winery, known for their Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux varietals. Located along the Silverado Trail, visitors can opt to tour their organically farmed vineyards or relax outside on their picnic and bocce court. Insider tip: Bring your dog along, as long as they don’t mind being greeted by the winery’s resident dogs Mini and Seamus.

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Bennett Lane
3340 Hwy CA-128
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-6684
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 72 reviews
Reservations: Recommended

The Bennett Lane tasting room offers two tasting flights at the winery: A Signature Flight, four wines at $20 per flight and a Reserve Flight, three Reserve Cabernet Sauvignons at $45 per flight. Book your reservation ahead of time to make sure you can get a tasting. Insider Tip: This Maximus red blend is a favorite among past visitors.

Image Source: Vincent Arroyo Winery

Vincent Arroyo Winery
2361 Greenwood Ave.
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-6995
Yelp: 5 stars, 281 reviews
Reservations: Required

Vincent Arroyo Winery is a comfortable atmosphere inside a big barn full of oak wine barrels. All wines, including Chardonnay, Cabernet, Petite Sirah, Merlot, and Sangiovese are grown on their estate vineyards. Insider tip: If the owner/winemaker is there, make sure to say hello because he loves signing wine bottles for travelers.

Adventures in Calistoga

There is much more to Calistoga than wine tasting. Travelers from all over the world visit here to experience the mineral pools, the Old Faithful Geyser of California, hot air balloon rides and shopping.

A favorite way to truly experience the Napa Valley is to view it from above. Calistoga Balloons takes visitors 2,000 feet above the vineyards in Calistoga in colorful hot air balloon rides, and is a great experience for any bucket list.

The Old Faithful Geyser of California is just north of downtown Calistoga. Get up close and personal as the geyser erupts every 20 to 30 minutes.

During the week, travelers can get guest passes at the Calistoga Spa to experience their geothermal mineral pools. Passes are available on a first come, first served basis, so get their early (doors open at 10 a.m. for day use, 7 p.m. for night use), or call ahead.

Downtown Calistoga has many local shops with unique gifts. Walk along the main street (Lincoln Ave) and experience shops owned by locals; including Ca’Toga Galleria D’Arte, Calistoga Country Antiques, or Copperfield’s Books.