Originally inhabited by the Wappo Native American tribe, who believed in the healing power of the hot springs that defined the region, Napa Valley’s town of Calistoga has long had a magnetic pull for those seeking rest and rejuvenation. In the late 1800s, developer, entrepreneur, and Calistoga founder Samuel Brannan saw the tourism potential for these hot springs, ultimately opening the Calistoga Hot Springs Hotel on the land he purchased in the area.
In time, Calistoga became known for these natural hot springs, and a wellness destination was born, with unique therapeutic treatments to go with it, such as the famous mud bath—a now-iconic spa treatment that, according to one spa-goer, “feels like you’re simultaneously floating in mid-air while an elephant is sitting on you.” Think cozy-weighted-blanket-meets-breezy-hot-air-balloon-ride. It’s incredible.
Take a load off after your Wine Country adventures at one of these seven soothing spas in Calistoga.