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Calistoga Rising

This rustic charmer is an ideal Wine Country getaway.

Embrace: This welcoming B&B is one of the many great places to use as a home base during your stay in Calistoga.

Photo by Tim Carl


The Bungalows at Calistoga are three adorable cottages that were completely renovated in May 2018. Each one is flawlessly curated with details that make a stay here memorable. Embrace is a reinvented B&B with a fitting name (expect a warm welcome from owners Brent Riedberger and Chris Johansen). The wraparound porch is always occupied by new friends, gathering around an impeccable brunch-style breakfast or nightly wine and cheese. The highly anticipated Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley is accepting reservations beginning November 1, 2019. Guests will be met with the highest level of luxury and an on-site organic winery. thebungalowsatcalistoga.com, embracecalistoga.com, fourseasons.com/napavalley.


At Lovina—formerly Calistoga Kitchen—you’ll enjoy loads of patio seating, a bright interior, brunch standouts, good playlists, and excellent chicken and dumplings. Evangeline, an atmospheric downtown bistro, recently changed hands when general manager Sasan Nayeri bought the restaurant. The seafood-centric menu remains deeply satisfying, and the spot-on tarte tatin is not to be missed. It might take a minute to find Earth and Sky Chocolates, as it’s located in a railcar at the Calistoga Depot. But once you enter this bright artisan chocolate factory, the jewel-like creations will have you coming back for more. lovinacalistoga.com, evangelinenapa.com, earthandskychocolates.com.

Petrified Forest: Mix outdoor exploration with natural history while you gawk at these 3-million-year-old preserved redwoods. Photo by Sarah Stierch.


Calistoga is synonymous with spa time, due to the legendary geothermal waters. At Moonacre Spa and Baths, you can soak in the on-site mineral pools, then paint on a DIY Perfectly Muddled treatment. Napa County also has its own Palisades, a volcanic wall that offers incredible hiking and views of the valley below. The trailhead is just north of town and is a great way to shift horizons up from that wine glass to a stunning vista. Another astounding and often passed-over attraction in Calistoga is the Petrified Forest, where you can gawk at over 3-million-year-old preserved redwood trees. calistogamotorlodgeandspa.com/spa, petrifiedforest.org.

Amici Cellars: Taste impeccable reds while overlooking Napa Valley at this hilly winery. Photo courtesy of Amici Cellars.


On an eastern hillside perches Amici Cellars, which offers fine examples of heritage Cab, as well as beautiful wines from the winery’s Burgundian program. The recently launched Summer Fridays experience offers guests an insider tasting and farmers market shopping spree with proprietor John Harris. amicicellars.com.

Downtown Calistoga also presents multiple tasting opportunities. Picayune Cellars, a boutique small-lot winery owned by Claire Ducrocq Weinkauf, will blow you away with its thoughtful wines. You’ll find a party at Tank Garage Winery, a lively, high-design spot featuring blends with unique names and creative labels. Nearby is T-Vine Winery, a friendly place with a homegrown vibe and delicious Zinfandel. picayunecellars.com, tankgaragewinery.com, tvinewinery.com.


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