Welcome to Calistoga
Quaint wellness retreat suffused with easygoing vibes
Tucked on the northern fringes of the Napa Valley, Calistoga is famed for its geothermal hot spring pools, world-class wines, and excellent climate. The town’s mineral-rich waters have made it a choice destination for restorative getaways, world-class spas, and resorts serving year-round visitors who flock to the town. A welcoming respite from the buzz of neighboring Napa Valley communities, Calistoga maintains a rustic yet refined character, surrounded by lush vineyards and elegant architecture. Its compact layout ensures walkability around town, and friendly locals nourish its community-oriented spirit. With a mix of hillside estates and gated ranches featuring outdoor terraces overlooking the valley floor, Calistoga offers a little bit of everything.
What to Love
- Small town neighborly atmosphere
- Ultimate resort-style living
- Refreshing hot spring pools
In Calistoga, everybody tends to be friendly while also knowing each other—once you step foot in town, you feel welcomed almost immediately. This is why many have chosen to remain residents after their first visit. It’s very quiet and safe here, your window displaying unobstructed natural vistas. Yet whenever there's a need to grab something at a shop or savor a quick meal, Lincoln Avenue will be just a hop away, buzzing with great shops, fantastic eateries, and public art.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Hit the road for some retail therapy in downtown Calistoga, which teems with pottery shops, vintage furniture, trendy boutiques, and popular restaurants.Start a little culinary adventure at the upscale Sam’s Social Club, which offers a menu of New American fare from deviled eggs and steak fries. The elegant yet hearty servings will fill you with bliss.
You may have heard of Solbar at least once. No problem if you haven’t — just be sure to experience it for yourself! A Michelin-starred restaurant tucked into the stunning Solage Resort and Spa, Solbar is Wine Country personified! Its stylish setup and outdoor poolside seating make it a remarkable destination for a feast. Order the house-smoked salmon lox or grilled octopus and beef tartare to be transported to cloud nine!
Things to Do
Yes, soaking in a hot spring should top your list of must-try activities, but Calistoga’s got a wealth of other things to do too.
Meander through majestic fossils of redwood trees buried in lava over three million years ago at the Petrified Forest or witness a fantastic eruption of water into the air at Old Faithful Geyser a few minutes outside town. This famed spring offers great spots for picnics complete with bocce courts and cabanas as well as an impeccable garden and animal farm.
Add a visit to Chateau Montelena to your list for a memorable trek through a 19th-century stone castle shrouded in landscaped gardens and vineyards.
And don’t forget the very thing Calistoga is famous for — mud baths! Come take a dip in Dr. Wilkinson’s famous mud bath, located in a cozy 1952-era spa hotel offering outdoor pools, renovated guest rooms, and a hot tub.
Calistoga is served by the Calistoga Joint Unified School District, home to high-performing schools. Some of the area’s prestigious academic institutions include: