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Calistoga - Napa Valley's Comfort Zone

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An October 2006 trip to Calistoga by Sierra

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Calistoga - Napa Valley's Comfort Zone

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Overview

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Many Napa Valley daytrippers never quite make it up to Calistoga, a city of 5,300 nestled in the northern end of the valley. But that's okay - this sleepy little town is just fine the way it is.Best known for its theraputic hot springs, Calistoga was named a Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which means that it is a "unique and lovingly preserved community". Quiet tree-shaded streets lined with well-maintained Victorian architecture make up much of the town. Lincoln Avenue, the main street, even has a bit of the "Old West" feel to it with its shaded woo...Read More

Brannan's Grill

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Restaurant

Brannan's Grill Photo, Calistoga, California
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There are many more restaurants far more famous (and thus more crowded) in Napa Valley - most of them located more towards the southern end of the area. Let them stay that way - and come to Calistoga and discover the awesome dining experience known as Brannan's Grill.I first discovered Brannan's several years ago when I took my first solo trip to Calistoga to enjoy the spas. I had passed by Brannan's nouveau-rustic location on Lincoln Avenue, thought it looked interesting, and made a reservation for after my spa appointment. I could not have asked for a better ending to my day - and have made Branna...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 23, 2004

Brannan's Grill
1374 Lincoln Ave
Calistoga, California 94515
(707) 942-2233

Cafe Sarafornia

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Cafe Sarafornia Photo, Calistoga, California
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Café Sarafornia has been a local favorite for a number of years, dishing up reliable fare at a reasonable price in the heart of Calistoga. Whenever I visit wine country, I usually visit Sarafornia at least once, generally for breakfast. It's always busy, although any waits are short, and the food comes out fast and hot. It's like being in a diner, but with better decor.You can grab a seat by the front windows - these are often the most popular spots. Or you can join the various locals at the central counter. Newspapers are handy for those who need their daily reading material. Although Calistoga attracts its fair share of tourists - primarily due to its numerous spas and mud 'b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 16, 2006

Cafe Sarafornia
1413 Lincoln Ave
Calistoga, California
(707) 942-0555

Calistoga Roastery

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Restaurant

Calistoga Roastery Photo, Calistoga, California
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When Calistogans want a cup of freshly brewed coffee or a great coffeehouse to kick back and relax in, they head to Calistoga Roastery, located in the heart of town on Lincoln Avenue. This cheerful coffee house/roastery offers a wide variety of reasonably-priced coffees, teas, fruit juices and goodies to get you going any time of day.Calistoga Roasters is not only well known in their hometown, but throughout Napa Valley as well - a variety of wineries and B&Bs, as well as the prestigous Roux and Greystone restaurants, have their own house blends created here. Take home the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 5, 2007

Calistoga Roastery
1426 Lincoln Ave.
Calistoga, California
(707) 942-5757

Golden Haven front entrance Photo, Calistoga, California
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The Mayacamas Indians who lived in the Napa Valley region were the original beneficiaries of the natural hot springs in the area, then early Spanish settlers. Eventually Napa became known for its farmland, and winemakers began moving in. Sam Brannan, who had amassed his riches selling shovellers to gold prospectors, bought much of the land at the northern end of Napa Valley, intending to make the area the "Saratago Springs of California." Legend has it that one night, while a bit drunk, he was speaking of his plans and proclaimed, ""I will make this place the Calistoga of Sarafornia." Whether or not the legend is true, the name stuck, and Sam Brannan's Hot Springs Hotel, opened in 1860. Others ...Read More