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Get Spoiled in Calistoga!

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A travel journal to Calistoga by Barb B

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Quote: If you haveever been spoiled -- or never been spoiled, this is your place! Calistoga caters to the whims of tourists--Magnificent restaurants, fabulous spas, superb wineries, unbeatable year-round scenery and unbelievable culinary experiences - all less than two-hours from San Francisco. Cometo Calistoga, let us spoil you!

Get Spoiled in Calistoga!

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Calistoga  Photo, Calistoga, California
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If you have ever been spoiled -- or never been spoiled, this is your place! Calistoga caters to every whim of tourists--Magnificent restaurants, fabulous spas, superb wineries, unbeatable year-round scenery and unbelievable culinary experiences - all less than a two-hour drive from San Francisco. Come to Calistoga and let us spoil you! A mud bath is a special treat, especially if you follow it up with a massage! A hot air balloon ride over the Valley displays the Napa Valley from a new perspective. The Hurd Candle Factory displayed how lovely candles were made (complete with a display of live! bees)and a nice selection of hand-crafted items. Quick Tips: T...Read More

Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa & Resort

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Hotel | "Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa & Resort"

Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa & Resort Photo, Calistoga, California
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Calistoga is located atop an underground thermal mineral basin and is recognized as THE "spa Mecca" of the Bay Area. Spas offer a variety of treatments, messages and methods to soothe body & soul. We like the Golden Haven because it provides both day use facilities, and overnight accommodations. Calistoga was once the home of Native American Wappo Indians. As early as 1800, history records the Wappo Indians using the local mineral pools, mixing ash and mosses with the mud and retreating to sweat houses to relax. Golden Haven is located on Lake Street, just a short 3 block walk from downtown Calistoga. It has lovely landscaped gardens, a large outdoor mineral water pool, Jac...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 10, 2000

Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa & Resort
1713 Lake Street
Calistoga, California 94515
(707) 942-6793

Brix Restaurant

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Restaurant

Brix Restaurant Photo, Napa Valley, California
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Brix: the term is used to measure the sugar content of grapes to determine their sweetness. What a perfect description of my experience of the Brix restaurant located in Yountville, just a few minutes south of Calistoga! Brix is an oasis of brilliance on winter evenings with over 150,000 lights illuminating the towering trees in front. The inviting lounge shares its gigantic fireplace with a section of the dining room set with intimate tables for two. Expansive views of the Mayacamas Mountains, and the large trellised terrace beyond are viewed through the floor to ceiling windows. Art deco chandeliers, wall scones, banquette lamps and hanging glass shades in grapevi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Brix Restaurant
7377 St Helena Highway
Napa, California 94558
+1 707 944 2749

Brannan's Grill

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Restaurant | "Brannan's"

Brannan's Grill Photo, Calistoga, California
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"Everyone deserves a second chance"---That’s what mama always said, therefore, I did not write about Brannan’s restaurant in Calistoga after my first visit in January. I decided to give them a "Second chance", and returned again in May. Much to my dismay, the food, service and atmosphere had not changed a bit. Calistoga has a multitude of wonderful restaurants and a wide variety of prices. For the price you will pay at Brannan's, I think you deserve better! The restaurant opened in 1998 and as you enter you will see a wide expanse of redwood, stone and beamed interior ceilings. Although the restaurant has dining tables next to a wall of accordion type windows which look out onto Linc...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 16, 2001

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

Spa Treatments

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Attraction | "Spa Treatments-Is that Mud clean??"

Spa Treatments Photo, Calistoga, California
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Is that mud clean?? If you really want to relax and indulge yourself while visiting Calistoga, give yourself a treat at one of the spas for which the town has become so well known. Mud baths, mineral baths, massage, body scrubs, facials and mineral pools are all available. Here's how it works. The "mud" is a mixture of peat moss, clay, and hot mineral water. You shower first, then step into a large tub of warm "mud" (an attendant is at hand to help you into the tub). You relax there for about 10 - 15 minutes. Then a warm shower removes most of the "mud" and it's into a hot mineral-water whirlpool soak. An attendant will bring refreshing mineral water to drink. This...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 4, 2000

Spa Treatments
Numerous spas to choose from
Calistoga, California

On The Vine

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Attraction

On The Vine Photo, Calistoga, California
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A unique and charming shopping experience awaits in nearby St Helena at a shop known as On the Vine. Owners Margaret and Bill Wood have put together a marvelous treasure hunt of mostly one-of-a-kind merchandise. Margaret and Bill have sought out some of the most talented artisans to provide unique inspired jewelry, wearable arts and gifts created and designed around food and wine themes. Display shelves are filled with hand crafted items and there is a broad range of prices for these tempting delights. Exquisite sophisticated jewelry by designer Elisabeth Prinz is displayed next to superb wearable art works in timeless materials like linen and silk in classic cuts don...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 6, 2000

On The Vine
1234 Main Street
Calistoga, California 94574
(707) 963-2209

Culinary Institute of America

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Attraction | "Visit to the Culinary Institute of America

Culinary Institute of America Photo, Calistoga, California
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A spectacular flow of terraced herb, vegetable, and flower gardens serves as an invitation to the enticing aromas and bustling activity at the Napa Valley Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Just beyond the city of St. Helena, the CIA and the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant offer sensational views across Napa Valley’s vineyards and a special opportunity to enjoy a unique culinary experience. Our son-in-law works part-time at the CIA and as a special Christmas treat; he invited us to be his guests for a guided tour, cooking demonstration and a sampling of some of the tempting array of foods at the CIA and Greystone Restaurant. We began our visit with a tour through the historic ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 14, 2001

Culinary Institute of America
2555 Main Street
Calistoga, California 94574
(707) 967-2407

Historic Bale Grist Mill

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Attraction

Historic Bale Grist Mill Photo, Calistoga, California
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BALE GRIST MILL The historic Bale Grist Mill is located just South of Calistoga on the West Side of scenic Highway 29. The modest $2 park entry fee will take you back to a simpler time in California’s history. Long before wine was the "Agricultural King" of the Napa Valley, wheat production reigned supreme. Dr. E. T. Bale’s Grist Mill was an important element of the California scene in the mid-to-late 1800’s. This milling operation was a focal point in the settlement of the Napa Valley, whose economy during that period centered on the production of wheat and its milling into flour. Early mills, in general were mechanical marvels of their day, and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 16, 2001

Historic Bale Grist Mill
South of Calistoga
Calistoga, California

McAllister Water Gardens

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Attraction

McAllister Water Gardens Photo, Calistoga, California
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"The gentle sound of falling water transports one peacefully from the frantic pace of the workday world into a silent world of tranquility" Jack London Over a decade has now passed since Walt and Vicky McAllister opened their Water Garden Nursery in Yountville in California’s Napa Valley. Their goal was (and still is) to provide the BEST water garden nursery in the state. They are fast-becoming a renowned name on the Northern California Water Gardening Scene. Since "full sun" means something quite different in San Francisco than in California’s Inland areas (or other parts of the country) Walt and Vicky are always available for assistance and advice. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 23, 2001

McAllister Water Gardens
7420 Saint Helena Highway
Calistoga, California 94558
(707) 944-0921