Napa Valley Journals

Rub Down and Vino! Napa Valley Escape

A December 2005 trip to Napa Valley by bjoelle@msn.com

Golden Haven Hot Springs Photo, Napa Valley, California More Photos
Quote: One weekend, three best friends from high school reunited and spent the weekend enjoying the best of Napa Valley: wine tasting and spa treatments!

Golden Haven Hot Springs

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Hotel

Golden Haven Hot Springs Photo, Napa Valley, California
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Located in the pretty town of Calistoga, The Golden Haven Hot Springs, Spa and Inn is a nice place to relax and be pampered. We stayed here because of a package deal that included spa treatments at The Golden Haven the next day. The Inn offers comfortable rooms at a decent rate for the area. Our two-bedroom suite, called the Superior Room, cost $189 for three people and had both king-size and queen-size beds in separate rooms. The main room, with a vaulted ceiling, was tastefully furnished with the king-size bed, table and chairs, a good-size television, and a kitchenette including a microwave, mini fridge, cabinets and coffeemaker, and free bottled water. Two floral-stained glass windows were focal p...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 26, 2006

Golden Haven Hot Springs
1713 Lake St.
Napa Valley, California 94515
(707) 942-8000

Model Bakery

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Restaurant | "The Model Bakery"

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What first stands out when you walk up to The Model Bakery in mid-December is the positively huge gingerbread house in the window! Inside, more delights await.On a rainy day and in between wineries, we settled right in to enjoy lunch in the busy but relaxing bakery. I grabbed an already-made chicken salad sandwich on fresh seeded bread ($6.50). The chicken salad was perfection, made with lots of tarragon, celery, and just enough mayo to keep the whole mix together. Lots of other sandwiches were available to order, including grilled paninis, one of which was Asiago pear and brie cheese (yumm!). My friends shared the tomato-vegetable soup of the day and the homemade macaroni & chees...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 26, 2006

Model Bakery
1357 Main St., St. Helena
Napa Valley, California 94574
(707) 963-8192

Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery

Restaurant | "Calistoga Roastery"

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This local coffee stop is cute, cute, cute! Lots of fun art and quirky gifts line the walls, and there are plenty of tables and comfy chairs. There's nothing better than sipping a hot beverage with friends all nestled into an old-fashioned booth. Most coffee joints don't strike me as particularly memorable, but this is a place with style and uniqueness.

As for the drinks themselves (and why this review is sooo short), I sipped a delicious hot tea, as did my friend. And well, if they mess up steeping a tea bag, then they might as well close shop and go home. Definitely grab one of their sinful and flaky chocolate croissants!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 26, 2006

Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery
1250 Lincoln Ave
Calistoga, California 94515
+1 707 942 4101

Brannan's Grill

Restaurant

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After a long day of wine tasting, a good dinner is in order. Our friend recommended we eat at Brannan's Grill, a classy restaurant on the main street of Calistoga. It easily stands out on the street as one of the nicer buildings, and inside is just as lovely. The lighting is low, the staff are quiet and polite, and the smell of good food lingers from the kitchen. I dined on the forever roasted pork ($19), served with russet mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts, all drizzled in a light citrus sauce. I started with a generous bowl of seasonal butternut squash soup ($7), garnished with fresh cream and cinnamon. All three of us ordered and shared the seared gnocchi starter with mushrooms ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 3, 2006

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

Peju Province Winery

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Attraction

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My friend, who works in the wine industry and was our guide around the valley all day, chirped happily as we approached Peju (www.peju.com). "We have to go to Peju! It's so creepy! You'll love it." Not sure what she meant, we pulled into the gravel driveway and laid our eyes on the spooky castle-like building that is Peju. The gardens surrounding the winery are dotted with strange statues and funky metal archways. A quasi-moat surrounded the main building and a wooden drawbridge led to the front doors. Creepy indeed, but intriguing.Inside, we were greeted by a massive wall of stained glass, rich dark-wood bars, and shelves of winery merchandise, including artsy decanters and rows of s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 26, 2006

Peju Province Winery
8466 Saint Helena Highway
Rutherford, Napa Valley, California 94573
(707) 963-3600