Top 10 Things to Do in Calistoga

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Calistoga is a charming historic town that has much to offer visitors from around the globe.  It is as popular a destination for those seeking an active vacation as it is for those seeking a leisurely, luxurious vacation.  Fine dining, world class wine, famous hot springs and spas as well as beautiful natural scenery and friendly locals make this a great place to visit.

1) Castello di Amorosa –  an exquisite replica of an Italian Renaissance Castle.  It is a winery that visitors can take a one hour walking tour of and taste their delicious wines.  The castle was featured in the Adam Sandler movie, “Bedtime Stories,” and some of the set remains on the property for visitors to look at.

2) Bike Tours – visit Calistoga Bike Shop to rent a bike and get a local map that highlights some popular wine tasting bike routes.  Bike to Sterling Vineyards and take a gondola ride for excellent views of the Napa Valley or visit Clos Pegase for great wine and an outdoor sculpture garden.  One of the best wineries to visit and t in Calistoga Schramsberg Vineyards.  Schramsberg is famous for its Sparkling Wines that have been served in the White House by every president since Nixon.

3) Hot Air Balloon Rides –  Wake up early and get the most magnificent view of the Napa Valley from a hot air balloon ride.  View the wineries, vineyards and local geographic features like the Palisades and the Old Faithful Geyser of Calistoga.

4) Ca’Toga – an art gallery featuring paintings by Carlo Marchiori.  Carlo’s style is that of Italian muralists with figures from Commedia dell’ Arte as well as other unique and whimsical designs.  The gallery has a fantastic mural on the barrel vaulted ceiling of the Ptolemaic Constellations.

5) Solage Calistoga – a beautiful resort located at the top of the Silverado Trail.  The restaurant on the property, Solbar, has a great atmosphere and is the perfect spot to have breakfast by the pool or sip late night cocktails while enjoying the fire lit water fountains. Solage also has a top notch spa, Spa Solage that offers mud themed cocktails and a fantastic couples mud treatment. 

6) Day Spas and Hot Springs- Calistoga has traditionally been a place that visitors have frequented because of the natural occurring mineral pools and mud baths made with local volcanic ash. Calistoga Massage Center is a nice spot to get a massage while Lavender Hill Spa offers intimate treatments for couples.  Many of the resorts including Indian Springs Resort and Spa and Calistoga Spa and Hot Springs use mineral water from the ground as the water in their relaxing mineral pools. 

7) Shopping –  Downtown Calistoga has many unique shops featuring jewelry, clothing, art, furniture and gift items.  Funke’s is a popular spot for men and women’s clothing.  Attitudes and Three Sisters are  great boutiques for ladies, while Mud Puddles is an adorable spot for kids clothing.  Casa has beautiful artwork and paintings.  Calistoga Pottery is a local pottery studio that offers many beautiful ceramic items for purchase.  Nestled among the shops are numerous wine tasting rooms and wine shops. 

8) Hiking and Swimming – Oat Hill Mine Trail is a hike up the Palisades that offers a beautiful view of Calistoga.  The town also recently built the Calistoga Community Pool which is open to visitors as well as residents in the summer months. 

9) Dining- Dining options abound in Calistoga.  Brannan’s Grill is a delicious stop for dinner and drinks that has cozy booths and a plush luxurious atmosphere.  JoLe has delicious small plates made from fresh local organic ingredients and is a foodies paradise.  Calistoga Inn is the locals favorite for night life and is also its own brewery. It is also one of the best places for outside dining.

10) Events – The Calistoga Chamber of Commerce organizes many fantastic events throughout the year.  Calistoga has 5 parades a year including the Christmas “Lighted Tractor Parade” and the 4th of July Parade.  In addition there are music festivals, film screenings, car shows, sprint car races and many other events all year round. 

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