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Calistoga, Calif.: Winter Hot Spot

This Napa Valley town keeps the cold at bay with steamy pools and great food and wine.

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  • wine bottles sit on bar at the tasting room of Tamber Bey in Calistoga, image
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    The Tamber Bey tasting room offers tasting packages by appointment.
  • fire pit burns in front of entrance to bathhouse at Solage spa in Calistoga, image
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    A fire welcomes guests to the Solage Calistoga bathhouse.
  • woman in a bath at Mount View Hotel & Spa in Calistoga, image
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    Mount View Hotel & Spa Napa Valley adds mineral-rich mud to its baths.
  • three women in a hot tub laugh together at Golden Haven Hot Springs in Calistoga, image
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    Calistoga’s Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa and Resort is an easy escape.

 

At the top of Napa Valley, this little town is the perfect place to beat the winter chill with rejuvenating hot springs, soothing spa treatments, warm restaurants, and friendly wineries, all set against a backdrop of grapevines and wooded mountains.

If a little relief and relaxation is all you want, Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa and Resort offers one of the best deals in town: day use of the hot mineral pool and dual Jacuzzis plus a half-hour massage, all for for $65 Monday through Thursday.

At Mount View Hotel & Spa Napa Valley, the Winter Restoration Special includes two 50 minute Be Restored Massages with one night in a Mount View Hotel Suite.

Along with its signature “mudslide”—a three-part twist on the traditional detoxifying mud bath—Solage Calistoga boasts several special body treatments. Our favorite is the 135-minute head-to-toe treatment, complete with a full-body exfoliation, scalp treatment and massage, and shea butter foot rub.

Chef Gustavo Rios puts a farm-to-table spin on California cuisine at Michelin-starred Solbar on Solage’s 22-acre property, serving standouts that include Liberty Farms duck breast with brussel sprouts and Niman Ranch lamb shoulder with broccoli rabe.

A visit to appointment-only winery Tamber Bey at Sundance Ranch, a world-class equestrian training facility, is worth the advance planning, whether you choose the tasting paired with savory cookies or opt for the walking tour, which includes a visit with the resident horses.

Photography by Chris Gramly (Solage Calistoga, Solbar), Becca Henry (Mount View Hotel & Spa Napa Valley), and courtesy of Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa and Resort, and Tamber Bey

 

This article was first published in November 2014 and updated in March 2019. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.