What We Love
- Serene mountain vibe, just 10 minutes from downtown Calistoga
- 157 acres of land with scenic hiking and biking trails
- Spa features soaking pools, mineral baths and garden showers
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- This romantic getaway is suited for couples
- Some lodges are more private than others
- Driving isn’t allowed on the grounds, but free golf cart shuttles take guests around the property
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Though just near downtown Calistoga, this collection of cottages feels like a woodsy escape, its cedar-shingled buildings blending into its forested canyon setting. Floor-to-ceiling windows, indoor-outdoor showers and spacious decks keep the focus on nature. The look inside is more minimalist with a muted palette, clean-lined furniture and a focus on natural textures—rough hewn woods, woven seagrass, stone.
Bed and Bath
There’s a tucked away romance to the 50 private cottages, which range from 600 to a massive 2,400 square feet. All accommodations have outdoor living areas with fireplaces, the perfect spot to curl up with a glass of red as the sun sets. Oversized bathrooms have both indoor and outdoor copper showers, double vanities and botanical bath products.
The property’s main draw? The 157 rambling acres of land. An on-site trailhead connects to miles of hiking and biking paths flanked by 60-foot tall trees. The property also has a small on-site vineyard and an architecturally stunning wine cave (imagine dozens of candles, curving walls and deep red carpets) where guests can learn about winemaking. Less dramatic but equally intimate, the world-class Bathhouse Spa has soaking pools, mineral baths and garden showers; many of the treatments use local mineral water. At night dine on locavore fare at the romantic restaurant overlooking Lake Lommel.
In the Area
Avid hikers can take the hotel’s private trails to Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, where the famed author spent his honeymoon back in the late 19th century. In the nearby Diamond Mountain District, Schramsberg — one of Napa’s oldest and most revered wineries — produces sparkling wine that’s regularly served at White House events. (Tours are by appointment only.) Arrange to visit Calistoga’s Chateau Montelena, which produced one of the wines that won at the 1976 Judgment of Paris (a blind tasting) and helped put Napa on the map. Ask the concierge (well in advance) to help you make reservations at one of several Michelin-starred restaurants in Yountville: French Laundry, Bouchon or Redd.
How to Get There
I have been dreaming about this place ever since I moved to San Francisco but could not justify the cost. At my 30th birthday we decided because of work to not go back to Europe where my family is from and spend the ticket money to stay a night at Calistoga - The best decision I have made so far. It was dreamy and I highly recommend this place. If you are like me; picky! and like perfection this place goes beyond your expectations. We were treated like royals during my birthday and my husband and I will forever have this place as our special place when we want to get away for a romantic day or weekend. Try to look out for packages that include breakfast and resort credit that pretty much made our dinning free during our stay which helps when you try to justify the cost. We went in the beginning of May (perfect time to visit Napa). Thank you Calistoga for an amazing 30th birthday. We will be back soon!
We loved Calistoga Ranch, it may be the best hotel we've ever stayed in. We went with our two boys and we found that it was the perfect place for a romantic getaway. Once we put the kids to bed we were able to enjoy the outdoor fireplace and hot tub and even share wine and enjoy dessert. We loved the bathroom with the large tub and the outdoor shower.
Everything was spectacular during our stay and I would be giving them a 5 star review if they hadn't placed a random 45 dollar charge on our card with no explanation and refused to remove it when asked. The professionalism was missing in this experience and we were disappointed in how we were treated after checking out. Hopefully the manager will see this and help consumers in the future and not place charges on credit cards with no explanation and be dismissive when approached about it.
This Napa stalwart is a real gem in Napa. We only had a couple of nights here, but it should did leave us clamoring for more. We will be back. Everyone is pleasant and helpful and eager to please. Cannot ask for anything more. Nature abounds and the bespoke juices were sublime. Only had breakfast here but it was divine. Plotting our next escape.
My husband and I have been to many exotic locations around the world. We love those special little unique places that are quiet, serene and have just the right amount of rustic luxury. Here you will find beautiful landscaping mixed in around the resort with the smell of rosemary at every turn. The pool is magazine worthy and the Lakehouse restaurant sits in the most beautiful natural setting. We were pleasantly surprised at the tranquil feeling we had with Calistoga Ranch, it felt very much like some places we have stayed in Belize and Costa Rica. Our room was a hillside suite, very private with all the right amenities. The bathroom was very large with plenty of storage a big soaking tub, indoor\outdoor shower (loved that outdoor shower). We had a small patio with an outdoor fireplace which we used every night and morning of our stay. The staff go out of their way to make each guest feel special. We had breakfast every morning at the Lakehouse and enjoyed every meal. We had a meal at the bar one evening and Dillon (the bartender) made us feel like we were having a gourmet meal (which the lobster mac n cheese we had tasted very gourmet). We would also give high marks to this resort as they make huge efforts to keep the resort peaceful while still handling the logistics of running a resort. You will not be disturbed by passing vehicles or luggage carts here, only the quiet hum of a passing golf cart. We loved our stay at Calistoga and I can honestly say we are already looking forward to a return visit.
What an absolutely wonderful gem the Ranch is..
I booked 3 nights here as part of our 25th wedding anniversary celebrations and I could not have made a better choice.
From the moment we arrived, very disheveled and worn out after a 11hr flight, then 3hrs fighting the down town SF rush hour traffic, to the time we left the whole staff could not have been more helpful and pleasant!
As we had been traveling so long we opted for a simple bar meal from the Lakehouse cocktail bar.
Mine being the lobster mac and cheese, and my wife had the wagu burger. Both absolutely wonderful.
These were washed down with some expertly prepared cocktail from Dillan the barman. The man is a genius with the cocktail shaker, and could be more helpful.
We were "chauffeured" to our lodge and on arrival found a complimentary bottle of house white, and bottle of champagne. Along with a wonderful chocolate "anniversary" cake.
The next day, as part of his anniversary present to us both my brother had arranged for us to renew our vows on the lawn terrace with an officiant.
Again, more champagne and fine cheeses and crackers. The staff, and officiant were absolutely amazing and couldn't have worked harder to make the day absolutely wonderful.
In the evening we dined at the Lakehouse restaurant and had one of the 4 courses on the menu.
Our sommelier and waiter for the evening was extremely knowledgable and his wine recommendations for the course were superb.
The cabins are spotlessness clean and wonderfully maintained, with 3 different style (and budgets) to choose from.
However, no matter which level you opt for it won't be a disappointment.
My only "gripe" here though is that for the price you pay for the cabin, I would expect breakfast to be included. However this is not the case, so depending on you choice of breakfast you could be adding upwards of $50/d on breakfast.
Word of warning: as the Lakehouse (as the name suggests) is close to the lake there are a lot of mosquitos that come out a night. The Ranch does provide Deep Woods repellent though. But as long as you dont mind smelling of Deet it shouldn't be a problem.