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
Really enjoyed our stay at Calistoga Ranch. The lodges were so luxurious and the ranch is beautiful. Having dinner looking over the lake was very romantic and the food and wine was delicious. I had a body scrub, body wrap and massage too which was amazing.
WOW.. What a spot... Incredible resort, a gem. Our "room" was outstanding-- gorgeous bathroom with iindoor and outdoor shower, wonderful bedroom, deck/patio and whole other living room with half bath and mini kitchen-- all ideal and 100% private. Spa is sublime-- highly recommend having a massage and visiting the Spa. We had a delicious breakfast served in lovely setting at the Lake House. Fantastic staff, we had an awesome visit!
Family and dog friendly, this place immerses you with nature perfectly! Our daughter loved walking through the vineyard and gardens to the chicken coop. She was able to get fresh eggs herself which was made her trip. They also have a fantastic pool with a beach entry which made it easy for our little one to feel comfortable walking in and sitting in the shallow end to escape the summer heat. We are also a family with food allergies and the restaurant staff was so accommodating. We couldn't have asked for a better stay, thank you so much to the entire team at Calistoga Ranch for a memorable vacation.
We were so excited to spend our anniversary here and splurged at $1300 a night for a long weekend in June. We knew it was a buffed up trailer park (the units still have wheels hidden behind the trellis due to previous zoning) and that it was in a back-alley valley with no views but had heard such great things about Auberge. We love the layout and the quiet grounds; the forest views are quiet and nice (but don't hold a candle to valley, lake or vineyard views available elsewhere at this price). The fireplace and private deck was a great touch although the separation of living room and bedroom was often awkward, inviting bugs in whenever you had to traverse from one section of the room to the other. The units are fairly homogeneous with a wooden deck with a fireplace that also looks into the living room with pull out couch, tv, bathroom and minibar area. The bedroom and living room are fairly tight and very dated... the drip Mr. Coffee machine (really?!?) gives it away when the rest of the luxury crowd has Nespresso machines. But it's the 1990's color scheme, dated phones, physical metal keys (who still has those relics?) TVs, safes, just about everything feels like it is in bad need of a refresh. They didn't even have an on-demand service to order a movie at night when there's nothing to do on site. We had a lot of bug issues in the unit - ants were everywhere - they'd send someone to spray but they'd find any scrap of food you'd bought an swarm over it. We were so disappointed that the ants found our treasures brought home from Bouchon Bakery!
Beyond the units the public areas are in really good shape; we found the service universally excellent (with the exception of the hapless concierge dept). Jon at the pool bar and Dillon at the lake house were consummate professionals and worth their weight in gold for any luxury resort. Same goes for Shannon in the front office. The hiking trails, bocce ball court, chicken coop w/fresh eggs, pool experience and restaurants all passed muster and we had a good time despite our griping about the overpriced unit.
Shannon at the front office actually drove to Bouchon and brought us replacement treats and also sent us some champagne for our anniversary - this is really a special place for service... taking a B location and making it into a worth retreat.... and for just relaxing with a book and a great bottle of wine. Our next stop was the new Archer hotel and for 1/3 the price we had a huge suite, Nespresso machine, clean/new finishes and fireplace with on-demand... coming off this unit we really developed an appreciation for value for money!!
Great amenities, great privacy, flawless staff support and availability.Staff made us feel welcome and comfortable. The natural surroundings and facilities were tops but I'm coming back because of the staff.