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
We came up for a romantic getaway from San Francisco and boy were we not disappointed. The grounds were peaceful. The spa was an oasis. The food was excellent. We don’t eat gluten or dairy and they made us special gluten free vegan pancakes that were the best I’ve ever tasted. This place isn’t cheap, but it’s worth the price of admission
The property is a Mecca for destination weddings. Lovely to witness the joy, not so enjoyable to be subjected to the party associated noise. When we checked in we specifically asked not to be placed in a room next to the wedding party. The front desk check assured us and then very confidently handed us keys. Arrived at the room to see it was next door to the primary party room where guests were drinking, music smoking on the deck. Pretty to watch, not to listen. We called expressed our disatisfaction and a cart arrived to move our room. The busboy apologized and drove us to a room right next to the front desk and pool complex. He again was apologetic and just laughed. Didn't bother to stop, just drove us back to the front desk. After meeting a manager and wasting over an hour we were moved to another room. No question, the front desk would not or could not be bothered to make even a minimal attempt to honor our requests. I received a survey request from the property and I took time to document our experience. Several days later I received a one sentence response from a manager that said they appreciated the feedback. Gave then the opportunity to celebrate their success, work on shortcomings. Talk about tone deaf and again, just couldn't be bothered to acknowledge our complaints. I dropped the manager a response and rather than acknowledge problems he confirmed the response was not automated. He would call to discuss. I sent another response, it was never acknowledged. Consistency, they could not be bothered. Go elsewhere at $1400.00 per night.
Calistoga Ranch is top notch. The property is beautiful, quiet, and its layout offers privacy to guests. Perfect place to stay for couples and families traveling to Napa area who want to enjoy down time as part of their experience. Every member of the staff was friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. It’s like being at a beautiful private club. The staff are clearly trained very well. Close to many great wineries in Calistoga and not far from Yountville. I would highly recommend to anyone considering a laid back trip to the area.