Indian Springs Resort & Spa
What We Love
- Therapeutic volcanic mud baths and mineral water soaks in the calming spa
- Charming, vintage-style cottages and bungalows for private getaways
- A naturally heated Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool fed by a geyser
What To Know
- Couples looking for romance stay here; so do families with young children
- It’s not for nightlife mavens — after 10 p.m., downtown Calistoga is deserted
- Great base for exploring wine country
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
A modern take on a classic California resort, this historic property mixes Mission Revival style with mid-20th-century cottages and newly built bungalows. Spanish colonial red-tiled roofs and whitewashed adobe-esque walls hark back to California in the 1800s, when this hot springs resort was founded. Croquet wickets and bocce and shuffleboard courts on the grassy front lawn add to the yesteryear vacation atmosphere. Crackling fireplace nooks, porches set with Adirondack chairs and orange-curtained cabanas by the pool all invite lounging.
Bed and Bath
With just two dozen spacious rooms, the resort’s two-story main lodge dates from the 1930s. Rooms have been fully renovated in a crisp, contemporary style: sea green linens, tawny cloth window shades and faux animal-skin wingback chairs. Special view rooms are dashed with arty accents, a glass walk-in shower, and a private patio or porch. For a more intimate experience, retreat to one of the historic cottages (some stand-alone, some duplexes) or bungalows scattered around the gardens, where flowering fruit trees grow. Most cottages have front porches for relaxing, while inside the decor is fashionably shabby-chic and outfitted with wicker and rattan.
The resort’s centerpiece is undoubtedly its famous spa. Slip into a plush, terrycloth-lined pinstripe robe and get ready for a volcanic mud bath ritual, complete with a eucalyptus-lavender steam, followed by a stroll around the contemplative Buddha pond. Guests can swim in the natural spring–fed pools — one Olympic-size, the other reserved for adults only — until midnight daily (seasonal hours may vary). The brand new Sam’s Social Club restaurant and lounge is named for the resort’s founder, legendary San Francisco character Sam Brannan. Crafting rustic New American and Mediterranean cuisine, the lovely indoor/outdoor restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
In the Area
Guests can borrow a free bicycle or simply stroll to downtown Calistoga, a rustic Napa Valley outpost with boutique shops, creative restaurants and lively bars lined up along the main street. The town makes a convenient base for unrushed, lazy-day wine country explorations. Drive down Highway 29 to the haute food, wine and shopping villages of St. Helena and Yountville, the latter boasting revered Michelin-starred restaurants. Wind along the scenic Silverado Trail to visit some of Napa’s biggest-name wineries, such as Stags Leap, Mumm and Robert Sinskey. In downtown Napa itself, the indoor Oxbow Public Market is a not-to-be-missed taste of wine country’s revered artisanal food makers.
How to Get There
Normally a very peaceful place in line with the geology of the land. My recent trip was ruined by construction noise which made it impossible to relax by the pool or in my room. I was sadly disappointed that I was not informed ahead of time.
My husband and I have been coming to Indian Springs semi-regularly for several years. It is typically a wonderful experience -- the pool is outstanding, the rooms are updated and comfortable, the restaurant is delicious, and the staff is gracious. However, we were disappointed this year with the pool experience. At 96 degrees it simply wasn't hot enough to be truly relaxing. Worse, the pool was filled with loud children every time we went -- in the morning, in the afternoon, and at 9:00 at night. I get the resort is family friendly, and usually the children are pretty chill, but this time it felt more like a kid-filled public pool instead of a relaxing mineral spa experience.
Exceptional location! My entire family enjoyed their relaxing stay. My grandchildren enjoyed riding bikes, which were supplied, around the serene property. They also enjoyed ping pong and other outdoor games, and of course the mineral pools were fantastic!!!
The mud and massage are the best thing you can do for a tired, hurting body. The mud is hot and heavy and heats every part of your body. Then the bathtub gently brings down your temperature. Then as long as you can stand in the steam room. But the best part is the nap before going to the massage.
A beautiful place to relax for any personality. There is the amazing bath like mineral pool that you can float around in all day or switch into the adult pool to cool down. You can lounge by the pool sipping cocktails and eating delicious food. You can bike around the downtown area with the bikes they provide. Oversized lawn checkers, bocce, hammocks and badminton throughout the property for outdoor fun. Don't even get me started on the tranquil spa area where they have some of the best masseuses I have every had. Anytime I can make it up to Calistoga I stay here and I refer it to all my friends and family. Just a beautiful place to stay in Calistoga that won't break the bank but does not lack in luxury. Their customer service is also top notch in every area of their resort. Can't wait to make another excuse to stay there!