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
A perfect blend of classic California history and modern style. Service is great, rooms are well-appointed and the pools are amazing. The little touches, like on-site bikes, make it all the more special. Don't leave without dining at Sam's!
Excellent place to stay in Calistoga. Everything was perfect...the room, the pool, the dining. The only negative is I am trying to have an erroneous charge on my credit card reversed/corrected and this has not been an easy process. I am still waiting for this to happen.
Wonderful escape to the quiet and serene Calistoga. Great dinner, morning bike ride, genuine hotel team interactions and of course the incredible pool. Even had a chance to cross paths with the young but impressive GM Chris Costas!