7 Things to Do in Calistoga in Napa Valley
Calistoga, Napa’s hidden gem, is an amazing getaway destination to visit all year round. In the quaint town of Calistoga, you will experience picturesque views of lush vineyards, be surrounded by rolling hills, and enjoy geothermic hot springs with a variety of luxury spa treatments. For this reason, it is well known as being a sought out wine and wellness destination getaway. Calistoga is also an amazing destination for outdoor enthusiasts and food connoisseurs alike!
Calistoga is located at the north end of Napa Valley and is about 26 miles from the town of Napa and approximately 70 miles from San Francisco. You will have several options when flying to get to this area. One option is landing at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and another option is the Oakland International Airport (OAK). However, the shortest and most convenient drive is from the Sonoma County Airport (STS), a wonderful regional airport serviced by Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, and Avelo. If you are flying with Alaska Airlines, look into Wine Flies Free to take up to a case of your favorite wines with you back home with you.
There are more reasons that we can count to visit the charming town of Calistoga, although here are our top 7 reasons to visit Calistoga in Napa Valley.
1.) Wine Tasting in Calistoga
Calistoga has the perfect climate to produce world renowned wines and has many of the best wineries in Napa Valley. Visiting Calistoga wineries is a must when in the area. If you are interested in a Calistoga wine tour that is custom-tailored to meet your wine preferences and the experiences you are looking to have, book with us at Windsor Wine Tours.
There are so many amazing Calistoga wineries to choose from. Whether you are looking for more well-known wineries with exceptional views, Napa Green Certified wineries to support sustainable wine practices, or you are looking for family-owned wineries with exceptional wines and a more intimate experience, Calistoga really has it all! If you are looking for hidden gems that are off the beaten path that you might not find on your own, reach out to us to help you have an amazing wine tour in Calistoga.
2.) Geothermic Getaways
If there is anything better than tasting the world-class wines of Calistoga, it’s when wine is paired with wellness.
In Calistoga, you will choose your own spa indulgence and wellness experience. Whether you choose to soak in a mud bath and experience the detoxifying qualities of them or float in steaming pools of mineral-infused water and have all your worries float away, you will have plenty of options on the spa menu to choose from for a spa experience that is truly tailored to you. You can choose to indulge in rejuvenating massages and enjoy a facial to pamper yourself or find peace in meditation sessions.
Whichever spa treatment you choose, the ancient geothermal waters of Calistoga will soothe your soul and leave you with a feeling of tranquility and relaxation. For this reason, Calistoga is an amazing destination getaway to experience ultimate relaxation!
3.) Get Outside and Enjoy Amazing Views
There are plenty of parks, hiking trails, and bike trails that allow you to get outside and enjoy the breathtaking vineyard views in Calistoga. You can go hiking at Oat Hill Mine, which overlooks vineyards and rolling hills. If you do so, bring hiking shoes and water since this trail is beautiful and you take in amazing views along the way. You can also visit Old Faithful Geyser or visit the Petrified Forrest. There is a lot that you can do and enjoy on your Calistoga getaway. Another great option is going horseback riding in the Calistoga area.
4.) Savor Gourmet Food
Whether you are looking to enjoy an amazing restaurant or enjoy a wine and food pairing, if you are a food connoisseur, you will fall in love with Calistoga and Napa Valley. Calistoga offers a vibrant culinary scene that is sure to please your taste buds.
Chateau De Vie is a bed and breakfast in Calistoga and is a perfect place to stay if you are looking for a quiet retreat and romantic getaway! Chateau De Vi offers a gourmet and divine breakfast that is to die for when you wake up every morning, which you can enjoy on the patio surrounded by stunning vineyard views! You will fall in love with this Chateau that embodies charm, beauty, and elegance all in one and you will also enjoy your morning walks through the vineyards!
5.) Enjoy Festivals, Concerts, and Wine Events
Calistoga offers farm-to-table feasts, annual festivals, open-air concerts, wine events, and so much more!
In the summer, Calistoga’s Concerts in the Park are fun events to go to and sip amazing wine and listen to great music! In the fall, there is the Calistoga Harvest Festival where a 1,000-foot table sprawls out in the middle of downtown Calistoga and offers guests an unparalleled wine and culinary experience.
6.) Soar above the vineyards a hot air balloon ride
Enjoy a hot-air balloon ride and soar above it all and feel like you are floating on a cloud. This is an amazing experience with incredible views.
If this is something that you are interested in or is a bucket list item that you have been wanting to do, plan to wake up early to take in the sunset view and experience an unforgettable experience in Napa Valley.
7.) Sip and stroll in downtown Calistoga
The downtown Calistoga area is a great place to sip and shop your way through this charming town. You will find plenty of restaurants, shops, and wine tasting rooms in this area. It is a great place to explore and find hidden treasures whether you are looking to treat yourself or someone you love.
There are so many reasons that our guests seek out Calistoga as a destination location, although the reasons are truly countless. Most love that this is a place for wine lovers, food connoisseurs, wellness seekers, and nature lovers.
Due to Calistoga having multiple wedding venues, we also have guests that have landed in Calistoga that are a guest at a wedding and are looking to enjoy this beautiful and charming town for a weekend away. Whatever the reason you are visiting Calistoga, if you are looking for a wine tour on your weekend getaway, reach out to us at Windsor Wine Tours and we would love the opportunity to help you have an amazing time in Napa Valley!