Calistoga, California, United States of America
Calistoga Ranch is a chic retreat in the Napa Valley, with just 48 cedar lodges with outdoor living spaces nestled in the forest, this cool and casual resort is on the doorstep of Napa's world class wineries.
At a Glance
Ideal for honeymooners looking to hideaway or families looking for privacy
Half of these stunning forest lodges have secluded hot tubs on the deck
Imaginative and unique indoor and outdoor living
Ideal location for exploring Calistoga's finest wineries
Lodge decks, the spa and the restaurant all feature outdoor fireplaces for cosy al fresco evenings
Mini bar stocked with complimentary drinks and snacks
Set within a vast 157-acre estate, Calistoga offers a delightfully peaceful retreat with gorgeous lodges with plenty of space, built from cedar and stone and blending harmoniously into the natural forest setting. All have the romantic outdoor showers that capture the essence of Calistoga's indoor and outdoor living and many of the lodges are built around trees growing up through the decking that give them a fun tree house feel.
You can access your lodge via a fleet of golf buggies or simply walk on peaceful woodland trails. There are four categories: The Deluxe Lodge offering a main bedroom with an outdoor living area, complete with a fireplace for the colder evenings. The One-Bedroom Suite has a bedroom separated from the lounge area and connected by a deck, which then opens out to an outdoor living area complete with a two-way fireplace that heats both the living area and the outdoor area. There is a Two-Bedroom option that is ideal for families, and comes with ample room for entertainment. The top suite, the Estate Lodge, offers two bedrooms and our favorite bit, the outdoor hot tub!
Given its location, Calistoga has one of the best wine lists we have come across, complementing a superb Californian menu. The main restaurant overlooks the lake and it makes for a magical culinary experience. There is a gorgeous main pool, set against the backdrop of the vineyard and the Mayacama Mountains beyond. The Spa is simply superb.
To work off all the indulgences you may have succumbed to during your stay, you can head out on the hiking trails, before re-succumbing to the many vineyards on offer as you drive through the stunning countryside of Napa Valley.
Calistoga Ranch features 50 free-standing wooden guest lodges with modern interiors and luxury amenities. Each lodge has a fireplace, original artwork, Italian linens, down duvets and signature product which guests have to option to use in their private outdoor shower garden. Each lodge has both indoor and outdoor living space featuring cosy fireplaces, plush robes, mini-bar and in-room safe, ipod docking stations and complimentary wireless internet.
|Hillside Deluxe Lodges||
The Deluxe Lodges are set amongst the treetops in the upper part of the resort providing expansive views and secluded accommodation. The master bedroom can be either a king size bed or twin beds. The Lodges also features a spacious bath, outdoor living area and fireplace, entertainment center, double vanity and standard private outdoor shower garden.
|Bay Forest Lodge With Spa||
These lodges have all the space and indulgence of the Bay Forest Lodges (1,200 square feet, master bedroom with king-size bed, entertainment center, oversized bath, walk-in closet, pull-out sofa in living room, outdoor living area with fireplace and outdoor shower) with the addition of a hot tub on the deck for your exclusive use.
Children are best accommodated in the One Bedroom Suite where you can sleep two adults and two children under 18. The Two Bedroom Suite can sleep 4 adults and 2 children, as does the Estate Lodge.
There are some children's activities arranged in the summer including painting lessons outside in the vineyards, tours of the chicken coup and the bee hives as well as bracelet beading and arts and crafts sessions. There is also a new pool designated for children's play.
Calistoga's restaurant, The Lakehouse overlooks Lake Lommel and is a beautifully romantic setting for a drink and a few casual bites or a delectable dinner feast. You can also enjoy the same fantastic food by the heated pool or a drink in the dining Lounge - perfect opportunity to try one of the region's local wines.
Calistoga boasts a sundecks, fitness facility, Bocce ball courts, private wine cave with seminars and classes and The Spa for signature Napa treatments and classes.
Calistoga Ranch and the surrounding Napa wine country offers plenty of activities to do for every mind and mood. Calistoga Ranch activities include wellness classes, Locavore cooking exploration, Plein Air painting instruction, private photography exploration, wine blending classes and plenty more.
Within the valley, there are many hiking, jogging and biking trails that can be guided or taken at your own pace. Furthermore, hot-air ballooning, horseback riding, championship golf, art galleries, cookery classes are all easily arranged and of course there are more than 300 wineries to visit.
Location & Directions
Calistoga, California, United States of America
Located just a short drive from the San Francisco Bay Area, tucked into a naturally secluded, 157-acre canyon at the northern end of the Napa Valley. On Lommel Road, Calistoga, California.
When to go
Like most California destinations, you can’t go wrong when picking a time of year to visit. Being inland, Napa Valley benefits from much higher summer temperatures than the cool coast, and is a year-round destination but best from April to October.
At the vineyards, September is typically the harvest month, although some varieties may be picked through October and November. Vineyards will be bare from December through February, with new buds returning in March and coming into full bloom by June.
Summer temperatures reach up to around 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, and cool off to about 50 in the evenings, so you’ll want to bring a variety of clothes and dress in layers. Winter highs are around 60 degrees with lows occasionally just below freezing. The region averages around 200 days of sunshine per year, so you should have plenty of good weather to enjoy the outdoors.