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Welcome To Wine Country, The Way It Was Meant To Be Done


There are moments in life that are truly humbling. The past week and a half has brought many. We went to bed 10 days ago with news of wild fires in Napa and Sonoma Counties – a not unheard-of phenomenon in California. We woke to one of the most devastating series of events to happen in our Golden State in recent memory. The thought of the lives lost and the homes and businesses destroyed is truly heartbreaking. And our thoughts go out to all who have suffered incredible losses.

We sit humbled by the awe-inspiring acts of bravery committed by the legions of firefighters, emergency personnel, and town leaders, who have fought tirelessly against the blazes. We are so grateful to these responders, who literally formed a front line against the flames threatening to destroy our wonderfully historic, delightfully quirky town of Calistoga.

And finally, we are blown away by all of you and your incredible outpouring of support. Many of you have asked how you can help. We encourage you to visit the Napa Valley Community Foundation and the Sonoma County Resilience Fund for donation opportunities.

It is with profound relief that we report that the Calistoga Motor Lodge is open for business, and no worse for wear. As many of you know, we opened our motor lodge this summer to celebrate the unique spirit that defines California Wine County. Our surrounding community has been incredibly supportive by unabashedly opening their arms to us. Now it’s time for us to open our doors to them. For those affected by the wild fires, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Debbie Lewis (dlewis@filamenthospitality.com) for assistance. And know that though we are new, our connections here run deep. Which means we will be on the front lines, helping our community of vintners, chefs, makers, shop owners, healers, outdoor enthusiasts, oenophiles, and the like rebuild this amazing place, so that it can continue its existence as (in our very humble opinion) the best wine region in the world.

Yours in gratitude,
Ric Pielstick
General Manager
Calistoga Motor Lodge

But we lean forward to the next crazy adventure beneath the skies.
-Jack Kerouac,
On the Road

Every great journey needs a worthy destination. Welcome to ours. We fell in love with a 1940's roadside motel (formerly the Sunburst Calistoga) perfectly placed at the head of the Silverado Trail, in the heart of California's most scenic wine region. We cleaned her up and gave her new life as the Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa - an epic ode to the Great American Road Trip of the 50's, 60's, and 70's. Framed by vineyards and bike trails, and with pools fed by geothermal waters flowing underneath our grounds, our stylish Mid-Century Modern digs are the perfect foundation for those looking to find their next great adventure from the perfect home base. Whether it's backroad wine country or a relaxing mineral bath, our backyard can be your backyard, and it's anything but ordinary. 



We're putting a new spin on the Napa Valley Crush Season experience. From family-style wine dinners to alfresco movie nights (like our screening of the award-winning food documentary "The Magic Pill" this November), explore the special events happening at the Motor Lodge this fall.


The Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa Manifesto

  • We believe Napa Valley was made for relaxed, fun frolicking with family and friends. Not pretention.
  • We believe Napa deserves a boutique hotel with unique style and personality in spades.
  • We believe that a hotel is more than a bed. And with our games-filled grounds, whimsical spa, and unique experiences, there's more to do here than just sleep.
  • We believe in our local artists, makers, chefs, and more. And we support them wherever we can.
  • We believe in pools so perfect, you won’t just dip your toes in; you’ll dive in head-first.
  • We believe life’s best moments happen in the company of our dogs. So bring yours along.
  • We believe that life is best lived in this order: play, soak, eat, drink, spa, explore, sleep, repeat.


The rebirth of the Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa is far from over, and exciting things - including a new restaurant and bar - are on the horizon. During this transitional period, the property will be undergoing a series of renovations as we prepare our facilities for their Next Great Incarnation.