Wine Country Our Way
Lava Vine & Von Strasser Winery
Rudy Von Strasser has played an integral role in the development of Diamond Mountain District AVA. Their portfolio of world class wines extends to Lava Vine’s lesser known varietals. Right behind our motel.
Walk across the street A boutique winery dedicated to crafting small quantities of fine wine.You’ll likely meet Laura, the winemaker or her husband, Michael, pouring in the tasting room. They offer premium red wines and limited production.
Located just north of town as you rise into the hills, Storybook has one of the three oldest wine caves in Napa Valley, dataing back to the 1880’s Famous for zins, they were also one of the first to produce this varietal. It’s so small, most likely a member of the family will give you the tour inside the cave.
Featuring the exclusive works of Carlo Marchiori, world-renowned artist who offers an enormous variety of creations, including ceiling murals, porcelain, ceramics, paintings, sculpture, furniture, watercolor, tiles, stone plaques, accessories, books, cards, posters and more.
Carlo Marchiori is a famous Italian painter who mixes imagination with tradition. Check out his classicly-based phallus sculptures – yes, for real, well, not that kind of real. Carlos is also famous for huge murals at Belagio and Venetian in Vegas, but he also did the mural in the alley in downtown Calistoga.
The Carmel Galleries feature a stunning collection of fine art landscape photography by Olof & Elizabeth Carmel, along with a unique and exciting collection of sculpture, woodwork, jewelry, glass art and home décor.
A Certified Farmers’ Market every Saturday at the Sharpsteen Plaza on Washington Street in downtown Calistoga. Market offers a variety of farm fresh produce and food purveyors. There are also a variety of crafters and live music. (proprietary website)
Hydro Bar & Grill offers a cozy atmosphere, lunch specials and a full bar. Featuring live music on the weekends, the grill offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Patrons love the casual atmosphere and reasonable prices – and the location in downtown Calistoga can’t be beat! Whether coming in for a casual brunch or a hearty dinner – Hydro Bar & Grill can accommodate all tastes. Be sure to try the burger and stay for the nightlife!
Bella Bakery offers delicious baked goods as well as homemade English muffins to create delightful breakfast sandwiches. Cookies, brownies, cupcakes – Bella Bakery covers them all and does it right. Stop in for a cup of tea or coffee for your morning but don’t pass up on their case of scrumptious treats to go along with your beverage. Providing warm service and a host of pastry options – you can’t go wrong with any of the tasty choices here.
Offering a full array of in-house freshly baked scones, muffins, croissants and danish. Home made granola, bagels with all the fixings, breakfast sandwiches and of course full espresso bar, smoothies, and the home of the bottomless cup of fresh roasted coffee.
Nestled on 400 acres in the heart of California’s wine country, Safari West is home for over 400 exotic mammals and birds. Not a zoo, not a drive-through park, it’s a wildlife preserve where the whole family can experience some of nature’s most beautiful animals in a natural habitat. An extraordinary world where people have the rare opportunity to feel the spirit of Africa, right in the heart of northern California’s wine country.
Built in 1846, this water-powered mill served Napa Valley’s farmers who brought their wheat grain and dried corn to the mill to be ground into flour and meal. Bale Grist Mill has one of the largest waterwheels in the country and still mills grain the old-fashioned way! Visitors can take home organic wheat flour, cornmeal or polenta.
The Napa Valley Wine Train provides a relaxing three-hour, thirty-six mile round-trip journey from the historic town of Napa, through one of the world’s most well known wine valleys to the quaint village of St. Helena, and back.Guests aboard the Wine Train enjoy a freshly prepared lunch or dinner inside a fully restored 1917 Pullman Dining Car or 1952 Vista Dome car as they pass the vineyards and wineries of Napa Valley.
(Bike+Hike+Picnic+Sunrise) 8.3 miles. 1,900 feet. Dog, horse or mountain bike 10 friendly. Medium grade, this fantastic trail offers stunning valley views right from the get-go. It leads all the way to Robert Louis Stevenson, but, well, you’d have to camp overnight it’s that far. But, in about two hours you’ll be at the top where the wagon wheel ruts are still carved into the trail from the mining years. And, you’ll also see parts off the remaining mining camp.
(Hike+Bike) 5 miles. The state part is located between the Napa & Lake County lines about 8 miles from Calistoga, and offers a 5 mile hike to the summit of Mount 11 St. Helena from which much of the Bay Area can be seen on clear days. Rough terrain with evergreen forests in the canyons on north facing slopes, and chaparral on the south facing slopes.
(Hike+Walk+Picnic) 1.5-4.5 miles. Located about 4.5 miles from Calistoga, it’s a great hiking or picnic location. It contains the farthest inland coast redwoods in 12 California state parks, and offers a variety of year round walking and hiking trails.