Located in the Northern part of Napa County, Calistoga is most known for its hot springs and spas. Visitors and locals also enjoy immersing themselves in a bath of hot volcanic ash, known as a mud bath. What’s most unique about Calistoga, though, is that it allows people a glimpse of the wine country as it was before freeways and fast food. Only two-lane roads lead there, and fast food franchises are banned by local law.
But don’t be fooled … this charming town has all the modern conveniences you could ever want. You’ll find world- class wineries (the iconic castle winery, Castello di Amorosa, is a popular visitor favorite), restaurants, boutique clothing and gift shops, and art galleries all within easy walking distance.
For history lovers, much of the region’s heritage is still evident, from authentic Victorian architecture to the community’s dedication to preserving nature, including the popular “Old Faithful of California” geyser. Known as “Little Old Faithful,” the geyser erupts every 15-30 minutes and treats onlookers to a dramatic show of nature.
Calistoga’s historic roots are so strong that in 2001 the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Calistoga a “Distinctive Destination.” This title is awarded to an elite group of communities dedicated to preserving its town’s character and sense of place. If you yearn for quiet and simplicity, Calistoga may be for you.
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