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Napa Valley Day Trips Autumn/Winter 2010

Napa Valley Day Trips Autumn/Winter 2010

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Calistoga sits in the top end of Napa Valley like a cork in a wine bottle.
This lively, well-preserved historic small-town and surrounding region
simply delights everyone. Delicious restaurants, glorious mountains,
diverse art galleries, world-famous hot springs, eclectic bookstores and
roadside stands, boutique shopping and happy locals combine to make
Calistoga a favorite of Napa Valley locals and visitors.

FOOD
Cafe Sarafornia

1413 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, (707) 942-0555, www.cafesarafornia.com

The best breakfast in town! Owners Madeline &Drake are the vivacious stewards

of this famed, historic diner. For more than 100 years, Cafe Sarafina has been

serving up delicious fare and good people. Don't miss the huevos rancheros!

Brannan's

1374 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, (707) 942-2233, www.brannansgrill.com

Go for the winning wine list (with rare Napa and Sonoma cult labels)

and stay for the fine foods and great atmosphere. Brannan proudly

sponsors local, artisanal producers and their dishes are the better for it.

This summer, dine alfresco on the patio!

JoLe

1457 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, (707) 942-5938, www.jolerestaurant.com

From Farm to Table. JoLe is OpenTable.com's "Diner's Choice Winner"for 2010 –

a wonderful compliment to owners and husband-and-wife team Matt and

Sonjita Spector. Enjoy the delicious menu and mouth-watering pastries!

Flat Iron Grill

1440 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, (707) 942-1220, www.flatirongrill.com

Flat Iron Grill revels in its recently restored historic space! There is nothing dusty

about this intimate, yet friendly restaurant. Open for dinner daily, don't miss

the hickory smoked baby back ribs.

LODGING
Brannan Cottage Inn

109 Wappo Avenue, Calistoga, (707) 942-4200, www.brannancottageinn.com

One of the original 25 Hot Springs Resort cottages from 1860.

Close walking proximity to famed Calistoga Hot Springs (across the street!) and

only two blocks to downtown Calistoga, makes this charming inn a repeat hit.

Six rooms are available year round.

Pink Mansion

1415 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, (707) 942-0558, www.pinkmansion.com

Escape, indulge &dream! Built in 1870 by Napa's original stage line owner,

the Pink Mansion is a lovely, private and restful destination that retains the

elegance of its historic past. Rates include gourmet breakfast for two and

afternoon wine and appetizers.

Solage

755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga, 1-866-942-7442, www.solagecalistoga.com

Where cosmopolitan luxuries take on an enlightened, comfortable attitude!

Offering a healthy, green environment, 89 eco-friendly studios and Michelin star

rated Solbar restaurant, Solage is a stylish and naturally brilliant hotel!

Calistoga Ranch

580 Lommel Road, Calistoga, 1-800-942-4220, www.calistogaranch.com

Tucked into a private canyon in the Upper Napa Valley on a 157-acre site, the

luxury resort captures the rich culture of food, wine and nature.

THINGS TO DO
Castello di Amorosa

4045 N. St. Helena Highway, (707) 967-6272, www.castellodiamorosa.com

A tour of the incredible 13th century, 107 room, Tuscan style castle and winery –

complete with chapel and torture chamber –is highly recommended!

Sharpsteen Museum

1311 Washington Street, Calistoga
(707) 942-5911, www.sharpsteen-museum.org

This museum is a wonderful spot to learn about upper Napa Valley history and

old Calistoga. Exhibit subjects include Sam Brannan, Wappo Native Americans,

one-time-local Robert Louis Stevenson and artifacts from the survivors of the

Donner Party.

Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park

3369 Saint Helena Hwy North, St. Helena, (707) 942-4575

Once the center of social activity for Napa Valley settlers, this 1846 Grist Mill

ground corn and wheat into meal or flour. This park also boasts scenic hiking

trails, the site of the first Napa Valley Church and Pioneer Cemetary.

Old Faithful Geyser

1299 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga, (707) 942-6463

One of the three "Old Faithful"geysers in the world, Old Faithful of

California is a delightful attraction. Bursting regularly and throwing

thousands of gallons of water high into the air, Old Faithful is a glorious

sight. Other attractions include the petting zoo and picnic grounds.

Open daily, 9am-6pm in the summer. Admission fees vary from $3-$10.

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