How to Spend 48 Perfect Hours in Calistoga
“Every savvy San Franciscan knows that the city is not the warmest place in the bay. While we do enjoy the occasional glorious 70-degree day, the majority of time the weather is chilly, windy, and cold. If the thought of fog has you contemplating a move to sunnier climates, hold up. From vineyard resorts to seaside retreats, SF is within a close proximity to all sorts of haute places. Why not get out of the city and explore the nearby regions? Drive an hour or two North, South, or East, and you’ll end up spending the weekend lounging poolside. What’s on this weekend’s agenda? Calistoga. While Calistoga is on the northern end of Napa, it’s worth the extra 20 minutes or so to drive to the quaint and sleepy town. It’s the least pretentious region in wine country and has the small town feel of old America.
“Check into one of the new rooms at Indian Springs—California’s oldest continuously operated pool and spa facility. With an Olympic-sized mineral pool heated to 98°F from Calistoga’s famous natural geysers, the resort and spa has been a wellness destination for over 100 years. There is an nostalgic quality to Indian Springs—it feels like a sophisticated adult summer camp. The hotel underwent a renovation that added 75 bungalows and lodge rooms, indoor and outdoor events spaces, and updated both the main pool and the smaller adult pool, also heated by a natural spring. With impeccable gardens filled with lavender and roses, the palm tree filled property is gorgeous.
“Indian Springs guests are invited to use the resort’s bikes for exploring the grounds and the surrounding region. Once you’ve settled into a light-filled room with an all-marble bathroom, walls adorned with abstract art, and a luxurious bed with a blue wooden frame, hop on a bike and head to the spa. It’s recommended that you book your massage, facial, or mud bath two weeks in advance, especially when visiting on the weekend. Choose an aromatherapy massage that incorporates the essences of local plants, a hydrating Chardonnay sugar scrub, an opulence brightening facial or their signature treatment, the volcanic ash mud bath…
“… On Sunday morning, before making your way back to San Francisco, head to Brasswood Bakery at Cairdean Estate for breakfast. The Bakery serves up delectable pastries as well as heartier fare like burritos, egg sandwiches, and hash browns. Because local ingredients are used, the menu changes often, but rest assured you’ll enjoy a satisfying meal in a bright, airy, and friendly environment. Interested in one last winery stop before you leave the area? Book a tour at Schramsberg, the exceptional sparkling wine house that dates back to 1862. It was the second winery to open in Napa and the first to build under ground wine caves. However, the winery was not opened continuously and the Schramsberg that we know and love today was opened in 1965. It’s one of the White House’s official wines and for good reason: Schramsberg bubbles are light, delicate, yeasty and refreshing—perfection in a glass. The educational tour involves a guided walk through the caves and several tastes of Schramsberg’s best vintages. Toast to a wonderful weekend!”
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