Calistoga, CA, USA

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Calistoga, CA, USA

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At least it's always wine o'clock somewhere!

Situated at the top of Napa Valley, this historic town is all about great wines, hot springs, and low-key charm. None of the state's infamous freeways lead to Calistoga, making it only reachable by scenic two-lane roads, and easy to forget you're in California. Fast-food chains are banned, preserving the hamlet's mom-and-pop vibe. Whether your days are spent wandering through town, soaking in the hot springs, or tasting along the famous wine route, one thing is true: The best way to cap your day is with a bottle of California cabernet in your Calistoga vacation rental.

Why whine & cry when you can wine & dine?

Calistoga's activity options border on endless. Take in the sights of Napa Valley from a hot-air balloon, or make your own way along the wine route, stopping for tastings, pairings, and cooking classes revolving around the region's renowned "new world" wines. An annual food and wine festival comes to town each spring, while the harvest is the perfect time of year to learn how the wines truly come to fruition. A visit to the hot springs is a must, as is a peek in some of the town's historic museums, art galleries, and locally owned boutiques.

Hot springs, old geysers, warm welcomes

If you're heading to Napa Valley, it's likely that wine tasting and vineyard hopping are on the itinerary. But if wine isn't your thing, don't let that deter you. Wine country may not be synonymous with kid-friendly, but even families can find plenty to do. Check out the local children's museum, visit the Old Faithful Geyser, or explore the local Bothe-Napa State Park. Downtown Calistoga has plenty of restaurants, boutiques, and cafes, as well as the Sharpsteen Museum, detailing the region's history. Spa lovers will also find plenty of options to relax, thanks to the nearby hot springs.

Sunny, serene and smog-free is the only way to be

Compared to San Francisco, Calistoga is a literal breath of fresh air. Here, the majority of days are sunny, and the lack of smog feels like a true escape for any city dweller who comes for a visit. Technically Napa Valley has 4 seasons, but winters are crisp and mild, while summers are warm and temperate. Opt for a terrace or patio with your Calistoga vacation rental, and be sure to pack a light sweater, as temps drop a bit at night no matter the time of year.

Hands up if you want to sip crisp wine in a hot spring

There's much to love about the geography of Calistoga. We have its temperate climate and fertile soil to thank for some seriously delicious wines, and an abundance of mineral pools to thank for a place to sit back and drink said wines. There are also plenty of parks and forests dotting the valley, perfect for travelers interested in getting off the wine trail and onto a hiking trail. Opt for a Calistoga vacation rental nestled in the valley, bonus points if it overlooks a vineyard.