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Calistoga: Napa Valley’s new playground for the rich and famous

In a recent blog, I introduced you to the wonderful town of Yountville, and today, I am going to showcase Napa Valley’s new playground for the rich and famous: Calistoga. This rustic 19th-century town is well-known for its luxurious resorts, spas and mud baths, and it just happens to be one of my all-time favorite towns.

Until the luxury resort Calistoga Ranch, managed by Auberge Resorts, opened in 2004, Calistoga was somewhat of a sleeper town. Since then, the very popular Solage Resort, originally owned and managed by Auberge Resorts, opened in 2007, and that’s when substantial investment from celebrated vintners, second home owners and investors really began to take off. Four Seasons and Rosewood Hotels and Resorts have both broken ground and currently there are 15 properties for sale in Calistoga between $4,000,000 and $36,000,000.  The most expensive property is being offered confidentially. To say that Calistoga is on the up and up would be an understatement.

Among the many wineries in Calistoga, adventurous tasters can ride a tram to tour Castello di Amorosa, an extremely popular Calistoga winerywinery set in a castle designed by it’s owner Dario Sattui and constructed with authentic Italian materials overlooking the Napa valley. You’ll also find Chateau Montelena, the vineyard that put Napa Valley wines on the map by beating France’s best at the 1976 Paris Tasting.  Restaurants in Calistoga are diverse and delicious. Don’t miss dining at the Michelin-starred Solbar, serving some of the finest, most creative food and cocktails in the Valley amid the palm trees and fountains of the Solage resort.

Seeking renewed health and rejuvenation? Try the mineral-rich volcanic waters of Calistoga, which have been around since the 1800s.  There are many destination and day spas and resorts in town where you can indulge in hot soaks, saunas, massages and the quintessential Calistoga experience: the mud bath. Emerging from the ground at a temperature between 140-150 degrees, the hot spring pool at Golden Haven offers minerals that always leave you with soft skin.

You’ll never run out of things to do in Calistoga. The entire town is bike-friendly and filled with shops, galleries and a vibrant Art Walk. The Sharpsteen Museum presents local history within a 19th-century cottage from the area’s first resort, and Villa Ca’Toga sets gems of art and architecture on five acres of gardens and grounds. There are many Calistoga hotels, resorts and bed and breakfasts including some of my faves: Calistoga Ranch, Indian Springs Resort, and the intimate Chateau de Vie just north of town.

I’ve just scratched the surface of Calistoga: Napa Valley’s new playground for the rich and famous. For more information, check out this article in the Press Democrat. Perhaps you are now inspired to move to Calistoga. If so, please contact me at 707-738-4820 or email [email protected]. As a top producing realtor for real estate in Calistoga, I have access to some extraordinary wineries, vineyards, estates and homes that are not on the open market including this amazing 24+/- acre estate with views that will take your breath away!

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