The sleepy town of Calistoga has long been known for its historic spa resorts—retro hotels whose hot springs are their biggest (and, in some cases, only) attraction. With its sleek, loft-meets-winebarn look and luxury sensibilities aimed at millennials, Solage turns that stereotype on its head. Its sprawling grounds—dotted with palm, olive, and oak trees, with views of the surrounding vineyards and Napa hills—are simultaneously private and communal. The secluded bungalows feel like romantic hideaways, while the center of the resort buzzes with wine-sipping bocce players and basking poolgoers. A Michelin-starred restaurant attracts discerning diners to both the dining room and the lively terrace lounge, an atmospherically lit patio where the cognoscenti gather well into the wee hours. The spa is so much more than hot springs—although, of course, it has those, too—boasting decadent and restorative treatments of all kinds, including those by celebrity skincare consultant Kate Somerville; the extensive gym and movement studio is worthy of its own wellness retreat, and, indeed, many a girls’ weekend has been spent between its yoga, Pilates, and body-sculpting aqua classes.
But, for all that it’s trendy and romantic, Solage also bends over backward for families—unlike many Napa Valley getaways—with its kids’ pool and outdoor play areas. Just another case of Solage defying expectations and redefining wine-country luxury.
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Unlike St. Helena, down the highway, Calistoga is still a small, quiet town with a sleepy main drag. Solage sits just outside the town center, but all rooms include bicycles that guests can tool around town on. Sample wine at the Grade Cellars, a small winery in town whose tasting room is an Airstream trailer, and grab a bite at the Palisades Deli Cafe or the Calistoga Village Bakery. The surrounding countryside is as picturesque as advertised, and hiking trails abound. While winetasting is, of course, the most popular way to explore Napa Valley—and there are plenty of wineries within a short drive or bike ride—try taking in the view from another perspective: a hot-air balloon.
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Rooms: 89 rooms, six suites. From $545. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The Michelin-starred Solbar serves seasonal, locally sourced cuisine throughout the day in its airy, midcentury-inspired dining room and on its elegant, tree-shaded terrace, lit at night by fire pits and strings of lights. By evening, its bar becomes a lively lounge, with live music, bocce courts, and panoramic views of the scenic Napa countryside. The full menu can also be ordered to poolside loungers and guestrooms. Spa and gym details: The 20,000-square-foot Spa Solage takes advantage of Calistoga’s natural hot springs in its extensive menu, which runs the gamut from mud treatments to Kate Somerville medi-spa treatments to a wide range of other wellness and beauty options. You’ll find spring-fed pools and outdoor soaking tubs. A gym and movement studio offers Pilates, yoga, spin, core training, and other fitness classes. The hotel also has a 130-foot pool, large enough for laps, where a handful of water-based fitness classes are held. All rooms include bicycles to borrow.
Who it’s best for: Trend-conscious travelers who appreciate both nature and modern luxury; girlfriends on a getaway. Our favorite rooms: Tucked away in an old oak grove, the Calistoga King Studios feel like your own private bungalow in the Napa Valley; be sure to ask for one with a fireplace and a bathtub for maximum romance. Just for fun: Not ready to go to bed just yet? The hotel has an in-room game menu stocked with classic board games that can be ordered to your room.