580 Lommel Rd, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
Photo by Rachel Weill, AFAR Media
Calistoga RanchCalistoga Ranch sits in a private canyon of the ridge that makes up the eastern side of the Napa Valley. From this secluded spot, the entire valley floor unfolds. On windy nights, you might spot hawks surfing thermal winds just outside your balcony. But the views aren’t the only selling points of this ultra-luxurious 157-acre resort. Instead of traditional rooms, Calistoga Ranch is composed of 50 freestanding one- and two-bedroom guest lodges. Each upscale-yet-approachable lodge resembles a wooden cabin, with sweet-smelling cedar, indoor and outdoor showers, and a deck that opens to the mossy forest. The resort’s calendar is packed with activities, including bocce, wine-blending classes, and painting and photography workshops. Last year, the resort started offering guests a formal guided hike to Davis Estates Winery with a picnic lunch along the way. The pool area has earned numerous awards for its laid-back design. The on-site spa specializes in hydrotherapy with soaking treatments, while the property’s largest restaurant, dubbed The Lakehouse, overlooks Lake Lommel and serves a host of dishes made of all local produce. Try the halibut with piperade, carrot, fennel, and scallops.
about 5 years ago
There’s only one way to get into the 157-acre Napa Valley idyll known as Calistoga Ranch: as a guest. Well, you could come as a guest of a guest, but then you wouldn’t be able to lounge about in a decadent spa robe each morning, sipping freshly brewed coffee on your terrace as you watch the mist rise off serene Lake Lommel. You wouldn’t get to spend a day with the resort’s acclaimed chef getting to know the region’s produce and traditional cuisine. And the only on-resort winery in Napa, Sotero Vineyard, would be closed to you, its crush rituals and collection of house merlots and cabernets reserved for overnight guests; if you’re lucky, an invitation to an elegant dinner at the storied Wine Cave might come your way. The exclusive Vintner Program, which brings the region’s most iconic winemakers to the ranch for private tastings and events, is also guests-only. Perks are endless—guided hikes through the famously beautiful countryside, poolside morning yoga classes, and the house Mercedes.