Photo courtesy of Calistoga Ranch
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.
By Kate Thorman, AFAR Contributor
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Thousand Dollar Eggs Benedict
Ok, so this beautiful trio of smoked salmon, ham and bacon bennies won't cost you more than thirty dollars. However, to get a seat at this breakfast table you do have to be a hotel guest. Besides the many amenities that make Calistoga Ranch an excellent option for indulging in all that Napa Valley has to offer, their breakfast menu is worth pulling off those luxurious linens and getting to The Lakehouse before the kitchen closes. Perfectly poached eggs nestled on top of english muffins, with a jalapeño hollandaise and marbled fingerling potatoes. This dish definitely warrants a sleepover.
580 Lommel Rd, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA