Calistoga, CA 94515Welcome to our unique little town, at the top of the renowned Napa Valley, just 75 miles from San Francisco. We offer a travel experience unlike any other Since its founding as a hot springs resort in the 1860's, Calistoga has come to be known worldwide.
At the top of the Napa Valley, this historic hot springs resort destination is chock full of unique shops, beautiful inns, fine restaurants, art galleries, and world-class spas. Adjacent to California's most famous wineries, snuggled between mountains and rolling vineyards, Calistoga offers visitors a glimpse of the Napa Valley before freeways and fast food. Centrally located in the Napa-Sonoma wine country, Calistoga is the perfect home-base for your wine country experience. After spending an active day of pursuing viticulture research, attending local events or on the hiking or biking trails, relax in our hot-spring spas and enjoy an evening of fabulous food and great wines.
Old Faithful Geyser of California
WELCOME to an extravaganza! Come visit the show of California's Old Faithful Geyser, a spectacular, nature-directed performance.
Step back in Time, over 3 million years, and follow the trail of majestic petrified redwood giants arrayed before you in a fascinating grove in beautiful California wine country.
Robert Louis Stevenson State Park
Robert Louis Stevenson State Park is the place where the famous author of Treasure Island and Kidnapped spent his honeymoon in 1880. Although remains of Stevenson's cabin, the site is identified on the trail to the summit.
The History of Calistoga in a Nutshell
The Napa Valley was the home of a significant population of Indigenous People, the population in the Calistoga area being called the Wappo in the Spanish colonial era of the late 1700's. In the Spanish era, the Napa Valley was controlled by the Mission San Francisco de Solano located in the now City of Sonoma. Following Mexican Independence, mission properties were secularized and disposed of by the Mexican government with much of the Napa Valley being partitioned into ranchos in the 1830's and 1840's. The first American settlers began arriving in the 1840's, with several taking up lands in the Calistoga area. Samuel Brannan was the leader of a Mormon expedition landing in Yerba Buena (San Francisco) in 1846, where he published the first English language paper in California. Following the discovery of gold in Sacramento, Brannan pursued many business ventures which made him California 's first millionaire. Fascinated by Calistoga's hot springs, Brannan purchased more than 2,000 acres with the intent to develop a spa reminiscent of Saratoga in New York. His Hot Springs Spa Surrounding Mt Lincoln with the Spa/Hotel located at what is now Indian Springs opened in 1862. Between the Springs Grounds and the County Road (Foothill Blvd) commercial and residential areas were laid out beginning in the 1860's. In 1868 the Railroad was completed to Calistoga which became the gateway to Lake County. Robert Louis Stevenson, who had yet to write his great novels, met Fannie de Grift Osbourne in France, followed her to the United States and, after she had obtained a divorce, married her in May, 1880. Three days later were on their way to honeymoon at the Calistoga Hot Springs hotel. Moving from there to abandoned cabins at the Silverado mine, he wrote and kept a journal that became "Silverado Squatters" describing many local residents and characters. Calistoga was a transportation hub, resort destination and agricultural center whose economy fluctuated with viticulture, agriculture and tourism. A forty foot diorama of Sam Brannan's Calistoga and one of the original resort cottages along with many other local history exhibits can be seen at the Sharpsteen Museum located at 1311 Washington St.