Samuel Brannan was the leader of a settlement expedition on the ship Brooklyn landing in Yerba Buena (San Francisco) in 1846. He published San Francisco's first English language newspaper, the California Star. Following the discovery of gold in Sacramento, Brannan pursued many business ventures, which made him California’s first millionaire and became a leader in San Francisco's Committee of Vigilance (the much feared Vigilantes). Fascinated by Calistoga’s natural 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 Resort surrounding Mt Lincoln with the Spa/Hotel located at what is now Indian Springs Resort, opened to California's rich and famous in 1862. In 1868 Brannan's Napa Valley Railroad Company's track was completed to Calistoga. This provided an easier travel option for ferry passengers making the journey from San Francisco. With the addition of railroad service, Calistoga became not only a destination, but also the transportation hub for the upper valley and a gateway to Lake and Sonoma Counties. A 6 meter diorama of this early Calistoga can be seen in the Sharpsteen Museum.
Chances are that whenever you chose to visit Calistoga, you'll
find comfortably nice weather. However, the best time to visit
is probably in the fall - September and October - when you'll be
able to visit the wineries in full production mode. The weather
is beautiful at this time of year with temperatures in the 80s.
No matter when you go to Calistoga, make sure to bring a sweater or cardigan; it never gets too hot or humid here. The coldest month is generally January with an average of 48 degrees. Even if you visit in November , when the average temperature is 53, but can go up to the mid-60s, you're guaranteed a pleasant, relaxing vacation and plenty of wine tastings. Still, be prepared for rain in the winter months and bring an umbrella! If you go to Calistoga in the Spring, you'll be relieved to find very little tourists or traffic and cheaper rates at restaurants and hotels.
Today, Calistoga retains its charm of yesteryear with a walkable downtown much as it was when spa visitors arrived by train.
At the very top of the Napa Valley, centrally located between Napa and Sonoma counties, Calistoga remains the historic hot springs resort destination of wine, water, Calistoga bed and breakfasts, Calistoga hot springs, Calistoga hotels,
For these and
many other reasons Calistoga is a favorite tourist destination with many
bed and breakfasts such as the
Mount View Hotel and Spa is a deluxe Hotel and Spa
nationally registered as a Historic Place located in the Napa
Valley wine country in the quaint ...
more Surrounded by pristine vineyards and hills roamed
by Robert Louis Stevenson, this superb
Meadowood Napa Valley estate nestles in a private 250-acre
Comfort Inn Calistoga is located in the north of Napa
Valley's picturesque wine country and approximately two miles
from Old Faithful Geyser and 80 ...
EuroSpa and Inn is a boutique hotel with a country decor and
feel, just blocks from the historic downtown of Calistoga. It is
tucked away on a quiet ...
more There are also many great
Calistoga you should visit.
Trip Tip: You can get the best rates and make reservations for these and most other hotels in the Napa Valley by using the Napa Valley Hotel Reservation center or calling 1-888-254-0637 Give the operator the code 3536 when calling. They can not give you the discount rates without it and you receive discount rates plus 110% guarantee. If you find the room cheaper elsewhere you get your money back plus 10% of the difference ion price. Outside the US please call 00-800-84469370 OR 1-210-507-5997
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Named a Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2001, Calistoga enables a visitor to see wine country as it was before freeways and fast food - only two lane roads lead here and fast food franchises are banned by law.