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Calistoga: Napa's Neverland

February 8, 2010

People head to Calistoga for its waters - hot and mineral-heavy straight from the roiling pulp beneath the mighty San Andreas. But people head to Calistoga Ranch Resort for the high-ticket R&R.

While the town of Calistoga is locked into the turn of the (last) century - easy streets, original Victorian domiciles and a mish mash of small town stores and funky '60s-style motels, each featuring is own signature of mineral pools and baths - Calistoga Ranch Resort is an assortment of suites, villas and some kind of California magic that would be bedded comfortably in the pages of Sunset Magazine, if not Travel & Leisure. The resort sits about five miles outside of town (and four miles from post St. Helena) in its own canyon in the Mayacama Mountains on the upper edge of Napa. A visitor can take in all of it - the platinum pampering and award-winning dining of the resort, the wine sampling from wineries along the Silverado Trail, the quiet tone of the town, the mineral mud and hot pool soaks offered by vintage motels on nearly every corner, and even a two-room town museum attached to an original residence.

The resort wedges into a mountain crevice on 157 acres shaded by oak trees, fed by mountain waters and surrounded by hiking trails. Its 48 rooms feature such amenities as outdoor deck showers, private wooden Jacuzzi tubs on hidden patios, outdoor fireplace, platters of fruits and cheeses paired with wine, French Press coffee and a plumped up bedroom set that belongs in Province.

The Spa scene compliments the layout with a waterfall hot tub overlooking the creek, treatment rooms with private spas, private wooded balconies to soak in the setting, and a menu of organic healing treatments. Stargazing into unblighted skies is an unexpected extra.

Naturally, romancing couples find much to love here and Calistoga Ranch Resort is kindling it all with ... well, a package. A Rest & Renew Valentine's Day package is a simple affair: Arrive between February 12 and February 16 for a complimentary upgrade to Spa Lodge accommodations as well as dinner for two en suite or at the Lakehouse Restaurant, or a $200 spa credit and complimentary soak in a private mineral pool. The two-night package runs about $1,760 per couple.

In addition, the resort runs an on-going escape package Sunday through Thursday starting at $635 per night (through March) with confirmed accommodations upgrade and breakfast for two each morning.

Please contact me for more information.

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