Top things to do

Top Choice Californian in Calistoga

Calistoga Kitchen

A sparsely decorated cottage surrounded by a white picket fence, Calistoga Kitchen is especially good for lunch in the garden. The chef-owner favors simplicity, focusing on quality ingredients in a half-dozen changi…
Zoo in Calistoga

Safari West

Giraffes in Wine Country? Whadya know. Safari West sprawls over 400 acres and protects wildebeests, zebras, cheetahs and other exotic animals, which mostly roam free. See them and some recently born giraffe and wild…
Californian in Calistoga

Solbar

We like the Spartan ag-chic look of this Michelin-starred resort restaurant, the menu of which writing maximizes seasonal produce in elegant dishes, playfully composed. A chef from Italy had just been hired, but the…
State Park in Calistoga

Robert Louis Stevenson State Park

At this undeveloped state park 8 miles north of Calistoga, the long-extinct volcanic cone of Mt St Helena marks Napa Valley’s end and often gets snow in winter. It's a strenuous 5-mile climb to the peak’s 4343ft sum…
American in Calistoga

Sam's Social Club

Housed in the Indian Springs Resort, this is Calistoga's fancy American restaurant that also brews its own beer. Colorful and expertly prepared dishes feature the freshest local ingredients, and the bacon-wrapped, P…
Museum in Calistoga

Sharpsteen Museum

Across from the picturesque 1902 City Hall (originally an opera house), the Sharpsteen Museum was created by an ex-Disney animator (whose Oscar is on display) and houses a fantastic diorama of town in the 1860s, big…
Winery in Calistoga

Olabisi Wines

In downtown Calistoga, this newer tasting room run by a long-time winemaker specializes in extremely small-production wines produced with wild yeast. The big Cabs, floral Pinots and dry whites often sell out quickly…
State Park in Calistoga

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park

A mile-long trail leads from Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park to adjacent Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, where there’s a swimming pool ($5) and camping, plus hiking through redwood groves. If you're two or more ad…
Park in Calistoga

Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park

This park features a 36ft-high water-powered mill wheel dating to 1846 – the largest still operating in North America; on Saturdays and Sundays (and sometimes Fridays, rarely Mondays) from 10am to 4pm, it grinds flo…
Modern American in Calistoga

All Seasons Bistro

It looks like a white-tablecloth soda fountain, but All Seasons makes very fine meals, from a simple lasagna to composed dishes such as scallop, prawn, mussel and clam risotto. The salads are fresh and totally organ…