Calistoga is a charming and eclectic town at the north end of the Napa Valley and an excellent gateway to Sonoma Wine Country, Alexander Valley, Russian River Wine Valley and Healdsburg. Guests stroll or bicycle from the Cottage Grove Inn to restaurants, wine tasting, shops, and galleries. Our local geyser is a brief drive or pleasant bike ride away. Access both Silverado Trail and Napa’s highway 29 in less than a minute.
Relax with a mud or mineral bath. View the beauty of Napa Valley by hot air balloon or helicopter. Hike the Palisades Trail or Mount St. Helena and take in the most beautiful panoramic view the valley has to offer. There’s no need to travel far; everything is within easy reach of Calistoga.
There are 3 great hiking trails that begin near Calistoga. They are easily accessible and offer an opportunity for an all-day outing or a quick get-out-in-nature stroll. There are picnic backpacks available in your cottage which nicely hold a bottle of wine, some cheese, and a baguette.
Robert Louis Stevenson State Park is north of Calistoga and the five-mile hike to the top of Mt. St. Helena is well worth the effort. From the top, you can see much of the San Francisco Bay Area. On good days the top of Mt. Shasta can be seen, 192 miles in the distance. Map.
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Located between Calistoga and St. Helena on Highway 29, Bothe Park offers camping, picnicking, swimming, and more than 10 miles of hiking trails that go through stands of coastal redwoods as well as forests of Douglas-fir, tanoak, and madrone. A special time is to visit after the rains to see the creek full and running down to the Old Grist Mill. There is a $10 entrance fee. Map
Oat Hill Mine Trail
It is a short walk from Cottage Grove Inn to the trailhead. The trail follows 8.3 miles of an old stagecoach road. You are quickly up above the valley floor for a panoramic view of the vineyards below. Construction of the Oat Hill Mine Road was started in 1873 to provide a transportation route between Calistoga and the cinnabar and quicksilver (mercury) mines. It took 20 years to complete the project and the road was officially opened in 1893 and connected Calistoga to the Oat Hill Mine with a side branch descending to Aetna Springs. The trail provides a magnificent recreational experience for hikers, mountain bicyclists, and equestrians, although the trail is rough and rocky in many places, and can be quite challenging. Visitors can enjoy sweeping views of Napa Valley along the lower Oat Hill Mine Trail. Map
Wines from the Calistoga AVA
The Calistoga AVA (American Viticultural Area) lies at the northernmost end of the Napa Valley. From the foot of Mount St. Helena, the appellation stretches approximately seven square miles south toward St. Helena.
The Calistoga AVA is blessed with classic valley floor vineyards, favorable temperature swings and with well-drained volcanic soils. This fortunate combination produces grapes with both the phenolic ripeness and balancing acidity that consumers seek out. Calistoga has always attracted an eclectic mix of independent spirits, and it is this spirit which is clearly reflected in the winegrowers and winemakers of Calistoga, who proudly craft exceptional Napa Valley wines.
Photo’s Courtesy of Calistoga Visitors Bureau
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