December 13, 2023

The 8 Best Restaurants in Calistoga

After hopping from winery to winery in the Napa Valley, make your way to charming Calistoga to fuel up on bold flavors and dine on farm-to-table cuisine in a vibrant, welcoming downtown environment.

Whether you’re looking for small bites, farm-to-table fare, or stick-to-your-ribs goodness, small-town Calistoga delivers big on some of northern Napa’s best pubs and eateries. Check out these tried-and-true top restaurants in one of California’s cutest towns.

House of Better

1507 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, CA 94515, (707) 942-6257

With a green chile–infused menu unlike anywhere else in the Napa Valley, Calistoga’s House of Better (located at Dr. Wilkinson’s Resort) offers a tasty, playful spin on modern California comfort food. Dine on Southwestern cuisine outside under a colorful canopy and string lights as you sip better-for-you cocktails, local beers, and some of Napa’s finest wines. Our favorite touch? The “Backyard” lawn area’s wood-fired oven and authentic New Mexican Chile roaster.

Insider Tip: You’ll be doing yourself a favor if you save time for tea and pie—namely, the adaptogenic mushroom teas and their famous, daily fresh-baked Green Chile Apple Pie.

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December 11, 2023

Matador Network Wellness Destination Award: Calistoga, California

Just 75 miles north of bustling San Francisco, and surrounded by Napa Valley and Sonoma County’s world-class vineyards, Calistoga is home to geothermal hot springs, wellness resorts, and mud baths featuring volcanic ash and natural peat. There’s hiking that ends at a mineral pool at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, and, of course, incredible dining and drinking experiences with a local focus. An escape for a weekend getaway or longer to one of the many wellness resorts here is the perfect way to return home completely refreshed. It’s no wonder Calistoga is Matador’s Wellness Award winner.

A wealth of modern wellness-focused accommodations

The Hot Springs Hotel inspired a boom of wellness resorts focused on Calistoga’s natural mineral springs. Today, there are more than two dozen spas and hot-springs-centered resorts in the area spanning a range of accommodation styles and activities. There’s...mud baths made from mineral water mixed with volcanic ash at resorts such as... Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs...

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November 28, 2023

Where to book a hot springs vacation this winter

Once you get over the initial shock of disrobing in freezing temperatures, winter is a great time to experience a hot springs vacation. Vapor rising from steamy water combined with snowy surroundings sets a magical tone for relaxation.

Soaking in hot springs has many benefits. These mineral-rich waters can soothe sore muscles after a long day of sightseeing, help enhance sleep, boost circulation, and reduce stress....

Home to California's Old Faithful geyser, the Napa Valley town of Calistoga boasts several hotels with on-site soaking experiences. In operation since 1952, Dr. Wilkinson's Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs, a 10Best Reader’s Choice Award winner for best wine country hotel, has a hip, retro vibe.

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November 7, 2023

Why Calistoga, CA, makes a great base for a Napa Valley wine vacation

Calistoga's charming downtown houses, many boutiques, art galleries and antique shops are the stuff you're likely imagining when you think of visiting Napa Valley, but it's a lasting pre-colonial discovery that makes it stand out from other similar settlements. Calistoga's natural mud baths, which the town says were discovered by members the Wappo tribe more than 500 years ago, are still managing to surprise NorCal lifers. Whether your getaway is focused on wine, wellness, the great outdoors or the pleasures of sightseeing, Calistoga makes a nice touchstone for the uninitiated.

Read on for our picks for where to stay, play, eat and drink in and around Calistoga, California.

After you wear yourself out, treat yourself to a massage, a soak in some hot springs or a mud bath at Dr. Wilkinson's Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs. This spa has four mud baths and geothermal mineral pools and offers treatments like the signature Mudslinger, an hour-long indulgence that includes time in the mud bath, salt-infused mineral whirlpool and steam room, as well as a face mask and blanket wrap.

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October 10, 2023

Dr. Wilkinson’s Awarded Best Overall Wellness Resort Hotel

Dr. Wilkinson's is honored to have been awarded in the 2023 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards Silver Winners list, winning in the category of Best Overall Wellness Resort Hotel.

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September 15, 2023

20 Best Things to Do in Napa Valley — Mud Baths and Exceptional Wine Tasting Included

#14 - Take a mud bath in Calistoga.

Since the mid-1900s, mud bath treatments have been a thing in Calistoga, a Napa destination with a rich history when it comes to mineral springs and healing mud. Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs offers a spa garden for al fresco treatments, plus four indoor mud baths, even more mineral baths, and a geothermal mineral pool.

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September 5, 2023

These Serene Spa Resorts Are the Perfect Way to Recharge and Reset

Need to unwind and de-stress? Retro style meets relaxation at this newly renovated old-school wellness retreat in Calistoga. Think restorative mud bath and spa treatments, and healing mineral pool soaks. And the chic mid-century-inspired guestrooms are the perfect place to nap before you treat and repeat.

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August 3, 2023

Ignite Romance & Celebrate Wellness with a Couples Retreat

Life’s hustle and bustle can often leave couples feeling disconnected, in need of respite and deeper connection with one another. A shared wellness retreat offers the opportunity to escape daily distractions and focus on nurturing not only your individual well-being but also your emotional bond.

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July 28, 2023

Dr. Wilkinson’s Wins Wine Country’s Best Hotel in USA Today’s 10Best

With a tagline of “Where wellness meets happiness,” it’s not surprising this resort feels different than many others around Napa Valley. Open since 1952, it has a retro vibe and is particularly popular for its on-site hot mineral springs.

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July 27, 2023

The Doc’s Named Best Girls Weekend Getaway

Dr. Wilkinson's has been named Best Girls Weekend Getaway in Modern Luxury San Francisco's Best of the Bay awards. Get your squad together. It's time to book that girls trip.

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