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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