A wellness destination since the 1860s, Calistoga is renowned for its hot springs and spa treatments. Located within the upper reaches of the Napa Valley, visitors have been flocking to the historic town this summer, particularly to move past a very challenging year. But there’s certainly much more to Calistoga. For instance, it’s home to some of the world’s most famous wineries, like Chateau Montelena and Castello di Amorosa. There’s also an exciting culinary scene, not to mention a variety of fascinating boutique shops.

With all these fun things to do, you’ll want to extend your visit, where you can pamper yourself to a spa treatment and wine tasting. Here then, is a look at five of the best spa hotels, all centered within beautiful downtown Calistoga.

Reception area of MoonAcre Spa at Calistoga Motor Lodge
MoonAcre Spa (credit: Randy Yagi)

Calistoga Motor Lodge

1880 Lincoln Ave.
Calistoga, CA  94515
(707) 942-0991
www.calistogamotorlodgeandspa.com

With a distinct nod to its retro past, Calistoga Motor Lodge is one of the newer properties to open in the Napa Valley. Situated near the Silverado Trail, this luxury property has an impressive collection of rooms and suites, including 12 new Vista Rooms. Additionally, Calistoga Motor Lodge features three geothermal mineral pools and world-class spa treatments at MoonAcre Spa. Also available is nearly 9000 square feet of event space for special occasions like birthday parties and weddings. If that’s not enough, the property’s upscale restaurant Fleetwood just opened, led by rising star chef Drew Glassell.

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Calistoga Spa Hot Springs

1006 Washington St.
Calistoga, CA
(707) 942-6269
www.calistogaspa.com

Welcoming guests since the early 1900s, Calistoga Spa Hot Springs is often overlooked by motorists passing through town. Nevertheless, this 56-room property deserves a much closer look. Just one block from main street, Calistoga Hot Springs once held the largest pool in California. Today, there are four geothermal mineral pools, including an 80 degree lap pool. Also onsite are a fitness facility, event space and picnic area.

1950s Buick next to Dr. Wikinson's home
Vintage Buick at Dr. Wilkinson’s (credit: Randy Yagi)

Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs

1507 Lincoln Ave.
Calistoga, CA  94515
(707) 942-4102
www.drwilkinson.com

Much of Calistoga’s worldwide fame can be attributed to Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs. After all, it was the first local wellness resort to offer the now iconic mud bath treatments. Opened in 1952 by chiropractor John Wilkinson and his wife Edy, the wellness resort still retains much of its classic looks. Nevertheless, after an extensive renovation, Dr. Wilkinson’s backyard has a more contemporary look and feel. This includes three sparkling geothermal pools and the outstanding yet laid back restaurant House of Better. Additionally, the rooms have a decidedly modern feel, although equipped with retro-like refrigerators.

Iconic spa building at Indian Springs Resort & Spa
Indian Springs Resort & Spa (credit: Randy Yagi)

Indian Springs Resort & Spa

1712 Lincoln Ave.
Calistoga, CA  94515
(707) 709-8139
www.indianspringscalistoga.com

Established in 1910, Indian Springs is California’s oldest mineral pool and spa facility in continuous operation. However, its history dates to 1861, while resting upon four thermal geysers and volcanic ash. The centerpiece of the 17-acre property is an olympic-size thermal pool set at 102 degrees. Indian Springs offers over 100 rooms, with options like adults only rooms, cottages, bungalows and houses. At the end of the grand entrance is the landmark spa facility, offering a wide range of premium spa treatments.

Archway at Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort in Calistoga
Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort (credit: Randy Yagi)

Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort

1300 Washington St.
Calistoga, CA  94515
(707) 942-4441
www.romanspahotsprings.com

 Family owned and operated since its inception, Roman Hot Springs Resort is just one block from Calistoga’s main street. A variety of room styles are available including a Jacuzzi suite and rooms with full kitchens. Also on the property are indoor and outdoor pools, sauna and locker rooms. At the back of the property is the spa center, with current treatments like massages and Reiki. Mineral baths are also available, as are mud baths although reservations are filling up quickly.

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About The Author:

Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer who served as the National Travel Writer for CBS Local from 2012-2019. More than 900 of his stories still appear in syndication across 23 CBS websites, including CBS New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco.

During his peak years with CBS, Randy had a reported digital audience reach of 489 million and 5.5 million monthly visitors. Additionally, his stories have appeared in the Daily Meal, CBS Radio, Engadget and Radio.com. He is a Media Fellow of Stanford University, U.S. Army veteran and lifelong resident of Santa Cruz County, California.

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