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Classic Cali: Napa Valley

Words by John Roark
Photos courtesy of Solage Calistoga

There’s no denying the California Wine Country was blessed by the gods with blue skies, gently rolling hills and picture-perfect sunsets. While the more famous areas of Napa Valley draw crowds, you can’t beat the tranquil charm of the town of Calistoga.

A 90-minute drive from the Oakland, Sacramento and San Francisco airports, Calistoga’s treelined streets give you a taste of Wine Country before it became commercialized. You won’t see highways, billboards or chain restaurants. What you will find is a laid-back enclave, authentically quaint storefronts, locals who greet you with “good morning,” and more than 60 wineries.

Framed by panoramic vistas, Solage Calistoga Resort offers understated luxury for guests who aren’t looking for stodgy conservatism. The resort’s 89 freestanding retreats artfully balance the organic with the contemporary, warm woods with native stone and beautiful natural light.

“Napa Valley generally has a rustic flair due to its long legacy,” says Solage’s General Manager, Marcus Mueller. “Solage interprets this style in a more modern and slightly less formal way, appealing to a younger clientele.” Each bungalow features all the creature comforts, plus two bicycles for exploring the region. Solage’s recently updated Michelin-rated Solbar delivers exceptional dining and, as you would expect, expert sommelier service. Also, the recently updated 20,000 square-foot, full-service Spa Solage is the largest in Napa Valley.

Weddings can be as intimate or as grand as you wish. Set against the backdrop of the Napa Valley, Solage Calistoga will make your day uniquely yours. 

EAT

Evangeline

A casual bistro with a Creole soul, one of Calistoga’s newest culinary destinations embodies authentic French cuisine with a fresh, fun take. Sunday brunch is a must.

TASTE

Tank Garage Winery

One of Napa Valley’s hippest wineries lives in a 1930s-era gas station. Tank’s one-off, uniquely crafted wines are distinctively fun. Drop in for a tasting and learn the legend behind their motto, “Never Dream Alone.”

This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Spring/Summer 2016 issue. You can order a copy here.

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