The Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort (1300 Washington St., 707/942-4441, www.romanspahotsprings.com, $150–310 in high season) in the heart of downtown Calistoga has it all. Three mineral water pools, each set at a different temperature (no children under four are allowed in any pool, and the 105° spa is adults-only) plus saunas inspire guests to relax and refresh themselves with daily soaks and swims.
Guest rooms run the range from inexpensive motel-style rooms with floral comforters to whirlpool rooms that include your own private two-person mineral bath, to kitchen suites (pots, pans, and dishes provided) that beckon families or groups who plan to stay a while. The Roman Spa connects to the Calistoga Oasis, which offers an array of spa treatments, including the famous mud baths.
If you’re looking for a more traditional B&B experience, you can’t miss The Pink Mansion (1415 Foothill Blvd., 800/238/7465, www.pinkmansion.com, $165–345). Literally. The 1875 mansion is painted bright, unmistakable pink from stem to stern, making it a local landmark. Each lush room features a unique theme suitable to romance and wine. The more economical rooms have queen beds and pretty antique furnishings; the larger suites are spacious enough to dwarf their king-sized beds, and you’ll also find fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and top-tier amenities. You’ll also get the use of the heated indoor pool and spa, a full breakfast each morning, and use of the various TVs and VCRs (plus movie library) secreted around the house.
Want to combine all the elements of a Wine Country vacation into one inclusive spot? Visit the Silver Rose Resort Winery (351 Rosedale Rd., 800/995-9381, www.silverrose.com, $175–325). Choose your favorite of the 20 individually styled rooms, each with its own theme and country-elegant appointments. Your queen or king bed will invite you to a comfortable night’s sleep each evening.
The Silver Rose has its own winery, where you can taste and tour. Or spend a few hours in the spa, getting a massage-and-mud-bath combo. If you prefer to get active on your vacation, check out the tennis courts, swimming pool (shaped like a wine bottle), putting green, or hiking and biking roads and trails. Whatever your dream for your trip in the Napa Valley, the Silver Rose can probably accommodate you.
Another fabulous spa and hotel is the Mount View Hotel and Spa (1457 Lincoln Ave., 800/816-6877, www.mountviewhotel.com, $175–375). Perfectly located on Calistoga’s main drag, the Mount View offers more than 30 posh rooms in which to break for the night between wine tasting adventures and pampered spa days.
You’ll find rooms, suites, and cottages decorated with tasteful 19th- century antiques and soothing colors inspired by the vines and vintages of the local area. Rooms have either a queen or twin beds or a king bed, all softened with featherbeds and down comforters. The spa offers facials, body wraps, steam showers, and scrubs. Enjoy the outdoor pool and spa at your leisure.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition