Continue northward another 8 miles and you'll arrive in Calistoga. Situated at the top of the valley and nestled at the base of Mount St. Helena, if offers a relaxing vibe and rustic charm. Needless to say, there are wonderful wineries here, but don't overlook the hot springs, spas complete with mud baths, or the nearby Robert Louis Stevenson State Park and the petrified forest.
Things to do in Calistoga
Castello di Amorosa
This castle and winery is a one-of-a-kind experience. The castle takes its inspiration from 13th century Tuscany; every detail is exquisite and none of the 107 rooms are alike. It comes complete with moat, drawbridge, and even a torture chamber. What you will not find torturous, however, are the magnificent wines. Take a tour and go home with some Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, or Late Harvest Gewurztramine, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition's top dessert wine two years in a row.
Schramsberg is highly regarded for its outstanding quality and specializes in sparkling wines that have long been favorites of the White House. Guests rave about the hand-dug caves, generous pours, interesting history, ambiance, and knowledgeable staff. If you love bubbly, you won't want to miss it.