Calistoga Ranch: Rural Romance at its Finest

By Paul Joseph

Nestled within 157 lush oak-lined acres in Upper Napa Valley, Calistoga Ranch is well established as one of the premier destinations of the region.

Boasting 50 free-standing private guest lodges, the California resort is the ultimate retreat for those seeking seclusion in an ultra-luxurious setting.

Guests have access to an array of lavish amenities and services including a Mercedes-Benz Guest Program which allows them complimentary use of a fleet of Mercedes-Benz cars, available on a first-come first serve basis.

Other notable facilities include the state of the art Auberge Spa, a well-equipped fitness centre, and an outdoor pool featuring dramatic views of the vineyard, oak groves and Mayacama mountains.

Dedicated wine connoisseurs will enjoy Calistoga Ranch’s privileged status as the only resort in Napa Valley with an on-site vineyard which is accompanied by guest programming during the harvest and crush seasons and throughout the year.

Perhaps the resort’s most unique space is its Wine Cave, which is carved deep into the hillside and offers 3,800 square feet and details such as wrought-iron chandeliers and an entrance adorned with trellised vines and flowers.

Adventurous gastronomes are also in for a treat, thanks to the resort’s private dining in The Lakehouse overlooking Lake Lommel,which offers hyper-seasonal and locally sourced menus from Executive Chef Aaron Meneghelli who draws ingredients from the on-site garden as well as fresh eggs from the reclaimed wood chicken coop.

Guests can visit the chicken coop to collect eggs for made-to-order egg dishes, while the resort’s seasonal culinary programming includes a Napa Valley-style Oktoberfest, an apple harvest in November and an olive harvest party in December.

Furthermore, fitness buffs can benefit from Calistoga’s “Trainer in Residence” program, which sees Donavan Almond, a renowned Napa Valley fitness coach host an ‘Intensify Your Fitness Practice’ workshop from November 4-8. Classes will include Napa Valley Bootcamp pairing a total body workout with pristine nature and vineyard views.

Overnight stays at Calistoga Ranch’s luxurious lodges range from $685 - $4,250 per night.

By Paul Joseph