Having been living here for a little while we’re getting into a bit of a routine when venturing into wine country. I also am often reading Sunset Magazine and scouring for the next great treehouse or you know whatever. Anyways our go-to is usually to stop in Healdsburg and stay in Calistoga. For those of you less familiar with Calistoga, it is one of the last great untouched towns in wine country. Here you can take a mud bath, soak in a hot mineral pool or just stroll around a very cute downtown area.
First, comes Healdsburg
We arrived early morning and grabbed lunch at Healdsburg Shed, a gourmet garage that is surprisingly affordable (can only speak for lunch) and thinks up some of the most beautifully plated food. We ordered a potato salad and salmon salad…based on the beautiful plating though those words seem worlds apart from the actualization of them.We also tried some local wines on tap. Basically the perfect start to the day.
There is also a store/grocery store component to Healdsburg Shed, I took a few snaps and definitely encourage you to look around:
After this we made our way to Moustache Baked Goods around the corner. I forgot to take pictures because I was busy eating a cookie but I’ll put it this way…there is a reason they’ve been featured on so many publications.
Then, comes Calistoga
A quick drive away and we dropped off our bags at the Calistoga Spa Hot Springs. I cannot say enough good things about this place. It is possibly the best value price wise in this area and comes with unlimited access to their amazing mineral bath/pool hot springs. We took advantage of course.
Last came St. Helena
The next day we explored downtown Calistoga, grabbed a coffee and headed down to St. Helena for brunch. We went to Archetype for brunch. It seems to be a wonderful theme in Napa, Sonoma and the rest of wine country to include donuts on menus, this might be my favorite part of the area just generally. I highly recommend going at a time when you can explore a little and trying one of the many great olive oil tastings, buying some olivewood cutting boards and stopping by the bakery (you’ll smell which one) for a scone. This is the perfect last stop in the loop back.
The last bonus I’ll throw in is a little more of an up and coming little breakfast spot that’s a part of the Caridean Estate – Butterscots. Foursquare points to the fact that they may have scotch eggs but this is what we had instead. When in wine country – eat, drink and nap!