California, Napa, USA

[Hotsprings, Mudbaths & Calistoga – Calistoga, CA]

January 29, 2016

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.

We have arrived Healdsburg!

We have arrived Healdsburg!

A potato salad by any other name

A potato salad by any other name

and our salmon salad

and our salmon salad

There is also a store/grocery store component to Healdsburg Shed, I took a few snaps and definitely encourage you to look around:

We walked a bit through the store

We walked a bit through the store

Which of course includes this grocery section

Which of course includes this grocery section

I really wanted these rolling pins (if you email me I found a great Etsy link for them if you're nowhere near Calistoga)

I really wanted these rolling pins (if you email me I found a great Etsy link for them if you’re nowhere near Calistoga)

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.

The view from the room

The view from the room

the view inside the room. Felt more like a mini apartment.

the view inside the room. Felt more like a mini apartment.

We took a drive to a winery

We took a drive to a winery

Nice to see all the grass revived after so many months of drought

Nice to see all the grass revived after so many months of drought

Stopped by for a tasting at Clos Pegase, yes the worst part ws the name and the best part was the wine.

Stopped by for a tasting at Clos Pegase, yes the worst part ws the name and the best part was the wine.

Then we headed back for more soaking of course.

Then we headed back for more soaking 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.

Good morning Calistoga! You were foggy and rainy but not unlike our isle of San Francisco

Good morning Calistoga! You were foggy and rainy but not unlike our isle of San Francisco

The wild west of wines.

The wild west of wines.

Little coffee before hitting the road

Little coffee before hitting the road

Made it to Archetype

Made it to Archetype

Can't complain about the setup, so bright and perfect for brunch

Can’t complain about the setup, so bright and perfect for brunch

Disclaimer: We did not eat this much food, they brought donuts over for the wait (it was not even a wait they were just being nice)

Disclaimer: We did not eat this much food, they brought donuts over for the wait (it was not even a wait they were just being nice)

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!

This place had a good store/kitchen combo feel

This place had a good store/kitchen combo feel

Hello and goodbye to this breakfast burrito full of farm fresh veggies.

Hello and goodbye to this breakfast burrito full of farm fresh veggies.

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