California, also known to be the wine country is a beautiful and attractive State. When you visit California, ensure that you visit the wineries in Calistoga, Napa, Sonoma and other nearby attractions.The best way to tour Napa Valley is by bike, car or wine train. You can choose the best way to travel depending on your budget, time and energy.
Visiting Calistoga in Napa Valley
Calistoga is also popular as the “Hot Springs of the West.” Life in Calistoga area began with a bang- a volcanic bang. Some such eruptions formed the gray stone used in local landmarks like the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone and many bridges.
One can find several hot springs in the northern end of Napa Valley. An interesting fact about them is that the local Native American Tribes used these hot springs to heal their sick ones by building steam baths around the area.
Mineral Water and Mud Baths of Calistoga
Set among rolling vineyards and having an extinct volcano of mount St. Helena at a distance, Calistoga is turning into a spa resort town. The mineral water and mud baths here are the main attraction after the wine trip.
In Calistoga, you can enjoy luxurious mud baths, massages and mineral showers and feel very relaxed after a busy day of wine tasting. However, be careful to hydrate before such spa treatment since alcohol in the blood and intense heat do not match very well.
A basic package of mud bath, mineral bath, herbal steam and wrap can cost around $50 and above. Such therapeutic treatments make you feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle the busy schedules.
The Old Faithful Geyser of California is a steamy wonder of the place. They frequently eruption hot water into the air and hence named as Old Faithful Geyser. Every 40 minutes, one can see 350-degree hot water jetting into the air with vapor, to the height of around 60 feet.
Wineries and Parks in Calistoga
You should not miss the historic Chateau Montelena Winery at Calistoga. Alfred L. Tubbs, one of the first senators of California, built this winery at the foot of Mount St. Helena in 1882.
Chardonnay bought it in 1976. The winery continues to produce the classic Napa Valley Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon along with Riesling. Other popular wineries in Calistoga are Clos Pegase and Schramsberg. Here, you can get a taste of the sparkling California wines.
At the Robert Louis Stevenson State park, a rigorous 5-mile trail takes one to the top for an amazing view of the wine country below. On a clear day, visitors can see the Mount Helena and the Sierra Nevada. As the park does not have great facilities, it would be best to carry lots of drinking water and be prepared for a tough trail.
Then pay a visit to the oldest Indian Springs spa, founded in 1860, named after the Wappo Indians. Here, you can see one of the active geysers that constantly supply 212-degree mineral water cooled for use in the spa and the pool for mud baths and massages.
Thus, if you thought that Napa valley tour was all about wines, then you are probably very mistaken. There is a lot more to do here. You can sample the local cuisine, soak in the mud baths and have a good time.
If mud bath is not your plan, you can also visit a spa and try some massages, herbal baths and wraps or facials. These spa resorts have friendly staff members to answer all your queries. So, plan California’s wine country tour for your next vacation and have a fun time.