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    Places to Stay & Dine in Calistoga

    By Liam P. Mayclem–

    Late summer is a perfect time to visit the following, some of my favorite places to stay and dine in Calistoga:

    Mount View Hotel

    The iconic Mount View Hotel & Spa sits centrally on Calistoga’s Lincoln Avenue and has been a beacon for enthusiastic travelers searching out the region’s abundant amenities and mineral-rich waters for over a century. This is a place where the magic happens; where one can escape to relax in the heart of Napa Valley’s wine country just steps from the action and worlds away from the norm.


    Located in the Mount View Hotel & Spa, Amaro restaurant and wine bar offers visitors a taste of Italy with a range of traditional dishes and a menu that changes with the seasons depending on what local products are available. Mount View also has a bar, Johnny’s, which serves up local brews & vino and crafted cocktails. Make time to stop by for the daily poolside happy hour, “Vinyl and Vino,” where records spin as you are served the local wine pick of the day.

    Dr. Wilkinson’s Resort

    Since 1952, Dr. Wilkinson’s has been providing wellness, relaxation, and good times. Home to healing mineral waters, “The Works” mud bath, and a backyard that keeps you connected, this is Calistoga’s original wellness resort. A recent makeover has elevated the look and feel here. The pool is sexy and inviting, and the staff are friendly & attentive.

    House of Better

    Dr. Wilkinson’s is now home to the casual restaurant House of Better that serves simple, tasty flavorful eats like tacos and salad bowls. I stopped by recently for the trio of tacos and a glass of yummy rosé. The pies by Chef Trevor Logan are the star here, though; Green Chile Apple pie with whipped cream & honey drizzle is all kinds of yummy. Enjoy a slice or a full pie for the road. There are good food & good vibes at the House of Better and it is a must-stop as you pass through town.

    Indian Springs

    Indian Springs resort is an historic, family-owned resort and spa in the Napa Valley. Modern and period-style accommodations nestle across 17 wine country acres spotted with gardens, hills, paths, ponds, and open space. The property is blessed with rare natural resources—four thermal geysers provide mineral water for two swimming pools and combine for the spa’s renowned mud baths.

    Sam’s Social Club

    While at Indian Springs, enjoy lunch or dinner at Sam’s Social Club, which serves up killer cocktails and a taste of seasonal Sonoma comfort food. Reservations are recommended.

    Emmy Award-winning radio and television personality Liam Mayclem is regularly featured on KPIX as well as KCBS, where he is the popular Foodie Chap. Born in London, Mayclem is now at home in the Bay Area, where he lives with his husband, photographer Rick Camargo. For more information:

    Published on August 26, 2021