One of my best friends had her bachelorette weekend at the Indian Springs Resort in Calistoga. Located in the heart of Napa Valley, Calistoga is a small town nestled amongst the beautiful wineries, restaurants, and scenery that the area is known for. It is also home to the famous natural hot springs that feeds into many of the resorts and hotels.
The lovely bride-to-be wanted a relaxing weekend with good food and friends. Calistoga was the perfect getaway. It was definitely a lady vacation that was well needed by all.
The resort is a gorgeous sanctuary in the middle of Calistoga. The Spanish style buildings are sprawled out amongst the premises with different types of accommodations; there are individual rooms as well as cottages suitable for different party sizes and needs.
As you enter the resort, a palm tree lined drive way welcomes you and hints at the tranquility awaiting you. One person in our party commented that it seemed like a Palm Springs getaway and it did feel that way. It felt surreal to only be an hour away from San Francisco, especially amidst all the natural beauty.
The grounds of the resort reads more like a playground for adults with bicycles available to use at around town. There’s also bocce courts, cricket, shuffle board, hammocks, and blown up versions of checkers.
There were walking paths, gardens, spa treatments (massages, mudbaths etc.) and my favorite amenity: the Olympic sized pool. It draws its water source from the natural geyers keeping the temperature a comfortable 90 degrees. It felt like we were soaking in an enlarged heated bath. The water is also high in minerals and purported to have healing, restorative properties.
There’s a restaurant and bar on the premise if you don’t want to venture out of the hotel. The rooms are spacious and airy, decorated with creams and blues with complimentary snacks and all the amenities you need to make your stay comfortable. I loved how the rooms had impossibly fluffy robes for each guest.
We found ourselves spending most of our time relaxing by the pool. We would spend the day taking naps in the shaded chairs and floating in the water. At night, we would take a dip in the pool, relax, and talk while stargazing. It felt perfect.
Calistoga is a picturesque town made to be a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of the Bay Area. It is a popular spot for couples on honeymoon, anniversaries, large groups, bachelorette/bachelor weekends and it’s not hard to see why.
If you’re looking for a place to unplug and relax for a quick getaway outside of San Francisco, look no further than Calistoga.
Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, we had to cut our celebration short. Early Monday morning of our trip we made the decision to leave due to the Northbay fires. The town was completely out of electricity. Even though we were not under mandatory evacuation at the time, we thought it best to leave the area immediately. Driving through Calistoga without electricity and traffic lights to guide you was eerie. Seeing the fires up on the hillsides, and driving through the thick smoke was very scary.
More importantly, our hearts go out to the people affected by the fires, who have lost homes, family and friends. Our thanks goes out to the medical personnel, first responders, and firefighters who tirelessly continue to risk their lives to battle the fires, lead clean up efforts, and help the people put their lives back together.
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