Editor’s note: The 2020 Glass Fire destroyed virtually all the structures at Calistoga Ranch, including the spa mentioned below, but the resort plans to rebuild. “Our intention is to work with the ownership and the community to reestablish the resort, but it will take some time to rebuild,” said Todd Cilano, regional vice president of Auberge Resorts Collection, as reported in The Weekly Calistogan in late 2020.
The perfect complement to visiting award-winning vineyards is a trip to one of Sonoma County or the Napa Valley’s sumptuous spas. Set amidst a backdrop of rolling hills, broad valleys, and miles of grapes, the region is not only a visual Shangri-La that’s perfect for relaxing; it’s also ripe with natural hot springs and mineral-rich muds that naturally lend themselves to spa treatments.
Smack in the middle of the Sonoma Valley, the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa ranks as one of the most indulgent—and classic—spa destinations. The resort’s 40,000-square-foot Willow Stream Spa is famous for being one of the only luxury spas in the country with its own source of thermal mineral water, rising from 1,100 feet beneath the earth. Spoil yourself with the elaborate Wine Country Wind-Down, which includes a Crushed Cabernet body scrub, followed by a Fleur de Vigne warm oil massage, sparkling wine, and a VinoPerfect brightening facial.
At Spa Solage, part of the chic 89-room Solage Calistoga resort in the Napa Valley, look for an interesting and ecologically conscious twist on traditional mud and thermal therapies. Go for the signature Mudslide, a three-part treatment that starts with a trip to the Mud Bar, which offers several blends of mineral-enriched clay and volcanic ash that you slather on as a rejuvenating mask. Then, soak in an oversized tub featuring geothermal mineral water from Solage’s own spring. Finally, wrap it up—literally—while swathed in cozy blankets and nestled in one of the spa’s state-of-the-art reclining vibration chairs, meant to mimic zero gravity.
Tucked away in a lush, wooded canyon, the Spa at Calistoga Ranch lets you melt away in mineral water pools that overlook a babbling creek and moss-laden oaks. Retreat to your treatment room, complete with private outdoor shower and soaking tub, for an Antidote massage; it uses ancient Yogic techniques to restore natural biorhythms. Namaste.