If you’re a foodie like I am, you’ll love Calistoga Olive Oil Company. Choose from a selection of infused olive oils such as Blood Orange, California Lime, Garlic, Rosemary, or Thai Chili, or balsamic vinegars that are aged for 18 years! The Blackberry Infused Balsamic Vinegar is incredible.
A selection of Olive Oils
A selection of spices available to try and purchase
If you love unique and colorful jewelry, the American Indian Trading Company has a wonderful selection of Native American jewelry as well as clothing, music, and pottery.
If you’re looking for a fabulous, and also useful, souvenir, head to Calistoga Pottery! All of the pottery is made in-house by potters who have been in the business for 34 years. Every piece is so gorgeous and some are even made with grapevine ash from local vineyards! If you really fall in love with their work, they also do wedding registries and custom-made orders. And make sure to keep an eye out while wine tasting or eating on the town. You might just recognize the spitter at the vineyard or the plate underneath your food.
The door on the far left is the entrance to Calistoga Pottery. The doors on the right are the doors to the studio.
Some of the pottery available in store in all shapes and sizes
Some of the pottery made with grapevine ash available in store
Check out the Sharpsteen Museum, which was named and created by Ben Sharpsteen, an Academy Award-winning animator, producer, and director for Walt Disney Studios. One of his Oscars is even displayed in the Founders Room! As soon as you enter, you are treated to a unique view into Calistoga’s rich history with a 30-foot long diorama that depicts Calistoga during the 1860s when it was a hot springs resort. You might also see some other rare items from the early days of Sharpsteen’s career, which is fun for any Disney fan.
Ben Sharpsteen’s Illumination Board
Some of the rare Disney items in the museum
There’s nothing better than getting a few spa treatments while you’re on vacation. Make sure to have a mud bath at the Baths at Roman Spa where you immerse yourself in Calistoga’s volcanic ash and mineral water. It’s great for anyone with muscle strains as it gets rid of any tightness with just one treatment. Afterwards, you feel like a whole new person and relaxed enough to take a long nap.
A view of the mud baths and the mineral baths
A closer look at the mud baths with volcanic ash and mineral water
HOT AIR BALLOONING
Want to have the best seat in the house or possibly just amazing Instagram photos? Take a ride with Calistoga Balloons! You leave at sunrise and you can get to fly over Mt. St Helena, the Palisades Cliffs, the Old Faithful Geyser, Castello di Amorosa, Sterling Vineyards, and Chateau Montelena. It will be an unforgettable experience that you will get to brag about to your friends for weeks, if not years.
HIKING AND BIKING
If you’re not too busy wine tasting and want to do something more active, biking is one of the many ways to see the area, as well as travel from vineyard to vineyard. There are also plenty of hiking trails to try such as the Oathill Mine Trail. At the top of the hike, there are remnants of an old stagecoach stop and apple orchard. However, this one is not for beginners as it’s a 10-mile trek. If you want something shorter, try the Redwood Trail Loop as it’s only 4.4 miles roundtrip. No matter what hike you choose, at some point during the hike you should have a panoramic view of the Napa Valley and, possibly, the Pacific Ocean as well. Cheers to that!
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