I knew it was north of the San Franscico Bay in the Napa Valley, but as Napa County is about 45 miles in length, I was curious as to where it fell on the map. If you look at the photo below, you can see that the city of Napa is on the south end, whereas Calistoga is on the north end. I’m sure most of you are thinking, “then…you’re nowhere near Napa.” Well, the majority of the wineries are along Highway 29, starting with Napa, but there are more wineries towards St. Helena and Calistoga. So while there are hundreds of tasting rooms in Downtown Napa, the wineries are headquartered further north along the 29. I was essentially offered a dream trip to explore a beautiful small town nestled in the heart of Napa Valley and no Viva Glam girl could turn that down.
Courtesy of Google Maps
I live in the East Bay so Calistoga was a quick 90-minute drive. (If you were to drive from the Oakland airport, add 30 minutes to your time. If you were to drive from SFO, add another hour.) And, unlike other trips, one of the best parts is the drive. Once you get into Napa proper, you drive along a highway lined in gorgeous trees, vineyards, and views of hillsides in the distance. It’s a lovely change when your average commute consists of driving alongside boring office buildings and restaurant chains, and it was actually a little bit of a culture shock.
Over the next few weeks, I will be posting articles about this amazing town, specifically about its wineries, restaurants, and activities. I hope after all of these features you will feel inspired to visit Calistoga in the near future and make sure to check out my photos on our Pinterest page!