15 Reasons We’re Crushing on Calistoga Ranch This Harvest Season

Sep 13, 2017
Once beach season draws to a close, we head inland to vineyards across the country as grapes matured by the summer sun are ready for picking. This autumn we’re charting a course for Northern California’s Calistoga Ranch, a 157-acre resort decorated by ancient oak trees, bubbling streams and a private lake nestled into the Upper Napa Valley. Read on to find out why this 4-star ranch is our favorite place to swap rosé for cabernet during crush season.

Tucked into a private canyon, Calistoga is home to the only on-resort winery in Napa Valley.

Harvest rituals, including the collection, pruning and crushing of the house merlots and cabernets, are reserved for guests.

Overnight visitors also gain exclusive access to the Vintner Program featuring tastings from the region’s iconic winemakers.

The Mercedes-Benz fleet waits to chauffeur guests between the property and nearby wineries.

Guests are treated to free fitness classes including Pilates, circuit training and poolside yoga.

Detox at the indoor-outdoor spa with a soak in the mineral pools and mud baths, or book a purifying treatment using honey from the 60,000 bees kept on the premises.

Partnering with local farms, the lakefront restaurant serves seasonal Pacific Northwest cuisine with an extensive wine list and the choice to dine inside by the fireplace or on the outdoor terrace.

Take home your favorite recipes by attending cooking classes and demonstrations hosted by the hotel’s award-winning chefs.

Guest lodges with floor-to-ceiling windows were built around the twisted trees -- branches hugging the shingles or sprouting through floorboards, taking “becoming one with nature” to the next level.

The cabins are equipped with sundecks, outdoor rain showers, fireplaces and modern necessities like free Wi-Fi and fully stocked snack bars.

Upgraded accommodations include luxurious extras like outdoor hot tubs, gourmet kitchens and concierge service.

Here, guests can embrace the environment by exploring the property on loaner bicycles and during guided hikes along the ranch’s trails ....

… Get a bird’s-eye view of Napa Valley on a hot air balloon ride ...

Or settle into a patch of prime real estate in wine country with a prepacked picnic basket.

A post shared by Jenny Cipoletti (@margoandme) on

A new family-friendly pool, lunchbox menu designed for little ones and pet-friendly policy mean the entire household can join in on the fun.

More Great Deals & Tips