Christmas Getaway: Calistoga Ranch

I needed to get away, badly.  The pressure from months of 200+ billables at work was taking it’s toll, and combined with the stress of the holiday season, I was becoming a very unpleasant wifey.  Thankfully, Big N noticed and suggested that we spend Christmas this year away, just the two of us (that’s my sweetheart of a husband for you).  I first thought Caribbean, but didn’t want to deal with 8 hours of flights or more for just a few days trip.  Next I explored the Florida Keys, again, same problem. Plus flights to Miami were outrageous.  Finally we decided to stay in good ole California and head to our favorite hotel near Napa wine country: Calistoga Ranch

calistoga-6-of-7 Calistoga Ranch is, quite literally, the most glorious trailer park ever conceived.  The area was zoned only for a trailer park, but the folks at Auberge du Soleil refused to give up on this amazing property, nestled in the hills off the famed Silverado Trail north of Napa.  Instead they built the individual modern craftsman styled bungalows on wheels (and then carefully hid the upscale trailers so you can’t really tell the difference).  The bungalows each have a deck that separates the bedroom area from the sitting area (equipped with a generously stocked mini bar that’s free), and you have to walk outside to get to the living space.  The hotel made every effort to work around the natural beauty of the area, as trees often grow through the decks.  The property feels completely excluded from the outside world, and contains miles of nature trails, a spectacular bathhouse/spa with water piped in from the nearby hot springs, and the fabulous Lakehouse Restaurant, which served an amazing four course tasting menu with wine pairings for Christmas dinner.

Big N and I spent our days exploring and wine tasting at our favorite wineries, and our evenings playing board games and watching movies (all available for free).  We also booked a couples massage at the spa and I splurged on a restorative facial as well.  Even though the weather was a little chilly and rainy, we enjoyed staying in our room curled in front of the fire.  Other than venturing to the Lakehouse for dinner, we spent all of Christmas in our PJs.  Without a doubt, it was the most relaxing stress free Christmas I ever experienced. 

If you want to splurge on a Napa trip, do check out Calistoga Ranch.  You won’t be disappointed with the understated luxury of the hotel.  And if you want to splurge but can’t afford to go quite that big, I highly recommend the Auberge sister property: Solage, also in Calistoga.

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