The best inns in Calistoga aren’t always the large, famous resorts. Often they’re
the smaller inns, B&Bs and cottage properties that are scattered around town,
away from the bustle. There are plenty to choose from, but we’ve narrowed
down the list to the best five places to make your reservation. Read on to learn
their defining characteristics, then decide which one of these is best for your
The influence of the beautiful Craftsman style, with its elegant simplicity, goes far
beyond the name at the Craftsman Inn. Some of the rooms boast original Craftsman
furniture, and even those that don’t are appointed with impeccable taste in the
original style. The color schemes here vary from room to room, but are kept
consistently relaxing and subdued without ever being boring.
All the rooms at this inn are in one building, meaning you won’t find the private
cottages that other places offer. Because it’s a small, family-run affair, though,
you can expect the sort of personal attention and care to detail that larger or
chain-run venues just aren’t able to offer. If you’re interested in something
closer to a traditional bed and breakfast experience, this is the place to stay.
Meadowlark Country House
The Meadowlark Country House offers a range of luxurious rooms and suites. If
your taste leans more toward classic, elegant décor than the more casual California
style that’s common in the area, this may be the best choice.
Almost every room or suite here includes a whirlpool tub large enough to fit two,
making this a lovely inn for a romantic getaway. If you prefer to soak in a larger
venue, the clothing-optional pool is open 24 hours a day.
The overall aim of Meadowlark is to provide not only an enjoyable place to stay while
you’re here, but also a lifestyle. The inn’s ambience is easy-going and relaxing,
with an emphasis on slowing down and enjoying life.
Cottage Grove Inn
As its name suggests, Cottage Grove Inn is a collection of private cottages. With only
16 cottages on the property, you’ll enjoy relative quietness and privacy. Don’t worry
if you want to socialize with your neighbors: the breakfast area and patio in the heart
of the property provide the perfect opportunity.
Each cottage is unique in its décor, but you can be sure that no matter which you stay
in, you’ll enjoy the character and attention to detail. The colors throughout are soft
and relaxing, with just enough of a pop of color to remind you that you’re in
California’s vibrant wine country. Whether you prefer to spend time outside on a
private porch or indoors by a crackling fire, the cottages here provide both.
Cottage Grove Inn doesn’t allow children under 12 years of age, so if you’re traveling
as a family, you may wish to look elsewhere.
The Chanric Inn
Located within walking distance of downtown Calistoga, the Chanric Inn offers seven
rooms in a variety of layouts. Each is elegantly designed with exquisite care not only to
aesthetics but also to sourcing; the furniture is sustainable and the art is original. The
overall décor style is light, airy, sunny and minimalist; it’s hard not to relax when you’re
staying in a room as calm and well-designed as those here.
Because each room has its own style, the amenities may vary. You can opt for a room
with a Jacuzzi tub, or keep things simpler with a marble shower instead. If you need
hypoallergenic bedding, simply let the inn know in advance. Regardless of which
room you select, you’ll enjoy a delicious three-course brunch featuring local
You have options here: you can book the nights and treatments you want individually
or opt for a package including, for example: multiple nights, champagne, bathrobes,
truffles and massages.
Best Western Stevenson Manor
When you think of staying in Calistoga, a Best Western may not be what immediately
springs to mind. The Best Western Stevenson Manor, however, isn’t quite your typical
Best Western. The rooms are tastefully decorated in muted, elegant shades and
an understated style. Depending on which type of room you book, you’ll have
amenities such as a wet bar, a private balcony and a fireplace.
In true Calistoga style, you also have the opportunity to spend time in a heated pool,
steam room or sauna while you’re here. If you prefer to explore the town itself, you
can walk to Calistoga’s downtown area in less than 10 minutes.
This may be the best option if you’re traveling to Calistoga on a budget (or just prefer
to save your funds for luxurious spa treatments or delicious wine!).
One of the best things about these Calistoga inns is that each has its own distinctive
character. This means that whether you’re looking for a tranquil place to relax for
your entire stay or a lively inn to serve as home base for your explorations of the
area, you’ll be able to find one that suits your needs.
—By Gretchen Holm
Freelance writer Gretchen Holm’s work has appeared on sites including About.com,
USAToday, Healthline and Livestrong, Her current project, This Little Wild Bouquet,
is a book of essays addressing place, perspective and making a difference.