Day Five: Healing Hot Springs

Soaking in a hot spring can be a wonderful therapy for its natural environment, minerals, waters that renew our minds, bodies and spirits.

Calistoga, located north of Napa Valley, is a well-known destination for its natural healing hot springs and renowned mineral waters, mud baths, resorts and hotels. (Solage, pictured on the right)

In the early 1700’s, upper Napa Valley was home to several tribes of native Indians who frequented the natural hot springs as a spiritual healing ground. With abundant oak trees, mountains and water many Indians found it to be a safe place to recover from illness, revitalize their souls and reconnect with Earths spirit. Calistoga was incorporated in 1885; founded by Samuel Brannan who purchased 2,000 acres of land in Calistoga with the intention of developing a hot springs spa for California’s rich and famous. His endeavor to make it the ultimate destination hot spot succeeded after the completion of the railroad in 1868.

Today, visitors from around the world come to Calistoga to enjoy the invigorating waters intimately nestled between the peaceful Palisades and Mount St Helena Mountains. Lodging choices range and vary from small-town cottages to elegant modern resorts. There are plenty of options to meet your price range. Plan your picture perfect getaway by visiting some of Calistoga’s best hot spring spas and the most stunning natural scenery of northern Napa Valley.

Calistoga Spa Hot Springs
1006 Washington Street
Calistoga, CA 94515
Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resort
1507 Lincoln Avenue
Calistoga, CA 94515
Golden Haven Hot Springs
1713 Lake Street
Calistoga , CA 94515
Harbin Hot Springs
18424 Harbin Springs Road
Middletown, CA 95461
Indian Springs Resort & Spa
1712 Lincoln Avenue
Calistoga, CA 94515
Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort
1300 Washington Street
Calistoga, CA 94515
Spa Solage
755 Silverado Trail
Calistoga, CA 94515
Sonya Lee

Since a child, Sonya has been traveling from the corners of Canada to the far east Asia. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, she led a normal family life with her brother, mother and dad. A well received job opportunity in Hong Kong for her father put the compass in action from a young age. Sonya loves good food, and I mean GOOD simple food. She loves an occasional drink, be merry and enjoy the good times. Having recently healed herself from a large ruptured cyst, her favorite foods include fresh carrot juice, grilled vegetables, sauteed portabello mushrooms and truffle french fries. Her philosophy? Healthy food makes a healthy body. Read more on the Editor page. When she's not fretting over WAFT, she runs a small design agency called mowie media and shares the good times with her dog, Monster and 3 cats Sabi, Kaeli & Misty.

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