Where to Go, What to Do in Calistoga, Calif.
GETTING THERE: From San Francisco, take Route 101 north across the Golden Gate Bridge and after 22 miles, turn right on Route 37 east, then left on Route 121 north. In Napa, continue north on Route 29.
WHERE TO STAY: I stayed at Golden Haven Hot Springs (1713 Lake St., Calistoga, 707-942-8000, http:/
WHERE TO EAT: Calistoga is full of restaurants with good, reasonably priced food. For breakfast, you can't beat Cafe Sarafornia (1413 Lincoln Ave., 707-942-0555); breakfast is served all day, and the homemade corned beef hash's peppers, onions, corn and peas add crunch to the usual potatoes and beef. Dinner at Hydro Grill (1403 Lincoln Ave., 707-942-9777) hit the spot, and the menu has daily specials and interesting beers. Try the microbrews and terrific food (I loved the steamed mussels and clams) at the Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery (1250 Lincoln Ave., 707-942-4101). For a picnic, stock up on everything you need -- cheeses, fruit, bread and olives, plus other groceries -- at Cal Mart (1491 Lincoln Ave., 707-942-6271).
WHAT TO DO: There are more than two dozen spas around Calistoga, most of them offering mud baths. At Golden Haven Hot Springs, mud baths cost $75, though numerous discounts are offered through the Web site (http:/
For nature lovers, the Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park (3369 St. Helena Pkwy. N., near Calistoga, 707-942-4575, http:/
In Sonoma, the San Francisco Solano Mission complex (114 E. Spain St., Sonoma, 707-938-9560) offers a chance to glimpse California's past; the exhibits in the barracks and paintings in the church are particularly interesting.
When it comes to wineries, there's one around every bend; we visited three. We loved the laid-back Larson Family Winery, even though our bocce game was a washout (23355 Millerick Rd., Sonoma, 707-938-3031, http:/
FOR MORE INFORMATION: The Napa Valley Visitor Information Center (1310 Napa Town Center, Napa, 707-226-5813, http:/