Our beautiful region and vibrant community have been seriously affected by recent wildfires. We and our families are safe, and fortunately the Inn and town of Calistoga have not been damaged, thanks to the heroic efforts of firefighters and first responders. The Inn is currently open with reduced rates for first responders, emergency & relief personnel, and evacuees. Please call us at 707-942-4200 to check availability and rates at this time. Brannan Cottage Inn has King or Queen accommodations; our sister property UpValley Inn & Hot Springs has King or 2 Queen accommodations.
Our thoughts are with friends and neighbors whose lives have been forever changed by this disaster. We’re profoundly grateful for the countless loving, thoughtful messages of support from guests around the world.
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We look forward to welcoming visitors back to Napa Valley very soon, and we will count on you to help this region recover.
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(CNN) — There are three parts to an epic Napa Valley getaway: Life-changing wine-tastings, scrumptious meals and sumptuous accommodations.
Reputation and word of mouth make the first two relatively easy for visitors to arrange. With so many good options, however, locking down the last one can be a little tricky.
While the Valley still boasts classic resorts such as Meadowood Napa Valley, Solage Calistoga and Bardessono, new openings and renovated properties have brought other overnight destinations to the forefront. Here are our seven favorites.
Brannan Cottage Inn, Calistoga
Built in 1860 by Calistoga founder Samuel Brannan, the Italianate Victorian at Brannan Cottage Inn was one of the first town buildings to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A painstaking renovation in 2014, coupled with Victorian-style furnishings, has enabled this six-room bed-and-breakfast to retain much of that old-school feel.
Today the most spacious of the accommodations are the Deluxe Kings, both of which are located in a separate building. These rooms are perfect for families traveling with small children. They also offer more privacy than the four rooms in the main house, which flank a pair of common rooms.
Design freaks will love the Art Deco-inspired in-room wallpaper, one-of-a-kind and new but created to look old. Also be sure to check out the giant elm tree, planted in 1878, that grows through the eaves of the roof.
Guests can play the antique (circa 1880) piano at their leisure.
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What an incredible three years it’s been since Brannan Cottage Inn’s triumphant relaunch! To celebrate this milestone, we’ve put together some of our very favorite things for you to enjoy, taste and savor that are all so #verycalistoga.
Exclusive package includes:
Limited time special rate (up to 10% off best available rate)
Wine tasting for 2 at a fine local partner winery ($40 value)
Box of Earth & Sky Chocolates – handmade in Calistoga, this 16 pc box of artisan chocolates will blow your mind. ($30 value)
To support Napa Valley history, we’ll make a $10 donation to Calistoga’s Sharpsteen Museum with each booking
Hot springs mineral pool, whirlpool, sauna & steam room access at UpValley Inn & Hot Springs (priceless)
Award-winning concierge services to enhance your stay (same)
Package is available 7 days a week, subject to availability, from 9/10/17 to 3/31/18. May not be combined with any other offer or discount; not for group bookings. Both guests must be 21 or over.
A weekend away rejuvenates everyone, but this quintet of romantic getaways offers something more: Five delightful ways to kindle — or rekindle — romance, whether you’re a swooning honeymooner, a long-wed couple or a starry-eyed pair on your first trip together.
Want to loll on a beach, sip mimosas and do nothing at all? Prefer a stunning coastal hike and some cinematic magic before retreating to your ocean-view bungalow? Or perhaps mud baths and massages are more your thing. There’s a weekend getaway plan here for everyone.
3 Calistoga mud baths and bicycle picnics
A Roman spa with mud baths, a spouting geyser and a bicycle picnic among the grapevines? If that sounds heavenly — and it should — consider a romantic weekend getaway to Calistoga, the wine country village that dates back to the 19th century. Slumber sweetly at the historic Brannan Cottage Inn, a six-bedroom charmer built in 1860. Ride bicycles down country lanes. And do not miss out on that post-mud bath massage. Find all the details here.
We’re gobsmacked to earn this great honor for the third straight year (2017, 2016, 2015). Thank you to our amazing guests for their five star reviews! Your delightful comments about your stay, our cozy hotel and our personalized hospitality always puts a smile on our faces, and allow us to serve you better each year. Whether it’s your fifth stay with us or your first, we can’t wait to welcome you back. Speaking of your next visit…
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Built by Calistoga town founder Samuel Brannan. Warm and welcoming Brannan Cottage Inn is the last remaining 1860 resort cottage still in its original location, and has been lovingly restored. Its historic past blends seamlessly with modern amenities, and provides an ideal base for exploring Napa Valley wine country.
Brannan Cottage Inn is located steps off Calistoga’s main street, Lincoln Avenue. The city’s downtown area, with an assortment of restaurants, wine tasting rooms, and shops, is just a few blocks’ walk away. Calistoga is famous for its hot mineral springs and mud baths, and there are a number of spas within walking distance for those interested in getting dirty. However, the dozens of nearby wineries tend to be the area’s most popular attractions. A rental car is a necessity, as there is no public transportation.
Style & character
This was one of the first buildings in Calistoga to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The property artfully blends historic charm with the expectations of modern travellers. Functioning Victorian décor coexists in rooms with colourful Art Deco wallpaper, USB ports, and speedy Wi-Fi. It’s quiet, regardless of the time of day, and guests can sit outside under an old Siberian elm tree, and feel like they have the property all to themselves.
Service & facilities
Staff are friendly and happy to help guests make the most of their time in Napa Valley wine country. Those interested in a famous Calistoga mud bath or massage can take advantage of a guest discount at a spa less than half a mile away. Guests are also welcome to use the hot springs pool and whirlpool at Brannan Cottage Inn’s sister property, UpValley Inn & Hot Springs, just a quarter of a mile away. Bike rentals can be arranged for visitors who prefer to explore on two wheels instead of four.
Brannan Cottage Inn has six rooms. Four are located in the historic main cottage, and two are steps away in a second, smaller building, added to the property in the 1940s. Both Deluxe King rooms in the separate building have a private entrance, deck and gas fireplace. They also have a contemporary feel and unique colour scheme – room 5 has gold hues; room 6, silver. Historic rooms have a king or queen bed, and are accessed by the cottage’s wraparound porch. Rooms in the historic cottage have Victorian-style furnishings, but are cozy and comfortable, not stodgy.
All rooms offer a long list of amenities including an in-room illy Espresso machine, mini fridge with freezer, Frette linens, robes, towels, a television with Netflix and Amazon Instant Video access, and bedside USB and plug sockets. Bathrooms have heated ceramic tile floors, marble accents, and rainfall shower heads.
Food & drink
There is no restaurant on-site, but there are many Calistoga eateries within walking distance, and staff are happy to recommend their favourites, and help with reservations if necessary. A complimentary, locally sourced, continental breakfast is served daily from 8am to 10.30am, in the lobby. Selections include pastries, fresh fruit, made-to-order smoothies, coffee and tea.
Value for money
Double rooms from $259 (£200) year-round. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi and parking. Guests can also take advantage of the Calistoga Shuttle. It provides on-demand transportation service within Calistoga city limits. No advanced reservations are required. Passes are attached to guest room key rings.
Access for guests with disabilities?
One ADA-compliant room.
Families are welcome, but the property is best suited to adults.
109 Wappo Avenue, Calistoga, California 94515, United States.
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Old Faithful Geyser was showing off: spewing his endless stream of hot mineral water high into the blue sky. He is definitely the oldest “character” I met on a recent trip to Calistoga, Calif.: about several million years old, if you go way back to his humble geothermal beginnings deep underground. In the late 19th century he was released from his primordial prison and has reigned intermittently ever since. A friend and I sat and watched him for a while as we munched on a selection of take-out delicacies from Sushi Mambo. Not a bad way to begin a four-day immersion into the heart, soul and taste buds of this charming town.Sam Brannan, California’s first millionaire, was no fool. He arrived in the area in the mid-19th century and had a vision: to milk the natural hot springs of this fertile area and create a spa town. Long before that, the native Wappo people knew of the healing powers of the mineral waters, and Brannan soon cashed in on that knowledge.Calistoga rests at the northern tip of the 35-mile long Napa Valley. About 5,400 residents populate its 2.5 square miles, which are blessed with the perfect micro-climate and mineral rich earth for grape growing. The result: 50 wineries. Mix those natural ingredients with a host of delightful individuals and what you get is a laid-back, homey 50s-feel town with genuine hospitality.
NIGHT #2, BRANNAN COTTAGE INN
The Victorian inn, built by Sam Brannan in 1862, was in sharp contrast to the modern minimalism of Solage, but no the less appealing. Its charm and warmth is matched by that of its hospitality director, Eden Umble. The inn has six rooms, each with hand-designed wall paper, heated bathroom floors and grand old bedsteads. Lilacs plucked from Eden’s garden scented the room, while a 300-year-old tree leaned against the porch just beyond my window. A continental breakfast is served in the piano room, while a mid-afternoon tea is taken in the airy living room awash in warm yellow tones. Eden has teamed with Kathleen Bakula, the high priestess of Mobili-Tea … a mobile high tea service. A variety of teas, sandwiches and sweets are presented with vintage china and linens.
We visit far-flung places – and even some closer to home – for many reasons: to learn, rest, escape, indulge. Of course, the hotels we stay in give us access to some great destinations. And often they’re much more than places to rest our heads. They provide oodles of design ideas, not the least of which are fun wallcovers. Here, some examples from our travels…
By Rita Guarma
Hotel: Brannan Cottage Inn
Location: Napa Valley, California
Room: The Historic King Room
Interior Designer: Staci Giovino
Wallpaper Maker: Bradbury & Bradbury
The wallpaper: The leaf pattern of the tropical theme Oasis handmade wallpaper is reminiscent of Art Deco design. This wallcovering is found in six different colors throughout the historic inn.
Join us for a benefit for Calistoga Art Center. This intimate art reception & spring tea party at the historic Brannan Cottage Inn celebrates the art of living well. Explore the work of local artists Elizabeth Stokkebye, Matt Sarconi & Karen Lynn Ingalls, and enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea demonstration by Mobili-Tea mobile tea service.
Saturday April 29 – 1pm-4pm (Artist Reception with light refreshments, $20 suggested donation)
2pm-4pm (Reception & Afternoon Tea/Lunch $60 – attendance is limited; advance appointment required by 4/26)
Brannan Cottage Inn
109 Wappo Ave. Calistoga CA 94515