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Brannan Cottage Inn Spring and Summer 2019 News and Announcements

The first half of the year has flown by for us here at Brannan Cottage Inn! We hit the ground running in 2019 with new ownership, and haven’t looked back since. Everyone here is energized by all the changes taking place around us, and we’re so excited to provide a truly unique, next-level experience for our guests that cannot be found anywhere else in Calistoga.

Brannan Cottage Inn’s Sharp New Look

This one is probably the most dramatic of all the changes, and it’s actually been in the works since almost day one of our new ownership. New owners Carl & Heather Dene have given this great 1862 Victorian lady a fresh look in gray, white and the cheeriest yellow. We have Heather to thank for choosing the color yellow, and it’s not only a chic and modern color palette, but gives a nod to the original paint colors as they would also use yellow as an accent. The new look is prompting smiles from everyone who walks by.

Enjoy a Bike Ride Around Calistoga

Classic cruiser bikes are the perfect relaxed way to explore Calistoga, and now they are available to everyone who stays with us. Our new fleet of complimentary beach cruisers are the perfect way to get around town for all of your wine tasting, gallery hopping, and dining outings. Plus they’re branded with our logo so everyone will know you’re staying at the coolest spot in town!

All King Beds, All the Time

We believe that all of our guests deserve nothing but the very best in-room amenities, so we have upgraded all of our rooms to have King beds. All 6 guest rooms now have the larger, more luxurious and comfortable beds with stylish upholstered headboards. This is just one of the many big & small upgrades on the property. Scroll through all of our different room options here.

Guest Raves

Small is beautiful. Stay with us and you’ll see why guests give our intimate, personal hospitality 5 stars on TripAdvisor

“Amazing!” “Enchanting!” “Heavenly stay in a historic gem!” “Quiet, quaint and perfect”

Our insider hospitality staff Eden & Elizabeth are all about the best food, wine, and spa discoveries that will make your Napa Valley getaway unforgettable.

Ask about our exclusive wine & spa experiences with our favorite partners when calling to book.

Upcoming Events

3rd annual Rose Fest – June 8, Sterling Vineyards

If rosé all day is your idea of heaven, you can’t miss this event. It’s an unabashed celebration of the best rosés from all over Napa Valley, benefiting breast cancer research & education through the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

If you have any questions about Brannan Cottage Inn or would like to book a stay at our historic boutique hotel in Calistoga, please feel free to contact us here. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you plan an unforgettable visit to Napa Valley.


 We Know Exactly What She Wants for Mother’s Day

Sure, brunch is nice, but what the supermom in your life really wants is some over-the-top Napa Valley pampering. Treat her to an idyllic getaway with a gift card at Calistoga’s sweetest historic boutique hotel, complete with wine, flowers, chocolates and hot springs spa time. 

Mother’s Day Special

  • Purchase a gift card of $300 or more with this exclusive offer
  • Includes complimentary wine tasting at Romeo Cellars and cruiser bikes to explore town in style
  • Add flowers and chocolates for $50
  • Ask us about hot springs spa access to one of Calistoga’s 5 star luxury resorts! Additional charges apply.

    *Package must be redeemed within one year of purchase. Black out dates & restrictions apply. Must book direct on our website or by phone (707-942-4200). Does not apply to existing reservations. May not be combined with any other offer or discount.

Brannan Cottage Inn has Some Exciting News to Share

With changes and updates starting to take shape, Brannan Cottage Inn will always be committed to celebrating our rich historic lineage. Built by California’s first millionaire Sam Brannan in 1862 as part of his hot springs resort which put Calistoga on the map, this is the only resort cottage still on its original site. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Brannan Cottage Inn is among the most significant landmarks in all of Napa Valley.    

New Year, New Chapter for Brannan Cottage Inn

2019 started off with a bang here at BCI as we’re officially under new ownership. Carl Dene and wife Heather purchased the property and officially took the reins in early January. While it’s only been a short time, the Denes have already gotten the wheels turning on a variety of updates and improvements, while remaining true to the rich historical value that Brannan Cottage Inn brings to our community and world-class destination of Calistoga.

Meet  Our New Owners

The Denes – especially Carl – fell in love with not only the Inn itself, but with Calistoga’s colorful visionary founder Sam Brannan, and the unique culture of this. Just like Sam himself, Carl doesn’t do things halfway. His big, fresh ideas to make the Inn a singular destination for travelers,  and also a place for the community to gather.

Once you have a  chance to come in and meet Carl for yourself, you will immediately recognize that he is just the right person to lead the way for the future of Brannan Cottage Inn. We are beyond excited to see his big vision for the property come to life.

Coming Soon: The Sam Brannan General Store

With the addition of a General Store, we will support our community by carrying local goods and products including exclusive items available nowhere else. (This element ties back to Calistoga history as Brannan used to have a general store right up the block on Wappo Avenue).

We’re excited that the general store will invite locals to enjoy spending time on the property along with our guests to share good times and Sam stories!

An Updated Look and Feel

Keep an eye out for some crisp new paint colors, a reimagined lounge space in the parlor, new outdoor seating areas, and fun, thoughtful personalized touches throughout. Carl’s background in design and hospitality are evident in all his aesthetic choices, and providing guests with a top-notch experience is just the beginning.

Innovative In-Room Technology

Each room will soon be equipped with Brannan Cottage Inn tablets that will provide an interactive experience. Any questions have about the room, the Inn’s history, what to do around Calistoga, how to turn on the fireplace, etc., will be easily accessible.

Still Here: That Warm, Welcoming Guest Experience

Not to say that legendary personalized experiences are going anywhere. Quite the opposite; they’re only getting better. We are also excited to announce that Eden Umble is back as our Hospitality and Marketing Director. Eden is our resident Calistoga expert and passionate BCI veteran who loves creating the perfect itineraries for our guests based on their specific interests and taste.

She can give insider recommendations on where to eat, taste wine, take a hike, enjoy a bike ride, learn quirky tidbits about Calistoga, see some beautiful local artwork…  the list goes on. She is also here to assure that your stay is as comfortable as possible, whether that means special requests, turn-down service, flowers & chocolates in your room, or anything else that might take your BCI getaway to the next level.  

We Invite  You To Visit Us Soon

The best way for you to experience all the new and exciting improvements we have going on is to stay and see them for yourself. You can check availability and book a room here, including seasonal specials available only by booking direct on our website, or feel free to contact us with any questions. Give us a call at (707) 942-4200 or email  We can’t wait to welcome you – or welcome you back!


Save 15% on your stay when you book your Calistoga getaway with our Advance Purchase Rate. 

  • Must book at least 30 days prior to your arrival.
  • Offer is not combinable with any other offers
  • Does not apply to groups.
  • Subject to availability.
  • Valid on new reservations only.
  • Paid in full at time of booking.  NON-REFUNDABLE, NON-CANCELLABLE. 
  • 2 night minimum stay over a Weekend may be required.
  • Blackout dates may apply – not valid for 5/23-5/27/19, 7/4-7/7/19.


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Questions? We’re here to help.  Contact us at 707-942-4200 or by email.

We look forward to welcoming you soon!


Styled Elopement Shoot with Tan Weddings & Events

Talk about romantic! This styled shoot highlights the timeless glamour of Brannan Cottage Inn as the setting for a dreamy Napa Valley elopement. We love the rich colors, striking florals, hand-lettered paperie and sophisticated boho details which perfectly suit our well-traveled bride and groom, Maike & Tyrone.  Our thanks to the inspired creative team behind these looks, assembled by Tan Weddings and Events, captured with flair by photographer Holly D. A standout feature of this 1862 Victorian landmark is its wide wraparound porch framed by graceful columns – a natural spot for vows to be exchanged, classic as any church for history lovers. Explore the complete gallery here. 

Let us introduce you to Brannan Cottage Inn…

Built in 1860 by Calistoga town founder (and California’s first millionaire) Samuel Brannan, Brannan Cottage Inn is an architectural treasure, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Once one of 15 grand cottages at Brannan’s hot springs resort which put Calistoga on the global spa map, the Inn today is the only cottage still on its original site. (Two other 1860 resort cottages were moved to new locations in town, including the Sharpsteen Museum on Washington Street).

Lovingly restored in 2014 by new owners Amar Patel & family of the Anvaya Group, Brannan Cottage Inn was reborn as an artful blend of historic charm and modern comforts, winning the 2015 Sunset Award for Best Hotel Renovation of the West. Its six luxurious, thoughtfully appointed guest rooms, each with its own charm, invite guests to make Calistoga their home away from home.  The elevated Deluxe King Room 5, pictured here, is a perfect honeymoon suite with its cozy fireplace and private terrace overlooking the garden.  Located blocks from the center of downtown Calistoga, Brannan Cottage Inn is set on a quiet side street, with abundant restaurants, tasting rooms, shops and spas within strolling distance.

The Inn’s savvy hospitality team will gladly create a custom honeymoon itinerary for each couple according to their interests, from fine dining and hot air balloon adventures to hiking/biking, spa relaxation, and private wine experiences with a local flavor.

Dreaming of an elopement at a uniquely historic venue? We would be honored to be part of your special day. Contact us to request a quote.

Photo: Holly D Photography
Venue: Brannan Cottage Inn
Planning, Design, Paperie, Silk Ribbon: Tan Weddings & Events
Video: Media 59
Florals: Bloom & Vine
Rentals: Theoni Collection
Linens: Party Crush Studio
Hair/Makeup: 360 Salon & Day Spa
Cake & Design: Batter Up Cakery
Apparel Stylist: Simone Vianna Designer
Ring: Robindira Unsworth
Chocolates: Earth & Sky Chocolates
Wine & Tasting Room: Knights Bridge Winery
Sparkling Wine: Schramsberg Vineyards
Pennant Banner: Eden Umble
Models: Maike & Tyrone Mancuso


San Francisco Chronicle

Napa County hotel family extends roots in Calistoga

February 21, 2018 Updated: February 22, 2018 2:53pm

For about 36 hours last fall, Napa Valley hotelier Amar Patel thought he might lose nearly everything. Wildfire threatened Calistoga, home to two of the three Napa hotels owned by his Anvaya Group, and his own neighborhood in Santa Rosa was under a voluntary evacuation order.

“I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep,” he recalls. “I was waiting for any sort of news.”

Although fires consumed Patel’s son’s preschool and some of his friends lost their homes, Calistoga was largely spared. So were the historic Brannan Cottage Inn, which Patel had recently restored, and the UpValley Inn & Hot Springs, the first hotel his family had ever built. UpValley led Patel and his relatives to prominence in Calistoga at a time when Indian hotel operators were rare in Northern California.

“We’re Gujarati Indians, and hospitality is our thing,” says Patel, who shares his surname with many nonrelatives in the industry, including the managers of the UpValley and Chablis inns. “Countrywide, ‘Patel’ is synonymous with hotels, so it’s in our blood.”

The family business got its start in the 1970s, when Patel’s father Chan and three brothers moved from Kenya and England to Monterey, and bought what’s now a Comfort Inn on Fremont Street in Monterey. Then in 1987, when Patel was five years old, his father commuted from Monterey to Calistoga four days a week to build the 55-room UpValley hotel, which then was a Comfort Inn. Once it opened, “when a manager would leave, we would come live up there for several weeks at a time.”

By the 1990s, the family’s properties ranged from Dana Point to Fort Bragg, and Patel’s father established the Anvaya Group. “That’s how we ended up focused on Calistoga,” Patel says. Today the Anvaya Group has four other lodgings in Calistoga, and also owns the Chablis Inn in Napa and two hotels and vacation rentals in Seaside, Oregon.

Combined, the Patels’ impact extends beyond sheer room numbers, notes Calistoga Mayor Christopher Canning. “They’re great operators, very generous and philanthropic,” he says.

The Anvaya Group’s recently renovated and renamed UpValley Inn & Hot Springs now features upscale, mid-century modern furnishings, a handsome sauna and a brightly tiled steam room, which draws geothermal mineral water from the hotel’s well. A pool renovation is next, Patel says.

“This is the main attraction — the hot springs,” he says. “The whole point of Calistoga is based on wellness and the mineral water that’s unique to our area.”

A few blocks away, the six-room Brannan Cottage Inn also offers testament to that legacy — and the family’s hard work. Its main building is the only one of the 15 cottages of the Calistoga Hot Springs Hotel, opened by Sam Brannan in 1862, that remains on its original site. When the Anvaya Group bought it in 2013, it was a bed-and-breakfast but “in terrible condition, just dilapidated,” Patel says.

With the help of designer Staci Giovino, modern interpretations of Victorian wallpaper now frame the Frette duvet-covered beds, bracketed by headphone jacks and USB ports in ornate switch plates — so one guest can watch Netflix on the large flat-screen TV without disturbing the other, Patel explains. For breakfast, pour-over coffee, local pastries and made-to-order smoothies await in the drawing room, where light pours in through the original 7-foot windows.

“The level of detail, care and resources he put in to restore it in a modern way to its glory was absolutely fantastic,” says Canning.

Noting he’s “really fortunate” not to have lost properties to wildfire, Patel says he plans to keep building on his family’s — and Calistoga’s — reputation for tourism. “It’s very stiff competition, so everyone is improving all the time,” he says.

Jeanne Cooper is a freelance writer who frequently covers California for The Chronicle. Email:


Fodor’s Awards – 12 Best Small Hotels & Inns in Napa and Sonoma

We’re bursting with pride to earn this great award from Fodor’s Travel. It’s an honor to be mentioned alongside these extraordinary properties representing the best of intimate wine country hospitality in our stunning Napa Valley region, and our equally beautiful neighbor, Sonoma County. We’re thrilled Brannan Cottage Inn’s stylish mix of modern comforts and deeply rooted history (along with a dollop of insider hospitality) make it a place you want to stay again and again. We can’t wait to welcome you for the first time, or welcome you back!

12 Best Small Hotels and Inns in Napa and Sonoma
 Daniel Mangin | February 12, 2018

“Travelers who value personality in style, setting, and hospitality often stay at the Wine Country’s boutique hotels and smaller inns, many of them owner operated. These dozen properties, all with a dozen rooms or fewer, provide an intimate experience that earns them high praise from guests and consistent repeat business.”

#11 – Brannan Cottage Inn

Why we made the list…

“One of the original remaining cottages from namesake Sam Brannan’s 1860s spa resort is the centerpiece of this six-room inn a few blocks north of downtown Calistoga’s short main drag. You could spend well more to stay at a nearby resort and not feel as coddled as you will here. A 2014 renovation injected glamour and vintage-yet-modern style.” Read full review. Read the complete list.

10 Things We Loved About 2017

It’s an understatement to say it’s been an unforgettable year.  Here at Brannan Cottage Inn, we celebrated all kinds of great things with our guests, noted a few milestones, shed a few happy tears, laughed a lot, and other than those hellish wildfire weeks in October, had a fabulous time. We know 2018 is going to be even better.

10.  Calistoga’s Lighted Tractor Parade. Always awesome, even more awesome this year.

9. Arts in April
Our favorite artsy-fartsy Calistoga weekend of the year. Put it on your calendar for 2018. #verycalistoga

8. Saw Bill Murray & Friends at Festival Napa Valley.
You haven’t lived until you’ve seen him sing “I Feel Pretty.”

7. Earth & Sky Chocolates.  If you’ve tasted them, you know what we mean.

6. Did a little wine tasting.  Where to start?

5. Made the news
(We tip our collective hats to these travel writers… next round’s on us!)
7 Best Places to Stay in Napa Valley by Matt Villano, CNN Travel
5 Romantic Weekend Getaways in California by Jackie Burrell, San Jose Mercury News
How To Help Napa Valley Recover from the California Wildfires by Katie Hammel, Conde Nast Traveler
4.5 Star Review by Daniel Mangin, Fodor’s
Luxury for Less: Top 45 Cyber Monday Deals, Forbes
London Telegraph Review by Dana Rebmann
Wellness Springs Eternal in Calistoga by Carol Ann Davidson, Tribune News Service
Weekend in Calistoga by Julian Hatfield, Don’t Forget To Move

4. Weddings, proposals, bridal showers and tea parties, oh my
We were honored to host many beautiful private events at Brannan Cottage Inn this year, with graceful assists from our partners Napa Valley Elopements, Tan Weddings & Events, Syrendell, Mobili-Tea, Chloe Johnston Experiences, Bennett Lane Winery, Bella Bakery, and others. We’re excited to work with Rue 29 Napa, Emily Burton Designs, KnightsBridge Winery and many more to come this year!

3. Reached #3 on TripAdvisor’s Calistoga B&B list
To be honest, some guest reviews are so sweet, we get a little verklempt. We’re gobsmacked by the amazing things our lovely guests say about us.

2.  Celebrated our 3rd Anniversary
Labor Day 2017 marked 3 years since our grand reopening. What a total blast it’s been welcoming y’all to our little slice of heaven. Haven’t stayed with us yet? This is the year!

  1. We survived the Tubbs Fire, and counted our blessings.
    Calistoga came through the fire, literally, thanks to heroic firefighters and first responders, and were overwhelmed by the outpouring of kindness from friends all over the world. Our little town was extremely lucky; many neighbors were not as fortunate, and their losses still resonate.  The silver lining to this awful event is the love that never ends, the unshakable sense of community we feel for our Napa Valley and Sonoma County neighbors, partners, colleagues and friends.  And best of all, YOU, our guests, who put a spring in our step and a smile in our hearts.    – Eden and everyone at BCI

How to Help Napa Valley Recover From the California Wildfires

Out of nearly 500 wineries in Napa Valley, fewer than a dozen were destroyed or saw significant damage.

Drinking a little wine can go a long way.

It all started on Sunday, October 8, when a spark in Northern California quickly evolved into some of the deadliest wildfires in state history. They spread through Napa Valley, consuming whole towns in Sonoma, Mendocino, and Yuba counties; the latest estimate from Cal Fire, the state’s firefighting agency, puts the death toll at 42 across the state. An estimated 8,400 buildings have been destroyed; 245,000 acres scorched; and more than 100,000 California residents were forced to evacuate.

The skies over Napa and Sonoma—and as far away as Oakland—were thick with smoke as the fires raged for more than a week. Many people fretted over the fate of the vineyards and the beautiful tasting rooms the region is known for, but, it turns out that vines make excellent fire breaks. Most vineyards survived unscathed, reports the L.A. Times, and out of nearly 500 wineries in Napa Valley, fewer than a dozen were destroyed or saw significant damage, according to a list compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle.

The true cost of the fires was in human lives and lost homes, and now that the fires are mostly contained and the smoke has cleared, locals are worried about losing their livelihoods, too. Across social media and via email, the most common message from businesses is a plea for visitors: We are open. Please come.

Most of the damage in Napa Valley was on forested hillsides away from the main roads and towns. In a few small pockets, scorched slopes tell the story of the fires that incinerated dry grass and singed treetops, but on the valley floor, the region is as bucolic and picturesque as ever. There are few signs of destruction—but signs of relief and gratitude are everywhere. On storefronts and homes around the valley, signs thank firefighters with messages like “We Love First Responders” and “Your Courage Saved Us.”

Harvest season is normally one of the busiest times in Napa Valley, but this past weekend it was easy to find a hotel room at half off regular rates. Rare same-day reservations for one of the area’s popular restaurants, Rutherford Grill, were easy to come by; and there were just a few people sipping wine at five of the tasting rooms I visited over the weekend. Roads were open and clear, with none of the traffic typically seen on Highway 29 during peak season. Napa may be open for business, but it’s not quite business as usual.

“I think people look at the wine industry and think it’s a lot of big corporations,” said Stewart Cellars winemaker Blair Guthrie, “but it’s a lot of small family wineries like ours who rely on tourism and can’t survive six months without it.” Trefethen Family Vineyards CEO Jon Ruel shared a similar message: “Our ability to bounce back depends on the support of wine lovers across the country and across the world.”

Local business are doing their part, too. “This is such a close-knit community, and you can really feel it in Napa Valley right now,” said Eden Umble, who runs Calistoga’s historic Brannan Cottage Inn. “Wineries and businesses instantly stepped up with fundraising events and offers to help fire victims, and that will truly make a difference in the rebuilding of these affected communities.”

Many businesses have donated to fire relief efforts, and continue to do so. The Brannan Cottage Inn is contributing 10 percent of direct bookings made by November 15 (for stays November 1 through March 2018) to fire recovery. The Napa Valley Lodge and Indian Springs Resort will donate $10 per night for all stays through November 30 (booked by November 9). Whitehall LanePeju Province WineryMarkham VineyardsHall WinesDuckhorn VineyardsParaduxxFrank Family Vineyards, and Huge Bear Winesare among the wineries that will donate tasting fees, which can range from $20 to $75, through the end of October to various fire recovery groups, such as the Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund.

“Harvest is such a beautiful time to be here. That hasn’t changed,” Alpha Omega Winery’s director of communications Kelly E. Carter said. “It’s also usually the busiest time of the year and that has slowed due to the fires. That works to the advantage of wine enthusiasts who can now receive more personalized attention at wineries and snag a seat at hard-to-book restaurants.”

Recovery in wine country remains a work in progress, particularly in neighboring Sonoma, where much of the damage was in residential areas. Many wineries and businesses there are open, but some roads remain closed, so visitors should call ahead to verify business hours and plan extra travel time. But those who are considering a visit shouldn’t be scared off. Tourism is the lifeblood of the region, and as Napa and Sonoma get back on their feet, they need visitors more than ever. Those who go now will find the beautiful vineyards, delicious food, and luxurious hotels wine country has always offered, but with an extra dose of hospitality from an area that’s grateful to have survived the worst, and is once again ready to welcome the world.

Romantic Getaway at Special $179 Rate

Take a relaxing midweek break at our historic, award-winning Inn, at a limited time rate of $179/night (up to 30% off) for Sunday-Thursday stay. Savor luxurious modern comforts in unique Queen or King accommodations. For a touch more romance, choose a Deluxe King room with cozy fireplace & private terrace.  Our insider staff can recommend the perfect wine, food, spa and scenery to explore in walkable, laidback Calistoga, just steps away from our door.

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Restrictions: Special limited time $179 rate is subject to availability and does not include 14% tax; standard midweek best available rate is $269. Must book direct on our website. May not be combined with any other offer or discount or applied to existing reservations.  Complimentary continental breakfast, WiFi & parking are included in nightly rate.

Questions? Call us at 707-942-4200.  We look forward to welcoming you!

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