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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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Browse our seasonal Special Offers and Packages 

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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Napa Fire Update

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.

You can help victims of the fires. Please consider a donation in any amount to the Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund.  click here. 

We look forward to welcoming visitors back to Napa Valley very soon, and we will count on you to help this region recover.

If you have an upcoming reservation with us, please email us at or call 707-942-4200 with questions or if we can help with any aspect of your stay.

Thank you,

The Brannan Cottage Inn family


CNN Travel: 7 Best Places to Stay In Napa Valley


7 best places to stay in Napa Valley

Matt Villano • Updated 8th September 2017
(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.

Brannan Cottage Inn, 109 Wappo Ave., Calistoga, 94515; +1 (707) 942-4200

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Win the Ultimate Napa Valley Vacation Contest

Get away with Triumph Wine Group and experience the laid-back luxury Napa Valley lifestyle.  Enter for your chance to win an amazing prize package for two (2): 

  • Roundtrip Airfare with Alaska Airlines
  • Three (3) night stay in Deluxe King accommodations at Calistoga’s historic Brannan Cottage Inn, known for 5 star hospitality, and its award-winning take on intimate, modern luxury
  • Wine Tasting & Transportation with Calistoga Wine Tours
  • Dinner, Wine and Golf with Triumph Wine Group Executives
  • Hot Air Balloon flight courtesy of Calistoga Balloons
  • Mineral Bath Spa at Indian Springs Calistoga
  • Gourmet farm-to-table dining at The Charter Oak

Contest Entry form here.   Good luck!
See fine print on entry form for restrictions and conditions.

5 Romantic Weekend Getaways in California

The historic Brannan Cottage Inn in Calistoga was one of several cottages built by Sam Brannan. (Photo: Brannan Cottage Inn)

From Napa to San Diego and the Santa Barbara wine country to Carmel and Bodega Bay


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.

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TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence – 3 Years in a Row!

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…

Explore our summer specials now – So many choices, you really have no excuse not to be here already.
Better With Friends – save 30% when you invite friends or family to join you here at BCI
Fifth Night Free – save 20% on your stay
Advance Purchase Rate – Save up to 15%
Military VIP Special – those in active duty military service and veterans get 10% off plus all kinds of extras to show our appreciation, every day

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Brannan Cottage Inn, Napa Valley, California

Brannan Cottage Inn

Napa Valley, California, United States

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.


8 / 10

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

8 / 10

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

7 / 10

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.

  • Parking
  • Wi-Fi


8 / 10

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

7 / 10

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

8 / 10

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.

00 1 707 942

Rooms from£ 200 per night

Wellness Springs Eternal in Calistoga, California

Wellness springs eternal in Calistoga, Calif.

Carol Ann Davidson, Tribune News Service on Published in Travel News

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.


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.

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