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Syrendell Winter Retreat 2017

Join us for Winter Retreat with Rick & Jennifer Tan of Syrendell
January 6 – 8, 2017

A holiday getaway for both of you. With old world crafts. And wine.

Rick & Jennifer Tan host Old World-style workshops at the historic Brannan Cottage Inn in Calistoga, California.


Draw mandalas on stones. Etch copper pendants.
Build Kumihimo discs. Weave Kumihino braids.
Paint with watercolors. Needle-felt wool.
Feast on gourmet food prepared by local caterers.
Enjoy two nights in charming rooms at this Sunset Award-winning intimate hotel.
Explore Calistoga and Napa Valley wine country.

We will host only 5 couples at this retreat. Reserve your spot today! Request Registration. 

$1650 per couple
2 night, 3 day accommodation at Brannan Cottage Inn with King or Queen bed, Coffee Bar, WiFi
Welcome Packet on arrival – Appetizers & Refreshments at Orientation – 2 Breakfasts; 1 Gourmet Lunch; 1 Gourmet Dinner; Make n’ Take Workshop Projects of Copper Etching, Wood Kumihimo Disc Making, Needle-Felting Wool, Braiding Kumihimo Yarn, Watercolor Painting and Wine, Drawing Mandalas on Stones | Yoga, Games, and Movement Activities for Partners | Scheduled Free Exploration of Calistoga and Surrounding Wine Country | Calistoga’s Complimentary Shuttle Service to Local Vineyards | Complimentary Day Use of Mineral Springs with Affiliate of Brannan Cottage Inn | Wine Tasting Discounts | Wine Appreciation Classes Available | This is a Perfect Holiday Gift for the Two of You | Book Today and Secure a Spot at our Gathering!

A Moment in History: Samuel Brannan and His Namesake Inn

Quaint, charming and filled with history, Brannan Cottage Inn portrays the sweet small-town culture of Calistoga. A 150-year-old attendant palm tree greets you at the entrance before walking up the steps where generations before have stood, including Brannan himself.  The wrap-around porch and encompassing arches welcome you into an era of genuine hospitality. Friendly staff are at your service and the sitting room makes you feel like this is your home from another time, complete with maps of the original Calistoga, portraits of the Brannan family and an antique piano.

The Inn is named after Samuel Brannan, the founder of Calistoga.  Upon visiting the area, Brannan found the hot springs impressive. The hot springs’ healing powers were discovered by the local Native American tribe, the Wappos, while Brannan discovered them as a business opportunity.  Brannan, California’s first millionaire had already gained fame by establishing the first newspaper in San Francisco. Known for his love of libations, Brannan shared his vision for the new land to be the Saratoga of California but slurred a mix of the two names, ultimately naming the Calistoga of Sarafornia.

Brannan built a resort around the hot springs, which ignited the development of a civic-minded community, not to mention the wealthy who arrived by train to spend time in the country, away from city life. The allure of Calistoga as a getaway continues with today’s visitors, who make the pilgrimage by automobile for rejuvenation and restoration.

Tradition meets modern-day comforts inside the unique Brannan Cottage Inn. In fact, the inviting blend of genuine hospitality and local influence is found throughout Calistoga. Highlighting the historic reality in the context of one of the world’s finest wine growing and geothermal spa regions makes this a destination point for a conscientious traveler.

From California’s 1860s post-gold rush era, Brannan Cottage Inn is one of the only remaining functional structures in Calistoga. Today, the Inn retains its early purpose as a place for retreat; centrally located for downtown outings, fine dining, wine excursions, trips to the spa, and an overall sense of authenticity within the Napa Valley.

By VisitCalistoga staff, 10-10-16


Treats & In Room Services Menu

Brannan Cottage Inn Gift Certificates
The ultimate gift is a romantic, relaxing stay at our historic and intimate Napa Valley Inn, perfectly situated in the enchanting town of Calistoga.  Gift certificates are available in any amount.  Contact us to purchase, or call 707-942-4200.

Gift Baskets, Room Service Menu, Flowers and more

Surprise your sweetheart with one of these special treats to enjoy during your stay.  Or take a little piece of Brannan Cottage Inn home with you from our retail shop.  Gift wrapping is available for most items.

IN-ROOM SERVICES MENU (Advance order required)

Deluxe Charcuterie Plate – $30
(24 hour advance notice required)
Assorted artisan cheeses, charcuterie, olives, nuts, savory crackers & toasts and fruit for a delicious treat for two.  Please let us know about any dietary restrictions when ordering; gluten free crackers available.








Custom Deluxe Cheese Platter – priced on request
Cheese fanatics, rejoice! Let us create the perfect gourmet treat with assorted cheeses, nuts, dried fruit, artisan breads & crackers. Please let us know any dietary restrictions or preferences. 24 hr. notice required.

Veggie and Hummous Dip Plate for two – $30
Healthy & fresh appetizer to enjoy on our sunny patio or your private deck (Deluxe King rooms) – assorted fresh veggies (baby carrots, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, jicama, mushrooms, celery) with hummous dip, pita bread or whole wheat crackers.

BCI Logo Merch (price includes sales tax)

Logo wineglass – $10 each
Logo Corkscrew – $8
Logo Coffee Mug – $10





Logo Umbrella – $25         

Frette Velour Robe with embroidered BCI logoSALE: $50 each (regularly $125 each)
Sinfully cozy, soft and comfortable 100% cotton with beautifully stitched full color logo.
One size fits all.








Earth & Sky Chocolates – $30 – 16 piece assorted box of handmade artisan chocolates or 5 piece box – $12
Boasting inventive flavor combos and exquisite ingredients, these little works of art taste even better than they look.
Made right here in Calistoga.

Custom Flower Arrangements  – 48 hour notice required
The perfect romantic surprise for your sweetheart!
Medium mixed bouquet: $50
Large mixed bouquet with roses (shown): $75
If your love has a favorite color or type of flower, please let us know, or leave it to us to choose the prettiest seasonal blooms. Gift card included.

Custom Gourmet Gift Basket – priced individually
We will happily create the perfect gift basket with deluxe chocolates, cheese, nuts, salami & fruit, chocolate dipped strawberries, tea & cookies, or local gourmet delicacies – just ask!  (48 hour notice required)

Turndown Service – $30
Perfect for proposals.  Turn up the romance factor with red silk rose petals on your bed, flame-free pillar candles, 5 piece box of Earth & Sky Chocolates. Add chocolate-dipped strawberries for an additional $15.

Please contact one of our hospitality goddesses for help with any gift item or room service order.


The High-Tech B&Bs of Napa Valley


  • by staff
  • on AUGUST 22, 2016

The bed and breakfast is an old concept, but locations around Napa Valley use modern amenities and innovative technology to breathe new life into this classic form of lodging. Here are eight spots that do something new without sacrificing the quaint, homey atmosphere that makes a bed and breakfast special in the first place.

Calistoga Comfort


Image Source: Yelp

Brannan Cottage Inn
109 Wappo Ave
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-4200
TripAdvisor: 5 stars, 94 reviews

The Brannan Cottage Inn brims with historic charm from the outside, but the six rooms contained within this Victorian relic of Calistoga are filled with the most comforting of modern amenities, including high-speed wireless internet and flat screen TVs with complimentary access to Netflix and HBO. Each room comes with an espresso machine, while the lobby offers organic teas and coffees for alternate choices of caffeine. Bathrooms are stocked with high-end toiletries from Malin + Goetz and are equipped with heated floors for extra warmth after hot shower.

Insider tip: Don’t be surprised if you get more than breakfast here—guests are often greeted with a cheese and fruit tray, as well as commemorative wine glasses for extra special occasions.

Brannan Cottage Inn in The Tea House Times

Not only are we excited to announce Afternoon Tea as a new guest amenity, we’re thrilled to have this delightfully elegant experience featured in the September/October 2016 issue of The Tea House Times.

“Visitors flock to Napa Valley for world-class food & wine, stunning scenery and warm hospitality. Repeat guests know that this region’s greatest luxury is about making memories, celebrating unhurried moments with family & friends. With this generous spirit in mind, Calistoga’s Brannan Cottage Inn offers Afternoon Tea as a classic way to reconnect between wine tastings. This special added guest amenity by Kathleen Bakula of Mobili-Tea mobile tea service is a charming mashup of Victorian tradition meets Napa Valley style, served in this uniquely historic spot built in 1860.”

For more information on arranging a private afternoon tea experience during your stay at Brannan Cottage Inn, contact Kathleen Bakula, or call 707-942-4200.

Kathleen Bakula of Mobili-T offers private afternoon high tea by appointment.

Kathleen Bakula of Mobili-T offers private afternoon high tea by appointment.


Afternoon Tea: a luxurious break from wine

Visitors flock to Napa Valley for world-class food & wine, stunning scenery and warm hospitality. Returning guests know that this region’s greatest luxury is about making memories; celebrating unhurried moments with family and friends. With this generous spirit in mind, Calistoga’s Brannan Cottage Inn offers Afternoon Tea as a classic way to reconnect between wine tastings. This added guest amenity by Kathleen Bakula of Mobili-Tea is a charming mashup of Victorian tradition meets relaxed Napa Valley style, served in this uniquely historic spot built in 1860.

A longtime tea aficionado and Napa Valley resident, Bakula is a key member of Brannan Cottage Inn’s hospitality team. She chose to launch her by-appointment mobile tea service in the Napa Valley with Brannan Cottage Inn.  The picturesque Inn was the ideal setting to imagine days gone by when one could sit down to afternoon tea in a leisurely country atmosphere, as Calistoga’s founder and the Inn’s namesake Sam Brannan and his guests may have done on this very spot.

Using delectable local ingredients, vintage linens and china to create an intimate, elegant but never stuffy experience, Bakula’s afternoon tea is served in the garden, under the canopy of the Inn’s 300 year old Siberian Elm tree, or, if the day is cool, by the fire in the cozy parlor of this recently restored architectural gem.

To inquire about Brannan Cottage Inn’s Afternoon Tea service by prior appointment for your upcoming stay, contact Kathleen Bakula,, or call 707-942-4200.

Kathleen Bakula of Mobili-T offers private afternoon high tea by appointment.

Kathleen Bakula of Mobili-Tea offers private afternoon tea by appointment. blog: Watercolor Dress

Watercolor Dress

Watercolor Dress

In case I haven’t made it clear yet, Napa Valley might just be my favorite place on earth. It’s my happy place. The perfect place to wear a watercolor dress, a maxi dress, or a ginormous hat with a big, fat bow. My recent trip was my third trip in a year and a half to wine country, and my first-ever trip to Calistoga.

During my time in Napa, I stayed at the Brannan Cottage Inn in Calistoga. This boutique inn has only six rooms – making it the perfect spot to stay on a romantic getaway or to rent out for a girls’ getaway – and offers truly amazing individualized guest attention.

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What I’m Wearing:


During my stay, the Brannan Cottage Inn arranged the most amazing excursions for me and my friend. Coordinating with Luxury Electric Wine Tours, a local company that offers personalized tours (with a driver) using only all-electric vehicles, Brannan Cottage Inn sent us on the wine tour to end all wine tours. In a Tesla. So fun!

After enjoying a lazy morning (complete with breakfast in bed!), we were picked up, sparkling wine in hand, and shepherded over to Silver Trident Winery. Silver Trident was probably my favorite winery of the day. The tasting room is gorgeously designed (all Ralph Lauren!) and the sauvignon blanc and the rose were delicious. We then visited Quixote Winery, enjoyed lunch at Farmstead – home to what was quite possibly one of the best burgers I’ve ever had (pictured above) – and finished up our tasting at Del Dotto Vineyards (their cave tour is positively incredible). I so highly recommend reaching out to Luxury Electric Wine Tours on your next trip out to Napa… and definitely request Adam if you do a Tesla tour – he and his wife own the company and he knows Napa Valley like the back of his hand!

On our second day, Brannan Cottage Inn arranged for us to go on a tasting and tour at Davis Estates. Oh my gosh. If you have an eye for interior design (or just like pretty things), I so highly recommend going. It was seriously the most gorgeous winery I’ve ever visited (and I’ve been to my fair share!). Really just par for course on this picturesque, gorgeous trip!


Brannan Cottage Inn featured in

California Dreaming in Calistoga by Katherine Bond,, Jun. 2, 2016

“There’s a magical magnetism to a place like Brannan Cottage Inn…”

Napa Valley is a 30-mile long destination with rich, undulating hillsides. Within it, more than 500 wineries squeeze out some of the world’s most acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, Merlots, and Zinfandels. One of my recent favorite nooks within the region is Calistoga, a charming area known for its wines as much as for its geothermal hot springs and volcanic mud baths. Recently I discovered several reasons to fall in love with this spa haven town.

There’s a single main drive for all of Calistoga, dotted with quirky shops, celebrated restaurants and small town gems. Toward the end of it, just a quarter mile away and tucked nonchalantly along a residential street, the bright Brannan Cottage Inn sits. Built by Calistoga founder and California’s first apparent millionaire, Samuel Brannan, the cottage is a National Register of Historic Places icon and has been meticulously restored to its Victorian-era glamour. There’s a magical magnetism to a place like Brannan Cottage Inn; maybe it’s the light yellow awnings, gingerbread scrollwork, massive oak tree or the grand piano from 1880 that rests in the main room.


The inn, built in 1862, is undoubtedly adored by its current owners Amar Patel and his family, and is just one of three remaining cottages built by Brannan that still remains (the other 12 were destroyed). In addition to its timeless allure and excellent location just a few blocks from the main town area, the Inn’s daily continental breakfast with fresh pastries, smoothies and exotic teas is a morning treat. Eden, the head of marketing and the Inn’s resident concierge, makes sure every guest is well fed with additional treats.

A must-do pastime in Calistoga is visiting the area’s 40 of so wineries, particularly by bike. Rentals are available at the Calistoga Bike Shop, which offers comprehensive options for casual tourists to ardent riders. The friendly staff, busy the morning I visited, quickly got me on the road with an easy to follow map to Bennett Lane Winery. Many wineries in the area are by appointment only, but Calistoga Bike Shop happily arranges most appointments, particularly for groups desiring a day’s worth of exploring. Bennett Lane Winery is an impressive stop not only for its 37 over 90-point wines from every coveted wine trade publication, but also for its “wine maker for a day” course. The hands-on experience allows guests the chance to bottle their own wines directly from the winery.


After a morning of countryside biking and drinking, a hardy lunch was in order. Napa Valley’s world-acclaimed wines wouldn’t be as delectable without a renowned epicurean scene in which to savor them. Thankfully, Calistoga has dozens of outstanding eateries, including Sam’s Social Club, named after the area’s founder. Half outdoors, half indoors, the restaurant maintains a farm-fancy aesthetic common in the Valley with a massive fire pit, hand laid stonewall, and gleaming white wood paneling. Portions are generous and filling, laden with ingredients hand-picked or grown less than a few miles away in true Napa style.

Sam's Social Club

A post lunch activity ideal in the warm afternoon sun is Spa Solage, the signature 20,000-square-foot spa destination of Solage Calistoga. The all-white décor, manicured landscapes of lavender and topiaries, and idyllic pool give a heavenly essence to Spa Solage. It’s easy to spend an entire afternoon at the spa, suspended in a dreamy state. The spa’s most popular treatment, the Solage Signature Mudslide, is a three-part experience that unwinds and restores bodies with the area’s natural spring waters and minerals. The one-hour treatment starts at the mud bar where an attendant mixes a custom essential oil infused mud bowl. Once caked in the mud, applied either by an attendant or a companion, you’ll be escorted to the mud lounge, otherwise referred to as a massive dry sauna with fitted showers, where the mud dries and tightens the skin. The waters portion of the treatment is a blissful soak in a private tub, filled with geo-thermal mineral waters. The crowning third part, and honestly my favorite post-bike excursion, was a sonic nap in vibrating zero-gravity chairs.

Spa Solage

Though it took quite some effort to peel myself off the pool chaise at Spa Solage after an afternoon of lounging, I was pleased to make it to Evangeline, a quaint French Creole style bistro less than a mile from the spa. Seating is best outdoors amid the orange trees and vintage strung lights. The restaurant is relatively new, but has the congenial warmth and hospitality of a beloved local’s spot. Executive Chef Gustavo Rios doesn’t miss with Evangeline’s all-star French classics, from the brunch’s croque madame to dinner’s succulent foie gras. Unsurprisingly, Rios trained under one of the Valley’s most lauded celebrity chefs, Thomas Keller at Bouchon Bistro.

Calistoga, Napa Valley’s nook in the North, is reason enough to make an entire trip whether for epicurean exploration, wine tasting or spa-soaked sojourns.

Katherine Bond

Katherine Sutton Bond is a freelance travel and luxury item writer for She’s traveled the world and sampled some of the leading hotels and destinations of the globe. She often covers luxury events and technology. …(Read More)



TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence – 2 years in a row

The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is given for consistently great reviews from travelers.  Hospitality is our reason to get up in the morning, our pride and our joy.  The highest praise we can imagine is a five star review from a guest who felt completely at home in this exceptional property, and can’t wait to return.  It’s with great pride that we share that Brannan Cottage Inn has won this award for the second year in a row (woo hoo – clink!)

All of us on our small but mighty hospitality team feel like we have it easy, given where we are and what we have to work with. This 1860 Inn is a gem of an historic landmark with a fascinating story to tell, and it’s been reborn with taste, style and imagination thanks to our visionary owners.  Our handpicked culinary, wine, spa and tour partners throughout the Napa Valley are an extension of our guest experience.  We take great delight in connecting you, our guests, with those true wow wine tasting discoveries you can’t wait to tell friends about, or set you up at a restaurant that’s the perfect blend of setting, service and knock-your-socks off food.  It’s all here in this stunningly beautiful and generous place. We’re happy to share a fresh crop of riches with you, every time you visit.

Experience Napa Valley’s best wine, art & scenery with guided hikes

When all of us at Brannan Cottage Inn heard this brilliant idea to offer guided hikes highlighting art, history and literary legends in the stunning scenery that surrounds us, we flipped.  Talk about experiencing everything that makes this place special in an invigorating new way…


Our unique Napa Valley excursions pair fine wine and food with scenic hikes and inspiring art! We offer exciting options to choose from: 4 Hiking & Wine Tours, 2 Art & Wine Tours, and 1 Literary Legend Tour.  (We also offer tours in Sonoma Valley.)

For more details, and to check availability or book a tour, visit our website or call 707-927-1058.
Read AWA’s reviews here.   Recently featured on Visit Napa Valley’s blog: A More Active Way To Taste Wine in the Napa Valley

Special offer: book a tour and receive a complimentary souvenir gift!

We specialize in private tours, by appointment only, for 2-4 people. Prepayment is required; we prefer at least 48 hours advance reservation (but some tours we can arrange with 24 hrs. notice.)  Please inquire by phone for tours for 5 people or more. 

Price per person $125 includes:

  • Pick up/drop off at your lodging
  • Round-trip transportation by SUV (Licensed & Insured – TCP-36157-S)
  • Fully guided tour with a friendly, knowledgeable tour guide/driver/hike leader
  • Itinerary planned & reservations made at wineries, restaurants and art collections
  • Hike & Wine Tour also include: park entry fees, light snacks and use of trekking poles

Price does not include: cost of lunch, wine tasting fees (+/- $20-$25 per winery; we visit 1-2 wineries per tour); museum entrance fees, or tip/gratuity for tour guide (at your discretion).


Private Driver Service

Need reliable transportation to wineries, hotels. restaurants, events or other locations in Napa Valley or Sonoma? AWA also offers Private Driver Service by the hour.

To check availability or make a reservation, call 707-927-1058 or visit our website. Maximum 4 people. Prepayment is required.

Rates per hour (entire vehicle, not per person)
Group size: 1-2 people: $65/hr (4 hour minimum)
3-4 people: $75/hr (4 hour minimum)

Price does not include: cost of meals, wine tasting fees, or tip/gratuity for driver (at your discretion)

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