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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.

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CNN Travel: 7 Best Places to Stay In Napa Valley

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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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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

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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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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.

Location

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.

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Rooms

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.

Family-friendly?

Families are welcome, but the property is best suited to adults.

109 Wappo Avenue, Calistoga, California 94515, United States.

00 1 707 942 4200brannancottageinn.com

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.

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.

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In The News: Our Wallpaper Style in Gallery Magazine

Gallery Magazine, Spring 2017 Issue

Off the Walls

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.

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Weekend in Calistoga: Hotels, Spas and Wineries

Nestled in the iconic wine county of northern California, just a little further north of Napa, is the quaint town of Calistoga. The town was originally made famous by the natural hot springs and volcanic mud baths, where locals and vacationers alike would indulge in these relaxing and therapeutic natural resources. However, since that time, Calistoga has continued to grow as a premium travel destination in northern California. Now, more than just hot mud, Calistoga has a number of world class wineries and has well and truly made its mark on the wine industry over the years.

If you’re looking for a break, or simply want to pamper yourself for a weekend away, Calistoga is the place to visit in the Napa Valley. Offering so much more than just a dip in hot volcanic mud, Calistoga is the perfect spot to spend a weekend exploring wineries with friends, indulging in some excellent restaurants or getting away for a romantic weekend.

We cover everything in this Calistoga travel guide, from where to stay and eat, to the best mud baths and wineries for your perfect trip away.

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Where to Stay in Calistoga

There is no shortage of excellent places to stay in Calistoga, but if you really want to find the perfect combination of relaxation, comfort and history, then the Brannan Cottage Inn is hands down the best choice in Calistoga. This charming bed and breakfast is operated out of an original Victorian cottage, which was actually built by Calistoga founder Sam Brannan back in the 1860s. It’s one of the first buildings in Calistoga to be recognized by the National Register of Historic Places for its connection to the founding of Calistoga, and the restoration and preservation efforts have ensured it upholds its historical charm.

Walking through the old rooms inside the main building feels kind of like visiting a museum, with old black and white photos adorning the walls and a very classic piano sitting in the entertaining area. The attention to detail on all the fixtures and fittings are impeccable, which give the Brannan Cottage Inn a nostalgic nod to its early days.

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There are 6 rooms available, each intricately unique and special in their own way, from the colorful wallpaper and tile work, to the individual decorations and room arrangement. Any one of these rooms would be a pleasure to stay in, but by far the most luxurious room is the Deluxe King with its gas fireplace, beautiful deck and amazingly comfortable bed. Our time in Calistoga was a little rainy, which made it super cozy to come back to an open fire with our plush robes.

Along with these added luxuries there is also a heated bathroom floor, massive TV with Netflix and Amazon Prime, champagne glasses and a fridge to cool that champagne. The private balcony deck off the front of the room is also a nice leisurely spot to enjoy some morning mimosas, if you’re so inclined!

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Located within 5 minutes walking to the center of town, Brannan Cottage Inn is an ideal spot for people that want to experience the local community feeling that Calistoga has to offer. For a town that gets quite a lot of tourism, Calistoga has really maintained a very humble vibe, making visitors feel right has home.

Brannan Cottage Inn is across the road from Indian Springs Resort, where you can also take a dip in the natural hot springs. Right next door to the resort is the delicious restaurant Sam’s Social Club. It’s also just a couple of minutes walk to the center of downtown, where you can find mud baths, hot springs, restaurants and local shops.

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Getting Around Calistoga

Another convenient feature of staying at Brannan Cottage Inn is the free Calistoga shuttle that can take you around the main town. It’ll also shuttle you outside of town to nearby wineries, so you don’t have to worry about how to drive home after a few glasses of wine. The Calistoga Shuttle is a ‘call on demand’ service that can pick you up wherever you are and drop you off to locations around Calistoga. You simply dial the number, request a pick up time and swipe your Brannan Cottage Inn card for free access. It’s the perfect option if you’re planning on visiting a winery for the day and want to indulge in a couple of extra reds!

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Visiting San Francisco while in the area?

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Calistoga Mud Baths and Hot Springs

Before the hip wineries and upscale restaurants became a thing in Calistoga it was all about the famous mud baths. And no trip to Calistoga is complete without a revitalization session in the mud. The emergence of Calistoga’s natural healing resource dates back to ancient volcanic eruptions, coming from nearby Mount Saint Helena, that have made the surrounding soil rich in nutrients and minerals. Long before American settlers arrived in the area in the 1840s, the indigenous Wappo tribe was taking advantage of the healing powers of the northern California hot springs and fertile soil.

The mud alone isn’t particularly appealing, but combine the thick volcanic soil with the natural hot spring water and you get a heated mud bath experience that will relax and rejuvenate any old soul. The best way to experience the healing benefits of the natural elements is to visit one of the many establishments that offer hot mud baths. Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort, located in the middle of town, has a super relaxing experience that everyone should indulge in if visiting Calistoga. The mud is a bit stinky (thanks to the sulfur) but once you get past that it’s a relaxing experience.

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You start by floating in the hot, thick mud for 20 minutes. You strip down to your birthday suit and slowly lower yourself down into the hot mud bath. You’d think, presumably, that you’d sink right into it, kind of like a soup. But the mud is thick, and unless you wriggle into it you just sit suspended on the top. Wriggling around in the mud kind of feels like wadding through quicksand until you hit the bottom of the bath. Moving in the mud is slow and feels a bit like the dreams you have when you’re trying to run, but your legs don’t move fast enough.

It can get pretty hot and a little constricting, but if you take a few deep breaths and relax it’s actually really comfortable being suspended and encased in hot mud. Once your time is up you can wash off all the thick mud that has found its way into every crease and crack on your body…. I mean every crease and crack! Jump in the shower and scrub off before popping into a hot bubble bath to really relax for 20 minutes. After that you can add on a massage to really top off the most relaxing couple of hours you could ask for on a weekend away.

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Where to Eat and Drink

Aside from the copious amounts of wineries on offer, giving you plenty of places to drink, Calistoga has a host of delectable restaurants on offer. Right across the road from Brannan Cottage Inn is Sam’s Social Club, named after Calistoga founder Sam Brannan. It’s a charming restaurant that serves up American cuisine. Sam’s is a big open restaurant with warm lighting and a real homely local feel. The meals are massive and a lot of the food is sourced from local farms around the area, so you know it’s fresh. We definitely under-estimated the size of the food here and ordered too much, but it left us with a midnight snack later in the night when we were watching Netflix in our robes.

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For breakfast or lunch be sure to visit Café Sarafornia, which is named after a famous word jumble from Sam Brannan, who didn’t mind a few drinks himself. This is also how Calistoga gets its name. After a few too many, Sam Brannan said he was going to name this area, the Saratoga of California, but drunkenly said, the Sarafornia of Calistoga. Hence, Calistoga got its name, and this super cute diner adopted the iconic name Sarafornia. Food portions are big and well priced, with a good selection of traditional American diner meals on offer. The milkshakes are extra massive; so if you’re two people, definitely split one.

Those looking for a good cup of coffee, make sure you visit Yo El Rey Roasting. Located in the center of town, it’s a boutique coffee roasting house that produces only the best, organically certified coffee from around the world. The owner, an avid coffee connoisseur, also offers roasting demonstrations in the shop on selected nights. If you’re lucky to be there on the night you’ll get to see a local coffee master explain the whole process and science behind roasting, blending and brewing premium coffee. It’s an educational (and delicious) experience for coffe lovers.

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The roasting experience pairs well with a tasting from local Olabisi wines, who have a tasting room across the road from Yo El Rey. After getting a nice pick me up from the coffee, drift across the street and listen to some local wine experts tell you about a selection of their reds. Olabisi Winery Tasting Room is a comfortable spot to kick back with a few samples from these experts in the field. They really know wine, and they love telling you about it over a couple of glasses! You’ll come away much more knowledgable about wine, and probably a little tipsy.

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Another excellent place to eat is Evangeline’s, where their French onion soup is incredible!

Wineries and Romantic Getaways

If it’s a little romance and private time you’re after then Calistoga has you covered. Aside from the gorgeous settings and surroundings of rolling hills and stretches of vineyards, Calistoga has some amazing opportunities to spend special time with your loved ones. Private winery tours, romantic strolls through the vines and a few good bottles of wine are more than enough to set the scene in Calistoga.

For anyone headed to Calistoga, we highly recommend a trip out to Bennett Lane Winery. This gorgeous winery, just a few miles outside of town (accessible by the free shuttle), is an unbelievably picturesque and perfect for wooing that special person. You can start the day off with a wine tasting and tour of the grounds, getting to sample the wines, while learning about the history of the company and the production of wine. For anyone new to the specifics of wine it’s a really great experience to hear about how tiny grapes can turn into something so delicious. Whether you’re a wine newbie or an experienced wino, the lovely staff talk you through all the different flavors and make you really appreciate the complexity of the production.

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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

 

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, kathleen@brannancottageinn.com 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.

 

GlitterAndSpice.com 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:

DRESS: SIMILAR, SIMILAR, SIMILAR / SHOES: ASOS / PURSE: J.CREW FACTORY
EARRINGS: KENDRA SCOTT, OLD (SIMILAR) / RING: BAUBLEBAR
SUNGLASSES: KAREN WALKER VIA DITTO, C/O (USE CODE “GLITTERANDSPICE” FOR 1ST MONTH FREE)

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!

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A BIG THANK YOU TO THE BRANNAN COTTAGE INN FOR SPONSORING THIS POST. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.