This place is characterful in the fullest sense of the word. We had a truly blissful stay here. Our 3 children (16, 15, 11) rate our 2 night stay at Mountain Home Ranch as the best part of our 3.5 week trip to the USA which took in New York, Washington, Yellowstone, Monterey and San Francisco. That's quite a commendation!
We had a fantastic welcome from John and Suzanne who gave us great advice about what to do both on the ranch and in and around Calistoga as well as their famous and delicious breakfast spread. The kids spent most of their time on the tennis/basketball court or in and on the Ranch's private Lake Orth which we seemed to have pretty much to ourselves. The 2 pedalos and tin canoe which were left for the enjoyment of visitors were much appreciated, as was the laid back attitude. We parents felt completely happy to let the kids free-range as the place felt so safe and caring. While they dipped, paddled and bathed, we took John's recommended walk around the ranch's Memorial Grove (where moving plaques on trees commemorate John's grandparents who originally acquired the ranch in the early 1900s, and other relatives), the "hot" springs and tank (kind of luke warm actually but very refreshing on a hot summer's day) and the places where John used to play as a school boy.
We stayed in Grandpa's and enjoyed being able to cook for ourselves when eating out in Calistoga felt too expensive on the second night. Nice terrace overlooking the sunny small pool (but we preferred freshwater swimming in the lake).
Thank you John and Suzanne, we would highly recommend a stay at Mountain Home Ranch. It feels like a slightly ramshackle but very genuine and comfortable place, full of heart and thoughtfulness, compared to some of the more glitzy but impersonal places in Calistoga itself. And much better value for money in our opinion!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A rustic family-oriented, pet-friendly resort on 340 acres of beautiful mountainside nestled between the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Swimming, hiking, fishing, bird-watching, tennis, volleyball, croquet, horseshoes, ping-pong and pool. No phones or tvs, but lots of board games and books and animals to feed. Various accommodations and price ranges from rustic cabins [one step up from camping] to suites with kitchens and fireplaces. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mountain Home Ranch Hotel Calistoga
- Mountain Home Hotel
- Mountain Home Resort