If you are looking for a luxurious 5-star spa/wine country getaway. This place is NOT for you.
We stumbled upon this little gem this year while planning our vacation to Napa Valley. It is a very charming secluded B&B for those who would like to wonder, explore, and appreciate what nature has to offer. The ranch is little out of the way from the civilization, but it is actually 10 minutes away from Calistoga, 25 min (at most) from St Helena.
We stayed in one of the cottages. The rate is very reasonable compare to other places we have stayed. The cottage is minimally furnished and very clean. We had a private bathroom (some cabins have a shared shower facility), a fire place that kept us very warm (in addition to the heater in the room), a tiny but fully equipped kitchen, and no tv to distract us (I believe that there are rooms with TV in the main lodge). There is free WiFi available on premise.
The ranch has been run by the inn keeper, John, and his family for 3 generations (est 1913). He is very knowledgable about the land and the surrounding area. There are a lot to do and to see on the property alone (eg. look for 1000+ yr old redwood trees while hike down into the canyon). For those who are interested in the wine country, you can either go east to explore the Napa Valley wineries or head west to visit the Russian River Valley. The Pacific coastline is about two hours scenic drive away. The ranch is definitely kids and pets friendly. They have a small farm on the property where kids can feed and pet the farm animals.
Keep the rustic nature of the ranch in mind, and you won't be disappointed.
- 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