We have been visiting "the ranch" for over a decade now with our family every summer. It is hard to review a place that feels like home and comment on people that have become dear. For our family, the closer to nature we are, the happier we are. When you are at the ranch you are close to nature in every possible way. The food is homemade with love and clean and perfect. The rooms are cleaned with natural products; the pool is heated by burning wood. You go on a hike in trees hundreds of years old, you swim, you paddle out on the lake to listen to the wind, you fall asleep in the hammock reading, you wake and go look a horse in his majestic eyes or watch a chicken roost. The sunflowers are as big as the moon and the stars at night can seem even bigger than that. You hear singing by the camp fire; you play a board game with your kids and snuggle into your clean bed that smells of lavender. In the morning you rise to the roosters and the healthy smells coming from the kitchen. Suzanne and John are there to greet you with hot coffee, a smile, and a story to share. You meet friendly travelers. Nothing is rushed, life is cherished. If this is the perspective you are needing or if you have forgotten what it felt like when you were as a kid on a summer’s day, then you should probably come for a visit. It is a simple place.
- 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