Calistoga has always played second fiddle to the other towns of the Napa Valley. But finally our town will move to the fore front, as the Basecamp of wine country. Calistoga’s mayor, Chris Canning, without realizing, coined our town’s new title “Basecamp Calistoga”. In a Santa Rosa Press Democrat article dated July 27, 2015, Chris Canning, mayor and executive director of the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Bureau said, “It’s a base camp to Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties...we are being equated to Healdsburg and Yountville.”
For many years Calistoga has seemed too far north and St. Helena, Yountville and Napa all had room to expand. Fast forward to today, Calistoga seems to be the last remaining place to expand. In recent years, resorts like Calistoga Ranch and Solage were built, bringing a more upscale feel to our town. Restaurants like Jole, Solbar, Sam’s Social Club and Evangeline have also upped the ante in our town. Two major resorts will break ground in 2016, a Four Seasons and Calistoga Hills Resort, owned by CTF Development International, a Hong Kong based company that also owns The Beverly Wilshire Hotel. It is rumored that more than a couple of celebrity chefs are also looking for a spot in Calistoga.
If you think about Calistoga’s geographic location, with respect to the rest of wine country, is right in the middle. Easy access to locations like Napa Valley, Napa’s mountain appellations, Sonoma Valley, Dry Creek, Russian River Valley and Lake County’s Red Hills.
Exciting times for a town that was supposed to be called the Saratoga of California, but on the day that Sam Brannon gave our town's inaugural speech, he had a little too much to drink. In his inebriated speech, he proclaimed us the Calistoga of Sarafornia. True story!
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