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Where to stay in Napa – For every budget

Both family friendly and dog friendly, what the Calistoga Motor Lodge lacks in Napa hedonism, it makes up for in charm and quirkiness. This renovated roadside motel channels a modern, mid-century America, camper-van-chic vibe with fun touches such as skipping ropes and hula hoops for little kids and big kids alike.

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Wine and Dine in Napa

Sun-soaked vineyards, oak-laden tasting rooms and sparkling wine plus spoons topped with caviar – it’s just part of the Napa experience. From the infamous resorts in St. Helena through the premier Napa wineries and to the revitalised downtown area, it doesn’t matter if you’re here for a relaxing weekend in Napa Valley or enjoying the Napa Wine Train on a girls trip, we’ve got you covered.

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8 Lodges with Hot Springs On-Site

The town of Calistoga, in the heart of Napa Valley, has a more laid-back vibe than nearby Napa and Sonoma. Plus, it’s got great trail access to hiking, biking, and plenty of wine tasting. But many don’t expect to find access to geothermal waters. The 50-room Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa (from $246), designed as an ode to the American road trip, has three mineral pools on the property fed from underground springs, plus poolside cabanas and lounge chairs for relaxing after your soak and a spa with treatments like mix-your-own-mud baths.

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A guide to the small towns of wine country

Mud baths are a favorite pastime at Indian Springs, but a few blocks down the road, the Calistoga Motor Lodge offers a modernized version of the treatment in its chic Moon Acre Spa, modeled after classic European bathhouses. It opened in 2017 following major renovations to a rundown roadside motel and is the town’s latest celebration of living simply.

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9 Cannabis-Infused Getaways To Take This Summer

This laid-back, rustic retreat has recently incorporated CBD into its spa treatment menu, offering two signature treatments. The CBD Soak ($75 for 25 minutes) is a twist on their popular Splish Splash featuring infused bath salts that help to restore the body after a workout, reduce inflammation, and relieve stress. The CBD Massage ($145 for 50 minute) uses a hemp-derived, rich body cream to reboot muscles, skin, and aura.

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10 Gorgeous Resort Pools that Make a Big Splash

This classic roadside motel re-imagined by NY studio AvroKO reverberates with mid-century nostalgia of fancy-free summer road trips, simple pleasures and cool, quenching pools to dive into after a long day’s drive. The design is pure retro with mid-century inspired poolside furnishings in a fresh palette of navy and white stripes, woven fabrics, and strung lights. Lounge in your own trellis-covered cabana or play vintage analog games. But the three pools – main pool, wading and indoor Jacuzzi – are uniquely Calistogan being fed by geothermal hot springs below.

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10 Stylishly Revamped American Motels

This 1940s roadside motel has been reborn as a 50-room Napa oasis. The lobby is a cross between an old general store and a 1970s-inspired living room, complete with green velvet sofas and a fireplace. Guest rooms feature vintage-inspired bedding and quirky retro art. Don’t miss the mix-your-own-mud bar and three geothermal mineral pools at the spa. Rates from $209 per night, depending on the season.

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12 Retro Motels with A Vintage Vibe that Feels Like a Wes Anderson Movie

Playfully borrowing from both the camper van and forties roadside motel vibe, the Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa brings some quirky color to the otherwise beige luxury of Napa Valley. It’s a setting straight out of a Wes Anderson movie, in particular, the white, mustard, blue and mint green tiled soaking room where steaming claw-foot tubs are drawn for guests ready to detoxify with medicinal salts from Japan, Turkey, and New Zealand. Outside, three mineral pools are fed from natural geothermal hot springs and utterly revitalize both your skin and soul.

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13 Luxurious Stays in Napa Valley

Palm Springs meets Napa Valley at the Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa. This 1940s roadside motel got a major facelift and now beckons you to unplug and simply chill. Simplistic in design and free of pretension, each of the 50 rooms is outfitted with camper-style banquette seating as a tribute to the great American road trip. It's the perfect spot for spending a cozy night in, snuggled in a super-soft sweatshirt robe (found in your closet), and immersed in a competitive game of Life or Sorry, available for checkout in the lobby.

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16 Soothing Spas and Saunas

This spa feels like the Platonic ideal of a roadside motel—congenial, comfortable, subtly transformative. The tub room is clad in porcelain mosaic tile and outfitted with tubs painted a custom color.

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Why Cabernet Season Is the Best Time of Year to Take a Napa Valley Road Trip

Detox at Moonacre Spa & Baths at the new Calistoga Motor Lodge, where the décor taps into classic, mid-century Americana. The vibe is pure camp – turquoise tiled walls dotted with cheeky signage surround claw-footed tubs that invite soaking while three geothermal mineral pools fed by underground springs await outdoors. For a dose of Napa Valley wellness-style, try the divine Wine Country Scrub – a grapeseed exfoliation followed by a full-body massage using oils infused with local rosemary and lavender. Afterwards, sit and schvitz in the spa’s large steam room, styled after the communal bathhouses of a bygone era.

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MoonAcre Spa and Baths Wins Global Design Award

MoonAcre Spa & Baths embodies the exploratory spirit of a fictitious Wes Anderson film, eschewing the conventional with colourful tiling, clawfoot tubs and patterned motifs. Judges observed: “MoonAcre is present, relaxing, and refreshing. It is a spa with a point of view.”

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The Chicest Motels in America

In its past life, the Sunburst Calistoga was a classic 1940s roadside hotel. Reborn in 2017 as the Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa, the property is an ode to the American road trip. The 55 rooms were inspired by Airstream camper vans, with retro prints, bold colors, and minimalist design (each one is outfitted with a camper banquette, too). Outside, there’s a distinct summer camp vibe, thanks to a rotating schedule of activities like group hikes, alfresco cinema night, and spa happy hour, as well as games like bocce ball, Hula-Hoop, cornhole, and traditional board games. And the three geothermal pools, which are fed by Calistoga's underground hot springs, are the perfect way to recover after a day in the car.

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Things To Do in Calistoga, California

Come for the vineyards in Calistoga and stay for the geothermal pools! Calistoga is truly a magical destination not just for its vineyards but many geothermal pools and mud baths. We spent the afternoon soaking in the three geothermal pools at Calistoga Moter Lodge that are all fed from nature’s own underground hot springs.

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12 Must-Visit Winter Getaways

One of the best new places to take in Napa Valley is this boutique hotel in a former 1940’s roadside motel. The retro-inspired decor by design firm AvroKO is colorful and inviting, dogs are welcome, and the spa boasts geothermal mineral water-fed pools, a mud bar, and one-of-a-kind massages. It’s a short drive to some of the region’s best wineries and restaurants, and there’s plenty to do in the area for a weekend when the weather is a bit too chilly for pool time.

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AHEAD Awards 2018 Winner – Hotel Renovation & Restoration

Once a classic 1946 roadside motel, this hotel is now a modern and whimsical interpretation of its former self. The design takes inspiration from the nostalgia of American road trips past, with interiors gleaning inspiration from analogue leisure. Judges stated: “Fresh, original, with its own personality. It is comfortable with who it is.”

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3 Newly Finished California Spas You Have To See

If there's one thing we'd love to do to kick off the fall season, it's check into a spa for the night — or maybe even two, or three. There's nothing quite as comforting and luxurious as the smell of eucalyptus, the coziness of terry bathrobes, and someone asking if you'd like another cup of fresh cucumber water (two extra slices for the eyes, please). I mean, does it get any better?

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36 Hours in Napa Valley

Napa Valley, a delightful landscape of wildflowers and grapevines spread across miles of rolling hills, has been immortalized in film, literature and European wine competitions. As the first and only Agricultural Preserve in the United States, and the first officially designated viticultural area, this small section of Northern California harbors some of the most hallowed wineries and restaurants in the country.

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2 Superb Napa Valley Road Trips You Can Take Now

Most visitors coming from the Bay Area tend to start a drive around Napa Valley near the town of Napa and move up. Winemaker Kevin Morrisey’s secret to avoiding the crowds (they’ll eventually be back) is to start up-valley, near Calistoga...

Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa

An homage to the classic American road trip, the 50-room Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa, located in the charming Napa Valley town of Calistoga, draws inspiration from '40s roadside motels and vintage camper...