Best known for its hot springs, spas and trademark sparkling water, Calistoga is the northernmost town in the Napa Valley and home to approximately 5,000 residents. It was founded in 1885 by Samual Brannan, California’s first certified millionaire. Brannan purchased 2000 acres here and opened the area’s first spa in 1862. With the completion of a railroad six years later and bringing the rich and famous from San Francisco, the spa and town prospered. Today, named a “Distinctive Designation” by the National Trust For Historic Preservation, Calistoga enjoys a rich history of commerce that has included silver and mercury mining, agriculture – including prunes and walnuts as well as wine and table grapes, and tourism. The thriving downtown has preserved a more down-home “western” feel compared to the more polished ambiance of the other Napa Valley tourist communities, yet with Calistoga Ranch and Solage Resort, it’s the new playground for celebrities and the rich and famous.
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