The wait is finally over. After several years of delay and wait, the Four Seasons Resort & Residences Napa Valley has opened in Calistoga.
Located at the north end of the Silverado Trail and across from Auberge’s Solage, this opening crowns a busy year for Napa Valley’s most laid-back and underrated city.
In 2021, several other Calistoga hotels and resorts unveiled major renovations (including Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs, Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa, and Solage Resort & Spa), and each came with a new concept. catering. Add the four seasons to the mix and Calistoga is now poised to be Wine Country’s hottest destination in 2022.
Four Seasons Napa Valley Excavations
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Entirely committed to the idea of being enveloped in Wine Country, the Four Seasons at Calistoga offers vineyard views from virtually every point, even the fitness center. Barn silhouettes and neutral-colored materials of stone, wood, and metal pay homage to Napa Valley history, but the Four Seasons’ level of luxury never falters.
The resort has a restaurant, on-site cellar, spa, two heated swimming pools with cabanas (one for adults only) and oversized Jacuzzis that can easily accommodate a dozen people. There is a pétanque court and a truly unique Napa Valley offering for families: free daily babysitting and programming for children ages five to twelve. Yes, that means you can do a wine tasting without them.
All accommodation has a fireplace, wine fridge and a private terrace or patio, usually accompanied by some sort of vineyard view. The bedrooms at the rear of the property have the best scenery: stunning views over a hillside vineyard from where you might be able to see the winemakers in action if you are there on weekdays.
The classic farmhouse design with understated elegance is divided into two levels. The bedrooms on the first floor have been designed to imitate a wine cellar; dark with a white bathroom and perfect for people who live with blackout curtains. Top-floor bedrooms are bright and white with a dark bathroom and vaulted ceilings to make them feel more spacious.
Custom made live headboards adorn the beds and each bedroom cheekily has a copy of Grapes of Wrath displayed open and on the wall. The bathrooms are the real centerpiece, with a freestanding tub covered in honeycomb tiling. Next to the tub is a wooden table for your wineglass, straight from the Calistoga Petrified Forest.
For those who need more space, the resort also has multi-bedroom villas on the property. We even have our own swimming pool.
Food and drinks at the Four Seasons Napa Valley
Truss Restaurant + Bar is the hub for all food and drink at the Four Seasons in Calistoga. Perched above the rest of the resort, there’s an expansive patio with fireplaces, lounge seating, and great views, especially at sunset. Beyond the floor-to-ceiling glass walls that can open out to the outside, Truss is split into two parts: the living room – a casual space with a bar for casual breakfast, lunch and dinner – and the formal dining room. The latter is quite intimate with only a glass wall separating diners from the action in the kitchen. There’s even a pair of chef’s tables in the kitchen, which is about as exclusive as it gets.
Unfortunately, only the Truss Lounge is currently open, as the restaurant has experienced growing difficulties. In addition to battling staff shortages during the Covid-era, Truss opening chief Erik Anderson (formerly of the two-Michelin-starred Coi) split up just weeks after it opened, apparently to launch its own company.
Longtime Four Seasons veteran Chef Shaun Acosta has temporarily taken his place, but the dining room is unlikely to open until they find a permanent replacement. For now, resort guests and the general public can visit the lounge or dine on the outdoor terrace.
For lunch or dinner there is an excellent wine list and casual cocktails, small platters, and entrees like a smash burger, pizza, or strip loin from Snake River Farms. My favorite dish at Truss was the duck ham, essentially a duck carpaccio that was both sweet and a little spicy thanks to a unique combo of Espelette pepper and orange jam. I was pleasantly surprised at how addicting I found the Green Goddess Whipped Tofu Dip that came with the raw vegetables, and the mash was one of the best “mashed potatoes” I’ve ever had. never had. At $ 150, the caviar course is crazy, but still one of the best caviar deals I’ve seen (especially presentation-wise), paired with chewy, cookie-like blinis, eggs. that look like pearls, sour cream and pickled red onion.
Just outside Truss is an outdoor demonstration kitchen with an Argentinian wood-fired grill. Here, guests can participate in cooking, wine, and cocktail-making classes.
The Four Seasons offers an additional dining option, an Oaxacan-themed poolside bar called Campo that serves Mexican cocktails, tacos, and light, refreshing fare like a tangy jicama mango salad.
The cellar of the Four Seasons Napa Valley
One of the most unique features of this resort is that there is an on-site winery owned by one of Napa Valley’s most renowned wine advisers, Thomas Rivers Brown, who has lived in Calistoga for over 20 years.
Named Elusa Winery in homage to Calistoga’s roots as a village of the Wappo tribe, Elusa essentially means ‘to take care of’ and is a term the tribe uses to describe the things they made or cultivated on their own, such as baskets and arrowheads. The Elusa team felt the name also reflected their commitment to caring for the land they grow grapes on – and they even took care to get the blessing of local Wappo representatives before using it.
There was already a small vineyard planted here before construction on the complex began, so Brown has actually produced wines for Elusa for the past decade or so. This means that visitors to the tasting room – it’s open to the public by appointment, as it’s technically a separate entity from the Four Seasons – have the chance to taste wines that are already 10 vintages old and have a good age.
Elusa sources exclusively from Calistoga vineyards, including the one grown organically on the property, making her a true hometown brand. Unsurprisingly, Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux grape varieties are their specialties, and they live up to the hype that comes with sharing space with a five-star resort. The Full Elusa Experience ($ 200) takes you on a vineyard and cellar tour and includes an intimate tasting in the library, which opens directly onto the barrel room, with cheese pairings.
R&R at Four Seasons Napa Valley
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A day of treatments at Spa Talisa is a must. Choose from several beautiful spaces to lose track of all your worries. Mixed areas include swivel daybeds, a hot tub with vineyard views, and a mud area for a skin-soothing mud treatment (a nod to the history of the Calistoga mud baths) .
Designated changing rooms have massive steam rooms and tranquil gardens with lounge chairs and misters for those hot summer days. For treatments, choose from a variety of massages, facials, and body treatments that will help your body detoxify the copious amounts of wine and food you are forced to ingest on your Napa Valley getaway.
// Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley, 400 Silverado Trail (Calistoga), foursaisons.com