Relax: All You Need is Wine and Some Mud

There’s more to California wine country than vineyards. For a true unwind, head north to the base of Mount Saint Helena. There, at the very tip of Napa Valley, you’ll find the town of Calistoga – and an entirely unexpected way to kick everyday stress to the curb:

Mud. An entire bath full of it.


Calistoga is known for its mineral-rich hot springs and natural volcanic soil. Back in the day (before we all viewed Napa as sommelier central), the area’s native Wappo tribe discovered that mixing the two resources into “mud” had some serious healing effects. Reduced joint and muscle pain. Increased circulation. Overall calm.

In 1946, these therapeutic mud baths made their spa debut. And today? You can reap the benefits in spas across Calistoga. Unusual, yes – but so relaxing you might even forget about the wine.

And if mud isn’t your thing, soak up the town’s natural healing qualities in the hot springs – named among the “World’s Coolest” by Travel + Leisure. The Sunburst Calistoga Hotel, with its luxuriant geothermal mineral pool, wading pool, and Jacuzzi fed by hot springs from right under the property, is a good place to start.

Our The Sunburst Calistoga Hotel – Calistoga, CA Boutique opened Thursday, October 17, at 11AM ET.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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October 17, 2013