What a delightful discovery. We ( my daughters and myself) were looking for a moderately expensive, dog-friendly hotel or B&B with a pool . The proprietor at "Hideaway Cottages" referred us here as they did not accomodate pets. Many thanks to "Hideway Cottages" for steering us here and I am looking forward to staying there as well "sans" dog.
We stayed in Grandma's cottage ( 1/2 house), with kitchen, fireplace, two kings and a bathroom, behind the small, heated pool. It had a nice little deck surrounded by flowering plants adjacent to the main building ( office, dining room, library, game room). This place has a rich history as it was where the proprietor's grandparents lived. They were the original owners in 1913 and the entire property (various cabins, cottages and rooms in the lodge as well as farm, tennis courts, two swimming pools, mineral springs, creek) has been in the family since.
I would call it "rustic relief" because it was a nice escape from the bustle of the city and the sometimes pretentiousness of wine country. There were no tv's or telephones in the accomodations but there were plenty of opportunities to meet other visitors, play a game of ping-pong or tennis, splash in the pools or just enjoy the scenery. The hosts were friendly and relaxed. I've heard they cook a mean breakfast (which comes with your stay) or can whip up a delicious dinner for a fee in their spacious dining hall.
Unfortunately, we could only stay one evening and missed breakfast. However, we will be back again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A rustic family-oriented, pet-friendly resort on 340 acres of beautiful mountainside nestled between the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Swimming, hiking, fishing, bird-watching, tennis, volleyball, croquet, horseshoes, ping-pong and pool. No phones or tvs, but lots of board games and books and animals to feed. Various accommodations and price ranges from rustic cabins [one step up from camping] to suites with kitchens and fireplaces. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mountain Home Ranch Hotel Calistoga
- Mountain Home Hotel
- Mountain Home Resort