Calistoga may not have the posh atmosphere of neighboring St. Helena or Healdsburg, but what it lacks in glamour, it makes up for in character (and bargain prices). The Western-style shops along Lincoln Avenue, the town’s main street, lend Calistoga a down-home frontier feel not usually found in the highly refined Napa Valley. In addition to its prime location in California’s wine country (particularly near Schramsberg Vineyards), Calistoga is also home to historic hot springs and a small geyser known as the Old Faithful Geyser of California. The town has outlawed fast-food franchises, helping Calistoga retain its authentic charm. Nearby Castello di Amorosa, a winery modeled after a medieval castle, makes for an interesting visit, but don’t leave town without stopping into Solbar, renowned chef Brandon Sharp’s eatery located at the Solage resort. Where to Stay: For those looking to luxuriate, the Solage Calistoga is a great option, complete with the eco-conscious Solage Spa. Or try the cedar-shingled Calistoga Ranch, which seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor spaces.