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Calistoga has a wealth of things to do and see, from natural phenomena like the Old Faithful Geyser of California and the Petrified Forest, to manmade wonders such as Castello di Amorosa, the spectacular 13th century Tuscan castle winery, and artist Carlo Marchiori’s fanciful home, Villa Catoga. Nature lovers can rent bikes and climb the challenging Oat Hill Mine Trail, and hike or camp at Bothe-Napa State Park. Hot air balloon and glider rides offer an unforgettable experience soaring over this gorgeous valley, and canoe trips are also available nearby. Families seeking excitement can see wild African animals up close at Safari West. History lovers can visit the Sharpsteen Museum to learn about Calistoga’s rich past. Race fans flock to Calistoga’s Louie Vermeil Speedway at the Napa County Fairgrounds for sprint car & motorcycle races; the Fairgrounds also have a golf course and RV campgrounds. The area’s most unique restaurant is the Napa Valley Wine Train, which serves excellent food and wine while you savor the passing landscape. The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone is a renowned cooking school which gives visitors culinary insights through its demonstration kitchen, tours and classes.

Calistoga has year-round wine, food, music, art and wellness events, and is famous for its spirited parades, like the Lighted Tractor Parade (first Saturday night in December) and the July 4th Silverado Parade. Award-winning music & wine events are Mustard, Mud & Music, the town’s March jazz festival, and the Downtown Blues Fest in October. Every January is Health & Wellness Month in Calistoga. Go to for a current calendar of events.

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