Lake Berryessa is roughly a 45-minute drive from Napa along the rural, switchback CA 121-North. If you’re visiting Napa Valley and are staying Upvalley, you can also reach Lake Berryessa from Rutherford along CA-128 E. Any vehicle will do, but a scenic drive like this, with few cars and a warm California day, is best done with the wind in your hair, à la motorcycle or convertible.
Insider Tip: Type your final destination into your maps app ahead of time, for you’ll likely lose cell service along the way.
Most of the restaurants and shops are focused on just a few streets, centered around Lincoln Avenue with its eclectic shops, fine dining establishments, and the vibrant Arts Walk. The town touts itself as a destination for happy and healthy pleasure seekers and it offers the ability to walk and bike to just about everything, including to and from the luxury resorts and spas, as well as hiking trails in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. Like the rest of the Napa Valley, the town itself is surrounded by famous vineyards, wineries and larger estate properties. Access to hot springs, vineyards, and excellent cuisine make homes for sale in Calistoga CA very desirable.
In the 1860s, Sam Brannan, the leader of the permanent American settlers to arrive, developed a spa similar to one in Saratoga, New York. The town was later named Calistoga, after Brannan’s tipsy proclamation that he would make this area the Saratoga of California — which came out as the “Calistoga of Sarafornia.” When Brannan’s vision of building a railroad was realized, Calistoga became a summer retreat for San Franciscans.
Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph star in the Netflix movie Wine Country, which was filmed and set in Calistoga and the surrounding Napa Valley.
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