Natural Wonders & Attractions 2018-02-09T02:32:06+00:00

Napa Valley Natural Wonders & Attractions

The Petrified Forest
www.petrifiedforest.org 

The Old Faithful Geyser
One of only 3 old faithful geysers in the world! Picnic areas and educational information.
www.oldfaithfulgeyser.com 

Calpine Geothermal Vistor Center
This is in nearby Middletown
1-800-GEYSERS
www.geysers.com

Armstrong Redwood Forest
Known as the tallest living things on the planet, the Coastal Redwoods are truly magnificent. About an hour drive from Calistoga. Continue your adventure another 30 minutes to the beautiful coastline around Bodega Bay.
www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=450

Amusement Park
Six Flags Marine World Discover Kingdom. 1 hour drive from Calistoga. Featuring exciting roller coaster rides and entertaining animal attractions. Over 197 different species from zebras to sharks, dolphins to alligators, butterflies to elephants, and cheetahs to penguins.
www.sixflags.com/discoveryKingdom/

Sonoma Train Town
For the smaller children and train enthusiasts of all ages. They boast of the most well-developed scale R.R. in the Americas, with other rides and attractions.
707-938-3912
www.vom.com/traintown

Cooking Demo’s and Classes
Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
www.ciachef.edu/california/default.asp

Cooking Classes in Calistoga
Casa Lana Gourmet Retreats
Fun and informative classes in casual atmosphere. See detailed information and the schedule at:
www.gourmetretreats.com/index.php

NAPA VALLEY WINE COUNTRY

Napa Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in Napa County, California, United States. Napa Valley is considered one of the premier wine regions in the world. Records of commercial wine production in the region date back to the nineteenth century,[5] but premium wine production dates back only to the 1960s.

The combination of Mediterranean climate, geography and geology of the region are conducive to growing quality wine grapes. John Patchett established the Napa Valley's first commercial vineyard in 1858. In 1861 Charles Krug established another of Napa Valley's first commercial wineries in St. Helena. Viticulture in Napa suffered several setbacks in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including an outbreak of the vine disease phylloxera, the institution of Prohibition, and the Great Depression. The wine industry in Napa Valley recovered, and helped by the results of the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, came to be seen as capable of producing the best quality wine – equal to that of Old World wine regions. Napa Valley is now a major enotourism destination.

The valley floor is flanked by the Mayacamas Mountain Range on the western and northern sides the Vaca Mountains on the eastern side. Several smaller valleys exist within these two ranges. The floor of the main valley gradually rises from sea level at the southern end to 362 feet (110 m) above sea level at the northern end in Calistoga at the foot of Mount Saint Helena. The Oakville and Rutherford American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) lie within a geographical area known as the Rutherford Bench in the center of the valley floor. The soil in the southern end of the valley consists mainly of sediments deposited by earlier advances and retreats of San Pablo Bay while the soil at the northern end of the valley contains a large volume of volcanic lava and ash. Several of the small hills that emerge from the middle of the valley floor near Yountville are indicators of the region's volcanic past.

Almost 4.5 million people visit Napa Valley each year, making it a very popular tourist destination in California, and "The World's Best Wine and Food Destination" as awarded by TripAdvisor's 2010 Travelers' Choice Awards.