California pioneer Sam Brannan founded a spa at the north end of Napa Valley in the 1860s, and the town of Calistoga grew up around it. It's still one of the best places in wine country to soak away stress.
Built on the grounds of Brannan's original holiday spot, Indian Springs Calistoga offers a broad menu of traditional treatments. Those spooked by mud baths may prefer to float in the naturally heated outdoor pool or indulge in an exfoliating salt scrub.
The Sharpsteen Museum is full of surprises, such as one of Brannan's guest cottages furnished Victorian style and a diorama of the 19th-century resort, complete with a pavilion for dancing and roller-skating. The bookshop is a trove of local history, with works on the Native Wappo and on Prohibition in Calistoga.
For brunch at Lovina, enjoy a salad of warm duck confit, kale, and locally foraged wild mushrooms. Or try the lightly sauced barbecued Berkshire pork sandwich with a lemony kohlrabi slaw.