Calistoga otherwise known as Mud City offers a variety of hotel accommodations, some with history some with sparkle. But none offer a cat named Cabernet, the Inn’s most popular mascot.
When I arrived and the gal in the office showed me four out of five rooms that were available, I marveled at how clean and bright they were. What I did not expect was a four legged very furry friend jumping out of the rear cat door to greet me. Well Cabernet and I became fast friends and pretty much sealed the deal for my entire very restful experience.
There are three pets on the property, Cabernet, Brut & Pinot. Cabernet is the friendlier of the two cats on the property. He is a very large main coon type feline who is as sweet as he is huge. He will greet you upon arrival follow you back to your room and pretty much be your rent a cat for your entire stay. And who can top that, especially if you’re a major cat lover like me. So with this in mind, the Chelsea truly provides you with all the comforts of home including a lovable pet… what more could you ask for!
Every morning, The Inn offers a lovely breakfast featuring a fruit, yogurt, and granola buffet. You also get one of their homemade casserole type breakfast entrees. My 3 days I had a fantastic egg relleno, Denver type egg casserole, and a French toast casserole. The breakfast is served in a beautiful room complete with a roaring fire, big Christmas tree and Cabernet planted there on a grand ottoman.
I was in the Palm Room, which is actually two rooms, each with a very comfortable bed, and a cozy robe in the closet. The bedroom has a four-poster bed, with a writing desk and lots of windows. The main room, has a gas log stove fireplace, nice flat screen TV and a large comfortable bed. There is also a refrigerator and microwave in the entry room. With a palm themed motif, lots of floral fabrics, hard wood floors, it provides all the comforts of home. There is also an adjoining Lavender suite that can be opened for additional guest accommodations.
Christmas time is the perfect time to be there, it is quiet with not all of the summer wine tasting crowd. Also, the outside is decorated with festive holiday lights and provides a good way to chill for a few days before the “big day”. I am sure summer is terrific as well, when their kidney shaped pool is heated.
The rates change from their Summer/Fall to Winter/Spring. Winter/Spring being the cheaper of the two and they have other properties close by as well: Wayside Inn, Chelsea Vineyards Home, Chien Blanc Bungalows, and Brannan Townhome. Next time I am going to plan a family stay at their Chelsea home set in the vineyards, which looks very magical.
When I was leaving I was told that a family would be checking in and using the whole property including the kitchen for an extended Christmas stay.
The location is wonderful, its 2 blocks from the downtown Calistoga area, which is 5 blocks of restaurants, tasting rooms, shops, and hotels. You really can park your car at the Inn once you’re in Calistoga and walk everywhere.
I am here to say that the Chelsea Garden Inn has a new fan in me. I had to hold the tears back when I left, and stop myself from trying to put Cabernet in my suitcase. He just adds to the overall comfort and peacefulness of the experience.
Don’t stay at any of the mundane typical Calistoga hotels, try something new, and wrap yourself in the lush setting of the Chelsea Garden Inn, it’s worth every penny!!
Chelsea Garden Inn
1443 2nd St.
Calistoga, CA 94515