Need to know
Midday; later check-out can be arranged on request, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $745.00, excluding tax at 15.25 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $45.00 per room per night on check-out.
Breakfast costs about US$45 for two.
Calistoga is a natural mineral spring, so its Bathhouse on the banks of Lake Lommel offers private therapeutic water treatments, including (appropriately enough), a skin-shimmering Cabernet Wine Bath.
At the hotel
Heated outdoor pool, vineyard, gardens, spa, gym, shops, library, free WiFi. In rooms: LCD TV, DVD/CD player, iPod dock, indoor-outdoor fireplace, alfresco shower, free minibar.
Our favourite rooms
All the lodges are freestanding wooden bungalows with outdoor fireplaces. We love the one-bedroom lodges with outdoor Jacuzzis, where you can bubble away under the starlit oak canopy, sipping cocktails from your wet bar.
Crisp white sun-loungers fringe the heated outdoor pool, where you can soak in both the warming waters and the stunning scenery – a dramatic backdrop of the vineyard, the oak groves and the majestic Mayacama mountains.
Bring a taste for tannins and a nose for a bouquet – the ranch not only has its own vineyard and label, but also has regular visits from vinters to give tastings. Guests who want to get their hands juicy can join in harvesting, pruning and crushing.
Furry friends are welcome, for a one-off fee of US$125, but they must remain on leads at all times (the ranch can provide dog beds and bowls).
Under-12s stay free. There’s a charge of US$100 for each extra person under 18 in rooms; lodge living rooms have pull-out sofa beds.