Set amongst Calistoga vineyards in the shadow of the Palisades mountain range, Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection, serves as a magnet for serenity seekers. Calistoga has long maintained its reputation as Napa Valley’s low-key destination, proudly heralding the unofficial motto Relax… it’s Calistoga.’ Rather than compromise the town’s maxim, Solage arguably amplifies it. The resort’s 22 beautifully landscaped acres safely provide room to breathe, space to relax, and even room to study or work remotely.
Eighty-nine casually elegant, stand-alone, spacious ‘studios’ and suites, each with its own entrance, offer an ideal retreat for either a short reprieve or a week-long (or more) ‘work from’ respite – the best way to take advantage of all that Solage offers. Enlist best-in-class tutors for the kids, take a Zoom meeting poolside, or take advantage of your outdoor, furnished patio, framed by nature. Each neutral-toned haven features the finest linens, sumptuous robes, and Nespresso machines. Some have fireplaces and deep soaking bathtubs. A gracious staff stands-by to fulfill nearly any request. Solage is also set to debut 11 brand-new studios, including two 2-bedroom suites ideal for group getaways or your annual family vacation.
When it’s time to unwind, head to the resort’s centerpiece, its expansive pool. Heated temps and two adjacent hot tubs ensure usage all year long. A recent renovation featuring expanded pool deck space with private cabanas, sunny lounge spaces, and a new restaurant, PicoBar, is set to open in May 2021. Inspired by the traditions of Mexican walk-up taco joints using Napa County’s flavors and bounty, PicoBar is a contemporary reinvention of the classic “pool grill.” The geothermal Bathhouse pools and lounge area have also received renovations that further emphasize serene separation.
Another of Solage’s fabulous perks is the two cruiser bikes parked outside of each studio and suite. This nearly effortless mode of transport allows guests to spontaneously explore nearby vineyards and Calistoga’s quaint city streets. This whimsical amenity affords a sense of freedom that many have missed over the past year.
Solage’s outstanding restaurant Solbar continues to offer either outdoor or in-room dining. Long a signature aspect of the resort and the restaurant, Solbar’s heated patio has been expanded and is favored for its twinkling string lights, flowing fountain, and leafy canopy. Chef Gustavo Rios oversees the kitchen; his elevated comfort food dishes celebrate bold flavors that reflect the resort’s vitality. His Latin background influences his soulful cuisine, and his innovative methods showcase his experience with European techniques. Signature dishes include House Tagliatelle with lemon bellwether ricotta, roasted hen-of-the-wood mushrooms, garlic-herb persillade, and toasted pine nuts, and the Snake River Farms’ Pork Chop with crispy Kurobuta pork, seared cabbage, onion marmalade, apple butter, and beer-mustard sauce. A new cocktail menu features the classics and ‘sober curious,’ super food-infused selections that provide fuel for those trying to get in a full eight hours. Whether booking Solage for a little R&R, as a work retreat, or both, safe serenity is assured.
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Article By: Fran Miller