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Calistoga mother-daughter adventure-need some tips!

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hey experts,
my mom and me will be embarking on our first
adventure alone in many years. we plan on doing
a lot of lounging and spa time, but I would love
A few winery and dining recommendations.
we are fun girls that don't need anything too fancy,
but love food!!!
one nice meal would be great.
As far as wineries, we are open. not super touristy though.
I love my whites- she likes pinot.
hope that helps a bit-
thank you!!!
Lisa

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    1. re: wolfe

      Thanks!
      I will have a car-

    2. Put JoLe on the top of your dining list in Calistoga.

      Up near Calistoga is August Briggs winery which you will appreciate. I would also make an appointment for Shramsberg and I don't think you'd go wrong with Zatilla and Chateau Montelena.

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      JoLe
      1457 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, CA 94515

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      1. re: CarrieWas218

        +1 for Jole, an excellent choice

        1. re: tom246

          We can go around too. I am open to checking out
          St Helena, Healdsburg etc.

          1. re: Rasheika

            In St. Helena, consider Terra (either the bar or the restaurant) or Cook for lunch.

            From Calistoga, Healdsburg is quite a drive... But over there, you want to look at Barn Diva and Selby winery.

            1. re: CarrieWas218

              For spa followed by lunch or dinner, it's very tough to beat Solage Hotel on Silverado Trail in Calistoga. The spa gets rave reviews and the restaurant is fun, beautifully designed and delicious.

              Agree with the rec for Schramsburg if you enjoy sparkling wine. Tour includes a walk through the historic caves and a comparative tasting of different styles of sparklers.

              1. re: cortez

                so i have reserved JoLe, and Mustards, should i go for Tra Vigne on the last night? never have been there......any thoughts?
                thanks for all the ideas!

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                Tra Vigne Restaurant
                1050 Charter Oak, St. Helena, CA 94574

                JoLe
                1457 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, CA 94515

                1. re: Rasheika

                  Tra Vigne -- NOOOOOO!!!!! Beyond mediocre and has been for years.

                  I would also question Mustards; are you and your mother big fans of giant platters of roast meat? That is the thrust of their menu.

                  I would suggest Redd, Bouchon, Terra, Cindy's Backstreet or the newly opened Alex or Bottega over Mustards.

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                  Tra Vigne Restaurant
                  1050 Charter Oak, St. Helena, CA 94574

                  Bottega
                  6525 Washington Street Suite A9, Yountville, CA 94599

                  Bouchon
                  6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

                  1. re: CarrieWas218

                    Omg!! This is the kind of advice I wanted!!
                    Will switch to Cindy's, and check out the others-
                    LOL

                    1. re: CarrieWas218

                      What about this Cook I am always hearing about?
                      http://www.cooksthelena.com/

                      1. re: wolfe

                        Cook Restaurant is in downtown St. Helena and is the Grace's Table of up-valley; understated, quality ingredients, and where the locals eat. It has been there for ages and I prefer it for lunch, leaving the fancier places for dinner.

                        Website: http://www.cooksthelena.com/

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                        Grace's Table
                        1400 2nd St, Napa, CA 94559

                        1. re: CarrieWas218

                          Sounds good, GTou-v is high praise from you.

                          1. re: wolfe

                            I would eat there more often but I'm a downtown Napa local (who walks most everywhere around here) and the drive up to St.H is a half-hour and I'm frequently lazy...

                            1. re: CarrieWas218

                              ok, tra vigne~OUT
                              looked up all the others....
                              cooks looks great, as well as, redd, and alex. if it was between them~ what would you choose?
                              remember, we don't need fancy~fun & good food is all we need.
                              thanks!!!!

                              1. re: Rasheika

                                I would chose Redd over Alex.

                                Alex is new and still finding its footing. Redd is very established and rather cutting edge. I would still take JoLe over Redd though as well.

                                You might want to consider Bouchon; there is nothing better for me than just saddling up to the bar at Bouchon and ordering the moule frittes...

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                                JoLe
                                1457 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, CA 94515

                                Bouchon
                                6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

                                1. re: CarrieWas218

                                  Less than a block away from Bouchon is Bistro Jeanty -- the bar just looks like a fun place to hang and/or eat and drink -- and the food is very very good!

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                                  Bistro Jeanty
                                  6510 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

                                  Bouchon
                                  6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

                                  1. re: Sarah

                                    Hey friends, after getting mom, we need to swing
                                    By Healdsburg on the way to Calistoga. Do you
                                    Think it's worth checking out Coppola in Dry Creek??
                                    Thanks again!!!!

                                    1. re: Rasheika

                                      Haven't been to Coppola's place, Rustic Francis's Favorites, yet myself. Word from friends and locals is that the food is good and the place is packed with tourists. Since you mentioned lounging, what makes it really unique is hanging out by the pool. Make an advance reservation for a pool cabine and eat/drink poolside.

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                                      Cook
                                      1310 Main St, Saint Helena, CA 94574

                                      Rustic Francis's Favorites
                                      300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville, CA