8 SPA, BEAUTY & WELLNESS SPA, BEAUTY & WELLNESS Napa Valley’s #1 Spa Town. THE ATTRACTION Geothermal hot springs, dramatically visible at the Old Faithful Geyser north of town, lace the deep rocks underneath Calistoga. Access to the source is plentiful through the myriad resort spas within our city. THE HISTORY Millions of years ago, eruptions of nearby Mount St. Helena left behind volcanic ash. Four thousand years ago, the native Wappo Indians knew the curative powers of Calistoga’s hot water and earth. These same natural resources made the town a wellness destination in the 1860s when it was founded by Sam Brannan, California’s first millionaire. The combination of hot rich mineral water, volcanic ash and the justly famous mud baths continue to bring visitors here from around the world to de-stress in a remarkably effective way, enhanced even more by the skilled, strong, intuitive hands of the town’s most revered wellness practitioners. THE RELAXATION The other truly relaxing aspect of Calistoga is the complete sense of acceptance for who you are and why you’re here. No one smirks if you walk down the street in a robe with your wet “spa ‘do” and that glazed, blissful look in your eyes – we just smile in recognition. Visitors are sure to wind down and relax at the source.