A Little Piece of Heaven

While in California last weekend, my dear pal I was visiting and I took a little side trip to Calistoga. We stayed at what can only be described as the best hotel ever in the history of the world. Friends, meet Solage. If you ever in the area and you're in the middle of a life crisis so money is no object, this is the place to stay. The resort is made up of tons of little cottages all connected by pathways. There were two beautiful pools, a spa and a delicious award winning restaurant with a focus on local, sustainable foods. It's located on a long strip of road with wineries all around. And (my favorite part) upon check in you're given two beach cruisers to use during your stay for biking around the area and to the wineries. It was amazing. We weren't exactly in the get out and see the area tourist mode, so we mostly stayed around the resort. It was so lovely we didn't feel the need to leave. It's luxurious without being pretentious and there's soul and charm to the place. Plus the surroundings are so beautiful, and they've done a great job of keeping the focus on the natural beauty of the area while still giving you a world class experience. If I'm being honest, I kind of wanted to just stay there forever. The door to our cute little bungalow, #51.

solage_door#
solage_door#

The adorable cruisers were parked in front of our cottage, just waiting to be ridden.

solage_doorbikes
solage_doorbikes

There was a back patio with comfy chairs, a thatched trellis and some lovely flowers.

solage_patio
solage_patio

We ate delicious breakfasts, and the hotel brought bottles of water with fresh mint (a detail yours truly particularly enjoyed).

soalge_foods
soalge_foods

And, of course, vino. I mean we were in wine country after all.

solage_vino
solage_vino

I admit , we spent most of our time on that back patio. And, when we weren't there we were relaxing poolside or sleeping.

solage_pools
solage_pools

{borrowed these photos from the Solage website}