The ranch is celebrating its hundred year anniversary, and unfortunately, time has taken its toll upon the property. So I do tend to agree that it was a little too rustic for my tastes even though I have stayed in a quite a few less desirable places in our travels and am willing to bend for the surroundings. If you are a nature lover, this place is fantastic if you are willing to hike the many trails through the canyon. There are things to discover and maps to find them.
If you are a city slicker wanting or accustomed to Hyatt accommodations, this is not the place to come. The WIFI did not work the whole time we were there. There was no TV in the rooms or operating anywhere else although in the game room there was a TV with a VCR and a bunch of older movies. The TV did not have live stations...maybe one Direct TV is in order for this place to get the weather news if nothing else.
Our room (Mars) at the lodge was sparsely furnished and could have used a decent vanity or writing surface instead of a small wobbly table. The bedspreads were worn and the whole place had a tired appearance. The bed was up against the windows and there were no blinds so the curtains had to be closed even though we needed the breeze as there is no air-conditioning either. It was quite warm on Labor Day weekend and noisy with the pool and many children nearby.
They advertised coffee 24 hours a day but the first morning, at 7:30 the kitchen was still dark. Suzanne the owner graciously brought us a pot upstairs after I called and complained. Early risers have to have their morning joe! This could be simply fixed by a Mr. Coffee down in the dining room for early risers to do it yourself!
The ranch is reached by a rather long, winding road and is 7-10 miles from services so if you do a lot of wine-tasting down in the valley, be aware that there is a drive back up the mountain. We suggest that you bring your own groceries with you...wine, cheese, crackers, etc as there are no places other than down in Calistoga to get them. There was an ice machine and we took advantage of that to drink a lot of ice water. There are a lot of restaurants in Calistoga. We ate at a bbq place on the corner of the main highway and also at the Chinese restaurant in the middle of town.
The Breakfast was very good. Homemade French toast and a variety of nice fruits were available as well as eggs and bacon.
We stayed two nights, and even though we are seniors, we did go on a rather strenuous hike that proved delightful. There is a grove of nice redwoods down at the bottom of the canyon along a small creek. There are two swimming pools also but we did not use them. This place is ideal for families and also for family reunions where the kids can run free. The owners told us that they have lots of them there. The place is fairly secluded and private.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A rustic family-oriented, pet-friendly resort on 340 acres of beautiful mountainside nestled between the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Swimming, hiking, fishing, bird-watching, tennis, volleyball, croquet, horseshoes, ping-pong and pool. No phones or tvs, but lots of board games and books and animals to feed. Various accommodations and price ranges from rustic cabins [one step up from camping] to suites with kitchens and fireplaces. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mountain Home Ranch Hotel Calistoga
- Mountain Home Hotel
- Mountain Home Resort