While the brisk autumn breeze is a rare occurrence in our corner of the state, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 things to do this fall in Calistoga, CA, to help you embrace the upcoming season. When we think of fall, we think of plenty of wine and local food pairings, smooth jazz and blues, and harvest fests that celebrate the bountiful reaping of local farmers’ hard work. Plan on the warm weather, but you can slow things down, embrace the season of change, and cozy up at either our Calistoga Wine Way Inn or Craftsman Inn for your fall getaway.

A couple having a picnic in a vineyard

1. Vineyard Picnic Lunch

Pair your winetasting with a vineyard tour and picnic lunch. Enjoy your afternoon on the picturesque estate of Clos Pegase Vineyard and take in the surrounding views atop your favorite picnic blanket. This unique wine-tasting experience combines local, seasonally inspired food items with wines that enhance and inspire your taste buds. After your lunch, explore the cave system and peruse the Tuscan-inspired garden.

2. Buster’s BBQ Jazz and Blues

Plop down to your patio table with a pile of BBQ ribs, tri-tip, or pulled pork menu options at Buster’s Southern BBQ. Soulful jazz and blues melodies will have you happy dancing in your seat. You can look forward to this weekly jam session every Sunday from 3 to 6 pm, one of the best free things to do this fall!

3. Villa Ca’Toga Weekly Tour

Step into the mind and world of Carlo Marchiori, a Venetian artist, at his residence and studio with a Villa Ca’Toga Tour. This guided tour navigates around the villa’s tasteful gardens, pools, and stunning Venetian-inspired architecture. His work includes a range of mediums, from paintings to statues, that will have you feeling as though you have been transported halfway across the world. Add this to your list because this weekly Saturday tour ends in October.

4. V. Sattui Crush Party

One of the reasons you should experience Napa Valley is to see where your wine comes from. And what better way to do so than with a party! The V. Sattui Crush Party celebrates the year’s successful harvests with highlights like wood-fired pizzas, live music, wine tasting, and a good old-fashioned grape stomp. This celebration will take place on October 13, 2023, so be sure to add this unique event to your list!

5. Outdoor Exploring

From experience, we know that the last couple weeks of October is the best time of year to see the new season appear. Plan on exploring the Napa Valley on one of the top five biking trails. Another option is to hike through Rober Louis Stevenson State Park. Finally, you may also stop by the Old Faithful Geyser of California, right in town! At our inns, we are within walking distance of our town’s favorite shops and restaurants. It’s the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible.

Calistoga, California, offers a captivating blend of outdoor delights and cultural experiences that make it a must-visit destination this fall. Your schedule will be packed with unique wine-tasting endeavors, bountiful local foods, soulful jam sessions, and a cornucopia of autumn memories to stuff into your suitcase. Remember this list of 5 top things to do this fall in Calistoga, CA, while you plan your stay. We’re the perfect host for your seasonal adventure!


Published September 2023