As is often the case in northern California wine country, what was once old is now new. By that I mean that vineyards, no longer at the peak of their production are torn out and replanted, breathing new life into the soils. So it follows that The Chanric Inn, established in Calistoga, California in 1876, has been reborn and remodeled with its new ownership in 2012.
The seven room Chanric Inn features six king bedrooms and one queen bedroom. Each room is unique and includes a marble bathroom with bath and body amenities by French Fashion Designer Thierry Mugler.
The owners, Jean-Marc Dollard and Joel Haddad, live on property and know a thing or two about creating a special environment for guests without being obtrusive. If you are looking for a “memorable moment” location, The Chanric Inn offers VIP treatment upon arrival – that is if you like being greeted with a flute of Schramsberg sparkling wine and chocolate truffles!
With the remodel, The Chanric brought high speed Wi-Fi to the inn, yet guests are able to detach from their electronics by the garden patio, heated swimming pool and jacuzzi or sip a glass of wine and relax on the porch.
Early risers are greeted with coffee and tea service placed outside of your room. Don’t miss the three course champagne breakfast with fresh squeezed juices of the day, as well as afternoon hors d’oeuvres, cheeses and featured Napa Valley wine.
The owners offer concierge assistance for things to see and do in Calistoga and surrounding wine country. Of course, you can always book a massage at The Chanric and lounge by the pool.
Evening recommendations: I had an excellent dinner at Brannan’s restaurant in downtown Calistoga, California.
The Chanric Inn is pet-friendly and charges $50 per day for a well behaved pooch.