Calistoga Ranch Private Residences

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By • Aug 12th, 2010 • Category: California Hot Spots

Owned by Olympus Real Estate Partners and operated by Auberge Resorts, Calistoga Ranch, a private residence club, unlike any other in the Napa Valley, was created for lovers of Wine Country who especially value the unique social and cultural events organized for owners. Calistoga Ranch is home to the signature Vintner Member Program, which provides owners with special access to the legendary wine culture of Napa Valley that is available nowhere else. At Calistoga Ranch, owners enjoy the spacious accommodations of a private home thoroughly embraced by beautiful natural surroundings, as well as the services and the amenities of a luxury resort. The club, situated on 157 wooded acres, maximizes its pristine setting with a private lakefront restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, open-air fitness center, hiking trails, wine cave and thermal spring-fed bathhouse offering spa treatments. In addition, owners participate in year-round private events hosted by member winemakers, including some of the most noted vintners in Napa Valley.

The Residences
Each two-bedroom Lodge offers nearly 2,500 square feet of indoor-outdoor living space, including a master suite with bath that opens to an outdoor shower and garden, an indoor living room, and an expansive kitchen with wine storage. At the heart of each Lodge is an outdoor living room complete with a fireplace. The placement of each Lodge is unique, depending on the topography of each site. Some Lodges appear to float over streams, while others are protected under a canopy of native oak trees or elevated high into stands of pines.

Ownership in The Residences at Calistoga Ranch
Ownership at Calistoga Ranch is realized through the purchase of a perpetual equity share in the Calistoga Ranch Club. Ownership can be acquired on a fractional basis, with list prices starting at $475,000. Use of the 23 Owner Lodges is unlimited, based on availability, and provides owners with the flexibility and ability to tailor use to their individual needs each year. Reservations can be booked at the beginning of the year, a month or two in advance and even with as little notice as 24 hours.
At its essence, ownership at Calistoga Ranch provides its owners with a spectacular home in Napa Valley without any of the hassles normally associated with a vacation property. Club amenities and services include Lakehouse dining, Bathhouse spa services, a vineyard and wine cave, heated outdoor pool, indoor/outdoor exercise room, concierge and housekeeping services, reception court, event lawn and walking trails, all managed by world-class Auberge Resorts.

Vinter Member Program
The Vintner Member Program offers owners unique access to the storied winemaking lifestyle of the Napa Valley and an exclusive insider relationship with the families and iconic wineries in this world-renowned area. This group of handpicked Vintner Members includes some of the larger, more recognizable wineries in the country, as well as small, award-winning artisan winemakers. Vintner Members include Far Niente Winery, Grace Family Vineyards, Quintessa, Silver Oak Cellars and Robert Mondavi Winery. Vintner Members Nils and Kirk Venge are the highly respected winemakers behind Calistoga Ranch’s private label. The celebrated and diverse Vintner Members provide owners with a wide range of unique, entertaining and educational experiences. In addition to providing private tastings and dinners at Calistoga Ranch throughout the year, Vintner Members host new release celebrations, harvest festivals, wine blending parties and pairing classes that are exclusive to owners. In addition, owners are invited to special dinners at Vintner Member estates and could be among the first to purchase limited edition releases.

Amenities
True to the Auberge promise, service for owners is attentive to every detail. Prior to arrival, owners can request customized preparations, including lighting fireplaces, shopping for food, or turning on soothing music. Owners can also ask for meals to be catered and delivered to their residence, or for their individual wine selection, stored in the resort’s wine cave, to be delivered, chilled, and/or opened.

In a move to further enhance each guest’s and owner’s personalized experience, Calistoga Ranch offers innovative daily activities that incorporate both physical and spiritual programs and classes that are complimentary to all its guests.

The schedule of activities, designed to capture the pristine setting of Calistoga Ranch, includes such unusual classes and programs as:

• Woodland Haiku: An outdoor class where students of all ages are encouraged to connect with nature and express themselves in words and on paper in this easily-learned poetry form. Participants receive a parchment with their favorite haiku hand-lettered in beautiful calligraphy, which makes a wonderful keepsake.

• Ai Chi: This popular 30-minute moving meditation class takes place in the water at the Bathhouse Spa (in the Private Soaking Pool) where guests are taught how to experience peace and serenity in this flowing movement class, while focusing on the breath. Guests are assisted with slight movement while working through this very relaxing meditation class.

• Photographer’s Eye: The activities team works with guests on composition and the art of photography rather than the technical aspects of photography. Students are encouraged to see and photograph the world with a fresh perspective. (Guests must provide their own camera equipment.)

• Bike & Hike Hill Climb: One of the most popular activities at Calistoga Ranch – this adventure starts on bike by heading to Bothe Napa Valley State Park where guests hike along Ritchey Creek among majestic redwoods, then hike back to the property.

• Yoga: Conducted outdoors on the Observation Deck, in the clubhouse or wine cave, classes are currently taught twice weekly.

The Bathhouse: Situated on the banks of the spring-fed Lake Lommel, The Bathhouse is designed to pay tribute to Calistoga’s centuries-old legacy as a site for healing mineral waters, and features a natural mineral pool and quiet treatment rooms with outdoor garden showers and private soaking tubs. A variety of unique mud treatments and baths reflect the true Calistoga soak/bath/heat ritual, but in an environment of pure relaxation, privacy, and nature. The foundation of the spa services offered consists of exceptional bodywork and treatments indigenous to the region, with a menu that rotates seasonally, and the use of only the purest ingredients.

Swimming: The outdoor pool features dramatic views of the vineyard, oak groves and Mayacama Mountains.

Hiking: One hundred forty acres of land are dedicated to active pursuits, with a hiking trail available to guests and owners on property, as well as numerous hiking areas within a 10-minute drive of the hotel.

Fitness Center: A beautifully equipped indoor/outdoor fitness center overlooks the pool and the vineyards, with a selection of the latest cardiovascular and strength training equipment.

For more information about The Residences at Calistoga Ranch, visit www.calistogaranchliving.com or call 800-411-1003.

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