Where to Stay in Napa Valley ft. Triple S Ranch Napa
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Last weekend, Nick and I set off on our yearly Napa trip. This was my third time going to Napa, but my FIRST time staying in the valley. Traditionally we have stayed in San Francisco and driven out to Napa a couple of days, but this time we decided to deep in the valley! Located 3 miles from downtown Calistoga (1 hour from San Francisco and less than 30 minutes from Santa Rosa), Triple S Ranch is a wine country oasis.
I sat here for about 30 minutes before beginning this next part, because I wasn't sure where to begin when covering the amazingness that is SSS. SO let me break it down for ya.
Like I mentioned above, Triple S Ranch is near Downtown Calistoga, which is known for its food and hot springs/mud baths. Long story short, it's a great area to be near. When you're in the wine country everything is kind of spread out, so when you're looking at a map don't worry about staying near "Napa". That's downtown Napa, which is really just tasting rooms. Staying in Calistoga was nice because it's a good middle ground - a good distance between Napa and Sonoma, but also close to other valley favorites like Yountville and Healdsburg. Another plus about SSS is that it feels like you're miles away from civilization, but you're really not. Other area attractions include the Petrified Forest, Safari West, Old Faithful Geyser, Bale Grist Mill, and Castello di Amorosa.
Triple S Ranch is more than just a pretty face, if you know what I mean. It was one of the original Ranchos, which were swathes of land that was given to prominent people in the state to encourage development via Spanish land grants. The "ranch" history of SSS has always been integral. It was a working family resort, restaurant, and ranch from the very beginning. One of its first "celebrity" visits is rumored to have been Robert Louis Stevenson! The victorian home where we stayed is an original, but I'll talk about that in a second. The other large structure on the property is the 2 story barn. It began as a dairy barn in the 1860s, but was later converted into a winery in the 1920s. With that change, the land was also refined as a place to grow fruits such as grapes an apricots, instead of raise livestock. Then in the late 1950's a family from SF bought the property and turned it into a full time resort and restaurant. A restaurant where Robert Mondavi ate on a weekly basis at that! And while I'm dropping names, Kate Spade actually did her first photo shoot by the barn, as well. In 2015, the property changed hands again, to its current owner, Derek Webb. He noticed the area had fallen into disrepair and decided to take on the project to bring it to its former glory and then some.
Nick and I stayed at Triple S Ranch as a getaway, but you can actually host special events and weddings there! They have an amazing barn (that I mentioned above) to host parties and receptions, complete with a dance floor, pizza oven, and more; however, what I think they are most proud of is their black walnut tree that is almost 200 years old. They call it their "Wedding Walnut", because it's a popular location on the property to get married! Something pretty cool about Triple S is that you can just rent out the barn OR you can rent out the whole property, so your guests have places to stay and don't have to worry about driving back late, on the winding roads.
We stayed in their beautiful restored Victorian home. It's one of the first things you see when you drive up and is just breathtaking. While it has been "fixed up", there are still a lot of elements that make you feel like you're living in the original. It's one of the oldest homes in Napa and with its beauty, you might just want to extend your stay permanently. (It was originally built in the 18060's!) It is a 2 story home with a renovated kitchen, living room, and dining room. There are 3 rooms with king beds and in suite bathrooms, so grab 5 of your closest friends and start planning!! If you need more room than that, say for like a family reunion, retreat, or wedding, there are 14 cottages and bungalows for you to fill up. With the whole property, you can sleep up to 50 people!
Can I start this off with the fact that this property rests on 20 acres?! I mean that's something in itself! It also features a full-size pool, hot tub for up to 25 people, fitness facility, and full kitchens in most properties.
Over all, I think you can tell that Nick and I had more than a great time, when visiting Triple S Ranch Napa and would highly recommend it. Something super sobering about the property is that it was very close to being engulfed in flames during the recent fires of 2017. Just driving less than a mile from the property (away from Calistoga), you will see only part of the damage that affected the entire valley this past year. We saw scorched trees, melted water tanks, and plots of land where houses used to stand. People lost their lives, homes, and so much more. I'm so glad that the history of Triple S Ranch is still alive and well. If you can make it out here to learn more about this California treasure, do it! What's next on my list? Visiting their sister property Spring Ranch, in Mendocino!
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