Friday, October 18, 2013

Wine Country: Calistoga, Euro Spa & Inn

Euro Spa & Inn  1202 Pine St., 2 blks. from downtown, (707) 942-6829.  13 rooms.  All gas heaters.  Heated pool; hot tub; full-service spa.  Afternoon cookies & cider; continental breakfast.  No pets.  Children welcome.  Built in 1935, this motel has a center courtyard and is shaded by mature trees.  Downtown is just a nice two-block walk through a pleasant tree-lined residential neighborhood.  A self-serve continental breakfast is served outdoors on a sheltered patio and includes whole fresh fruit as well as a prepared fruit bowl, delicious pastries from Costeaux French Bakery in Healdsburg, and an egg entrĂ©e such as Dungeness crab-scrambled egg strudel.  The spacious pool area has several large grassy areas, shade trees, and plenty of lounge chairs.  A free shuttle operates within a 3-mile radius.  Guest rooms vary in size, but all are roomy.  Decor is simple, with wall-to-wall carpeting and a few pictures on the walls.  Beds have knotty pine headboards and are made up with white cotton sheets and topped with a light white cotton-covered duvet. 
All rooms have a small front porch, and free wireless is provided throughout.
   
     Under separate ownership, The Spa ((707) 942-4056) is tucked into a detached part of the motel.  It offers an extravaganza of treatments, including a soothing and detoxifying mud wrap using several kinds of clay, local milled grape seeds, and local volcanic ash.  (This is different from the traditional mud bath available at some other places in town, where you actually climbs into a tub full of volcanic ash mud.  In this case, the creamy mud feels like wax and is applied by an attendant.)  Local grape seeds are also used in a foot renewal treatment, and an oxygen facial infuses effervescent oxygen and peptides into the skin for a firming treatment.



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