Just returned from an AMAZING couple of days of R&R with the girls up North and felt compelled to blog the experience that is Solage Calistoga. It’s nice when you can drive two hours away and feel like you are in a whole new world. I’ve done the entire Napa and Sonoma experience, the restaurants, the wine tasting, but this was a special kind of getaway. Although we were stationed at the Northern most tip of the wine country we really didn’t do anything. We ate, we drank, we lounged, we laughed about nothing, we gossiped. That was about it. I heard KC this morning say that we “recharged our batteries.” That was it. That’s what we did and sometimes it only takes 48 hours and some close girlfriends to do so. If you are looking for a quick trip to do just that, visit http://www.solagecalistoga.com/ and book a couple of nights.
We stayed in cottage #15. A gorgeous spot which is a quick shot to the pool and restaurant. Did I mention that Solage is Dog friendly? These guys were beside themselves. Two days with their favorite girls and plush dog beds? The labs made themselves at home right away.
We set up camp and spent some time decompressing on the cute little patio we had. The weather was overcast but it was perfect. Solage provides each cottage with beach cruisers to use for your stay. The roads are flat, you can can ride into town or to any of the dozens of wineries surrounding the property.
The first night we ate at the Michelin Star rated Solbar. It’s not a huge place, the inside is rustic and cozy and the patio is festive and perfect for a couple of ladies looking to unwind. We cozied right up to the marble fire pit nestled under a few strands of lights, ordered a bottle of wine and sampled some pretty fantastic items…. including:
A tangle of raw winter vegetables with greek yogurt ranch dressing,
king trumpets, dried french onions, and pickled mustard seeds
braised pork belly, craw fish and daikon roll, house kimchi
crispy onion, pasteli, pineapple and tamarind jus
The Chef’s tasting was fabulous: “SolBar Cigars”
Served in a cigar ashtray. Thin Phylo dough rolled with
wild Alaskan smoked salmon, a horseradish creme friache
filling with chives.
There were so many amazing dishes on the menu, we were tempted to try a few different items until we heard about the chicken. Then we knew that no one was going to be sharing, so we all ordered the same thing.
I love truffle and this was probably one of the most fantastic truffle dishes that I have ever ordered.
Black truffle roasted St. Mary’s chicken
with a cassoulet of flageolet beans and stewed chicken
honeyed cippolini, mustard greens & rhubarb. Just a note
about this chicken – the black truffle was smothered with butter
underneath the skin of the chicken and infused the entire dish.
The remnants of what was
cremeux of venezuelan chocolate and pistachio cream.
Day two was spent riding into town, lounging by the pool and playing a couple of rounds of sunset Bocce Ball over cocktails. While I was tempted to stick to the Moscow Mule that I have been loving lately, something different caught my attention and might be my new drink of choice – that is, if I ever learn how to make Orgeat Syrup at home. I give you the “Moon and Stars:”
Bombay gin, fresh fennel, house made orgeat syrup, ginger ale and star anise. YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM.
The restaurant was so great the first night, how could we not go back? On the second night we ate off of the lounge menu, a lighter version of the full menu with a phenomenal experience called “The lucky pig.”
10 hour slow roasted shoulder of Hampshire pork with sesame crepes, lettuce cups, Mongolian peanuts, pickled pineapple, sweet chile sauce and…..some assembly required.
We capped the night off with a glass of wine in the hot tub and cruised the old Silvarado Trail Home today. I can’t wait to come back to this amazing spot with my husband.