Visit This Luxury Resort in Napa Valley

New experience includes debut of Culinary Venture House of Better,  remodeled guest rooms and updated famed mud baths and mineral springs spa nestled in Napa Valley

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Chartres Lodging Group announced that Calistoga’s famed geothermal spa, Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs, has re-opened for guests after a year of renovation by the acclaimed design firms SB Architects and EDG Design. One of the highlights of the renovation is the inclusion of the culinary venture, House of Better. It offers a luxurious accommodation experience and remodeled state-of-the-art spa facilities. Renovation features a fresh mid-century-inspired design.

This iconic spa destination is well known for its original neon sign and classic 1952 Buick special. It has attracted wellness seekers from around the world. The rejuvenating mud baths and healing waters have been its hallmark for seven decades where wellness meets happiness.

“As we embarked upon this renovation, one of our most important goals was to maintain the spirit of this property and honor the resort’s longstanding commitment to wellness and happiness,” said Robert Kline, CEO & co-founder of Chartres Lodging Group.  “We’re extremely proud to be the stewards of Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs and the agents of its renewal.

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Mid-Century, Modernized - The Design

SB Architects restored three Victorian buildings to preserve historic architecture and the resort’s integrity and legacy. It featured the property’s natural assets and opened up public spaces. The redesigned lobby is retro-with-a-twist. It added art of 52 clay disks and a water tower that celebrates Calistoga’s long tradition of soothing travelers.

“Adapting an iconic wellness spa to match the modern experiential traveler’s expectations has been an exciting challenge," said Maki Nakamura Bara, co-founder of Chartres Lodging Group. “

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House of Better - The Restaurant 

House of Better is the resort’s newest counter-service restaurant and bar. The restaurant is inspired by Trevor Logan's time spent in New Mexico and his background in health and nutrition. The restaurant features Southwestern-inspired food with a nourishing slant. The menu offers balance modern California comfort food and healthy options, daily fresh-baked pies and beverages that focuses on wellness from fermented drinks to curated wines and beers.

The complete menu is available here.

The Same Time-Honored Treatments, With a Twist - The Spa

The Spa at Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs remains the main attraction of the resort, offering the same world-renowned, mineral-rich mud bath treatments and secret-formula mud mixture of organic, local Calistoga volcanic ash perfected by Doc Wilkinson almost 70 years ago.

A full treatment menu can be found here.

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