California-based Woodside Hotels will take over the management of Dream Inn Santa Cruz and Indian Springs Calistoga. As California’s leading operator of independent upscale hotels, restaurants and spas, Woodside will grow the management portfolio of premier Northern California properties with these new additions.
Long before it became known for wine, this little town at the north end of the Napa Valley was famous for the hot springs and geysers that bub- ble up from volcanic soils at the base of 4,342-foot Mount Saint Helena.
Sam Brannan, California’s first Gold Rush millionaire, recognized a new kind of gold when he saw it. Envisioning a resort town to rival fashionable Saratoga Springs, New York, he was said to have bragged at a dinner party that he would transform the region into the “Calistoga of Sarifornia”—meaning, of course, the Saratoga of California.