Calistoga Inn experienced a fire in late August, and locals are awaiting its renovation while reflecting on owner Rosie Dunsford. “Rosie has had memorial services for many Calistoga locals who have passed over the years,” JoLe server Cooper Lenhart explains, adding that she also “takes in all the misplaced drunkards.” The electrical fire did $500,000 worth of damage and affected 70 employees, and the inn’s closing clearly effects the community at large. Special events shower the calendar of the inn’s regular holiday schedule: from Fat Tuesday to New Year’s Eve, the inn’s lovely patio serves meals aplenty, and don’t forget the annual Pauper’s Feast close to Christmas. Last year, the menu included a choice of lamb, chicken or vegetarian, rosemary bread, and chocolate peppermint cake for dessert. All for $16, with caroling to boot. Lenhart goes on: “She always takes care of the town. Calistoga Inn is the local fun-loving place of Calistoga. The whole town is dying for them to re-open.” 1250 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 707.942.4101.—Elise Guillot
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