Castelo di Amoroso and Brannan’s Calistoga

It was the hottest day of the year, to date.  We were out exploring, looking for photo opportunities.  We had just blown $50 on a very short tour of Castelo di Amoroso.  The tour was very disappointing!  For $50 for the two of us we were allowed to walk threw a few sections of the castle.  The walk took maybe 5 minutes, and that was including the time we stopped to take photos.  I guess they get away with charging that as it is the only castle in the area.  If you would like to see it, I would suggest just taking your photos outside the property and enjoy walking threw the grape vines.  There are so many great options to capture the moment without a fee.  (Our best photos were taking outside the paid area!)

We decided to visit Calistoga.  Calistoga is a very small town with small shops and restaurants.  There are a few art galleries.  Hot springs and mud baths are available.  We did not indulge.  We did enjoy browsing the shops and galleries. We decided to have lunch and cool off at Brannans.  I made a reservation on Open Table.  (Why not get some extra points?)

When we arrived, it was nice and cool inside, as we had hoped.  We started with Calistoga Cooler.  Our waitress told us that was the drink of the day.  It was indeed refreshing.    A cocktail made with ginger beer?  Delishous! This was the best part of the meal.

I opted for the the Cob Salad with Chicken added.  Diggie, of course, went for the burger and fries.  My salad was HUGE!  It was a bit on the salty side for me, but I was happy that they were aware of gluten and could assure me that my meal would be gluten free.  Diggies burger was decent.  The bun had not been toasted or heated, and was soggy by the time it arrived to the table.  The fries were hot and crispy.

We have not yet established a rating system.  There for, I will say that the service was good. The waitress was friendly and attentive. The food was adequate. The price was high for the quality of the food.  At these prices, I would like to see organic, clean foods.  I would not go out of my way to return.

Perhaps the heat of the day diminished my tolerance?  

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