Du Jour Magazine Retro Revival

Originally built in 1886 as the family home for prominent Calistoga merchant James H Francis, THE Francis House, a meticulously restored 5-bedroom inn, is the newest place to stay in the wine country. Formerly the Old Calistoga Hospital for 45 years, the new sparkling property- appointed with custom tufted headboards, European white oak floors, custom…

Sonoma Magazine “Second Act”

by MEG MCCONAHEY Calistoga’s Hospital lay empty for so long, there were people in their 50s in town who were born after the state declared it unsafe and the last patient moved out. By the time Dina and Richard Dwyer scooped up the wreck in 2015, townspeople were almost too numb from repeated disappointments to dare to…

Architectural Digest: The Top 20 Places to Travel in 2019

AD consulted with the industry’s leading experts to uncover the hottest destinations for design lovers in the new year TEXT BY  LAURA ITZKOWITZ Posted November 12, 2018   Where should you plan a trip in 2019? We found the places celebrating major anniversaries and other cultural events, consulted travel experts about emerging destinations, and compiled the…

Highway to Heaven – London Sunday Times

Highway to heaven: an American road trip along Route 1 Laid-back hotels, fine wines – and Airstreams selling bacon butties. Lisa Grainger celebrates the reopening of America’s top road The Bixby Creek Bridge in Big Sur, California  LISA CORSON The Times, November 3 2018, 12:01am Share Of all the iconic highways in America, Highway 1 is the most aptly named. Not…

South Bay Accent

Wine Country Renaissance The rebirth of Napa and Sonoma after devastating wildfires is inspirational. And in celebration of its resurgence, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite places to revel in the renowned region’s wine, scenery and phenomenal food. BY KATHY CHIN LEONG, October 2019 A year ago, beginning on Sunday, October 8, 2017,…

Passion Project – Gentry Magazine

Restoring Calistoga’s historic Francis House and turning it into a luxury inn has been a labor of love for a Bay Area couple. In May, Architectural Digest named The Francis House as one of the “15 Best-Designed Hotels Opening this Year.” For an interior designer, that’s the equivalent of winning an Oscar for one’s work.…

Fall Re-Fresh in Wine Country – CA Home & Design

  By Annette Hanami, 9/25/18, CA California Home+Design The Francis House, Calistoga Photos by Michael Hospelt Shuttered for over 50 years, the historic The Francis House was respectfully restored and re-envisioned by Dina and Richard Dwyer as a luxury, 5-room inn. Originally built in 1886 for merchant James H. Francis, the National Register landmark is the only stone…

Robb Report

This Revived Napa Landmark Should Be Your Next Vineyard Stay The historic Napa Valley landmark has just reopened as a luxe five-room inn. BY KIMBERLEY LOVATO ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2018   Photo: Courtesy The Francis House/Michael Hospelt   VIEW GALLERY — 5   PHOTOS In the sometimes-sleepy resort town of Calistoga, a National Historic Landmark has slowly, carefully…