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November 18, 2007

Spa meal sans spa

Solbar part of a swank new Calistoga resort, but you can go just for the food

By JEFF COX
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2007 at 3:33 a.m.

Imagine a resort and restaurant whose design invites you to relax and soothes you with its simplicity. Hold that thought and you have a mental picture of Solage, the new sleek, chic resort in Calistoga.

Solbar, its full bar and dining room, is open to the public so you don’t have to imagine any longer.

Howard Backen Architects of St. Helena designed the place. If one end of the design spectrum is Pat Kuleto’s energetically elaborate restaurants (Martini House in St. Helena is a prime example), the Backen approach is the other end: minimalist to suppress hustle and bustle, relaxing because of its artful, satisfying proportions. (more…)