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Dr. Wilkinson Spa Founder
John "Doc" Wilkinson

Vacation spa owner Calistoga
Doc and his car



"Doc" in the mud

Calistoga spa treatment products

Volcanic ash-peat and Napa Valley Lavender


The Man

  • Over 62 years of service
  • Natural, Simple Relaxation, That's What We Are All About!
  • Honoring "Doc"
  • Let's Talk Mud

Serving customers for over 62 years, Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort is a wine country icon. Dr. Wilkinson's was founded in 1952 by John "Doc" and Edy Wilkinson. Doc was interested in alternative health and relaxation from the days of his early childhood in the San Joaquin Valley of California. He studied chiropractic, visited Calistoga, and fell in love with the healing qualities that Calistoga's natural assets provided. Since Doc and Edy Wilkinson opened the resort, the Wilkinson family has continued to upgrade, without risking the genuine and real qualities of their original vision. Although both founders have passed away, their children Carolynne and Mark continue to maintain the unique quality traditions of their parents and have been co-managers of the resort for over 35 years.

The Mud

Calistoga is blessed with pure volcanic ash and vibrantly mineralized hot springs water. Doc figured out how to combine these two wonderful elements with vital Canadian peat to make the mud treatment as effective as possible. Designed for maximum heat penetration and buoyancy, the tried and true formula has long been recognized as Calistoga's finest. While the volcanic ash cleanses and smoothes your skin, the peat buoys you up and allows the mineral water's soothing heat to penetrate more deeply. Natural lavender aromas from the Napa Valley help to relax both the body and mind.

The mud bath at Dr. Wilkinson's is the real and time-honored thing. Our long serving staff greets you and brings you to a changing area where you are provided a comfortable waffle weave robe and then escorted to the mud bath. You will enjoy the attentive placement of cool cucumber slices over your eyes, a unique mud masque for your face, a cooling cloth for your forehead, and a sip of pure chilled mineral spring water. After 10-12 minutes, your attendant guides you gently to another shower and then into a bubbling, aromatic mineral tub bath to relax and further unwind...then enjoy the natural mineral steam room for as long or as little as you like. A blanket wrap follows--swaddled in all-natural fresh cotton blankets, a nap and slow cool down feel perfectly comforting after the various baths. Follow the mud treatment with an excellent thirty- or sixty-minute massage (not 25 or 50 minutes as at many other spas). Our expert staff is trained in a variety of bodywork methods. Our estheticians are the best--we know this after 62 years!