Agua Caliente Auto Camp
May 12, 2020
Located on Sonoma Highway, near Marin Street.
Caliente Villa billed itself as an “auto camp,” which meant it catered to the new “vacationist,” who arrived by car. An advertisement in the Index Tribune in 1920 gives us the daily specials in the restaurant, which include Spanish Beans on Wednesdays, and Tamales on Sundays. The establishment was run by Mr. R.J. Lewis and Miss I. Ross, “fifty-fifty, according to the advertisement.
The term “auto camp” was in use at least from the early 1920s. Automobile tourism in Sonoma Valley started before the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge.