The holidays are a time of almost hedonistic indulgence. With all the food, wine and cocktails, treats, and endless celebrations, we typically put goals like having self-discipline and making healthy choices on the back burner.
The good news is, taking a breather from holiday excess can be an indulgent experience too. Wine Country is the perfect place for pampering and self-care, so we’ve created a helpful guide to planning a wellness weekend in Napa or Sonoma centered around hotels, spas, yoga, fitness, meditation, and other activities that will get you back on track and ready to take on the new year.
Just 90 minutes North of San Francisco in Calistoga, guest rooms at this resort have the look and feel of vintage trailers, while the hotel’s amenities are a playful mix of nostalgia and contemporary touches. Visitors looking for a relaxing getaway can take in the gorgeous natural setting among the Mayacamas Mountains, enjoy several pools fed by Calistoga’s hot mineral springs, or book a treatment at the MoonAcre Spa, a modern interpretation of the classic bath house.
1880 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, CA 94515, (707) 942-0991
Las Alcobas in Napa Valley’s charming St. Helena area is an adults-only retreat featuring 68 rooms, many of which have outdoor terraces perfect for yoga, meditation, and relaxation. The hotel is also within walking distance of the historic Beringer Vineyards, since no wellness weekend in Wine Country is complete without at least a few sips of world-class wine.
1915 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574, (707) 963-7000
This relaxing hotel oasis, located in Sonoma Valley’s quaint town of Glen Ellen, is a unique fusion of classic Wine Country comfort and traditional Japanese hospitality. With yoga and meditation areas, soothing water features, private zen gardens, and a full-service spa, all nestled in a peaceful, restorative setting, this hideaway is the perfect place for a wellness retreat.
13540 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, CA 95442, (707) 935-0237
Tucked among the majestic Redwoods of the Russian River Valley, this boutique Sonoma getaway is the perfect, low-key spot for rest and rejuvenation. Guests can relax by the solar-heated saline pool, enjoy a massage or facial (or both!) — at prices that won’t break the bank — at the on-site spa, head out for a hike or some meditation in the zen-like natural settings, or simply snuggle into the organic bed linens while listening to vintage vinyl on in-room turntables.
14711 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA 95446, (707) 869-2721
Those looking for an elegant and indulgent wellness weekend will want to check into this historic hotel and spa, a quick 45-minutes from San Francisco. Founded over 100 years ago as a family estate and vineyard, today the property is home to seven acres of gorgeous grounds and gardens, multiple dining experiences featuring plenty of healthy, organic fare, and a range of activities from wine tastings to stargazing. Treatments at the on-site spa are centered around connecting guests with nature, using plants and flowers from the MacArthur Place garden to enhance the sensory experience.
29 East MacArthur Street, Sonoma, CA 95476, (707) 938-2929
Not only is this 250-acre estate known for its luxury lodging and Michelin three-star restaurant, it is also an oasis of wellness offerings. For the ultimate getaway, book a three- or five-night “Wine & Wellness” package, featuring health and nutrition consultations with a Certified Health Coach, spa treatments, meals, private fitness activities, cooking classes, wine tastings, bike excursions, and more, all amidst the stunning backdrop of Northern California Wine Country.
900 Meadowood Lane, St. Helena, CA 94574, (855) 518-3527
The absolute pinnacle of luxury, this hotel guest-exclusive spa at Carneros Resort and Spa is surrounded by 28 acres of farm lands in the heart of Wine Country, making it the perfect wellness getaway if you are looking for somewhere to stay and spa. Whether you relax with one of the Spa’s many healing treatments, take a complimentary fitness class like yoga, boot camp, or a vineyard run, or lounge by one of the hotel’s several pools, including both adult-only and family-friendly options, you are sure to leave feeling refreshed and recharged. Or, book one of the hotel’s signature Wellness Retreats for the whole relaxation package.
4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 299-4900
Whether it’s a full day of pampering, an à la carte facial and massage, or even a long-term commitment to a new you through fitness classes and personal training services, St. Helena’s only full-service spa and fitness center is a one-stop wellness shop. Guests at the adjacent Southbridge Hotel enjoy complimentary access to the spa’s heated lap pool, eucalyptus steam rooms, and gym.
1030 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574, (707) 967-8800
Whether a guest at the adjoining Vintners Resort or enjoying a personal wellness retreat, visitors to this luxurious spa in Santa Rosa are sure to leave feeling rested and refreshed. Surrounded by 92 acres of gardens, vineyards, and paths for hiking or strolling, this spa features massages, facials, wraps, and scrubs, as well as an indoor Caldarium with a heated soaking pool, a fitness room, couples treatment areas, and a relaxation lounge with healthy snacks and hot tea.
4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403, (800) 421-2584
Visitors to this wellness retreat in Sonoma County’s picturesque town of Freestone will want to try the signature Cedar-Enzyme Bath, a therapeutic Japanese body treatment. Designed to stimulate metabolism, ease joint and muscle pain, and improve stimulation, it’s the perfect add-on to a day of pampering. Don’t forget to visit the award-winning Japanese meditation gardens while you’re there.
209 Bohemian Highway, Freestone, CA 95472, (707) 823-9231
A wellness retreat doesn’t need to be limited to just spas and hotel stays. There are plenty of other healthy activities in Wine Country to restore well-being and energy after the holidays.
Adventurous types can book a Wine Country bike tour with Trek Travel as a way to get the blood flowing and reconnect with nature. A hike through Sugarloaf Ridge State Park for some fresh air or even stargazing at the Robert Ferguson Observatory, Northern California’s most active public observatory, is a great way to round out a relaxing wellness retreat.
Yogis will want to book a yoga retreat in Sonoma Wine Country with Body Flows. Activities at these curated getaways include yoga overlooking the vineyards, meditation, and mindfulness for stress reduction. Highly active types who want some real body recovery can pay a quick – and cold! – visit to the Sonoma Cryo wellness center.
A Wine Country wellness weekend should of course include delicious meals and some winery visits. Handline in Sebastopol offers fresh and sustainable seafood as well as locally grown produce for a clean and healthful meal. A stop at The Juice Bar St. Helena for a cold-pressed juice, elixir, or superfood smoothie is sure to restore gut health and energy after all that holiday indulgence.
Quivira Vineyards in Healdsburg takes a holistic approach to farming and winemaking, producing a range of clean, elegant, and organic wines like zinfandel and sauvignon blanc.