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5 Resolutions for Wine Country Rejuvenation

As the sun sets on one year, greet the next with a revitalized Sonoma County spirit.

With a new year come new opportunities to prioritize your health and happiness, and there are few places better for nurturing the body and the spirit than the Sonoma County Wine Country.

Here are five New Year's resolutions for a rejuvenated approach to living life in the place where life opens up. Reflect on what you need, adapt it, and then start planning your trip:

1. Re-engage in the great outdoors

Forest bathing, anyone? There is no better setting for self-reflection and inspiration than Mother Nature. Surround yourself with verdant sunlight filtering through the canopy of thousand-year-old giant redwoods whether by hiking, biking, or ziplining. From the mountain tops of Baldy Peak in Sugarloaf State Park to the coastal cliffs of Sonoma Coast State Park and the Kortum Trail, there are endless outdoors adventures to enjoy in Sonoma County. And where else can you go tasting at world-class wineries directly afterwards?

2. Recharge your body 

Step into the new year by taking care of your body and mind. Find renewal in the one-and-only cedar enzyme baths at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary in Freestone. Sit in bubbling water while looking over the Sonoma coastline at Bodega Bay Lodge. Enjoy a creekside massage before getting into a granite soaking tup at Glen Ellen's Gaige House + Ryokan.

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This may look like sand to some, but it’s actually a mix of ground cedar, rice bran, and living enzymes. 🌿 The heat the bath produces is generated biologically through fermentation, so your body is able to absorb the heat & soak in the plethora of health benefits. 🌿 We sat in the bath for about 20 minutes while our bath attendant explained all of the health benefits and rubbed cool lavender cloths on our foreheads + fed us refreshing water during our treatment. After our bath, we exfoliated our skin, took showers, and finished off with a couples massage. It was heavenly! 🌿 If you want to reach more about our experience, head over to my latest blog post! #CedarEnzymeBath #OsmosisDaySpa #SonomaCounty #AD

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3. Retreat and reconnect with your creative side

Sonoma County, with its abundance of serene natural spaces, makes the ideal setting for a retreat, whether with a group or on your own. Ratna Ling in Cazadero offers education, spirituality, and healing, guided by the Tibetan Buddhist traditions upon which it was founded. Stay in your own private cottage, engage in a variety of year-round retreats, enjoy vegetarian meals, and rejuvenate at the Mandala Wellness Center on premises. For the Egypt enthusiast (and anyone) who wants to get away from the world, there's also the Isis Oasis in Geyserville, a retreat center providing spiritual symposiums and community events at their Temple of Isis. Complete with a lodge, pool, spa, wildlife sanctuary, and even Hobbit Huts to stay in, this unique retreat center provides plenty of inspiration. 

4. Reimagine your work-life balance

It's easily overlooked, but reshaping the way your work fits into your life (and not the other way around) is a great way to kick off a new year. Whether you're a digital nomad conquering your online domain or mixing leisure with business, Sonoma County has a collection of co-working spaces that offer the perfect dose of inspiration and productivity. Find collaborative workspace, community, and even fun launch parties at Keller Street CoWork in Petaluma (complete with an entire photography studio). Connect, create, and meet like-minded people at workshops at CoLab in Santa Rosa. And after a day at the trendy coworkspace TrimTab in Sebastopol, creatives can walk to The Barlow or Hopmonk Tavern.

5. Revitalize your health by eating local

Better for the environment. Better for the community. Better for you. And best of all, Sonoma County makes it easy. Buy from the growers directly at farmers markets or support restaurants and businesses that invest in local produce. From Seared in Petaluma to Bravas Bar de Tapas in Healdsburg, from Retrograde Coffee in Sebastopol to The Pharmacy in Santa Rosa, the list of Sonoma County restaurants, coffee shops, and bakeries that buy their supplies locally is a long one. And that’s why they should be on your list, too.

Create your own Sonoma County story, and make this new year yours.

Written by Sonoma Insider Sierra Downey.

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