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9 Fun Spa and Wellness Ideas for You and Your Friends

The Spa Gourmet takes spa style on the road, setting up a complete spa onsite at your vacation rental home.

Spring equals rejuvenation, and in Sonoma County, that means spa times for men and women in search of extra special pampering. Even better, gather a group, and make it a gals and guys getaway.

Here in Wine Country, spa treatments often change with the seasons, since lots of local ingredients are celebrated – think grape seed body scrubs, apple balms, and honey facials. Here are some samples of unique spa and wellness treatments you and your friends will surely love.

Boon Hotel & Spa, Guerneville

Tucked at the entry to Armstrong Redwoods, this oasis offers calm, and a spa suite with services that promise to make you “feel like a feathery pillow that’s just been fluffed.”

Seasonal: Seaweed body wrap.

Signature: Boon Bliss of a Swedish massage and a facial.

Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Sonoma

One of Wine Country’s iconic destinations, the spectacular, state-of-the-art Willow Stream spa spans 40,000-square-feet across a rotunda, 36 treatment rooms, and indoor and outdoor pools. Guests come from all around the world to experience the baths, fed by the resort’s own ancient source of natural thermal waters rich with 24 trace minerals.

You can actually feel the earth’s healing and relaxation powers flowing from the springs 1,100 feet directly beneath the Inn. The waters rise at 135 degrees, and are so vital they have to be cooled for guest use.

Seasonal: Harvest Kur, a regenerative treatment that features local products high in antioxidants and vitamins C and E to promote relaxation and balance. First, an exfoliation naturally stimulates your immune system. Then, you’ll soak in a rich bubble bath, a grape seed mud and rosehip body wrap and nourishing grape seed oil full-body massage.

Signature: The Bathing Ritual is a must and is included with every visit, featuring an exfoliating shower, two mineral water soaking pools, herbal steam, dry sauna, and cool down showers.

Kenwood Inn & Spa, Kenwood

Blink and you might miss the boutique hotel shrouded by ivy, roses, and trees on a gentle Sonoma hillside. It’s an exclusive retreat, with just 29 rooms priced up to $1,000 a night. 

But here’s a secret: Even us everyday folk can indulge in pampering at the elegant, intimate spa. Pad softly up the jagged stone walkways past the private hot tubs, and discover what was the first Vinotherapie center to open in the United States.

Seasonal: The Matanzas Creek Lavender Scrub celebrates locally made and harvested fragrant lavender from Bennett Valley’s Matanzas Creek Winery. An invigorating and relaxing treatment buffs away dry skin and environmental stress, followed by a rich body butter application.

Signature: Treatments showcasing the anti-aging properties of grape-derived extracts are specialties, such as a wine bath and wine wrap. Lotions and oils will have you positively melting, custom made with red wine extracts, Chardonnay and Riesling oils, fruit pulp, seeds and herbs.

Farmhouse Inn, Forestville

Talk about a fancy farmhouse. Sophisticated spa rooms glitter with fireplaces, upscale farmhouse-chic decor, and farm-to-table signatures using heirloom cider apples from the inn’s home ranch plus herbs grown in Farmhouse's kitchen garden.

Seasonal: The Personal Apothecary treatment partners you and your spa alchemist in creating a customized treatment, including blending your unique therapeutic palette of oils, butters and exfoliants, for your massage, wrap and/or scrub pampering.

Signature: Indulge in a Warming Ginger Honey massage, or a “body melt” that uses a warm pillow of muscle healing herbs, alfalfa hay, lavender, and chamomile.

Blush A Day Spa, Sonoma

Even if you’re on a tight schedule, you can still fit some be-good-to-you time into your day. Directed by international skin care expert Dolores de Alba, the spa specializes in facial and body treatments designed to balance spirit along with the body, and also give you take-home knowledge of skin care regimes you can continue on your own. If an entire afternoon or a day won’t fit your schedule, in as little as an hour, you can enjoy a petite facial, a power cleanse/power nap/power glow treatment, or a green tea and mint foot scrub.

Seasonal: The Power Quench is perfect for tired winter skin, with a 30-minute Hydrate and Plump treatment featuring Oxygen Cloud ECHO2Plus rich with essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

Signature: Book the spa with 3 to 5 guests and services totaling $750 or more to enjoy 3 ½  to 4 ½ hours of exclusive spa time including a complimentary glass of champagne with strawberries.

Bodega Bay Lodge, Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay Lodge's stone building sits in a stunning setting, overlooking the Sonoma coastline and anchored by an outdoor heated swimming pool and whirlpool spa.

Seasonal: Beach-theme treatments include the warm shell massage with Tiger Clam seashells.

Signature: Aromatherapy Massage with essential oils of herbs, flowers, and trees to relax, balance, and stimulate the body, mind, and spirit.

Gaige House + Ryokan, Glen Ellen

For guests who want the intimacy of a bed-and-breakfast but the amenities of a luxury resort, this small family-run home brims with high style and top notch service, making it one of Wine Country’s most spectacular destinations.

Seasonal: Try the Trouble Spots treatment, addressing neck, shoulders and legs needing relief from hiking, followed by a soothing soak in the heated pool and steam in the sauna.

Signature: Start your visit by relaxing poolside or in a hammock overlooking Calabazas creek, then move on to utter bliss with treatments in the spa loft. For the most luxurious retreat, reserve a Zen Suite or even get a message in the gardens or by the creek. The eight Japanese-style spa Zen suites are hard to resist, inspired by the ancient inns of Kyoto, complete with granite soaking tubs for two, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass walls and private bamboo gardens.

The Spa Gourmet, Sebastopol

Husband-and-wife team Cindy Scott-Fuchs and Trip Fuchs take spa style on the road. First, they coordinate a location, such as a private, luxury rental home on Dillon Beach or in the Sonoma mountains. Then they set up a complete spa on-site – often favoring outdoor settings like a mountainside meadow or oceanfront plateau.

Cindy customizes treatments, like Thai massage with hot stone therapy, warm foot wrap, and a mini facial of lavender infused steam, herbal cleanser, Indian clay mask and coconut oil massage. Next, Trip, a private chef, cooks a feast, ranging from hors d’oeuvres to a full supper. It’s pure relaxation as the couples or small to mid-size groups then enjoy a night in their vacation home, with breakfast the next morning.

Seasonal: Warm Bamboo massage, with bamboo tools warmed to help apply deep pressure and to melt away stress and tension for deep relaxation.

Signature: Spa Sampler of herbal foot steam cloth with warm foot reflexology stones, lavender facial steam cloth with rejuvenating facial massage, and invigorating peppermint scalp massage.

Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, Freestone

Tucked away in western Sonoma County, this beautiful property offers a Kyoto-style meditation garden, a wild riparian area, a field of hammocks, and massage pagodas scattered inside a peaceful woodland that is crisscrossed by babbling creeks.

Arrive early, change into your robe, and have tea in the meditation garden. The sanctuary's Zen decor inspires serenity in its creek-side sand gardens, and creates the perfect setting for massages in the pagodas amid whispering trees. Then relax in one of a field of cushioning hammocks.

Seasonal: Slough off dry winter skin with the Ultra Hydrating facial showcasing Phyt’s “Aqua Collection” infused with hyaluronic acid and aloe to deeply hydrate, soften and plump the skin.

Signature: If you’ve never tried a cedar enzyme bath, you owe it to yourself to sink into this bit of heaven in wooden tubs filled with finely ground cedar, rice bran and plant enzymes. 

Written by Sonoma Insider Carey Sweet.

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