Fabulous Girls Getaway Resorts in Wine Country
Sometimes you just need that 'girls time' with your best friends, and Sonoma County beckons with the perfect retreat. In between dining, wine tasting and exploring the outdoors, you'll want to kick back at a luxury resort. And maybe treat yourself to some spa time. Here are some places you and your pals will adore, and discover how here, Life Opens Up.
The rooms at this elegant, Spanish style resort are spacious, and many boast fireplaces. And oh, the spa! 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.
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. Each room is different, yet all are posh palace retreats, from the fireplace sitting area, to the castle-like ambience of polished concrete floors and plaster walls set with iron framed windows, to the baths that are nearly large enough to live in. Pad softly up the jagged stone walkways past the private hot tubs, and discover the elegant, intimate spa. Recently extensively remodeled, it offers a full array of face and body treatments. There's also a private restaurant, open only to inn guests.
Talk about a fancy farmhouse – the 27 cottages and rooms, sport signature stone fireplaces, hand-woven fabrics, four-poster beds, private decks, and hot tubs. And get thee to the spa. 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.
Tucked away in western Sonoma County, Osmosis is the only day spa nationwide that offers the Cedar Enzyme Bath, a rejuvenating heat treatment from Japan. Relax in the authentic meditation garden with a cup of organic herbal tea (the spa's exclusive blend). Then choose the Cedar Enzyme Bath or one of a variety of 75-minute massage treatments. You can also indulge in an array of organic facials, skin care, and waxing services. Afterward, kick back in an oversized and cushioned hammock in the Field of Hammocks, next to Salmon Creek.
Perched hillside, the rooms feature balconies or verandas overlooking the ocean and natural wetlands, with amenities like wood burning fireplaces and plush bathrobes. Bodega Bay Lodge's stone spa building sits in a stunning setting, overlooking the Sonoma coastline and anchored by an outdoor heated swimming pool and whirlpool spa. Beach-theme treatments include the warm shell massage with Tiger Clam seashells.
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. 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.
Timber Cove Resort is a romantic oasis, even more so than before. For more than 55 years the resort has been a coastal gem, as a secluded lodge and restaurant tucked on the very cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Jenner. It got even better in 2016, when an extensive remodeling turned it into a luxurious mid-century modern gem, and also added a fantastic new restaurant known as the Coast Kitchen. What better reason to make the long, winding and impossibly scenic drive up California Highway 1, and stay over, of course, in the new, elegant rooms? The 46 rooms and suites are captivating with natural boulder rock protrusions coming through the walls, and ocean and cliff views from private balconies. Give the in-room turntable a spin, too – vinyl records are stocked in the shelves. The suites boast fireplaces, the perfect place for sipping sparkling with your sweetie.
Written by Sonoma Insider Carey Sweet.