Rejuvenate at Top Sonoma County Spas
The relaxing, pampering, and healing powers of Sonoma County spas can be the perfect addition to your Wine Country vacation. Here you can heal through water, wine, soil, and spirit in more than 40 spas and wellness centers. Below are just a few examples.
Soothe Your Spirit
Refresh your mind and renew your spirit with spa treatments that provide a quiet journey. Many spas offer gardens to enjoy before or after your treatment.
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. Arrive early, change into your robe, and have tea in the Japanese garden. The sanctuary's Zen decor inspires meditation in its creek-side sand gardens, and creates the perfect setting for massages in outdoor pagodas amid whispering trees.
Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, 209 Bohemian Highway, Freestone, 707-823-8231
Natural thermal springs, prevalent throughout the area, lend healing powers when you're immersed in the water.
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. The signature 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.
Willow Stream Spa, 100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma, 707-938-9000
The Power of the Grape
Sonoma County is the perfect place to embrace in the bold, luscious, and rejuvenating power of grapes - quite literally.
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 $800 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. 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.
Kenwood Inn & Spa, 10400 Sonoma Highway 12, Kenwood, 707-833-1293
Bounty of the Earth
Connect to this area's fertile soil through a wide variety of treatments inspired by local lavender, goat's milk, honey, and more.
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. Indulge in a Spring Forest Honey ginger massage, or a 'body melt' that uses a warm pillow of muscle healing herbs, alfalfa hay, lavender, and chamomile.
Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant, 7871 River Road, Forestville, 707-887-3300
Even if you're on a tight schedule, you can still fit some be-good-to-you time into your day. With this intimate retreat on the edge of old town Sonoma, you've discovered a tranquil oasis offering a sophisticated and healing approach to optimal beauty and wellness. 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 sure to put new spring in your step.
Blush, A Day Spa, 561 Broadway, Sonoma, 707-935-0116
A single spa suite keeps things entirely intimate, like being in your own private oasis.
Spanning two rooms, it's pure luxury down to the curved black tile and glass rain shower, and the couple's immersion on plush side-by-side beds. Treat yourself to Jurlique biodynamic facials and warm river stone massages.
Applewood Inn & Spa, 13555 Highway 116, Guerneville, 707-869-9093
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.
Beach-theme signatures include the warm shell massage with Tiger Clam seashells.
Bodega Bay Lodge, 103 Highway 1, Bodega Bay, 707-875-3525
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. 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 massage in the gardens or by the creek.
The eight Japanese-style spa Zen suites are hard to resist, however, inspired by the ancient inns of Kyoto, complete with granite soaking tubs for two, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass walls and private bamboo gardens.
Gaige House, 13540 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, 707-935-0237
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 or Napa 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.
The Spa Gourmet, Sebastopol, 707-494-7374
Written by Sonoma Insider Carrey Sweet.
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