Fitness and Sports Getaway Ideas for 2018
For New Year’s, many of us resolve to embrace an more fit lifestyle, partly because in Wine Country, exercise is so much fun. Whether you generate a glow by stretching your body with a yogi, or prefer to work up a sweat in a gym, the opportunities beckon. It’s easy to enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle year round in Sonoma County, with plenty of beautiful places to hike, bike, horseback ride, and kayak. But did you know you can also practice healthy yoga in the vineyards and forests, on the beaches and even in the air?
Many local resorts with spas offer daily yoga classes, such as Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn (in the studio or water yoga in the hot springs), and Boon Hotel & Spa in Guerneville (in the redwood groves). For a more specialized experience, check out these places, too.
Lotus Feed farm and retreat center sits on 108 acres of Sonoma coast land just outside Occidental, and specializes in “farm to table” yoga amid organic gardens, wellness classes and personal retreats. It’s all about connection with nature and fellow athletes here, with an outdoor yoga deck overlooking the coastline, an indoor Bindu yoga yurt, an 80-foot communal dining table, a pond, and redwood, fir and oak forests. The entire property can be rented as a group retreat, too, for up to 30 guests.
Westside Yoga Studio in Sebastopol offers introductory, intermediate and advanced classes in Iyengar, Ashtanga and Vini yoga, plus special workshops on yoga for immunity and stress release. The curriculum is based on the prolific work of yoga pioneer, T. Krishnamacharya, and his world renowned students B.K.S. Iyengar, K. Pattabhi Jois, and TKV Desikachar. Following one of Krishnamacharya’s important philosophies, Westside teachers work with each student on an individual basis.
Riverbed Yoga in Guerneville offers classes for all levels of experience, plus offers complimentary mat use. Options include Flow, Hatha, Iyengar, Kripalu, Kriya and more, with classes held indoors or out, plus some complemented by music.
Yoga on Center has studios in Healdsburg and Cloverdale, features classes in Vinyasa, Yin, Hatha and Gentle yoga, plus pilates and modern dance. Owners-teachers Jenn Russo and Katina Knapp also frequently bring in guest instructors from all over the world.
Soul Yoga and Wellness of Santa Rosa Aerial teaches light-as-a-feather yoga, since you’re literally off the ground with aerial acrobatics. You’re supported by silk hammocks that can ease compression in the joints and spine, and use gravity to deepen stretches and inversions. Another great option for aerial yoga is Windsor's Yoga Paradise Studio.
Health Clubs/Gyms and Resorts
Staying at the Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa in Santa Rosa means access to an expansive swimming pool, on-site classes such as yoga, indoor cycling and Xtend Barre Workouts, plus $15/day admission to the adjacent Montecito Heights Health Club with tennis, a 25-meter lap pool, exercise classes, cardio, strength training and full facility locker rooms. Through Jan. 31, 2018, ask about the Recovery Retreat Package with bonuses like free Health Club admission!
Kenwood Inn and Spa offers luxury retreats, with complimentary access to the nearby Parkpoint Health Club in Sonoma. The Health Club offers swimming, and court sports for racquetball, handball, basketball, walleyball, squash, paddleball and bocce ball. Classes include aerobics, dance, yoga, pilates, cycling, martial arts, water aerobics and personal training with specialties like pilates.
Get the kids in the game, too, with fun like TigerKick, Tang Soo Do karate and swim lessons.
You can absolutely relax at Bodega Bay Lodge, but also enjoy a wonderful workout in the resort’s ocean view fitness room.
Located poolside, it features cardio equipment and a weight-lifting multi-station. Or head outdoors to hike, run or bike on one of the lodge’s complimentary bikes.
Marathons Happening in 2018
Are marathons and large running events more your style? See our biggest running events & marathons in Sonoma County that take place annually here.
Some of Sonoma County's most popular marathons include:
- Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa (May)
- Windsor Town Green Half Marathon – Run Wine Country (May)
- Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon (July)
- Salt Point Trail Run (July)
- Santa Rosa Marathon (August)
- Ironman Marathon (July)
- Cloverdale Harvest Marathon and 10K (October)