14 June, 2024, 13:31

Wine Country Wellness in Sonoma County

A wellness-focused retreat to California wine country isn’t a contradiction. In Sonoma County’s Santa Rosa, there are ample ways to enjoy the bounties of the land and find your balance.

Author Jack London, who called the region home, wrote, “The air is wine. The grapes on a score of rolling hills are red with autumn flame. Across Sonoma Mountain wisps of sea fog are stealing. The afternoon sun smolders in the drowsy sky. I have everything to make me glad I am alive.” Let his words inspire as you explore this guide to wine country wellness:

Natural Beauty

Santa Rosa’s great outdoors is a great place to start. At Trione-Annadel State Park, miles of challenging trails await the hiking enthusiast, as do an abundance of wildflowers depending on the season. For something a bit more relaxed, the Santa Rosa Creek Greenway Trail is another scenic choice for an easy hike or run, with a flat four-mile trail.

Wine Country Yoga

Keep tabs on the latest offerings from local Sonoma County yoga instructor Madeline Berry, who arranges pop-up yoga events at area wineries including Hook & Ladder and B.R. Cohn.

Vineyard Exploring

Yes, a little vino can surely find a spot on this wellness focused wine country excursion – red wine is known to offer some heart health benefits after all. Matanzas Creek winery is a local tucked away treasure, prized for its Merlot and other varieties. The grounds include spectacular lavender gardens in addition to vineyards, and after a visit to the tasting room, the gift shop is not to be missed. There you’ll find goodies like essential oils, spray mists, shower gels and body butters made with the lavender grown onsite. Gift idea: Their lavender wine bottle candle is a perfect memento to give yourself or someone waiting back home.

Good, Clean Eating

From the sublimely decadent to the deliciously wholesome, Sonoma County offers it all. For this wellness focused retreat, three Santa Rosa establishments come to mind. Start your morning at Juice on the Square, the only cold-pressed juicer in the area. Fresh nut milks, smoothies, protein shakes, acai bowls and oatmeal options will launch the day right. Plant-based restaurants in the region include Cozy Plum Bistro, which invites you to “come plant yourself” at the cozy café for goodies like a house-made sweet peppers focaccia topped with avocado, pickled golden beets and buckwheat greens. Another great choice for those that want to branch beyond plant-only is Zoftig Eatery, once featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive Ins & Dives.” The raw ahi tuna bowl with brown rice, romaine, seaweed, edamame, sweet potato, cucumber and tamari ginger dressing is a gluten free dream.

Where to Stay

The mid-century Flamingo Resort will be your perfect Santa Rosa nest for this trip. The pool is central to the resort experience and at the spa, daily meditation and yoga are offered. Try detoxifying therapies like the Organic Detox + Brighten Facial, which combats pollution and includes oxygenating exfoliation and a powerful boost of Vitamin C. Sister property, The Sandman, also in Santa Rosa, offers Zen in its newly constructed Wellness Dome, where you’ll find rejuvenating meditation and invigorating yoga sessions.