Vacationers seeking wine weekends with spa treatments amid California’s quaint mountain towns and wine regions can consider intimate stays at unique area boutique hotels or B&Bs. The California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns is making the choices easier with deals on spa packages that can be folded into an aspirational vacation. Room packages often include a choice of spa treatments and an array of romantic extras.
Napa’s Milliken Creek Inn & Spa invites couples to celebrate their love in a secluded hideaway set along the Napa River, with their Romance Uncorked package. Starting at $1,050, couples can enjoy two nights in a Deluxe or Luxury guestroom, a 75-minute couples’ aromatherapy massage in their candlelit room or outdoors overlooking the Napa River, sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries, artisan wine and cheese pairing in the afternoon, guest passes to Napa’s Synergy Wellness and Fitness Center, the inn’s late-night cordial bar, and made-to-order breakfasts delivered to their room or in the guest’s choice of garden location. Call 707-255-1197.
The Gaige House + Ryokan in the Sonoma Valley town of Glen Ellen offers a Babymoon Package, allowing mothers-to-be to choose either a pampering, 60-minute prenatal massage for $130 or a one-hour private prenatal yoga session for $180. The package also includes a pregnancy body pillow for use during the stay, and a bottle of local sparkling cider. For the complete Zen experience, expectant mothers might choose one of the Ryokan Zen Suites that feature massive stone soaking tubs facing either the creek or the gardens. The Babymoon Package is offered on an ongoing basis and may be added on to any room reservation. For more information, visit thegaigehouse.com/packages/babymoon-packages/ or call 707-935-0237.
Starting at $559, Tradewinds Carmel’s Soothe Your Soul Package offers significant savings on a romantic escape or girlfriends’ getaway. The package includes a one- or two-night stay in a luxurious King or Queen/Queen room, two 60-minute massages, and a box of gourmet chocolates. While at the hotel, guests can retreat to the meditation Zen garden with its towering temple of bamboo and lush tropical plants or relax and recharge with views of the Pacific Ocean. Subject to availability, this package is not valid during holidays and special events. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. Call 831-624-2776 for details.
Just outside of Sacramento, The Murieta Inn and Spa is offering Spa Staycation Package. The inn’s full-service spa features body treatments, massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, and hair salon services, all in a blissful, relaxing setting. The package includes a one-night stay with a welcoming bottle of wine and gourmet cheese board, choice of a spa service (value of $230), access to the pool, hot tub and fitness room, a $25 dining credit for lunch or dinner at the inn’s own farm-to-fork restaurant, The Gate, and breakfast for two the morning of check out. The package rates start at $390 on weekdays (Sunday-Thursday) and $415 on weekends (Friday-Saturday). Call 916-562-3905.
A 5-minute walk from San Francisco’s famed Union Square, The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel is a century-old timeless gem, combining contemporary architecture and glamour with old-world elegance and modern comfort. The hotel draws inspiration from the city and boasts a decidedly artful and local décor, just as the new Spring Fling Package draws inspiration from the seasonal delights of Spring. The package comes complete with special amenities and discounts, including a carafe of strawberry and cardamom-infused gin accompanied by a collectable Clift flask and a bottle of Q Tonic to toast the season of renewal. Also waiting in the room upon arrival is a selection of savory snacks and sweet bites. The package also includes a waived facility fee. Good for stays from now through July 8, 2019. Rates start at $179 per night (use code SPRING when booking).
The Japanese practice of “Shinrin-yoku,”or “forest bathing,” involves immersing oneself in the sights and sounds of the forest, a technique known for healing the physical body and improving mental wellness. There’s no better place to take in the forest than surrounded by Mendocino’s ancient Redwoods, and the Brewery Gulch Inn—which always tops lists of the best inns and resorts in California—has two new packages incorporating forest bathing. Constructed in 2001 from 150-year old redwood reclaimed from the nearby Big River, the Inn is an architectural masterpiece and itself a relaxing haven for mind and body. Both experiences were crafted by a certified yoga instructor who has studied with such luminaries as Andrew Weil and Deepak Chopra. At $150.00 per person, the first package (Dipping Your Toes) focuses on a guided forest meditation that incorporates all five senses. “The Full Body Immersion” ($450.00 per person) takes place over an entire day and features a yoga session, a lesson in formulating the optimal herbal tea for an individual’s needs, a lunch prepared by the Inn’s chef, a “forest bathing” session, and an hour-long soak in a hot tub. Accommodations are in addition to the package prices. To book, call Brewery Gulch Inn at (707) 937-4752.
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