While Sonoma Valley might be most well-known for wineries, it is a little-known fact that the valley is also a hotspot for wellness, from spas and hot springs to yoga studios and fitness clubs.
That Sonoma Valley’s reputation as a wellness destination is such a secret is largely due to plate tectonics. Back in the 19th century, Sonoma attracted visitors from around the country for its natural hot springs. Immortalized in the name of local communities like Boyes Hot Springs, Fetters Hot Springs and Agua Caliente, the hot springs had been used by native residents for generations for cooking, processing food, bathing, their therapeutic properties. However, the 1906 earthquake altered parts of the landscape, limiting access to some of the ancient springs and shifting Sonoma Valley’s reputation. Fortunately, you can still access two of the valley’s springs at the luxurious Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in Boyes and at Morton’s Hot Springs in Kenwood for a relaxing soak today.
Wellness remains a strong part of the Sonoma lifestyle. Great year-round weather and access to incredible nature inspire many Sonomans to keep active and fit. As the birthplace of the farm-to-table movement, healthy, fresh ingredients abound on nearly every restaurant menu. And with a distinctly Californian fondness for work-life balance, having fun and taking care of oneself are often the same thing.
To prepare you for your own wellness journey in Sonoma Valley, we’ve put together a list of top wellness experiences sure to inspire you to come see us. Whether you come for a spa weekend or a yoga workshop or just want to incorporate wellness activities into your wine tasting trip, there are plenty of great activities to help fill your cup!
Sunflower Caffé: Located in a historic adobe home belonging to the brother of Sonoma’s founder, General Vallejo, this café is the stuff of Sonoma dreams. Order one of their delicious, unique and healthy dishes at the counter, and enjoy your meal in their sun-dappled rustic garden terrace. Try their tartines, salads and smoothies, and let them transport you to a zone of beauty, sunshine and health.
Sweet Pea Bakery: This charming, off-the-beaten track café and bakery specializes in “clean” breakfast and lunch options, from Buddha bowls, coffees, chais and egg dishes to sandwiches and curries—perfect for those with dietary restrictions. They have a dozen seats, making this a quaint spot for an intimate “locals only” kind of experience for visitors, or a great place to pick up a picnic lunch to go. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to try their homemade English muffins—yum!
FITNESS & YOGA
Noble Yoga: There’s yoga, and then there’s serious yoga. Noble yoga is the real deal. With two studios available—one for hot yoga, the other for classic yoga—there are great options to choose from. Make sure to check out their workshop calendar for interesting classes and wellness experiences. Visitors can drop into a yoga class for $20 or buy a three-class package for $45.
ParkPoint Health Club: This beloved local health club boasts all the fitness essentials and then some, including gym equipment, personal trainers, an extensive list of classes, a lap pool, and steam rooms and hot tubs in each locker room! Day passes are available at $24 each and allow you to come in and out at your leisure. And if you want to get a taste of the local scene, grab a free cup of coffee in the lobby and mix it up with one of the regulars.
Body Flows Retreats: Looking for the ultimate yoga getaway? Nurture body, mind and spirit with Body Flows’ day and multi-day retreats. Book one of their pre-scheduled itineraries or call them to design a custom experience for your group, corporate retreat or girls’ weekend. Packed with yoga, healthy food, meditation, pain-free walking or running, hiking and other activities, you really can’t go wrong. Whether you grab a group of your besties or venture out for a solo retreat, your stress levels are sure to dissipate while your wellness soars to new heights.
Purely Sonoma: Beauty is a state of mind, and it starts with attention to the details. The team at Purely Sonoma has built its reputation by using clean beauty products, free of the nasty ingredients that can hurt our health. This bright, beautifully decorated salon features haircuts, blowouts and treatments, amazing facials of all kinds, and clean beauty products available for purchase. We recommend making an appointment in advance of your trip.
Garden Spa at MacArthur Place Hotel: Set in the center of MacArthur Place Hotel's spectacular gardens, The Garden Spa offers more than 30 types of massage, facials and body treatments. But that’s just for starters. You can also take advantage of their recently upgraded fitness center, sip rose on a lounge chair, swim in their pristine pool, or drop in for one of their weekly yoga classes.
Raindance Spa at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort: The Lodge’s fitness room and daily yoga would be enough to tempt anyone to go to this beautiful resort, but its host of spa treatments will definitely entice you to come back for more. From CBD and chakra-balancing massages to a lime and ginger footscrubs, Raindance goes beyond your average spa menu for offbeat and therapeutic treatments.
Willow Stream Spa at Sonoma Fairmont Mission Inn: A peek at Sonoma Valley’s first historic spa, set on sacred native grounds, makes the Fairmont’s Willow Spa already worth a visit. Add on their gorgeous pools and hot springs, access to a host of fitness classes and sessions with a personal trainer, and dozens of treatments from Cabernet body scrubs to a premier cru anti-aging facial, and you’ve found the gold standard in wine country wellness.
Wellness is a multi-pronged approach, inclusive of mind, body and spirit. Consider refreshing your soul at one of these spiritual centers, which are happy to welcome visitors and sometimes offer spiritual workshops:
- Congregation Shir-Shalom, Sonoma
- Kenwood Community Church, Kenwood
- Overlook Regional Park, Sonoma
- Shambala Meditation Center of Sonoma
- St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Sonoma
- St. Francis Solano Catholic Church, Sonoma
- Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Kenwood
- Trinity Episcopal Church, Sonoma