California Retreats for Health and Wellness
SACRAMENTO, CA [December 18, 2014] – Make good on health and wellness resolutions for 2015 with a retreat to a California B&B or boutique hotel. Designed for relaxation and rejuvenation, members of the California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) offer an array of wellness-related services and packages ranging from healthy cooking classes to yoga to spa treatments.
An elegant eco-resort on the Mendocino coast, Stanford Inn’s integrated and holistic wellness center allows guests to start their New Year’s health and wellness resolutions in comfort and style. The inn’s Mendocino Center for Living Well offers programs in nutrition, meditation, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, acupressure, Tai Chi, yoga, massage, art therapy, gardening, cooking, spa treatments, nature walks, mushroom foraging and more. The inn’s award-winning restaurant, Ravens’ Restaurant, serves nourishing vegetarian fare with vegetables and herbs harvested directly from the inn’s certified-organic gardens. In addition, inn also offers a number of health-related lodging packages, including studies in vegan cooking, healing yoga and the Transition to Health Nutrition Package, in which guest learn tools, cooking techniques and recipes for transitioning to a plant-based diet to make lasting changes and maintain a healthy weight.
Just up the road in the heart of Mendocino village, the Victorian MacCullum House is also a destination for fine organic cuisine prepared in harmony with the seasons using locally-sourced ingredients. Mendocino itself has long been a haven of renewal and health, and the inn offers two wellness packages for visitors. The Wellness Retreat Package includes an organic dinner for two in the MacCullum House Restaurant, lunch for two at the Living Light Culinary Arts Institute, a signed copy of Staying Healthy with the Season by Elson Haas, M.D., two one-hour therapeutic massages, and a basket filled with locally-made organic bath products. Another rejuvenating option designed to support guests on their path to optimal health is the inn’s Vitality Upgrade Package. The package includes a choice of either a nutritional guidance support session or a life purpose coaching session followed by a therapeutic massage tailored to the guests’ needs.
South of Mendocino, guests can rest, rejuvenate and recover from the holidays with Elk Cove Inn and Spa’s Coastal Indulgence Package. Perched atop bluff in peaceful seclusion, the inn offers breathtaking ocean views. The package features two nights in an ocean view room, suite or cottage and a couples’ renewal spa treatment, which includes a side-by-side couples’ massage with two therapists, private aromatherapy shower, sauna and a tea tray delivered to the guests’ room. The package also includes a full champagne breakfast each morning, a welcome gift with wine and home-baked cookies, and complimentary wine and cocktails every afternoon.
The Benbow Historic Inn is nestled in the tranquility of the redwoods of Humboldt County, which is an epicenter for health and spiritual retreats. The inn can serve as a base for guests immersing themselves in healing and/or training at one of the nearby retreat centers, such as the Heartwood Institute or the Northwest Institute of Ayurveda. The Heartwood Institute is a holistic learning center which provides training in massage therapy, nutrition, Asian healing arts, yoga, permaculture and herbalism. Northwest Institute of Ayurveda provides health consultations, Panchakarma retreats, and Ayurvedic classes and workshops in self-care and cooking, wellness, herbs and massage.
Escape to Sonoma’s Russian River Valley and find a blend of relaxation, renewal and excitement with the Inn at Occidental’s spa package. The Occidental/Osmosis Day Spa Package features a soak in a hot, steamy Cedar Enzyme Bath (available Monday through Friday) followed by time relaxing in the spa’s cool and misty meditation garden. The special also includes a $20 merchandise voucher for the spa’s boutique. At the inn, choose from a traditional room with a cozy fireplace or upgrade to a courtyard room with a jetted spa tub. The stay includes an evening wine and cheese reception, full country breakfast in the morning and tasting passes for up to 100 Sonoma wineries. Secluded beneath towering redwoods, the inn is centrally located to Sonoma wine country, the Pacific Coast and the Russian River.
Guests of the Avalon Bed and Breakfast Inn in Sebastopol can renew their chi this New Year surrounded by the majesty of ancient redwoods. Healthy, hand-crafted breakfasts are served each morning followed by gourmet treats each afternoon. The inn happily caters to special diets from vegan to gluten-free. During daily wine and cheese hour, the inn pours Sonoma vintages and offers pay-by-the-minute chair massages for a no hassle, no appointment necessary back rub with a glass of wine. Guests opting for a midweek stay this winter can take advantage of the inn’s Harmony Massage package and receive two complimentary in-room massages. At night, guests can soak under the stars in the inn’s garden hot tub and perhaps commune with a faerie or two in the magical redwoods surrounding the inn.
Travelers to the Tradewinds Carmel can embrace their true Zen at this elegant hotel, which has been called a secret gem in downtown Carmel. The inn offers views of the Pacific Ocean and features a tranquil courtyard with a stream, fire pit and meditation garden. The inn’s Soothe Your Soul Package includes a one or two-night stay in a luxurious King or Queen/Queen room, a 90-minute split massage, a $75 dining certificate that can be used at one of four Carmel restaurants and a box of gourmet chocolates. A private yoga session may be added to the package. The inn’s guest rooms feature Fili D’oro linens, kimono robes, and Aveda bath products. Some of the rooms also have fireplaces, balconies and ocean views.
The elegant, historic Tallman Hotel in the rural town of Upper Lake offers a quiet, peaceful retreat before or after the rush of the holidays. The hotel’s Ofuro Rooms feature a Japanese soaking tub enclosed in a private patio. All rooms have private verandas and include a complimentary continental breakfast. The on-site Blue Wing Restaurant serves lunch and dinner and Sunday brunch with live music. Complimentary wine tastings are available across the street, while the local spa offers massage, facials and yoga classes. Rejuvenating winter activities include brisk walks at two state parks, abundant wildlife, musical events and glorious sunsets over Clear Lake.
For more information about these and other California bed and breakfast inns, visit www.cabbi.com.
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