Wine Wellness is not an oxymoron. The concept of combining the reverence for wine and appreciation of the taste, process, and ritual with wellness, spa treatments, yoga, writing, and other activities makes sense and for many, pairs exquisitely well together.
Integrating wine and wellness practically demands a pilgrimage to Napa Valley, the country’s most celebrated wine country. It won’t take much arm twisting for any true wine enthusiast. But wine lovers aren’t exclusively seeking asylum amongst the vineyards. Located just north of Napa is Calistoga, one of the first official spa towns, where visitors still descend in droves to soak in the restorative waters. Calistoga Ranch, part of the posh Auberge resort family, unites the two worlds, intoxicating the spirit with an array of indulgent wellness and spa treatments at their Bathhouse Spa while celebrating with the vibe of wine country.
Relaxation at Calistoga Ranch is much more involved than your standard rubdown and muscle tune-up. Tiffany MacNeil, the recently procured activities director, has created an innovative wellness program that encompasses physical and spiritual activities intended to liberate the creative spirit and impart an enriched perspective. The Woodland Haiku class takes guests outside to soak up the energy that radiates from the 157-acre retreat dotted with ancient oak trees, rolling hills, a meandering stream, and a sprawling lake. The poetry is inspired by nature and guests are encouraged to write their interpretation of the sights and sounds, and vibes surrounding them. Once your personal ode to the environment is crafted, it’s hand-written in calligraphy on parchment to take home with you.
If you aren’t feeling artistically inclined, the Ai Chi class, an aquatic moving meditation that takes place in a private soaking pool in the Bathhouse Spa, will sedate your senses. Of course, after a full day of experiencing wine wellness country’s offerings, getting the blood pumping and muscles moving may be more up your alley. Biking and hiking along Ritchey Creek and through the redwoods, or yoga on the deck or in the wine cave will invigorate your mind while burning a few of those extra calories. Regardless of the activity you choose, you will ultimately leave Calistoga Ranch in a blissed-out stupor. Wine Wellness indeed.
For more information call (707) 254-2800 or visit www.calistogaranch.com
By Laurel House
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