A Breath of Fresh Air

It’s easy to disconnect — and recharge — in Napa Valley. Beyond the wine, one of the best reasons to visit here is to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There’s no better place to find much-needed rest and relaxation than Napa Valley.

Napa Valley has a natural beauty unlike any other — the green, rolling hills and sun-drenched valley floor are begging to be explored. Calming, immersive experiences throughout Napa Valley promote a sense of well-being with benefits that carry over long after your vacation has come to an end.

For an elevated view, climb aboard a hot-air balloon at sunrise. As the sun fills the sky, you’ll glide quietly above grapevines and treetops, taking in the tranquility of wine country as it slowly wakes up to a new day. Once back on terra firma, smooth landings are often celebrated with a glass or two of local bubbles. Now that’s how to start a day.

After taking in the lay of the land from above, one of the most rewarding ways to discover all the region has to offer is by foot. Clear your mind while hiking a stretch of Skyline Park’s more than 25 miles of trails. In St. Helena, travel back in time — and enjoy forgetting about the modern world — at Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park, where the 1846 water-powered grist mill grinds corn and wheat into meal or flour. Stroll among redwoods turned to stone after a volcanic explosion more than three million years ago at The Petrified Forest in Calistoga. Feeling relaxed yet?

Pamper Yourself

Fast-track the relaxing vibes by booking a full-blown spa day. Is there anything more relaxing than spending a day being spoiled at a luxurious spa? (We didn’t think so.) And when it comes to spas, wine country knows a thing or two about that. From mineral and mud baths to customized massages and full-body treatments, Napa Valley has a deep-rooted history of knowing how to pamper. 

When Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resort opened in 1952, it was one of the first places in the valley to offer therapeutic mud baths using a one-of-a-kind mixture of Calistoga’s geothermal water and volcanic ash. Today, they keep the tradition of getting guests dirty in a colorful, retro setting. The laid-back, quirky setting is enough to make your shoulders relax as soon as you step foot through the front door. 

Guests at the award-winning Auberge du Soleil Spa have good reason to linger longer after a restorative treatment. An exclusive wellness tea blend created by Napa organic tea farm ERDA is poured for guests after all spa services. Handpicked, dried, and packaged, this spearmint/lemon verbena blend is a refreshing way to unwind even more in one of Napa Valley’s most tranquil settings. 

The Self Care treatment at Carneros Resort and Spa begins by nourishing your skin with a full-body scrub derived from sea salts crafted with organic herbal extracts to first exfoliate and then nourish the skin. Next, still your mind with a fresh mineral and sea salt soak in a private outdoor bath. Complete the experience with a 60-minute stress reliever massage to ease everyday tensions and allow the body and mind to unwind and settle into deep, restorative relaxation. And when you realize you don’t want to leave? You’ll know you’re in that Napa Valley state of mind. 

Try Something New

CBD-infused massage is all the rage for soothing aches. At The Meritage Resort, Spa Terra’s CBD Wellness Massage combines massage techniques with organic herbs, including arnica and non-psychoactive CBD.

In Calistoga, MoonAcre Spa & Baths at Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa is elevating the massage. Their hemp-derived CBD cream will take your endocannabinoid system to the next level. Bring on your sore muscles and stiff joints and let cannabidiol do its job. This is one high we tested and approved! Taking time for self-care has never felt so smart — or hip.


Original content by Dana Rebmann for the 2020 Napa Valley Magazine