The Best Places to Relax, Chill and Pamper Yourself in the Napa Valley

The Best Places to Relax, Chill and Pamper Yourself in the Napa Valley

Napa Valley Spa’s and Napa Valley Wellness Retreats

By Dynie Sanderson

The Napa Valley truly sets itself apart from other premier travel destinations around the planet, with so much to offer. Travelers venture to this world-class wine country mecca to experience all of the flavors, sights, sounds and sensations. Guests to our valley seek to taste selections of some the highest rated wines from around the globe, dine at the finest restaurants featuring Michelin Star Chefs and rising celebrity chefs, be entertained at the best shows and venues from BottleRock to the Napa Valley Film Festival, play championship golf courses, and of course relax and luxuriate at exclusive premier 5-star spas and wellness centers.

After a day of wine tastings or before your evening dining out, let your journey take you on the pursuit of luxurious excellence and pamper yourself with the ultimate of spa experiences. Whether your mission to rejuvenate and revitalize with a holistic treatment or practice yoga amongst the vineyards, you will find a vast variety of locally inspired treatments. Each spa and wellness center will offer you a unique sanctuary that will restore, renew and revitalize the mind, body and spirit.

These Napa Valley destination spa retreats offer the opportunity to escape, pamper and indulge in an intimate environment of tranquility and Zen. You can get-a-way from your hectic day-to-day and retreat amongst the vines to nurture and rejuvenate your body. Your perfect personalized treatment will take you to nirvana. In addition, many of the spa resorts offer spa-inspired cuisine with healthy culinary menus while constantly committing to creating the perfect guest experience.

The Spa Terra at The Meritage Resort – Napa

Spa Terra is recognized as one of California’s premier spas offering locally inspired treatments in the sanctuary of their inviting underground estate cave. Their vast menu of services and luxurious amenities are there for your sheer enjoyment, also offering a relaxation lounge, Jacuzzi and steam room. The offer skin care treatments for both men and women, packages such as the couples escape and Spa Terra Journey and a wonderful selection of massages and body treatments. www.spaterra.com

Carneros Resort and Spa – Napa

The Spa at Carneros Resort

The resort and spa is location on 28 acres in the Carneros region of Napa surrounded by rolling hills and scenic vineyards. Their spa provides tranquility and nature to mend the body mind and spirit. They offer an inviting selectin of treatments incorporating detoxifying “from the land” culinary ingredients, they also offer healing treatments that aim to cater to every guests’ personal needs. The spa directors favorite pick from the menu is the “Tranquility Pro Sleep Massage” which is a unique treatment that acts on three different sensory pathways to achieve a peaceful mind and body state for profound relaxation. Fitness center and classes are also offered. For a complete list of their services go to www.carnerosresort.com

The Spa at Silverado Resort – Napa

Girls Afternoon at Silverado Spa

Their 16,000-square foot spa facility has 16 indoor and 3 outdoor treatment rooms in the Meyer Lemon Garden. They also feature the Boost Café offering delicious spa cuisine, a Relaxation Pool and Spa Boutique. In addition to their vast selection of spa packages, massages, body treatments, they also offer a full-service nail and hair salon, wellness coaches and skin care. The state of the art fitness center with more than 30 fitness classes weekly, also provides assisted weight machines, outdoor running and stretching areas as well as strength training and cardio equipment with private TV’s and headsets. The Spa at Silverado’s signature treatment is the “Lomi Lomi Massage” – a rhythmic full-body massage technique where the therapist works gently yet deeply into the muscles with continuous flowing strokes enabling the recipient to relax and feel their Aloha. www.silveradoresort.com/spa/

The Spa at the Estate – Yountville

The Spa at the Estate In Yountville

Wellness at the heart of Yountville where soothing fountains, cascading waterfalls and serene reflecting pools envelop their guests in an atmosphere of quietude and creature comforts. They offer seven treatment rooms and five private spa suites appointed with relaxation lounges with indoor and outdoor fireplaces, Swiss experience showers, steam showers, saunas and outdoor hydrotherapy soaking baths. They offer Holistic Body Therapies, blending ancient traditions and cutting-edge technology where their therapies are designed to soothe sore muscles from 50 minutes to 110 minutes. They also offer a selection of massage therapies and facial therapies. For those on the go they offer a tasting menu of 25 minute treatments or combine them to have a multi-treatment experience. Gentlemen you weren’t left out, there are special selection for you too! http://www.villagio.com/spa-villagio-en.html

The Spa at Bardessono – Yountville

Bardessono Spa Yountville

They are nestled amid the picturesque Napa Valley hills in the heart of the hamlet of Yountville where nature guides the nourishment of the body and spirit. You will come away relaxed from head to toe with their luxury spa packages. Combining the best of the East and the West their spa massage treatments promote health and wellness and are customized to fit their guests’ unique needs and personal preferences. You choose your desired style and pressure for relief from stress, for relaxation or for aching muscles. It also includes your choice of a special seasonal blend of essential oils or unscented organic oil. Non-guests can also take advantage of Bardessono’s spa services with Day Guest options. Weekly yoga is complementary for guests and also available for non-guests with drop-in and weekly pass options. www.bardessono.com

Meadowood Spa Resort – St. Helena

Meadowood Spa Treehouse Retreat Room

The new Meadowood Spa offers a unique all-suite concept, creating an elevated spa experience and giving guests a true sense of retreat and privacy. These intimate private treatment suites include a private bathroom, steam shower and built-n seating area in from of tranquil views through open sliding windows to the nature beyond. The offer facials, scrubs, wraps, massage, treatments designed for men, in guest room services, and a spa boutique. Meadowood Chef Victoria Acosta has designed culinary seasonal menu, offering delicious and healthy options for guests to enjoy in their spa suites or in the relaxation gardens. http://www.meadowood.com/spa

Auberge du Soleil Spa – Rutherford

The Spa at Auberge du Soleil

The spa at Auberge is based on the design of a Zen master, creating a physical and emotional barrier from the outside world, which allows guests to focus inward while taking in the beauty of nature. Their new seasonal treatment, “Winter Harmony Retreat” will treat you with an array of luxurious services to nourish, refresh and replenish your skin. In addition to a warm aromatic sesame oil massage, you also choose one or more treatments of Peppermint Sugar Body Scrub, Winter Forest Clay Wrap, Pink Himalayan Salt Bath, Balancing Energy work, Hand & Foot, Reflexology, Hair and Scalp Renewal. 30, 90 or 120 minutes. In addition to their inviting variety of spa treatments, they also offer the highest in quality fitness classes and private instruction. https://aubergedusoleil.aubergeresorts.com/spa/

Solage Resort and Spa – Calistoga

Solage Couples Treatments

The spa facility is artfully designed and ecologically conscious creating the ultimate retreat to experience relaxing and invigorating services including new twists on the renowned “Calistoga Mud” and mineral water therapies. The Bathhouse as Spa Solage offers the ultimate wellness experience, featuring healing geo-thermal pools and mineral rich mud therapy in a restful, restorative setting. Their spa menu offers a vast selection of services – massage, body renewal, body scrubs, enhancements, signature facials, advanced skin care, facial enhancements, waxing, couples connecting, and just for him. In addition, there are mid-week wellness packages, fitness programs and specialty wellness sessions. Try the “Chai Spice Body Renewal” – body brushing, a warming vanilla coconut oil massage and finished with a nurturing wrap and foot treatment. The also serve delicious inspired spa cuisine at the Solbar outdoor patio. https://solage.aubergeresorts.com/spa/

The Spa at Calistoga Ranch – Calistoga

Yoga at Calistoga Ranch

The experience is one of the most unique spa experiences nestled away in a wooden canyon. It provides and oasis where you will find soothing soaking pools overlooking a creek and moss-laden oaks. The offer restorative organic spa treatments in restful private rooms where you will enter upon a journey to pure relaxation. In addition to their signature treatments they also offer complimentary classes in their state of the art fitness facility or out amongst nature. Classes range from Yoga to Qigong to Pilates and Circuit Training. One of their newest seasonal treatments is “Toastie Toes and Fell Good Fingers” where you will receive a revitalizing hand and foot treatment, exfoliates, hydrates and nourishes with warm towel wraps and relaxing reflexology. https://calistogaranch.aubergeresorts.com/spa/

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Sour Cream Pancake Recipe served at Churchill Wild

Sour Cream Pancake Recipe served at Churchill Wild

Sour Cream Pancakes from Churchill Wild from the CookBook Blueberries and Polar Bears

Sour Cream Pancake Recipe served at Churchill Wild
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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Category: Breakfast Pancakes

Cuisine: Homestyle Breakfast

Servings: Number of People Serves Depends on How Hungry you are! No one can eat just one!

Sour Cream Pancake Recipe served at Churchill Wild

Churchill Wild Culinary Experience - This recipe was created by Marie Woolsey and long-time friend and colleague Helen Webber. They have been collaborating and creating their recipes together from the Tundra for over 30 years. During those years they have published their cookbook series - "Blueberries and Polar Bears" series which has resulted in nine delicious editions.

These recipes have pleased many over the generations as the family cooking tradition continues. You will find many of these Tundra inspired recipes served at the Churchill Wild Lodges co-owned by Helen's daughter Jeanne Reimer and her husband Mike, who founded Churchill Wild.

Their Full-Sized Cookbooks are:

  • Blueberries and Polar Bears
  • Cranberries & Canada Geese
  • Black Currents and Caribou
  • Icebergs & Belugas
They have also created a Wild and Wonderful Mini-Cookbook Series
  • Wild & Wonderful Blueberries
  • Wild & Wonderful Cranberries
  • Wild & Wonderful Goose & Game
  • Wild & Wonderful Wild Rice
  • Wild & Wonderful Fish
I am looking forward to indulging in Many of these delightful recipes on my journey to Churchill WIld next week!

 

Ingredients

  • Cook Time - Until Golden Brown or Your Preference
  • PANCAKE BATTER
  • • 2 cups flour (500 mL)
  • • 2 tsp. baking powder (10 mL)
  • • 1 tsp. baking soda (5 mL)
  • • 2 tsp. sugar (10 mL)
  • • ½ tsp. salt ( 2 mL)
  • • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • • ½ cup sour cream (125 mL)
  • • 2 cups milk (500 mL)
  • BLUEBERRY SAUCE
  • • 2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen (500 mL)
  • • ½ cup white sugar ( 125 mL)
  • • 2 tbsp. butter or margarine (30 mL)
  • • ¼ tsp. nutmeg (1 mL)
  • • 1 tbsp. lemon juice (15 mL)

Instructions

PANCAKE BATTER

1. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt.

2. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, sour cream and milk. Beat well with a wire whisk.

3. Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients and beat with the wire whisk until the batter is fairly smooth. A few small lumps won’t hurt the pancakes.

4. Heat a greased griddle or heavy frying pan over medium-high heat. Pour batter on to the hot griddle and cook until the top is bubbly and the pancake is slightly dry around the edges. Turn and cook on the other side until just golden brown.

BLUEBERRY SAUCE

• In a saucepan, mix blueberries, sugar, butter, and nutmeg. Bring to a boil and simmer for five minutes. Add lemon juice and serve. Extra sauce can be stored in the refrigerator. It’s also good with waffles, or cold, over ice cream!

Wild Arctic Cranberry Cake with Warm Butter Sauce

Wild Arctic Cranberry Cake with Warm Butter Sauce

Wild Arctic Cranberry Cake with Warm Butter Sauce
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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Category: Cake

Cuisine: Arctic Tundra Cuisine

Wild Arctic Cranberry Cake with Warm Butter Sauce

Here it is! A Churchill Wild favorite re-posted by special request. A delectable dessert that results in past guests’ mouths watering whenever it’s mentioned. Jeanne Reimer swears the wild cranberries make all the difference, but feel free to try it at home. This recipe and many more are available in the Blueberries & Polar Bears Cookbooks. Please let us know what your favorite is and we’ll post it in the future.

www.blueberriesandpolarbears.com

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour (750 mL)
  • 4 tsp baking powder (20 mL)
  • ½ tsp salt (2 mL)
  • 3 tbsp butter or margarine (45 mL)
  • 1 ½ cups sugar (375 mL)
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla (7 mL)
  • 1 ½ cups milk (375 mL)
  • 3 cups wild cranberries (750 mL)
  • Butter Sauce
  • ¾ cup butter OR margarine (175 mL)
  • 1 ½ cups sugar (375 mL)
  • ¾ cup evaporated milk OR cream (175 mL)

Instructions

Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside.

Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla. Note: It does not get all creamy and fluffy as it does in a butter cake, as the ratio of butter to sugar is not high enough.

Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with the milk, beating after each addition, just until it is mixed.

Stir in the cranberries. (If you are using large commercial cranberries, chop them up a bit.)

Spread the batter in a greased 9 x 13” (23 x 33cm) pan. Bake in a 400°F (200°C) oven for 30-40 minutes, until golden brown and the top springs back when lightly touched.

The Butter Sauce Preparation

Combine the sauce ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Simmer for 2 minutes and remove from heat. A wire whisk is very helpful to keep the sauce smooth. Serve the sauce warm over the cake.

Notes

Island Glamping In Norway – Off The Map Travel

Island Glamping In Norway – Off The Map Travel

 

Norway Island Glamping

Norway Island Glamping

If 5-Star Luxury Hotels in big bustling Metropolis’s is not your thing, but luxury travel is a must and with an added twist of adventure, then look no further than Off the Map Travel, soft adventure specialists.

Off the Map Travel creates unique travel experiences off the beaten path with hand-picked authentic destinations where you can experience amazing natural wonders in their pristine habitat. Whether is a custom made itinerary or one of their specially crafted adventures, they are there to make sure your experience is 5-star.

Island Glamping In Norway

Lofoten Islands Norway

Lofoten Islands Norway

One of Off the Map Travel’s specially created excursions this summer is taking you “Glamping” to the Lofoten Islands in Norway. You will venture to the Norwegian Sea above the Arctic Circle, and for 3 days you will nest in richly decorated Sami tepee’s known as lavuu, lushly appointed with the finest of linens outfitted with stunning Scandinavian Décor.

The Lofoten Islands in Norway offer a vast variety of magestic landscapes painted with fjords, mountains, fishing villages, and home to a plethora of wildlife including the white-tailed sea eagles, porpoises and whales. You will visit a goat farm where you will be served a delightful 3-course meal prepared with local artisanal foods. You will take a Trollfjord and wildlife cruise among the surrounding islands and take a picturesque hike providing you many photo opportunities. Kayaking the brilliant blue waters is another treat where many seabirds make their home.

Off the Map Travel

Off the Map Travel – Luxury awaits!

During the summer months of June and July, guests will enjoy 24 hours of the renowned “Midnight Sun”. One of the special parts of the program is the “Fish your Dish” cooking experience. Guests will have the chance to fish for their own dinner and learn foraging and wilderness techniques for preparation. You certainly won’t go hungry as their food creations are delightful.

Kayaking in Norway

Kayaking in Norway

This intimate glamping excursion offers a breathtaking campsite consisting of six private and luxurious tepees which can accommodate 2 each. So, you can assure your adventure will be a custom personalized adventure where you can leave the crowds at home.

Pricing for this custom travel experience is just under $2,000 US per person based on double occupancy. This will include all meals, accommodations, cruise, kayaking, farm and museum visits.

For more information this adventure or other tailor made travel Itineraries – call +44 (0) 800 566 8901; email info@offthemaptravel.co.uk or join in the conversation on Facebook,TwitterInstagramYouTube or Pinterest

Off the Map Travel is a team of travel experts who work with experiences and destinations that allow people to explore hidden wonders of the world. Specializing in soft adventure and viewing of the Northern Lights, Off the Map Travel creates tailor-made itineraries that offer a distinctive vacation based on first-hand experience. Off the Map Travel vacations anticipate all travelers’ needs with pre-planning and customization. Each bespoke itinerary is tailored to the ages of participants, creating experiences for families, groups, couples and singles that are comfortable and luxurious, with activity levels appropriate for all participants. www.offthemap.travel

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The Ultimate Crocker Starr Harvest Party  “Carnivus Maximus”

The Ultimate Crocker Starr Harvest Party “Carnivus Maximus”

Its that time of year again for the Harvest Party of the year at Crocker Starr – Carnivus Maximus

When summer is on the way out with the colors of fall burgeoning upon the valley and the aromas of harvest are perfuming the air, what better time for a celebration of wine, harvest, and merriment. One of the queens of the crop orchestrated by winemaker and co-owner Pam Starr is Crocker Starr’s Annual Carnivus Maximus soiree held every year on the Sunday before Labor Day at the winery’s St. Helena location.

Over 400 Crocker Starr Casali Members, friends and family descended on a very warm Sunday afternoon this past September to make merry under the Big Top with an abundance of food, flowing wine, music, dancing and frolicking. Games, photo booths, prizes galore, a grand raffle and more are all part of the experience. This renowned afternoon extravaganza has been coined as “the greatest wine celebration of the year”.

Charlie Crocker and Pam Starr

Charlie Crocker and Pam Starr

Adding to the flow of the afternoon, owners Charlie Crocker and Pam Starr continuously popped the corks on Crocker Starr library wines, large format bottles from the cellar and pre-release vintages. And, of course, there was also no shortage on fantastic food at the spread of flavors presented on the colorful and festive buffet tables under the party tent.

2010 was the inaugural first Carnivus event where Charlie, Pam, friends and family celebrated in a small intimate setting with a 10-year vertical tasting in the historic 1918 Farmhouse. The Carnivus Celebration was conceived and its roots began with the roasting of the traditional “blessed” pig while sharing great Crocker Starr wine and stories under the Stonehouse Arbor.

Carnivus Crocker Starr Buffet

Carnivus Crocker Starr Buffet

The tradition continued in 2011 and in 2012, the first party like a #rockStarr had begun. They upped their game and expanded their annual party by bringing in a selection of local purveyors to prepare the ultimate spread with Zuzu’s famous Paella, Hog Island Oysters and of course the pig roasted to perfection by Smoke, who have all been a part of the party since. Also featured this at this year’s celebration were Fatted Calf Charcuterie, Napa Valley Crust wood-fired pizzas and keeping the guests cool – Paradise Shaved Ice.

Live music and dancing and fun and games like guess the cork, giant Jenga and ring toss to win your very own grapevine were also added to the festivities of Carnivus Maximus. Guests also collected stamps on their passport to enter into a drawing to win one of the 3 Big prizes – Grand, Grander and Grandest. Every year the Crocker Starr Labor Day weekend celebration gets bigger and better and is always a quick sell-out event! There are always new surprises in store each year for their returning guests, family and friends!

Crocker StarrThe event’s success is attributed to the amazing orchestration by the Crocker Starr team and their Napa Valley event planner, Sasha Souza Events who has been designing the event for the past 3 years. Plans are already in the making for next year’s festivities.

Crocker Starr – Estate old vines sustainably & responsibly grown and farmed continuously since 1870, now handcrafting a small production of exquisite, world-class wines from their historic vineyard estate in St. Helena. Winemaker and co-owner Pam Starr designs the estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec blend and Sauvignon Blanc to capture the essence of the extraordinary terroir of the vineyard.

For information and tickets, if available please call 707-967-9111

Located at 700 Dowdell Lane in St. Helena. www.crockerstarr.com