Monday, December 28, 2009

Spa Getaways on California's Mendocino Coast

The Mendocino Coast is located along the Pacific Ocean, north of San Francisco. The coastal area is known for spectacular scenery, distinctive winers and the relaxing ambiance. This coastal area is home to inns and B&B with luxurious accommodations and beautiful ocean views. Some of the ins offers relaxing and rejuvenated spa treatments as well.

A spa vacation on the Pacific Coast in the Northern California wine country may just be the ultimate indulgence. Guest can spend the day searching out interesting wineries and sample the fine wines form Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino wine regions. There is fantastic sightseeing in the area, with giant redwoods and ocean front drives. Enjoy spa treatments and massages before or after exploring wine country. Enjoy a gourmet meal in one of the fine local restaurants. Relax and enjoy the sunset while enjoying a glass of wine.

The Mendocino Wine Country begins about 90 miles north of San Francisco. Nearly 40 wineries are located in the three regions of Mendocino County, including Redwood Valley, Ukiah, Hopland and Anderson Valley. Ukiah and Hopland are in the Russian River area of the County.

Spa VacationFollowing are three highly rated inns with spas on the coastal area north of San Francisco. Bodega Bay is south of Mendocino, and is the closest to San Francisco. There inns offer relaxing, pampering getaway destinations on the coastal area of Northern California's Wine County.

Bodega Bay Spa and Lodge. Bodega Bay is located just one hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The lodge overbooks beautiful scenery, including the Pacific Ocean, Doran Beach State Park and the green bluffs of Bodega Head. Luxurious resort with 84 guest rooms and suites that feature spectacular ocean views and romantic fireplaces. The hotel's amenities include a complimentary wine hour, swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, fitness center and full service spa. This restful setting is a wonderful place for a relaxing spa getaway. The Bodega Spa offers spa services including body treatments, massages and facials. The Duck Club Restaurant offers features California contemporary cuisine accompanied by relaxing ocean views. The menu changes seasonally to highlight the fresh local ingredients, seafood and the finest Sonoma County wines. AAA Four Diamond Resort. 888-875-3525.

Stevenswood Spa Resort, Little River. This resort is located on the Northern California Mendocino Coast, The Inn is nestled in a forest by the sea. Luxurious amenities include fine Egyptian cotton bed linens, European down comforters, Imported Hermes amenities, Venetian Glass bowl vanities, Tempurpedic premium sleep system, Italian Espresso Machines, Business center, Free wireless Internet, wood burning fireplaces, mineral whirlpools, ocean view decks, reading library, complimentary limo transportation and more. Indigo Spa promotes well being with state of the art pampering, relaxation and rejuvenation. The spa uses botanical and natural ingredients. The Spa menu offers massages, body treatments and facials. Dine at the Restaurant at Stevenswood, which has an intimate dining room with a fireplace. AAA Four Diamond. 800-421-2810.

Stanford Inn by the Sea and Spa. This Bed and Breakfast Inn offers views of the ocean and the Village of Mendocino. Guest rooms feature wood burning fireplaces. Inn amenities include swimming pool, hot tub, "organic" bread, pet-friendly rooms and grounds, working organic farm and organic dining. There are gentle creatures including llamas and horses on the property. Massage in the Forest Spa services feature massage, body work, facials, Ayurvedic treatments and yoga classes. Dine at Ravens Restaurant featuring regional organic produce. The wine list if comprised mainly of wines from certified organic vineyards or vineyards using sustainable farming practices. AAA Four Diamond. 888-331-8884.

Information subject to change. Contact the inns for further information and to make reservations.

By Christine Bude Nyholm

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With nearly 3 million pages view Christine is one of the top 100 AC Contributors and Won Best of AC for Winter Travel Guides in 2008 and Best of Alternative Health in 2009. Christine's article Shop Around for Prescriptions was featured on CBS Early Morning News. She recently was invited to the Red Carpet Premiere for the Jackson: A Family Dynasty on A&E.

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