Tango Diva : Travel Stories for Women, by Women

by Alison Deffner

If you need a break from long days, conference calls and the chaos of everyday life, or if you’re just looking for a little indulgence, check out The Lodge at Sonoma, a Four Diamond premier resort and spa nestled in California’s wine country.

With 182 luxury guest rooms, the award-winning restaurant Carneros Bistro and Wine Bar, and an upscale spa, you’ll have no problem kicking back and soaking up the relaxing ambiance.

Upon arrival, you can expect to be staying in rooms either in the main lodge or in one of the private guest cottages located throughout the grounds. While most rooms feature fireplaces, all have a balcony or patio, in-room bathing treatments and the usual amenities like telephone, Internet, cable television with the option to purchase movies, alarm clock radio, and more. To make your space even more comfortable, the lodge permits pets for an additional fee of $75. Guests can also opt to have privacy shutters placed in their rooms to separate the bath and main room.

After checking out your digs, make a beeline to the lodge’s European inspired Raindance Spa where natural mineral waters flow free and are often used for therapeutic treatments. Dive right into one of their many spa treatments including hydrotherapy baths, a variety of massage therapy treatments and facials. All services are performed in private indoor rooms or in outdoor cabanas. You can also take it easy in front of the spa’s private fireplace or in the cedar sauna, or even venture outside and soak in the natural mineral water soaking pool or Watsu aquatic therapy pool.

After enjoying your spa treatments, spend an afternoon at The Lodge’s Broadway shops which include a boutique, a gallery full of local art and a home furnishings store. Wine Divas will appreciate the offerings at The Cellar Door. A visit here guarantees complimentary wine tasting samples from six wineries. For more shopping, you can also hop on the complimentary shuttle to Sonoma Plaza.

If you’re feeling like getting some exercise in during your visit, The Lodge at Sonoma offers guests access to an exercise room equipped with treadmill, elliptical, and other cardio machines as well as weight machines and free weights. If outdoor exercise is more you pace, a jogging trail, horseback riding, tennis, golf and bike rentals await.

If hitting the gym still doesn’t satisfy you, take the chance to divulge your sporty self with the increasingly popular “Sip, Cycle and Savor” package, offered exclusively at Sonoma Lodge on weekdays. For $869 to $979, this two-night package combines bicycle trips through vineyards near the Mayacamas Mountains with wine tasting at various wineries. At the end of the day, guests are invited to indulge in a signature treatment at the Raindance spa and dine at Carneros Bistro and Wine Bar.

Additionally, guests stay in a cottage guest room where wine awaits. The package also includes dinner for two at Carneros, two bike rentals for one day, two-50 minute Swedish massages or body exfoliations and complimentary shuttle service to Sonoma Plaza.

If you’re looking for something a little less active, the “Girlfriend’s Getaway” package is especially tailored for women needing to melt away the stresses of everyday life. The package costs $579 to $659 depending on the season and includes a one-night stay in a cottage guest room and a dinner and breakfast credit worth up to $130 dollars. Also, like “Sip, Cycle and Savor,” this package offers up two 50-minute Swedish massages or body scrubs, two wine tasting passes for three wineries, complimentary shuttle service to Sonoma Plaza and a bottle of sparkling wine.

With specialty packages catered to meet any needs, an upscale restaurant inspired by the full-bodied flavors of world-class wine and a deluxe spa that draws on European technique, the Lodge at Sonoma offers guests intimate accommodations in the heart of California’s rustic and picturesque wine country.

For More Information:

The Lodge at Sonoma: A Renaissance Resort and Spa

1325 Broadway

Sonoma, California 95476

Tel: 707.935.6600

Website: www.thelodgeatsonoma.com

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