A WELLSPRING OF WELLNESS
January is Wellness Month! Let Mendocino County be your backdrop for a 2023 reset. Certainly, the natural wonders of Mendocino already lend themselves to wellness with hills and valleys, stunning forests, and a rugged coastline. Residents and guests can take a deep breath under giant redwoods, sit in meditation by the Pacific, or engage in outdoor activities along numerous hiking and biking paths. It all sooths the soul. Traditional forms of wellness such as spa treatments and yoga can also be found in abundance, and in Mendocino County, you can take Wellness to the next level.
From retreat centers to inns, cottages dotting an open field to vacation rentals, wellness can be found everywhere in Mendocino County. Several properties offer onsite spa services, while other places will call in a specialist for massage, facials and movement. With the natural landscape, forest bathing and outdoor meditation can be had at many properties as well, affording you a truly relaxing and rejuvenating experience for your overall health and well-being.
On the North coast, The Inn at Newport Ranch offers a couples wellness getaway with a minimum 2-night stay that includes forest bathing, a Swedish couple’s massage, a private yoga session and concierge services. Noyo Harbor Inn in Fort Bragg has a wellness package for couples with a 2-night stay, couple’s massage, and dinner for two including a complimentary bottle of wine. For a tub, sauna and massage experience, Sweetwater Eco Spa in Mendocino has a fabulous package for two. You can even upgrade your massage to a Deep Tissue or opt for Sweetwater Spa’s Complete CBD massage that’s 100% local, organic…and non-intoxicating. While a stay at Sweetwater isn’t required as part of their wellness offering, it certainly makes for an extra special experience – especially with the water tower hot tub so close! Known for their wellness every day, Stanford Inn offers numerous wellness classes and activities – from body movement to nutritional classes, creative workshops to breathwork courses, and there is a fabulous organic restaurant onsite. At Stanford Inn, wellness offerings can be had without a stay, but why wouldn’t you enjoy their luxurious accommodations?! SCP Mendocino Inn & Farm in Little River invites you to activate your five senses and immerse yourself in their new Forest Bathing Wellness offering. Forest bathing, a Japanese practice, is an intentional and meditative wellness practice designed to reconnect us to the natural world and resort our energy, vitality and mood. At SCP Mendocino, enjoy a forest bathing and wellness experience that includes accommodations and Swedish massage.
Around the bend, unwind with a 3-night stay at Little River Inn for their wellness special which includes a 90-minute massage for two, two hours of relaxation with a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine for your physical and mental health, and a stroll through the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens for two to take in the fresh air and the stunning landscapes of this seaside wonder! Along the ‘secret’ south coast of Mendocino, find your bliss with a stay at Mar Vista Farm & Cottages. With its bucolic setting, Mar Vista is a gorgeous site for wellness with an organic garden you can harvest vegetables, herbs and flowers from, plus enjoy daily organic eggs from their chicken coop. They also offer outdoor yoga, a heated Japanese soaking tub, in-cottage massage, plus private access to a secluded beach. Check out their Wellness Weekends happening throughout the year to leave you restored, reinvigorated and ready for what’s ahead.
River’s Bend Retreat in Philo is hidden among the redwoods with access to the Navarro River. This nature sanctuary is perfect for groups, families, couples and solo guests – just being in nature for a deep rest, restoration and regeneration of your spirit. Explore this natural enclave for a true wellness experience with walks through the redwoods and discover medicinal plants and herbs, mediation by the river and on specific weekends in January, unwind with massage therapies. Located adjacent to Hendy Woods in Anderson Valley, not to mention numerous wineries and eateries. For another riverside retreat, River House in Ukiah is a charming vacation rental sitting on the banks of the East Fork of the Russian River, this property sleeps up to 8 guests, offering an outdoor oasis of gentle river kayaking, badminton, and a hot tub for a soak under the stars. For a little extra relaxation, take advantage of a sports medicine masseuse during your stay. No matter where you choose to stay, wellness is part of the experience in Mendocino County!
For detailed info on Wellness stays, click here.
Cannabis is part of the DNA of Mendocino County, and wellness is at the forefront of that heritage, led by passionate advocates of the healing nature of the plant. On January 14th, check out the Mendocino County Cannabis Wellness Symposium and Marketplace at Dragonfly Wellness in Fort Bragg. This educational all-day event is a celebration of local earth medicines and legacy Mendocino craft cannabis. Learn about the holistic healing culture of Mendocino County – herbs, mushrooms, cannabis, CBD, homeopathic treatments and more. Discover a range of easy to integrate natural healing practices and meet some of the most respected local experts in the industry. Cap off the day with an evening of comedy with critically acclaimed local actress Sherry Glaser performing an excerpt of her show, Taking the High Road. Get tickets here. Discover the true nature of this healing plant and how is all relates to the Wellness offerings of Mendocino County. At Plantshop in Ukiah, they’re hosting an educational event, Get to Know Cannabis: Developing Healthy Plant Relationships! Topics of discussion at this workshop include cannabis and health overview, methods of consumption and the effects of each on health and wellness, plus a Q&A session. Learn about the different types of products and browse Plantshop’s retail store. At their outdoor lounge, enjoy music, painting, games and fun to round out the array of wellness experiences.
For a cannabis walkabout, Mendocino Village is just the ticket with its cozy and quaint streets in close proximity. As you wander about, find brick passageways between larger thoroughfares to weave through the village in search of Sol de Mendocino, an official Cultural Landmark stop along The California Cannabis Trail. Sol de Mendocino is a welcoming experience, providing great education and local products. Round out your stroll with a stop at any of the eateries and galleries in this artist community, including the stunning handblown glass shop, Spark. Walk along the bluffs for spectacular views or head to Big River Beach for a bonfire.
Spa days are ‘ahh’ days, and everyone deserves more of those! No matter where you stay in Mendocino County, you’ll find wellness offerings in the form of body work like massage, acupressure, reflexology, and facials with organic oils and lotions. Several day spas offer sound and light therapies, and there’s even a spa offering floatation therapy. And that’s in addition to the numerous saunas, soaking tubs and hot tubs found in hotels plus the incredible mineral baths in the heartland of Mendocino County. Vichy Springs Resort and Orr Hot Springs offer up healing mineral baths (and pools) – stay for the day or spend a night or two at either of these rejuvenating resorts.
In Willits, Luscious Beauty Boutique & Day Spa offers more that haircare, they provide skin care treatments and full body treatments too. Give your feet some attention at Foot Logic, a Ukiah business offering Chinese foot massage, along with full body massage, detoxification services, and more. Redbud Float & Spa in Ukiah has float pods, cryotherapy chambers that help decrease inflammation and increase blood flow, an infrared sauna, oxygen bar and massage services. Along the coast, Rise and Be Well + Fractalize is the place for an assortment of bodywork classes, plus massage, saunas, sound & light therapies, and float therapy. Another Fort Bragg spa offering is Bamboo Garden Spa & Massage with various massage types and body scrub services.
Mendocino Village offers a wealth of health with places such as Mendocino Massage for both massage and facials, and Nahara Healing Arts that includes yoga, numerous types of massage such as an anti-inflammatory, medical, voya mindful dreams massage and more! The community in Point Arena has an entire website dedicated to wellness practitioners – from alternative healing to movement, massage to energy exploration. To find out more, click here. And on the ‘secret’ south coast, Healing Arts provides acupuncture, massage, cranial sacral, skin care, yoga and the Alexander Technique to improve posture, movement and the efficient use of muscles.
What would wellness be without food? Mendocino County is full of organic farm stands, farmers’ markets, and fresh caught seafood! Restaurants geared toward healthy eating include Fog Eater Café and Ravens – both in Mendocino, Asian Fusion Sea Valley in Fort Bragg, and Ellie’s Mutt Hutt in Ukiah, Dahvi’s Kitchen and Ramen Cubed in Willits, and Anchor Bay Thai Kitchen along the south coast. In Anderson Valley, The Bewildered Pig offers up delicious plant-based cheeses in addition to their exquisite menu. Many restaurants provide healthier choices too, so make sure you ask before you order. From fine dining to café fare, good eats abound for year-round health and wellness!
SWEETWATER ECO SPA
Both an inn and an eco-spa, Sweetwater offers the whole wellness package. During Wellness Month, indulge in a spa package for two which includes:
1-hour Private Hot tub with Infrared Sauna followed by a 50 Minute Complete CBD Swedish Massage for the price of $300 – ($80.00 savings!). Sweetwater Spa’s Magnatrophe CBD products are 100% local and organic (non – intoxicating)
Choose to upgrade to a Deep Tissue Massage for an extra $30.00
And make it an extra special Wellness getaway with a stay at the inn for the night…or two!
Offer good January only, Monday through Thursday, not including holidays.
Address: 955 Ukiah St in Mendocino. Open from 11 am to 9 pm (massage may close earlier, depending on day)
MAR VISTA FARM & COTTAGES
Mar Vista Farm & Cottages is built on wellness with an organic garden set in the midst of several charming cottages. A stay at Mar Vista offers a restorative getaway to meditate, practice yoga and forest bathing, and relax under a blanket of stars in their heated Japanese soaking tub. Mar Vista also offers designed Wellness Weekends throughout the year to leave you restored, reinvigorated and ready for what’s ahead. www.marvistafarmandcottages.com
RIVER HOUSE – UKIAH
For a cozy riverside experience, check out River House in Ukiah. This private river front beach includes a badminton court, bbq and a hot tub for a night under the stars. Enjoy peace and tranquility with a paddle along this gentle river, or commune with nature and all of her critters. For added wellness, a former sports medicine masseuse with a gift for healing is available for an extra charge. Leave stress and tension behind with a stay at River House, a charming family getaway surrounded by nature – the most natural place for wellness. www.riverhouseukiah.com
Email [email protected], or call 707-489-1967.
Massage is $75 per hour.
SCP MENDOCINO INN & FARM
Activate your five senses and immerse yourself in Mendocino’s coastal redwood forest with SCP Mendocino Inn and Farm’s new Forest Bathing Package. Forest Bathing, or shinrin-yoku in Japanese, is an intentional and meditative wellness practice designed to reconnect us to the natural world and restore our energy, vitality and mood. SCP Mendocino Inn and Farm’s Forest Bathing Package includes:
- Accommodations at SCP Mendocino Inn and Farm
- One hour of guided forest bathing for two
- Two 60-minute Swedish massages featuring carefully selected essential oils to represent the forest environment and enhance your rejuvenating experience
NOYO HARBOR INN
Restore, revitalize, and rejoice in wellness and the beauty of the coast at the Noyo Harbor Inn this January. This wellness package includes 2 nights in the best available room, a couples massage (sixty minutes), and a romantic gourmet dinner for two with a bottle of wine (house red or white).
The special is available from January 13 through February 16 for $899, or from January 2 through January 12 for $799 (including wine but no dinner, as the restaurant will be closed). www.noyoharborinn.com
Stanford Inn is ground zero for Wellness. The location is spectacular in and of itself, with grounds that boast a stunning organic vegetable garden, the Stanford Inn also has a phenomenal vegan restaurant – The Ravens. Adding to the whole wellness offering are numerous classes and activities such as:
o Yoga / Tai Chi / Pilates Classes — click HERE for schedule
o Nutrition & Healthy Living Class
o Functional Breathing (Breathwork) Class
o Gardening Classes
o Cooking Classes
o Creative Playshop Classes
o Mushroom Foraging Excursions
Make plans to stay for a few days for a holistic wellness experience at Stanford Inn!
DRAGONFLY: MENDOCINO COUNTY CANNABIS WELLNESS SYMPOSIUM & MARKETPLACE
Mendocino Cannabis Alliance presents the The Mendocino County Cannabis Wellness Symposium and Marketplace, taking place at Dragonfly Wellness Center in Fort Bragg on the idyllic coast of beautiful Mendocino County.
The Mendocino County Cannabis Wellness Symposium and Marketplace is a full day celebration of local earth medicines and legacy Mendocino craft cannabis. Come learn about the holistic healing culture of Mendocino County – herbs, mushrooms, cannabis, CBD, homeopathic treatments and more. You will discover a full range of easy to integrate natural healing practices that support holistic health and well-being.
Learn from our local experts at our speaker symposium, meet the farmers and sample products at our vibrant marketplace, or kick back, relax, and connect in the Community Lounge. Come meet the small cannabis farms of Mendocino County, legacy growers who are passionate about nature, plants and the planet, and are dedicated to cultivating clean and natural products. Direct from the source, our local farmers love discussing their sustainable and regenerative farming practices and explaining the various environmental benefits of small farms, and what makes their small batch produce so special.
Cap off the day with an evening of comedy with critically-acclaimed, local actress Sherry Glaser performing an excerpt of her show TAKING THE HIGH ROAD – Comic Confessions from behind the Cannabis Curtain from 6:00 to 7:00 PM, in the Dragonfly Symposium space.
This event is open to adults 21+. Tickets will be available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/467979698877/
Visit Plantshop for an educational and fun session on healthy plant relationships, beginning at 1:00 PM. Workshop held outside in the Plant Shop lounge (1 hour).