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Take a Breather in California

With the stress caused by the pandemic still ongoing, Americans are more in need of a wellness break than ever before. With everything from the ocean to the mountains, California has what it takes to soothe the soul. Wellness travelers looking to relax, recover and rejuvenate have plenty of options to get their Zen back.

Feel the Energy

Connect to the Earth in beautiful Siskiyou County with a tour of the vortexes near Mt. Shasta. The easy to intermediate hikes or snowshoe tours are designed to help travelers rekindle the spirit, experience the beauty of the area, and allow the special energy at the site to restore balance and peace.

California Dreamin’

Low stress is the name of the game in relaxed Mendocino County. At the vintage herbal apothecary shop, The Bohemian Chemist, travelers will find a wide variety of locally sourced and sun-grown cannabis available in a boutique, upscale atmosphere.

Water Ritual

The origin of the spa was a bathhouse experience that is perfectly recreated at Asha Urban Baths in Sacramento. Through a mindful ritual of soaks, cold plunges, sauna and relaxation time, this urban spa has created a communal gathering place designed to restore wellness through water, heat and community. 

Iconic Spa

While located near Silicon Valley and San Francisco, the iconic Canyon Ranch Woodside spa is lightyears away from their hustle and bustle. Located on The San Francisco Peninsula, guests at Canyon Ranch pursue a personal path to achieve individual wellness goals. Get an herbal poultice massage, explore the redwood forest or sleep in a treehouse. The ways to Zen are limitless.

National Park Pampering

After a day of hiking and exploring Yosemite National Park, plan your recovery at Tenaya Lodge’s Ascent Spa. A deep tissue massage or the signature Hiker’s Trek massage will wipe away muscle tension from the day’s adventures. 

Zin Zen

Spend the day sipping in the heart of California’s Zinfandel country, Lodi, then relax at The Spa at Wine & Roses. Plan a couples retreat or try the Traveler’s Revenge facial or the Honey Bee Good massage incorporating a warm beeswax thermal pack. 

Big Sur Vibes

Enjoy one of the most magical places on California’s coast with a stay at Alila Ventana Big Sur. This iconic destination is known for its relaxed attitude and at the five-star Alila, guests can take advantage of unique experiences from a meditation held in “The Circle of Life,” a ring of 100-year-old redwoods, to a foraging adventure harvesting sea salt.

Sound System

Experience the soothing power of sound during the Tibetan Sound Healing experience at Palm Desert’s Bliss Chakra Spa. Led by a Certified Sound Healer who harnesses the power of sound to reduce stress, create peace and balance the Chakra system, this relaxing treatment is designed to restore the nervous system and put you back in harmony.  

Natural Healing

For an immersive wellness experience that harnesses the power of nature’s hot springs, head to Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona. Relax and rejuvenate in 19 different pools and baths, enjoy a facial or massage, or opt for a yoga or meditation class. Don’t miss dining at Ivy Kitchen which proves eating healthy doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor. 

Candlelight Wellness

Enjoy Santa Monica’s famous beach in a new way with The Calming Spot’s Candlelight Soundbath Meditation. The beautiful ambiance, coupled with the sounds from the ocean and the sound bowls, make for a soothing and memorable meditation. 

Healing Horses

Travelers can experience the healing equine programs offered by the Free Rein Foundation in Huntington Beach, Orange County. The 90-minute guided walking tour gives visitors a look at the rescued horses, while Hug & Groom events allow visitors the chance to interact with and groom the horses. Both programs help the foundation care for the horses and offer equine therapy to the community. 

Five Star Pampering

Let the cares of daily life slip away at the recently renovated spa at The Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in San Diego County. Many treatment rooms include a private patio with luxurious outdoor soaking tubs and showers. Get your Zen back with a Marine Mineral Wrap or a Valencia Diamond Lift facial. Relax even more post-treatment at a poolside cabana.