These travel ideas combine spectacular scenery, exciting fitness programs, and a glass (or three) of wine
Breathtaking Wine Country Travel Destinations
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Two things that make a great vacation: good wine and a good workout (though not necessarily at the same time!). Combine the pleasures of wine country with the holistic benefits of a wellness break when you plan your next getaway. We rounded up hotels that have created wellness and fitness packages that utilize the beauty of their vineyard surroundings to encourage a true, outdoor, healthy vacation. Here’s to a relaxing escape! (While you're enjoying your vacay, take note of these 9 Clever Ways To Make Your Vacation Healthier.)
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The Carneros Inn, Napa, California
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A luxury resort owned by the Plumpjack Group, The Carneros Inn in Napa Valley is sure to satisfy both the oenophile and fitness fanatic in anyone. The "Wine Country Wellness Experience” includes customized vineyard runs/walks; tailored boot camp classes with workout stations throughout the grounds; yoga sessions overlooking the vineyards; and access to complimentary bikes on-property. Get in a good dose of relaxation with a “vinotherapy” spa treatment, such as a Chardonnay Sugar Scrub, Cabernet Wrap, or Rosemary Mint Grape Seed Scrub at the property’s gorgeous spa. Every day, you’ll wake up to a spa-inspired breakfast featuring ingredients sourced from the resort’s on-site culinary gardens.
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The Vines Resort & Spa, Mendoza, Argentina
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This winery/resort located at the base of the majestic Andes offers a brand new floating gym above lush vineyards with inspiring views of the nearby, towering mountains. The Vines also features an outdoor climbing wall, hiking trails that wind through the vineyards, and hidden, private spaces to practice yoga or meditate. Group and individual fitness and wellness activities are offered throughout the year, including yoga, rock climbing, and bike tours of the vineyard.
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Girasol Vineyard & Inn, Walla Walla, Washington
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A luxurious bed and breakfast nestled in the heart of Washington wine country, Girasol Vineyard & Inn offers a “Bike and Stay Package” that includes bike storage (so bring your own ride) and snacks for the road. Biking in Walla Walla is defined by little-traveled backroads through rolling wheat fields and vineyards with wide open vistas. Enjoy wine tasting by bike; there are more than 20 wineries within a two-mile radius of Girasol, many of which offer cyclists complimentary delivery of wine purchases to the inn. Back at the inn, take advantage of the Northstar Blending Experience on site: After tasting four distinct reds from four different regions of Washington, you’ll get to blend your own one-of a kind bottle using beakers complete with a custom label. (Want more adventure? Check out the 7 Travel Destinations That Answer the Call of the 'Wild'.)
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Salamander Resort & Spa, Loudon, Virginia
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The Salamander Resort & Spa is a 340-acre luxury estate located outside of Washington DC’s and is surrounded by vineyards and horse farms. The Salamander opened in 2013 and features a Wine and Equine Package that allows you to experience both Loudoun’s famed horse country and Virginia wine country. The package includes a two night stay, $150 credit toward the equestrian program of your choice, and a flight of Virginia wine in the Gold Cup Wine Bar on site. Activities to select from include trail rides through the countryside, yoga in the stable, yoga on horseback, and more. Get an adrenaline rush with a visit to the zipline located just behind the resort (The Zip and Sip package offers the zipline course followed by a glass of beer or wine for $189 a person). At the end of the day, unwind in the spa with a Crushed Cabernet Massage, developed at the Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa in Bordeaux, France. The indulgent treatment starts with a scrub blended with exfoliating grape-seeds, rich honey, softening brown sugar, and essential oils, followed by Caudalie’s signature sculpting massage.
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Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort, Santa Ynez Valley, California
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Alisal Guest Ranch, located near the famed Danish wonderland Solvang (which is setting of the acclaimed book and film Sideways) is a 10,000-acre ranch featuring horseback riding trails, a 100-acre spring-fed lake, two golf courses, tennis courts, a pool, fitness center and spa. Alisal's cycling package includes rides on backcountry roads through rolling vineyards led by a private guide, breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, as well as a 60-minute massage and Alisal-logoed cycling jersey. Make a reservation with local Vineyard Yoga, which offers outdoor classes that rotate between local wineries for about $20 to $45 and include yoga, wine tasting, and, in some cases, appetizers or lunch.
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The Black Sheep Inn and Spa, Hammondsport, NY
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The Finger Lakes region in upstate New York is known for its natural beauty, and there's no better way to see it up close than by bike or by boat. The Black Sheep Inn and Spa’s add-on Vistas to Vineyards package includes a delicious Finger Lakes farm-to-table breakfast each morning (co-owner and in-house chef Debbie is well-versed at a wide range of dietary restrictions, from gluten-free to vegan, GAPS, paleo, and many more), maps and touring info, and a full-day kayak rental on Keuka Lake. You’ll also take along a cooler filled with a selection of local cheeses, veggies, crackers, and dips to enjoy during your visit, plus complimentary stainless steel insulated water bottles filled with Inn herbal iced tea to keep you hydrated on-the-go.
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The Woodmark Hotel, Kirkland, Washington
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The iconic, waterfront Woodmark Hotel offers a special fitness program from May to September each year called Rock The Dock. As a hotel guest, you can take part in a spin class, hosted by Fly Fitness Studio, right on the docks of Lake Washington as a live DJ simultaneously spins some heart-pumping tunes. Then venture out to the backroads to wine country on a bike from Kirkland Bicycle, or stay at The Heathman and enjoy a complimentary bike rental to nearby wineries, via the Cross Kirkland Corridor trail system. Chart the six-mile course to Woodinville’s 50-plus wineries or Kirkland’s The Alley, home to a handful of tasting rooms and art galleries.
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Travaasa, Austin, TX
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Believe it or not, Texas Hill Country was voted one of the top 10 wine destinations by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2014, and is the second largest American Viticultural Area (AVA) in the U.S. Less than an hour from the wineries, Travaasa, located in the Hill Country outside of Austin, is a wellness-focused resort that's sure to get your blood pumping. Fitness offerings include yoga, mechanical bull workouts (yes, seriously), outdoor circuit training, foam rollers, Pilates, strength training, dance fitness, and core conditioning. Outdoor adventures include a challenge course, horseback riding, bike pump tracks, hiking through the Hill Country, archery, and sunrise hikes. The resort also offers wine tastings in-house, a detoxifying juicing class, and healthy culinary classes. (Austin, TX is also one of our 5 Cheap and Healthy Places to Visit in the US.)