Nestled at the foot of Sugarloaf Ridge, Chateau St. Jean's idyllic 250-acre estate fills with the soft hush of broad grape leaves rustling in the sun. Hedges of waxleaf privet shelter well-manicured gardens, where firework-like bursts of hydrangea sway beneath courtyards and tasting rooms. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren strolls among the trellises, checking on the grapes, which hang heavy with sugar on the vines. She has spent the last 32 years overseeing the harvests at Chateau St. Jean, producing wines that have earned significant praise and awards. Wine Spectator gave the St. Jean Cinq Cépages cabernet sauvignon 93 out of 100 points, calling it “complex, layered, elegant and refined, with cedar cigar box, tobacco, currant and black licorice—trim and tapered.”
The wines fuel jocund chatter in the fully restored chateau, which was originally constructed as a summer home in 1920. In private rooms as well as outside on the sun-drenched deck, glasses click together with the soft jingling sound xylophonists make in their sleep.
At Trek Bicycle Store of Santa Rosa, a staff of experienced bike builders, mechanics, and salesfolk combine an encyclopedic knowledge of their trade with a passion for cycling. Technicians tune, repair, and construct both road and mountain-ready bikes from scratch, with an ample supply of cruisers, one-speeds, children's, and BMX models ready for any type of cyclist. The shop also hosts regular ride alongs that guide pedaling herds through the scenic Napa Valley countryside.
Commuters, athletes, and hobbyists alike gear up with Trek's vast array of helmets, shoes, clothing, and tubes from brands such as Bontrager, Castrelli, and Shimano. After arming themselves with new equipment, customers can consult certified therapists for massage treatments that help to undo the effects of stress or injury and work with instructors in cycling-centric yoga classes that help riders build core strength, flexibility, and the ability to mind meld with their bikes.
A love for the outdoors fuels Rebecca Pennington, Bikram Yoga of Santa Rosa?s owner, who spent eight years as a wilderness adventure guide and backpacked 1,700 miles of the Pacific Coast Trail. When her knee gave out from overuse, she was devastated, turning to Bikram yoga in hopes of healing her injury. Eight years later, the pain in her knee is gone, and she has continued playing sports. Inspired by her experience, she?s taken over Bikram Yoga of Santa Rosa with a goal of extending the practice?s healing benefits to others. Her troupe of certified instructors leads students through 90-minute classes, flowing through 26 postures and two breathing exercises, each building on the previous pose to build strength and flexibility. The studio is heated to a balmy 105 degrees, which helps loosen up muscles, flush out bodily toxins, and identify any students concealing snowballs in their backpacks.
At Devi Yoga Center, seasoned instructors draw on backgrounds in dance, psychotherapy, and somatic study to teach ancient poses that are both graceful and meditative. The 1,100-square-foot studio, complete with cathedral ceilings, radiant heat, and natural light, shelters students from the stress and flying monkeys waiting outside. Owner Kashi Ananda specializes in TriYoga, a system based in ancient yoga that features a sequence of kundalini-inspired postures synchronized with breath and focus, meant to boost physical, mental, and spiritual energy. Students can also cultivate strength, flexibility, and inner peace with other styles of yoga, from beginner-friendly aerial routines to relaxing prenatal sessions with a complimentary tea service.
Tamber Bey Vineyards' Barry Waitte and his expert staff take advantage of the surrounding valley’s cooler climate to yield a crop of grapes that lend their signature tastes to a menu of 100% estate-grown wines. The team forges these cabernets, merlots, petit verdots, and chardonnays from within two Napa Valley vineyards—one in Oakville and one in Yountville, both adjacent to the Napa River—and distributes more then 3,500 cases across the US, Canada, and Denmark. Those visiting the Tamber Bey tasting room in person or through astral projection can sample these selections at a copper-top bar or in a private suite housing a 100-year-old barn-wood table.
The American Camp Association-certified Cloverleaf Ranch's 165 acres of Sonoma County wilderness brim with oak trees and grazing land, setting the stage for sun-dappled afternoon horseback riding lessons or one-to-two-week overnight and day camps. Campers craft their own destiny with custom schedules assembled from more than 25 different activities ranging from horseback riding and hiking to tennis and swimming. A ropes course, a 1,000-foot zipline, and riflery and archery ranges also await campers. They can also meet some of the ranch’s permanent equine residents, learning the proper technique for Western horseback riding during lessons and trail rides.