$349 for a spa and wine-country overnight package for two, redeemable Monday–Friday ($639 value)
At the Spa
- Cedar enzyme bath with special organic enzyme tea
- Sound-therapy session
- $20 toward any item in the spa boutique
- Selection of Osmosis signature skincare products to take home
At the Inn
- One-night stay facing the courtyard
- Private jetted spa tub
- Wine and cheese reception
- Passes for complimentary tastings at a choice of up to 100 Sonoma wineries
- Full country breakfast
Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary
Bonsai trees, bamboo gardens, and trickling streams cover the five secluded acres that make up Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, which brings a relaxing piece of Japan to Northern California. But this escape from the modern world doesn't just surround its visitors with nature—it literarily immerses them in it, thanks to the cedar enzyme bath.
Osmosis founder Michael Stusser discovered the treatment in Japan, and he made it his spa's signature service upon opening in 1985. The experience begins in the tea garden, where 25 organic plants lend their benefits to a hot herbal tea. Things then move inside, where guests dip down into wooden tubs filled with finely ground cedar, rice bran, and plant enzymes imported from Japan—which create a natural warmth through fermentation. The warmth relaxes the entire body, and proponents believe it has numerous health benefits. After they're warmed through and pleasantly dozy, guests can explore the plants and water features out in the meditation garden, or stay inside for different spa treatments, from facials to massages.
Inn at Occidental
Mighty redwoods tower over the Inn at Occidental, where a European-style courtyard opens out onto gardens and, in the two blocks surrounding them, the adorable town of Occidental. Folk art covers the walls inside, where guests cozy up near the fireplace and gather in the living room each evening to sample wine and cheese. And that's just the beginning of the potential activities. The Inn sits within reach of tastings at more than 100 Sonoma wineries. Fortunately, the staff are all seasoned pros when it comes to navigating the countryside, and they can map out a tasting itinerary for virtually any palate.