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Need a Wellness Weekend Retreat? May We Suggest MacArthur Place Inn, Sonoma, CA?

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Need a Wellness Weekend Retreat? May We Suggest MacArthur Place Inn, Sonoma, CA?

Psssst! We want to share a secret with you…. wellness weekend retreats in Sonoma, CA. Often overlooked for its well-known neighbor, the renowned Napa Valley, Sonoma is a hidden gem and is a mere hour from San Francisco. To kick off our wellness weekend retreat, we first headed to Point Reyes National Seashore where we hiked the magnificent Coast Trail. If you love to hike as we do, this is an amazing place with strenuous to very easy trails. We selected a moderate 6 mile section through redwoods with stellar ocean views and also took a spur trail down to the beach. After our hike and healthy picnic lunch, we made the easy one hour jaunt to Sonoma. Well Traveled selected the ultra-charming MacArthur Place Inn and Spa for our wellness weekend retreat. This little beauty was voted in 2013 as one of the “World’s Best” US hotels in Conde Nast Traveler’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards and certainly soothed our souls. Sprawling over seven...

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Rancho la Puerta, a Fitness and Wellness Vacation

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Rancho la Puerta, a Fitness and Wellness Vacation

Rancho La Puerta should really be considered the god/grandmother of North American fitness and wellness vacation resorts as it first opened some plus 70 years ago. One of the original owners, Deborah Szekely is over 91 years old and practices Pilates 5 times a week. I heard Deborah give her weekly presentation and she was more than inspirational! During my fitness and wellness vacation, I met folks who had been coming to the Ranch for over 30 years. I met trios of grandmothers, mothers and daughters, gal pals, a few couples, and both male and female solo travelers. Located in Tecate, Mexico, it is an easy jaunt from the San Diego airport where a transfer is provided that zips you across the border with ease.     The Ranch is spread over acres upon acres of beautifully natural-appearing landscape. The 80 plus spacious casitas feature classic Mexican folk art, open beams, tile and handmade furniture. Sizes range from solo studio rancheras to two bedroom villas. Many are over 1,000 sq...

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