The most famous spa in the area is the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa (100 Boyes Blvd., 707/938-9000, www.fairmont.com/sonoma , Sun.–Thurs. 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Fri.–Sat. 8 a.m.–9 p.m.). Its eminence literally springs from beneath the rocks on which it stands. A natural mineral hot spring lies beneath the Sonoma Mission Inn, lending its warm water to the indoor and outdoor pools and whirlpools that create the center of the Spa’s signature Bathing Ritual.
Whether you choose a relaxing massage or a challenging yoga class, be sure to arrive at least an hour early to allow time for each step of the Ritual, which will relax and focus you for your next treatment or activity. The Spa offers an almost bewildering variety of massages, scrubs, wraps, facials, and even more rarified treatments designed to pamper even the most discerning spa-goers.
A snack bar in the spa feeds the body, and the spa’s facilities are surrounded by the Inn and gourmet restaurant, both of which draw visitors from around the world all on their own.
You can also get pampered for the day in downtown Sonoma at the Sonoma Spa on the Plaza (457 First St. W., 707/939/8770). This luxury day spa, sitting steps from the pretty shops and wine bars of Sonoma Plaza, offers a complete range of massage options and facials. Their signature treatments—several different flavors of mud and cream masks—include a relaxing period in an aromatherapy sauna and an exfoliating scrub. For the ultimate downtown spa experience, pick a multiple-treatment package. If you’re on a honeymoon or anniversary trip, go for the couples’ massages or therapies, which you’ll get together in a private room.
If you’re looking for a lift to your face, visit The Pampered Pout (678 Broadway, 707/938-9396, www.thepamperedpout.com ). Here you’ll choose from among a dozen different 30–90-minute facials to beautify your skin. Esthetician and owner Bridgene Raftery can do anything from a classic European pampering facial to a series of microdermabrasion treatments to makeup lessons for teenagers. Specialty facials for teens and men, plus eyebrow designs, round out a complete menu of face-perfect services.