Nestled beneath the Redwoods about 45 minutes from San Francisco, Woodside Retreat opened November 1. The first retreat-style location for Canyon Ranch delivers on amenities and forest bathing, yet its steep nightly rates make it a splurge. You’ll have the option to come by yourself or with a group, and you can book two-, four-, or five-day retreats, choosing from featured options or fully customizing your schedule.
The 16-acre property has 14 guest rooms in the main retreat lodge, plus 24 private rooms that are elevated on stilts with private wraparound decks overlooking greenery. Each structure was created based on principles in Chinese medicine to allow for free flow of qi and to emphasize harmony. There are also secluded paths for year-round hiking, biking, and contemplative walks. Woodside Retreat’s offerings include an outdoor obstacle course, yoga and meditation classes, creative expression courses, tai chi, nutrition consultations, spa treatments, and an indoor saline pool and whirlpool.
Meals, such as hearth-roasted Monterey king salmon tandoori and a Norcal farmer’s market relish tray, are served at a communal table at the on-site dining hub The Hearth—committed to preparing local vegetables, root to stem.