Northern California is made for foodies. Hipster bakeries and ice-cream parlours can be found around every corner, and vineyards and olive groves are just a short car ride away. Tempted to jump on a plane already? Consider these two Rosewood resorts for your stay, where you can get some R&R in between feasts. If you are to indulge, you might as well go all the way.
Rosewood Sand Hill
Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, this peaceful luxury hideaway is ideally located to explore the region. Less than two kilometres from Stanford University at the gateway to Silicon Valley, this resort-like property is only 55 kilometres south of San Francisco, so after a day of sightseeing there you can retreat to its tree-lined pool, wallow in the outdoor whirlpool or enjoy a sunset jog around 6.5 hectares of landscaped gardens.
Even the spa menu has a Californian vibe, with scrubs and lotions made from locally sourced walnuts and seaweed.
Be sure to dine at the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Madera, where a harvest of the season’s freshest sustainable local produce is masterfully crafted into beautifully presented comfort food using wood-burning ovens (madera means wood in Spanish).
Ask one of the four full-time sommeliers to help you choose from more than 2,300 wines, a collection given the highest recognition for excellence by Wine Spectator magazine last year. Try the Monte Bello Chardonnay from award-winning local winery Ridge Vineyards with a dish of pan-seared barramundi, celery root, camomile and fennel.
Guests are also invited to play at nearby Stanford Golf Course, the renowned course where Tiger Woods and Tom Watson developed their games while playing on the Stanford University golf team.
Rosewood CordeValle, San Martin
While the centrepiece of this beautiful resort is a championship golf course, the surrounding 700 hectares of meadows, undulating hills, creeks and waterfalls make it an ideal retreat for couples seeking a romantic hideaway in the northern Californian countryside.
If you can bear leaving your sumptuous hillside bungalow—appointed with goose-down comforters, original artwork, fireplace, whirlpool tub and sunny patio overlooking the golf course—then lace up your sneakers and hit the hiking trails that meander through the valley and rise into the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Pause for a tasting at the resort’s on-site winery and vineyard, Clos LaChance, adjacent to the sixth hole. Located just 30 minutes south of San Jose and 45 minutes north of the Monterey Peninsula, this hidden gem is in the heart of wine country, and the concierge can arrange tours of other popular vineyards, plus local orchards and family-run farms.
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