An Unforgettable Spa Experience in Tuscany…Well Sort Of [Pictorial Edition]

Collage of photos taken at Kenwood Spa

Okay, so let’s be honest, actually going to Tuscany would be much better! Now that we’ve cleared that up, we can muse about our memorable spa experience a few Saturdays ago at Kenwood Inn and Spa, a quaint, beautiful, and “Tuscanesque” (made up word) hotel in Sonoma.  But instead of our usual, we’re going to let our pictures tell you our story because quite simply, they’ll do more justice.

So c’mon, take a peek and be inspired.

Drive to the Spa

Beautiful landscapes, grazing livestock, lush vineyards, and sprawling trees are just some of the breathtaking sights you’ll experience on your drive to Sonoma. It’s so refreshing to get away from city life and to enjoy the countryside even if just for a minute.

Image of cows and the beautiful mountains and skyline in the background

Love the countryside!

Image of a road surrounded by beautiful trees

Image of beautiful mountains with cloudy sky in the background

Cloudy but beautiful!

Arriving at the Spa

Tucked away behind these gates is your little taste of Italy; a Tuscany inspired Inn and Spa. We were surprised to learn that many of the accessories used for the Inn decor came all the way from Tuscany.

Image of the beautiful Kenwood Spa Entrance

Image of beautiful Kenwood Spa & Inn front

Full view of the front of the breathtaking Kenwood Spa & Inn


Beautiful flower arrangement in a flower pot attached to a wall

Image of beautiful vase at the Kenwood Spa entrance

Image of beautiful fountain surrounded by lovely flowers in front yard of Kenwood Spa


Image of happy woman standing in front of the Kenwood Spa fountain surrounded by beautiful red flowers

Brunch at the Atrium

Before our spa treatments, my sis and I love to enjoy some light appetizers. After all, it’s hard to be zen with a growling tummy. We look forward to it because it’s our first glimpse not just of the food,  but also the service to anticipate (aside from the concierge) when we arrive at any establishment.

Sadly, the appetizer menu was not so appetizing and the attendant serving us was not so courteous either. He seemed to be agitated and in a rush. Because this was our day, we refused to allow these two unfortunate experiences to shape the rest of our day. Instead we chose to focus on the beauty that surrounded us – as we picked on our uninspiring cured meats, house made lavash (hummus), and seasonal accompaniments – the breathtaking atrium, the delicious mimosas, and the amazing decor.

Later, we realized that the attendant was just a half hour away from the end of his shift and that he couldn’t wait to be done with his day. While it was no excuse for his behavior, we could certainly empathize with him.

Good thing we decided to ignore him. It served as a reminder that we’re all responsible for how we deal with negative experiences. We can either choose to let them dictate future outcomes or learn from them and move on. The latter should always win.

Beautiful image of Kenwood Spa atrium at dusk


Image of beautiful atrium in the Kenwood Spa restaurant area

Image of woman posing in the Kenwood Spa restaurant in the atrium

Thrilled to finally get here!

Image of woman posing in front of a Kenwood Spa fountain in the atrium

Image of a mimosa at the beautiful Kenwood Spa restaurant


Image of woman smelling the flowers around the fountain of the Kenwood Spa atrium

Sometimes you’ve got to stop and take in the beauty that surrounds you.

 Walkway to the Spa

One of our favorite spots at the Inn was the walkway to the spa. It elicited a feeling of intrigue, mystic, and even romance (I know, don’t ask!) Something about walking through a walkway engulfed in lush trees, flowers, and manicured bushes was simply magical.

Image of Tuscanesque staircase at Kenwood Spa

Feels like Tuscany!

Image of beautiful walkway to the Kenwood Spa

Walkway to relaxation.

Image of woman walking through beautiful walkway to the Kenwood Spa


Image of woman walking through beautiful walkway to the Kenwood Spa

Image of woman walking through beautiful walkway to the Kenwood Spa

 Poolside at the Spa

What better way to enjoy our mimosas before our spa treatments than to relax poolside. Because we visited the Spa a week after Mother’s Day, the pool area was not crowded, which meant that we had free reign on where to lounge. We picked a spot that gave us a panoramic view of the pool surroundings, which were beautiful.

Image of female sculpture in the spa area (poolside) of the Kenwood Spa


Image of woman posing in front of a lovely female statue poolside at the Kenwood Spa


Image of two women lounging poolside at Kenwood Spa

We could do this forever!

An image of a breathtaking view of the skyline poolside at Kenwood Spa

Breathtaking views!

Spa Check In

Honestly, despite vowing to stay positive, there was a little apprehension prior to checking into the spa. Would the attendant at the check-in desk be the same as the attendant at the restaurant? Our concerns were quickly squashed by the lady that welcomed us to the spa and checked us in.

Image of beautiful painting at Kenwood Spa check in counter

Warm welcomes are the best!

She was gracious, positive, helpful, and willing to go the extra mile to ensure that we had a superb experience. She started off by offering us complementary mimosas, which was a nice touch. She then gave us a quick spa tour with the enthusiasm of someone who took pride in her work and was clearly passionate about making guests feel welcome. Halfway through our spa stay, she even offered to make dinner reservations for us when I asked her to recommend a good place to dine in downtown Sonoma.

Her kindness was augmented by Devin, another attendant who after finding out the French restaurant we wanted to go to had no reservations before 10.00 p.m. decided to pull some strings to get us in at 8.30 p.m. Talk about delighting your guests! We were not only thrilled but truly thankful to this young man.

There were a couple of things that weren’t so great about the spa but after the graciousness of the check-in attendant and Devin’s kindness, plus, the excellent service by the massage therapist, estetician, and body scrub attendant, it was easy to overlook these shortcomings.

We discovered that the spa didn’t have some typical ammenities like a steam room or sauna (remind me not to make assumptions the next time.)  This gave me a sinking feeling, mostly because the steam room is absolutely my favorite spa thing to do. They did have a steam shower, which was better than nothing but not quite as satisfying.

Also, unlike other spas, the changing rooms doubled up as bathrooms, separated into two and were pretty small. This forced my sister and I to be apart when we needed to use our lockers. Again, not ideal because those are the times you get to chat, laugh a little and share your experiences about the spa. They did have a nice lounge area where we could enjoy some girl talk and our complementary mimosas and snacks.

 Zen Moments at the Jacuzzi

We were pleasantly surprised to find out there were two jacuzzis at the spa; a small one poolside and a much larger one on the guest accommodations side of the Inn.  Of course, we chose to use the latter because not only was it less crowded (one couple left 10 minutes after we arrived), but also in a really lovely setting.

Image of beautiful jacuzzi section at Kenwood Spa

Image of woman with her arms stretched out in a jacuzzi in front of a lovely backdrop

Peace of mind.

Image of lovely vase (from Tuscany) hoisted on wall with water running down the wall

All the way from Tuscany!

 Glowing After the Spa

You know that your experience at the spa was lovely when you look in the mirror and can hardly recognize the person you see with the one that arrived  (okay, so I’m exaggerating a bit!) But seriously, the glow in both my sis and I was undeniable! Even the spa attendant had to acknowledge that we looked so rejuvenated and beautiful that she offered to take photos of us before we left.

Image of glowing woman in beautiful dress smiling after her Kenwood Spa treatment


Image of glowing woman in a beautiful dress smiling after her Kenwood Spa treatment

Glowing and happy!

Image of woman smiling in front of a lovely mural

We love art!

Image of woman smiling in front of a lovely mural

We did it!

Image of two beautiful happy women posing in front of the Kenwood Spa

Sisters, refreshed, happy, and ready to take on the world!

Image of gorgeous wine bar at Kenwood Spa

Wine room. Get a taste of Sonoma wines and more!

Saying GoodBye to the Spa 

As always, leaving the spa after such a fantastic experience was bittersweet. We couldn’t help but pause for one more moment to take it all in. Even though we rarely visit a spa twice, we agreed that this was one of those instances that were worth a repeat visit.

Image of woman standing in front of the breathtaking Kenwood Inn entrance


Image of woman standing in front of the breathtaking Kenwood Inn entrance

We’ll be back!

 Dining in Downtown Sonoma

If you’ve never been to downtown Sonoma, it’s worthy of your consideration. It’s a quaint and charming town that has remained unspoiled and maintains some of it’s past. The streets are lined with little boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and a beautiful park full of lush trees and manicured bushes, along with lovely sculptures.

Image of downtown Sonoma

Unexpected encounters!

Image of beautiful park in downtown Sonoma

Sometimes it’s the unexpected encounters that make our experiences memorable. We got to downtown Sonoma a half hour before our dinner reservations so we decided to take a stroll to kill time. As we were crossing the road and really only paying attention to the sights and sounds of this lovely town of just 10,000 residents, a joyful woman accompanied by a friend stopped us with this line, “You ladies look so lovely. It’s not often we see people so stylish like you in Sonoma. Mind if I take a picture?” My sister and I happily obliged.

As we walked away laughing out loud, we couldn’t help but be amused by the whole exchange. Was it strange? Perhaps.  Well intentioned, yes. Awkward? Most certainly. Offensive? Not in the least bit. Hilarious? Absolutely.

In retrospect, it served as a reminder not to take ourselves so seriously. Sometimes people ask questions, say or do things to simply satisfy their curiosity; the same way a child will ask a question because they just want to know. As long as it’s well intentioned just let it be and move on.

Image of Sonoma State Historic Park

We love the preservation of history!

Image of Sonoma State Historic Park

Our dinner reservations were at The Girl and the Fig, a highly-rated French restaurant, which certainly lived up to our expectations.  The service was exquisite and the food absolutely delightful.  Our favorite dish happened to be the goat cheese sampler, a decadent and delicious selection of local and imported artisan cheeses, fig cake, compote, spiced nuts, and baguette.

Image of woman looking at dinner menu at lovely restaurant

Image of delicious goat cheese assortment on a plate


As most of our gapmuse readers know, every year, around Mother’s Day, a visit to the spa has become tradition for my sister and I. It’s the one time we get to splurge on ourselves and really take a time out from the daily stresses of life.

Despite a few hiccups, our experience at Kenwood Inn and Spa was just as rejuvenating as our previous spa visits, if not more. We came away reinvigorated, self-confident, feeling beautiful, and indestructible. This last sentiment was captured perfectly by my sis when she declared as we were sitting poolside “I’m ready for Monday so bring it on!”

It was an affirmation of our belief that the responsibility to make ourselves feel good falls on us. We must take time off to “tune up” our body, mind, and soul so we can better be prepared to handle the stresses of our daily lives and the unpredictability of life in general.

We hope that these photos have inspired you to go out, seek and experience something special just for you. Because you deserve it.

Be inspired. 🙂



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