Feeling stressed? Finding it hard to breathe? Enjoy a little wine, some fine art, and a drive in the country. Slip across the border to Placer County – not many miles away – and take some time out of your busy life to “chillax” and get your groove back.
Locally-owned Rocklin Park Hotel & Spa is the answer. Solo, with friends, or a couple’s retreat, don’t let its freeway-close location deter you. Ask for a balcony or patio room overlooking the foothills, a seasonal stream and beautiful oaks. Indulge your senses and relax with a facial, massage, and maybe a sauna. Some people say, ‘luxury…frivolous.’ I say it’s maintenance in our hectic world. Spa LaLé is totally stress-free and offers couple’s massages; especially nice in the outdoor cabana if the weather is right. Spa staff is welcoming and gracious. Check online for holiday and seasonal packages.
Tucked away down the most breathtaking country roads, the nearby Placer County foothills offer a wonderful collection of small wineries. Most are open for tastings by appointment only, but definitely worth the call. While up the hill in Auburn, don’t miss The Arts Building (home of Placer Arts). Rotating exhibits offer a peak at regional art – it’s exceptional! And maybe unwind behind a handcrafted brew at the new Auburn Alehouse. Throughout the year, agri-tourism events feature everything from eggplant and mandarin oranges to old barns and cowboy poetry. Stop by Newcastle Produce for the best of everything Placer Grown and made – not to mention their delicious soups, salads, sandwiches, and, of course, desserts!!