The Best Wine and Workout Retreats
Of all the wonderful things we think of pairing with wine, exercise isn’t among them. Historically, alcohol and exercise have been either/or propositions. Drinking before working out can cause an oxygen shortage, interfere with metabolizing carbs into energy, and prevent muscles from repairing themselves. That’s the bad news.
The good news is that, as it turns out, you can indeed exercise and drink on the same day—and sometimes even in the course of a single yoga class (though for the most part, we’d recommend drinking the wine after you do the workout). In recent years, a slew of health retreats around the country have started recognizing the mindfulness connection between savoring great wine and finding yourself during a restorative workout—and they’re exploring interesting ways to celebrate the combination.
Here, we find the top hotels and vineyards around the country that combine workouts and wine in a deliciously relaxing setup.
Hyatt Regency, Indian Wells, California
Aqua Serena Spa, at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, offers a Vino and Vinyasa private yoga class that combines movements and yoga principles like breath, balance, and flexibility, with a wine tasting (during class!) designed to heighten the senses of smell, taste, and sight. By the end of class, you’ve both moved through several poses and knocked back some delicious California reds and whites.
Liana Estates, Napa, California
A one-hour yoga class for beginners and experts alike, Bubbles and Yoga at Liana Estates—a brand-new Napa Valley winery sprawling over 100 acres and from the daughters behind Peju winery—takes students through asanas before providing a local Carneros Bento Box Brunch and Liana Bubbles immediately following the class.
Marquis Los Cabos, Los Cabos, Mexico
Mexico’s adults-only, all-suite Marquis Los Cabos has a beloved class called Sunset Stretching, with an instructor leading guests through yoga on the beachfront lawn. Immediately following the class, guests head to a wine pairing with live saxophone music.
Raptor Ridge, Newberg, Oregon
Every Tuesday in the Chehalem Mountains area of the Willamette Valley, Raptor Ridge’s owner Annie Shull hosts Yoga in the Vines, a mind-opening meditation practice including Vinyasa flow, followed by a private tasting of Raptor Ridge wines paired with small bites from Nourishment Food and Yoga.
ART Hotel, Denver, Colorado
Downtown Denver’s ART Hotel has partnered with CorePower Yoga on a class called Vinyasa and Mimosas. Every other Saturday, the hotel offers a complimentary hour-long vinyasa class on the rooftop terrace, followed by $10 bottomless Mimosas at their FIRE restaurant.
Rosewood CordeValle, San Martin, California
Golfers at Rosewood CordeValle resort in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains can sign up for a Sips and Tips class: an hour-long instruction on achieving the perfect golf swing, paired with signature cocktails. After the session, the party continues with a wine tasting at Clos LaChance, the on-property vineyard and winery.
The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort, Vail, Colorado
Steps from Gondola One in Vail Village, The Lodge at Vail does a weekly Restore + Rosé yoga class at the hotel’s Movement Studio. Following a 50-minute class, hotel guests raise a glass of rose and enjoy treats from The Lodge at Vail’s executive Chef Rudy Williams.
Wolffer Estate Vineyard, Sagaponack, New York
From July through October, Wolffer Estate in the Hamptons features a weekly outdoor class called Yoga in the Vines, where guests work their way through a 90-minute series of poses before sipping Bellinis in the winery’s vineyard.
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona
Following an hour-long Wine & Unwind yoga session on the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale’s Fountain Terrace lawn—which takes place as local guitarist Alex Hristov serenades yogis with Flamenco and modern world tunes—guests mingle over a complimentary glass of wine.
RiverPlace, Portland, Oregon
An evening yoga session during a full moon, the Full Moon yoga class hosted by Portland’s RiverPlace provides guests with a glass of RiverPlace pinot noir created by local Patton Valley Vineyard in Willamette Valley. On Sunday mornings at 9 a.m., the hotel also hosts yoga with a post-workout mimosa.