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Bridges to Recovery
725 Foothill Rd, Beverly Hills
We've heard great things about this mental health treatment center, which offers residential treatment for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, complicated grief, PTSD, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. Their clinical team is made up of therapists and psychiatrists who help tailor every treatment program is to the individual. Programming includes five-plus individual therapy sessions a week, twice- or thrice-daily group therapy, family and couples therapy, medication management, and holistic modalities like EMDR, yoga, meditation, massage, art therapy, and acupuncture.
goop Marin
2215 Larkspur Landing Cir., Unit 25A, Larkspur, CA 94939
When thinking about where we wanted to settle in Northern California after a too-long stint away, only one place truly felt right: the Marin Country Mart. Designed in collaboration with Orange County–based firm ViaClover—using a team of best-in-class vendors, including Fromental, Stuga Studio, Volker Haug Studio, Zia Tile, and the Haus Plant—our 1,300-square-foot space is everything we dreamed of and more. Stacks of G. Label sweaters sit next to casual-cool accessories, like Janessa Leone hats, classic Ray-Bans, and big-buckle Birkenstocks. Gems from Nina Runsdorf, Hoorsenbuhs, and Eriness sparkle from within illuminated glass cases. And in the center of the store, a light-filled beauty room—complete with a bespoke onyx sink—brims with bottles of Sleep Milk and Peptide Serum, along with other cult-favorite products from Augustinus Bader, Dr. Barbara Sturm, Vintner’s Daughter, and more.
Stanly Ranch Villa and Vineyard Homes
200 Stanly Crossroad, Napa
Auberge's Stanly Ranch opened up in spring of 2022, in the Carneros region of Napa Valley. It's about an hour from San Francisco (it's right off Highway 12). And it sits on 700 acres; what's special is that they've only built onto 96 of those acres. The resort itself has 135 cottage rooms. But it also has two more luxurious options: villa homes and vineyard homes. Both are available for purchase. And the villa homes can be booked overnight—they're ideal for family and group trips. The villa homes are all two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom fully furnished condominiums. They're 2,500 to 3,100 square feet—but they actually feel bigger than that. They have that expansive, airy, California quality. Large sliding glass doors open up to a patio with lounge seating, an outdoor dining table, and a grill that could feed a full football team. Off the primary suite, there's another set of siding glass doors leading onto another outdoor patio space. The kitchen is outfitted to the nines, and a delight to cook and entertain in. The outdoor rain shower and bathtub: also a delight. The villas are surrounded by pathways of…
La Playa Hotel
Camino Real & 8th Ave., Carmel-by-the-Sea
Before it was a hotel, La Playa was the seaside retreat of a Ghirardelli heiress, her painter husband, and their writer and artist guests. A recent renovation restored its golden-age grandeur and bohemian spirit: Common spaces have cozy nooks and plush fixtures, and the rooms have the coolest old-school bar cabinets. By night, visitors and locals all drop into Bud’s—the broody, wood-paneled restaurant and bar tucked away on the first floor—for a nip. (The house martini is rock-solid.) Plus: The property is just a few blocks from the water, and respite-seeking guests will be glad to hear the ocean as they fall asleep and enjoy views of Carmel Bay and Pebble Beach from the upper floors.
Chez Noir
5th Ave. between San Carlos St. and Dolores St.
This Michelin-starred bistro feels bright and remarkably relaxed, like a lively dinner party at a friend’s place. The owners, husband-and-wife team chef Jonny Black and Monique Black, might drop by your table just to say hi. The food? Excellent. Chez Noir serves a daily prix fixe menu focused on seafood (although vegetarians can certainly be accommodated) and hyperlocal produce. Dessert is oh-my-god good, and the cocktails deserve a special mention, too.
Carmel Beach Hotel
San Antonio Ave. & 13th St., Carmel-by-the-Sea
Just far enough from Carmel’s main drag and a block from the quieter side of the beach, Carmel Beach Hotel is made for quiet escapes. It’s bright and modern, with all the bells and whistles of a luxury stay, like breakfast baskets (assembled to be easy to take to the beach) and fresh-baked cookies at turndown. Depending on which room you book, there are fireplaces, ocean views, and big soaking tubs. The restaurant, which is exclusive to guests, is overseen by the Michelin-star-winning chef over at Aubergine.
The Madrona
1001 Westside Rd., Healdsburg
Originally built in 1881, this boutique hotel, newly remodeled by San Francisco-based designer and co-owner Jay Jeffers, blends contemporary elements and charms of the past with remarkable attention to detail. There are 24 completely unique rooms distributed between the main house, the carriage house, and free-standing bungalows. (Indulge in crisp linens and heated tile floors.) On the expansive eight-acre property, guests can luxuriate in the on-site orange grove, take a dip in the saltwater pool, enjoy the restaurant (helmed by Michelin-starred chef Jesse Mallgren), and ogle over exquisitely patterned wallpapers, original architectural features, and antique furnishings, like a set of particularly charming bunny-eared chairs. Our favorite part? Savoring our morning coffee from the wraparound porch, enjoying views of Napa’s rolling vineyards.
Monastery Made
4175 24th St., Noe Valley
Walk into this crisp white studio adorned with lush flowers, exquisite trinkets, and Monastery’s line of gorgeously scented, super-effective skincare, and instantly, you feel restored. A facial with founder and formulator Athena Hewett takes you to a new level, however: She customizes each step to your skin, deftly combining the traditional exfoliation, cleansing, and extractions with high tech treatments and ancient techniques. Athena’s personally trained every one of the expert estheticians on staff; you saunter out sculpted, glowing, and completely rejuvenated.