My Wellness Staycation in San Francisco

Do you ever want to get away without having to really get away? I’m a HUGE proponent of doing local and fairly regular stay-cations. Who doesn’t want to take a little break in their own neck of the woods? I’ve found that committing to mini stay-cations helps me explore my home area without having to invest too much time and money into a big trip. In fact, since I’ve moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, Jack and I have done a few – from Napa and Sonoma (which I highly recommend), to our most recent one in San Francisco.

I’ve recently had the good fortune of staying at the Stanford Court hotel, which is located in the centrally-located San Francisco neighborhood of Nob Hill. If you’re a wellness wanderer looking for an urban sanctuary experience, I suggest staying here if you’re looking for a hotel with a spacious bathroom and thoughtful amenities that really enhanced my one night stay.

A room at the Stanford Court

Top-Notch, In-Room Amenities

Arriving at the hotel and checking-in was a breeze with the friendly staff and valet, but the evening was even more relaxing thanks to the Well+Away vital kit with some yummy munchies. My favorite was the Justin’s nut butter cups and HipPeas vegan puff snacks.

Well+Away Vital Kit – Photo Credit: Andrew Hong (Well+Away website)

In the room that night, I was also able to meditate in style. I relaxed on the most comfortable Gaiam meditation cushion (to the tune of some Chinese New Year fireworks happening down the road!) and used the yoga mat for a light stretch and flow in the morning. Normally, when I travel, I rarely bring a whole ton of my wellness goodies since they can be bulky and they don’t always get used. So, it was totally amazing and refreshing to have the hotel providing these wellness staples for use during my stay. It made me actually use them since they were right there in front of me! It wasn’t meant to be but I had such a good time checking out the complimentary meditation app (as well as the Well+Away San Francisco city guide) and downing the nighttime tea, that I hung out in my room all evening after dinner.

Check out ALL of the amenities the hotel offers, by checking out their website or social media! They do an amazing job of keeping the content fresh and relevant for those interested in checking it out. Oh, and did I mention this place is PET-FRIENDLY? It wouldn’t be a stay-cation without a furry friend, so bring yours! If only I had one to accompany me…next time!

Sweating It Out & Breakfast

In the morning, I woke up and hit the highly-regarded property gym. One of the most fun parts of the weekend was exploring the comprehensive gym! It was my first time ever on a Peloton bike and let’s just say that I came home and immediately started looking into getting one for my own apartment. Plus, the gym had an awesome view of California Street, which is a quintessential SF street that is on a big hill. I walked down that hill to explore the neighborhood and grab some breakfast at The Plant on the Embarcadero (read: WATER VIEWS!) before checking out a bike tour and wrapping up my afternoon in the city.

The Plant, San Francisco

My Suggestions for Next Time!

I actually used the Well+Away SF guide book to give me some inspiration and ideas about what to do during the day. It gave me some great suggestions about where to eat and do next time. On my list for eating: Farm Table, Nourish, Donuts at Pebbles. As for spas: Cavallo Point and Nob Hill Spa.

Bikes to use at the Stanford Court

What’s your favorite way to spend a stay-cation? I absolutely loved my time in San Francisco. I don’t want to live there (I love South Bay more!), but I absolutely love going into the big city to eat and explore! That’s why this one night staycation was perfect. Since we only live about forty minutes away, it’s easy to go for day trips. But, there’s something about staying that night somewhere that gives you a more luxurious experience.

So, if you’re looking to visit San Francisco, write me and I will give you my recommendations! Perhaps make it a stay en route to Napa or Sonoma!? That’s my suggestion!

Leigh Winters | Editor-in-Chief
Written by Leigh Winters | Editor-in-Chief
Leigh Winters, M.A./M.S., is a clinical researcher at Columbia University’s Spirituality Mind Body Institute and Columbia University Department of Psychiatry’s New York State Psychiatric Institute. She works in the Substance Use Research Center on opioid, cocaine, and alcohol treatment trials that involve motivational enhancement therapy, pharmacological facilitation of mindfulness training, mindfulness-based relapse prevention, and mind-body practices. Leigh is a certified aromatherapist and Ayurveda specialist. She is passionate about health and wellness and enjoys writing. Leigh holds dual master's degrees from Columbia University in Clinical Psychology & Neuroscience. Reach out to Leigh via or on Instagram @wiseandwellco.