Sometimes we miss out on activating all of our senses to achieve relaxation or simply find an escape from day-to-day stress. Many of us opt to enjoy a glass of wine or a delicious meal, but then all we are left with is a full belly and maybe even a hangover.
What if you could trigger all of your senses in one experience?
With a visit to Park Winters in the Yolo Countryside you can do just that. After your day in the country you will return home feeling invigorated and inspired. The best part? You can continue to go back to do it again and it’ll be a completely different experience each time.
How can you experience this full sensory getaway? Book yourself a Garden & Farm Tour and then a Farm to Table Experience at Park Winters. If you want to make it last longer than just a half or a full day, you can choose to stay overnight at their charming Bed & Breakfast which allows for more time to explore and experience the wonder and magic of their private estate.
The drive to Park Winters will begin your experience as you wind down nearly-empty roads through the gorgeous Yolo Countryside. With more space and less cars, you will immediately start to relax as you pass farm fields, orchards and even barn animals like cows, horses, chicken and goats!
The moment you arrive to Park Winters you are welcomed with the scenes and scents of the surrounding farmland with a backdrop of unobstructed views of the Blue Ridge Mountain Range.
What does the The Yolo Countryside smell like? Depending on when you visit, the smells of the landscape can be very moving. The fragrance of wild flowers, the smell of the air before rain, and sometimes you can even sense hints of vanilla in the air.
On your Garden Tour, you will walk through the estate’s lovingly manicured gardens that features aromatic herbs and many varieties of flowers. Their sunken garden is filled with different lavender species which are clipped during the tour for you to smell up close and take home with you to remind you of your visit. Have you ever seen or smelled fresh nutmeg geranium? This is your chance to smell the natural sources of essential oils and teas right from the ground!
There’s no better way to connect with nature than to actually touch it. Feel the silky roses, discover the the fluffy leaves of a Lamb’s Ear plant and you may even pick and eat a fig from their Fig Forest when it’s in season. You’ll also learn how Park Winters sources their seeds from their very own flowers by breaking up dried flowers to release the seeds that are stored within them.
Each tour is different especially when the seasons change. Sometimes the tour guide will even walk guests to The Farm at Park Winters to see what’s growing. Don’t be surprised if he grabs a couple of carrots right out the ground and washes them for you to taste!
After your tour is complete, you can enjoy an intimate table in their courtyard, surrounded by elegant buildings and idyllic gardens. Their tables are garnished with freshly picked flowers from their garden and each table is spaced out for social distancing to make your experience comfortable and enjoyable.
The menu is based on produce that is at its peak ripeness for harvest. All food is sourced from their organic farm as well as neighboring Yolo farms. You’ll enjoy a family-style meal with your choice of classic, vegetarian or both.
Before or after your meal, pick a spot to sit and relax, and listen to the trees sway in the breeze. The sound of the countryside is very calming and soothing.
There are tons of spots to sit to enjoy the scenes, smells, and sounds of the countryside, but one of our favorites is in front of their fire feature with the view of the mountains.
At the end of your visit you will have experienced what Park Winters refers to as “Simple Country Luxury.” There’s no better way to enjoy your visit to Yolo than by activating all of your five senses. Everyone’s experience is different, but you’ll be sure to take with you the memorable scents and scenes of the Yolo County countryside.
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