For me, a typical day at Rancho La Puerta starts with the following routine:
6:00am – Morning hike. Generally I do not do these, because I am just not a morning person at all myself, but they are a great way to start your day if you can just get out of your ever so warm and comfy bed early enough in the mornings. They have a variety of morning hikes at different experience levels, so there is something available for everyone, and usually the beginning level hikes, and the shorter hikes (which are around 2 miles versus the intermediate to experienced ones which are anywhere from 5-7miles) leave a little later, so at 7:00am. I do make one exception to my NO Morning Hikes Rule though, and that is for the Organic Garden Breakfast Hike. This is truly an experience that I would recommend, and wish for everyone to have at least once in their life, as the beauty of The Ranch and all of its surroundings is beyond peaceful and serene as you are hiking (at a beginning level, so don’t worry) with the sun rising, to the gardens and off site kitchen of The Ranch (this is also where they offer cooking classes, but more about those later).
8:00am – Breakfast, and if you go in summer months they actually serve breakfast outdoors by one of the many pools. Breakfast is always buffet style, and generally consists of muesli, yogurts, fresh fruits, granolas, and hard boiled eggs (which are all available everyday); as well as a specialty “hot item” which varies daily, such as organic whole wheat pancakes, and eggs cooked in a variety of different styles. Please note though that if you are a bacon and sausage type of morning person then be warned now – The Ranch only offers vegetarian options (fish, shrimp, and tofu can be requested for extra protein).
9:00am – First work out class, I like to start with a “sculpt and strengthen” type class at this time. These are a great way to get your blood flowing and your body energized and moving, and ready to take on the rest of the day!
10:00am – Second class of the day, at this time I generally like to do a little cardio, and since I HATE running I will generally do a cycling spin class at this time. However, since there is only a limited number of stationary bikes for use, this class does require you to sign-up at the start of the week to guarantee you a spot on the bike. Also this year, they had a new class “Glide and Ride” which I particularly enjoyed at this time; for the first part of the class you do an aerobic workout on gliders, and the second part of the class is a fast-paced intense ride on the bikes.
11:00am – Third class, and my personal favorite, Level 2 Yoga! Now this is one of the few classes at The Ranch that is offered every day at the same time, and it is a progressive class, so everyday we build on skills we learned previously. It is honestly the best yoga class I have ever taken anywhere so far, and trust me I have gone to my fair share of yoga classes all around the Bay Area, as well as some down in L.A. while I was still living down there. Also, if you are visiting The Ranch for a full week (Saturday to Saturday) which is really what they recommend, then you will have the pleasure of working with Nathan, an serious yogi in his own right, and my personal favorite yoga teach anywhere!