Located within the Golden Gate National Parks, this elegant eco-lodge sets the standard when it comes to fine food and wine in the Bay Area. The LEED Gold certified property is home to the outstanding Murray Circle restaurant and a dynamic cooking school that emphasizes seasonal cuisine, sustainable practices and local, organic ingredients. Under the direction of chef Jayne Reichert, the bright and airy country-style kitchen classroom welcomes a variety of guest chefs, artisan producers and vintners to share their expertise. Topics run the gamut from learning to make Vietnamese pho to preserving tomatoes. From paella parties to Italian dinners, lessons span the globe. Along with the cooking school, the lodge is home to the Healing Arts Center & Spa, located amid pine and eucalyptus, and a popular tea bar serving healthy brews.