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Gables Wine Country Inn: More than Just a Pretty Facade

Gables Wine Country Inn

I learned a few fun facts on a recent visit to Santa Rosa’s Gables Wine Country Inn:

  • Gables do not, in fact, have to be green. They can be lilac.
  • An 1850s barn, complete with milking stalls, can provide just as much ambiance as a parlor room complete with piano, harp, and Victrola (but it doesn’t hurt to have both).
  • It’s surprisingly easy to feel unhurried and at peace just a few yards off of busy Petaluma Hill Road.

It’s that last one that’s maybe the most important: Even though the Gables is right on the edge of Sonoma County’s biggest city, the inn is pure laid-back Wine Country living.

There are three-and-a-half acres of grounds scattered with redwoods, fruit trees, and hammocks. There’s an on-site cellar where local wineries put on informal weekend tastings.

There are vineyard views right out the dining room windows, claw-foot tubs, and in-room fireplaces. There are BLTs on toasted homemade bread, topped with poached eggs and served irreverently for breakfast.

Innkeepers Pam and Larry Willis, who bought the Gables when they moved to Sonoma County from St. Louis a little over a year ago, are adjusting to Wine Country living quite well, themselves.

“We spend a lot of time with our guests so we can get to know them and make them feel welcome,” said Larry. “And, of course, we spend a lot of time visiting local wineries and attractions so that we can send them out on good adventures.”

The latest adventure the Willises are excited about? Outings to the brand-new Green Music Center. The stunning venue plays host to musicians and singers of national and international acclaim, less than five miles from the Gables.

The Gables Wine Country Inn, 4257 Petaluma Hill Rd., Santa Rosa.

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