Cuddling with your honey at an inn, lodge, or resort in Wine Country takes on special significance in the winter. A private retreat anywhere from the coast to the mountains, a roaring fire, cushy robes, and a bottle of Sonoma County wine … what a great gift to you both! Here are some of our favorite snuggly destinations.
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Escape to this romantic and serene retreat that was elegantly renovated inside and out in 2014. Located on a seaside perch overlooking the Pacific Ocean, it offers ocean views from every guest room, and is the only AAA Four Diamond hotel on the Sonoma Coast. Guest rooms include real fireplaces, warm, snuggly down comforters for that sometimes chilly ocean breeze, and private balconies for stargazing. The onsite restaurant, Drake’s Sonoma Coast Kitchen, celebrates the coastal bounty with a menu highlighting local, sustainably farmed produce, seafood, and meats. The onsite spa offers an outdoor heated swimming pool and whirlpool spa, with signature treatments like a warm tiger clam shell massage.
103 Coast Highway 1, Bodega Bay, 707-875-3525
Set on 3½ country acres, this elegantly restored Gothic 1887 Victorian is lavish with 12-foot ceilings and private bathrooms with claw-foot tubs. Some of the eight rooms boast fireplaces, and each welcomes with unique décor ranging from “meadow” in crisp blue and white, to “library” with dark woods, cream, and gold. Other amenities include rooms with garden or brook views. Guests rave about the included, three-course breakfasts, featuring specialties like blueberry pancakes, pimento cheese grits soufflé with creole sauce, and BLT eggs benedict. As a lovely bonus, each guest receives a Wine Passport for complementary tastings at more than 100 Sonoma County wineries.
4257 Petaluma Hill Road, Santa Rosa, 707-585-7777
This rural property is a ravishing mix of gorgeous guest rooms, a restaurant fed by farm-fresh food, and a seasonally inspired spa. The owners, siblings Catherine and Joe Bartolomei, come from fifth generation farmers, so that counts nicely toward the “farmhouse” authenticity. Recently, the property underwent an expansion and redesign of the circa-1870 hideaway, where, amid the towering redwoods of the Russian River Valley, crews added eight new guest rooms housed in an elegant new “barn,” refreshed the Inn’s original ten guest rooms, and brightened the Michelin-starred restaurant that fronts the property. Baths are gussied with large jetted tubs and saunas or steam showers, morning starts with full breakfast and fresh flowers in your room, and in the afternoon, you can take wine tasting classes with Sonoma County's only Master Sommelier, then move on to homemade cookies and milk.
7871 River Road, Forestville, 707-887-3300
Set in the heart of downtown Sonoma, this enclave of four one-bedroom cozy cottages is just a short, scenic walk from the historic Sonoma Plaza with its many restaurants, tasting rooms, and shops. But you’ll be forgiven for wanting to stay at your cottage, soaking up luxuries like beds with goose down comforters and pillows, private gardens, comfy robes, full living rooms with leather furniture, and fully equipped kitchens. When you’re ready to explore the town, borrow a complimentary bike from the inn’s concierge.
1190 E. Napa Street, Sonoma, 707-933-0340
Nestled in a picturesque village along the Russian River, this rustic five guestroom B&B is just steps from the town’s two gourmet restaurants, coffee shop and 21 shops.
It’s also just 10 minutes from the Sonoma Coast, for activities from fishing to golf. Privacy abounds, as each room has a private entrance and bath, and the feel is elegant, with antique and attic collection décor.
Guests can relax, too, in the gardens, or in the library with chess, billiards, darts, pingpong and board games.
25233 Steelhead Blvd., Duncans Mills, 707-865-1855
The beautiful Queen Anne Victorian mansion was built in 1880, set on four acres amid Russian River Valley vineyards in a quiet residential area. It’s truly off the beaten path, and you’ll love the coziness of just five beautifully decorated guest rooms with private baths and fluffy robes, and some with fireplaces. You can also relax in the sunroom, or on wicker chairs on the wrap around veranda overlooking the gardens and grapes. It feels like a whole other world, here, surrounded by vast open spaces, peaceful quiet, and the stars at night. For a lovely ritual, start the day with complimentary breakfast like stuffed French toast soufflé or artichoke frittata, then enjoy the inn’s complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres reception every evening.
10630 Wohler Road, Healdsburg, 707-887-9573
Budget Travel Magazine recommends this former hunting lodge turned B&B, for bonuses like a child and pet friendly policy, plus luxuries like fine linens, gas fireplace, air conditioning, television with DVD and cable, bath amenities, robes, in-room massage, and a Passport for free tastings at 100+ Sonoma County wineries. Sprawled across five acres, the property offers five lodge rooms and five cottage rooms or suites, all with private bath and entry, and its breakfasts are well worth waking up for, bringing feasts like house-made scones with butter and jam, quiche with sun-dried tomatoes and artichoke heart, roasted potatoes, sautéed mini tomatoes, chicken sausage, and fresh fruit.
1126 Old Crocker Inn Road, Cloverdale, 707-894-4000
This is luxury all the way, boasting $400 suites, five-course wine-paired Michelin Star suppers, and extravagance befitting a beautifully restored 1881 mansion set on eight acres of English gardens and wooded hillside. Manor owners Bill and Trudi Konrad pay close attention to every detail, decorating the 18 rooms/suites with fine furnishings and warming them with fireplaces, plus inviting the outdoors in with large balconies or decks. Take your gourmet buffet breakfast in the estate parlor, if you can draw yourself away from your room outfitted in stately antique furniture worthy of a royal family, pillow-top mattresses and feather-soft linens.
1001 Westside Road, Healdsburg, 800-258-4003
This is truly one of Sonoma County’s best-kept secrets. It’s tucked in an unlikely place - most of us have only seen it as a tiny Mediterranean-style property on the edge of Highway 12 and have little idea what it is. Yet it’s a lavish 29-room resort, with a luxurious spa, multiple pools and hot tubs, and even a private, 35-seat restaurant that is open only to Inn guests. Each room is different, yet all are posh palace retreats, from the fireplace sitting area, to the castle-like ambience of polished concrete floors and plaster walls set with iron-framed windows, to the baths that are nearly large enough to live in. Breakfast is a remarkable meal, from a private chef who crafts fanciful chilaquiles; Cajun-spiced jambalaya with sausage and bacon topped with chive-mascarpone scrambled eggs; or creamy soft polenta topped with poached eggs, applewood smoked bacon and red pepper coulis.
10400 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood, 707-833-1293
It truly is a mansion, sitting like a white and blue-trimmed wedding cake on a coastal bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Each of the five guest rooms are individually designed, including three king suites, with restful, Victorian inspired decors, and a choice of super-pillow-top or luxury memory-foam beds. It’s all about luxury, actually, from the deep soaking tubs in the marble baths, to 1000 thread-count linens and Turkish cotton towels, to remote-controlled infrared fireplaces, a personal concierge for kayaking, horseback riding and such, and a choice of two homemade breakfast menus daily. Note: the property is home to a friendly dog, and also welcomes canine guests (one per evening, by prior arrangement).
3919 Bay Hill Road, Bodega Bay, 877-468-1588
Written by Sonoma Insider Carey Sweet.