10 Getaway Resorts and Lodges in the Russian River Area
Follow the winding roads along Sonoma County's backroads to discover 10 of the best getaway resorts and lodges in the Russian River area. Enjoy the laid-back, delightful blend of cool water, towering trees, dappled sunlight, and unique resort towns.
Whether you want historic charm or modern luxury, or a combination of both, you can find it along the river.
You'll want more than a day to experience this magical region, so it's fortunate that there's a wide variety of lodgings available, from craftsman cabins to farmhouse-style lodges, and more.
Here's a quick list (in alphabetical order) of 10 intriguing and distinctive Russian River getaways:
This century-old guest ranch sits on 15 acres among towering redwoods on the banks of the Russian River. Its rustic cabins and cottages blend harmoniously into a landscape of ancient apple orchards, bamboo groves, grassy meadows, and a kitchen garden. The property includes two mature rare Dawn Redwood trees (hence the lodge's current name). The resort is dog friendly, and includes private river access, a pool, and free Wi-Fi.
Enjoy sophisticated comfort and classic elegance on six acres of gardens in this boutique farmhouse hotel. It offers 25 gorgeous guest rooms, a Michelin-starred restaurant featuring farm-fresh food, and a seasonally inspired, full-service spa, all on a beautiful rural property. Relax by the heated pool or pamper yourself with a massage or a 'body melt' using a warm pillow of muscle-healing herbs, alfalfa hay, lavender, and chamomile.
Dating back to the 1920s, these craftsman-style cottages and lodge are nestled among towering redwood trees and beautiful vintage gardens. Ranging from studios to two-bedroom units, each of the 20 cabins has an individual theme. Many have a wood burning fireplace or a gas log stove, and some include a kitchen, a wet bar, or a double-size spa tub. A delicious extended continental breakfast with a seasonal menu is served each morning. Swim in the heated saline water pool, or ride one of the free Fern Cruiser bicycles into town.
Sleep under towering redwoods at this historic hotel, built in 1906 as a private summer vacation home. Many of its 11 unique guest rooms include private balconies with panoramic river views, while others overlook peaceful gardens. The main building holds the inn's restaurant and bar, plus four guest rooms, while the lodge building includes six private-entrance guest rooms. The restaurant features locally sourced wine country cuisine, a Sonoma County wine list, and a full bar serving hand-crafted cocktails. In the restaurant, walls of windows and an expansive deck overlook the forest, and white tablecloths dress the tables, creating an elegant yet still casual dining experience.
Written by Sonoma Insider Patricia Lynn Henley.