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 laid-back Russian River area, amidst a delightful backdrop of cool water, towering trees, and dappled sunlight. Whether you want historic charm, modern luxury, or a combination of both, you can find it in this magical region's wide variety of lodgings, from Craftsman cabins to farmhouse-style lodges.
Here's a quick list (in alphabetical order) of 10 intriguing and distinctive Russian River getaways:
Just across the street is the Northwood Golf Course (where guests can schedule tee-times) and the course's onsite Northwood Restaurant, as well as local favorite Bia Cafe, which makes delicious breakfast pastries and sandwiches.
On the banks of the Russian River, this century-old guest ranch sprawls along 15 acres, its rustic cabins and cottages blending harmoniously with a landscape of apple orchards, bamboo groves, grassy meadows, and a kitchen garden. The dog-friendly property includes two mature, rare Dawn Redwood trees (hence the lodge's current name), and offers 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, which offers 25 gorgeous guest rooms, a Michelin-starred restaurant featuring farm-fresh food, and a seasonally inspired, full-service spa. Relax by the heated pool or pamper yourself with a massage or "body melt," which employs 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 at Fern Grove each morning. Swim in the heated saline water pool, or go for a ride on one of the resort's loaner bicycles.
Built in 1906 as a private summer vacation home, this inn now features 10 unique guest rooms with private baths, as well as balconies that offer views of either the Russian River or peaceful gardens. The main building holds the inn's restaurant and bar and 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.