10 Wine Country Hotels and Inns in Sonoma Valley
Known as the birthplace of wine in California, the 17-mile-long Sonoma Valley prides itself on amazing wine country hotels and inns along its scenic route. Because the area offers so much to see, do, and discover, it definitely requires finding that perfect spot to stay so you can replenish your energies overnight, then continue exploring in the morning.
Starting in the north end of Sonoma Valley and heading south, here are 10 hotels and inns that provide so much more than just a place to spend the night.
On the southern edge of the small town of Kenwood, this elegant Tuscan-style property includes a luxurious spa, a sparkling pool with two hot tubs, and a lavish breakfast buffet. Everything detail is designed for relaxation and retreat, making the resort ideal for romantic getaways.
Each of the 29 guestrooms is different, yet each has a fireplace sitting area, a castle-like ambience of polished concrete floors and plaster walls set with iron framed windows, and baths that are nearly large enough to live in. The onsite spa offers personal attention in an exclusive environment with a full array of face and body treatments.
Tucked on a hillside overlooking the Sonoma Valley, this historic 1892 ranch house and cottages offer a virtual Eden of gardens, vineyards, and orchards on 105 acres. Choose from five bedrooms in the main house or a cozy cottage, all with private outdoor entrances, bathrooms, and patios, and all decorated with family antiques and original local artwork.
There's a private tennis court, and sustainably farmed produce gardens supply the kitchen for each morning's breakfast. Walking trails lead past grazing horses and cattle, winding through the ranch's estate, olive orchards, and gardens.
Built as a private home in the late 1800s, this inn features 23 thoughtfully appointed guestrooms decorated with a modern, Asian flair. The secluded setting along Calabazas Creek includes an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, plus lovely hidden spots with delights such as a hammock shaded by ancient oaks, a miniature pagoda in a rock garden, and a gurgling fountain. Amenities include a bountiful breakfast buffet each morning, fresh-baked cookies in the afternoon, and an evening welcome reception with wine and cheese.
This boutique hotel offers seven Secret Cottages along Calabazas Creek, just steps from the property's restaurant and bar. Each cottage features a gas fireplace, hot tub, shower, flat-screen TV, fruit and pastry baskets, organic toiletries, free Wi-Fi, and an in-room coffee and honor bar. Many have a deck in a creekside setting.
The Glen Ellen Inn Grill & Martini Bar features sizzling steaks, fresh seafood, hand-cut pastas, house-made breads, locally grown produce, homemade ice cream, and house-made scones and focaccia. The full bar offers more than 600 Sonoma and Napa Valley wines, as well as innovative and classic martinis.
Hidden in the hills above Glen Ellen, this small boutique hotel was originally built in the early 1900s; long since refurbished and updated, the Olea delivers many of the bells and whistles of a five-star hotel blended with the casual charm and ease of a bed and breakfast.
The extraordinary (and complimentary) breakfast includes a two-course plated meal, as well as a bountiful buffet of homemade granola and pastries, fresh squeezed juice, and organic yogurt. Amenities include an in-room massage menu, an outdoor hot tub nestled among the trees, complimentary daily wine tastings, and a lending library of movies and board games.
A casual, affordable alternative to pricier Wine Country hotels, this darling 16-guestroom hideaway offers reasonable rates without sacrificing style and convenience. Colorfully decorated rooms feature private outdoor patios or porches, and amenities include chess games, a pet-friendly policy, a soothing garden courtyard with a fountain, and complimentary tasting passes for local wineries. Next door, the Creekside Café (a favorite with locals) offers hearty home-style food for breakfast and lunch.
The ultimate Wine Country oasis, the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn offers a pampering spa, world-class golf, and an award-winning restaurant. Many of the beautifully appointed guestrooms have fireplaces, and some are larger signature suites.
Each day, guests can participate in a free docent-led hikes or free yoga or fitness classes, and then relax at the daily wine tasting in the lobby. This historic luxury resort includes two swimming pools, both filled with the unique mineral spring water found underground. The inn's premiere dining room, Santé restaurant, has earned a national reputation for its outstanding food, and is among the top-rated restaurants in the greater San Francisco area.
Quirky and charming, this 3.5-acre property offers seven unique accommodations, each decorated with an assortment of antiques, collectibles, fabrics, and unique objects from a bygone era. Three private, individual cottages are spread over the hillside property. The four-guestroom, turn-of-the-century farmhouse resembles an alpine lodge, with decks and balconies overlooking the Sonoma Valley.
When the weather is warm, breakfast is served on the property's public deck, under the umbrellas. A dip in the garden hot tub is a wonderful way to start the day or relax after a day of sightseeing. This is the perfect place for those craving privacy, peace, and quiet, all just a five-minute drive from the Sonoma Plaza.
Stay in one of four quiet, private, and romantic cottages, surrounded by some of Sonoma's oldest and finest wineries, and about a 15-minute walk from the historic Sonoma Plaza. Each cottage combines the elements of a private vacation home with the amenities of a luxury hotel. Enjoy premium bed linens with lots of pillows, luxurious terrycloth robes, a fully equipped kitchen, and a gas barbecue on a private patio. Sip a glass of wine and relax in the garden courtyard, complete with a fountain and umbrella-covered seating. Next door, the charmingly rustic Sonoma's Best Modern Mercantile offers wines, artisanal cheeses, sandwiches, salads, soups, and many other local food products.
Our Guide to the Sonoma Valley is perfect for things to do and places to see while in Sonoma Valley.
Written by Sonoma Insider Patricia Lynn Henley.