Create the perfect Wine County getaway by settling into a hotel with amazing vineyard views in the Healdsburg area, a wine and culinary epicenter.
Sitting at the juncture of three prime winegrowing regions — the Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Alexander Valley wine appellations — this hip and charming foodie town makes an ideal base of operations for exploring Sonoma County.
Slightly north of Healdsburg and surrounded by vineyards and staggering mountain views, the serene Geyserville Inn enchants with the charm of a cozy bed and breakfast blended with the amenities of a chic boutique hotel.
The inn’s main building offers spacious bedrooms, many with fireplaces. Balconies or patios provide sweeping views, and each room includes a featherbed, thick towels, Fretté bathrobes, and down comforters. Suites, all on the second floor of a separate building, offer hardwood floors, 360-degree views, two balconies, and Jacuzzi tubs. Owned and operated by two generations of the Christensen family, the inn is just minutes away from some of Sonoma County’s most celebrated wineries.
Recently fully renovated and rebranded, the onsite, family-friendly Geyserville Grille restaurant serves traditional American cuisine. The renovations included a new centerpiece bar in front, a state of the art kitchen, and new outdoor seating. Choose to dine under the oak trees, on the redwood pool deck, at the bar, or in one of the dining rooms.
Geyserville Inn, 21714 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville
Built in 1880 and located on four acres in a residential area amid Russian River Valley vineyards, this beautiful Queen Anne Victorian is now a peaceful, quiet, country bed and breakfast. Overlooking vineyards and farmland ringed by redwood-forested mountains, it is truly off the beaten path.
Lovingly preserved, the intimate inn offers five comfortably elegant guest rooms. All include private baths, queen or king beds, and a full, hot, gourmet country breakfast served every morning. Relax in the sunroom, or on wicker chairs on the wraparound veranda overlooking the gardens and grapes.
Dane Pitcher and Rita Wells, longtime Sonoma County residents, realized their 13-year dream of becoming innkeepers by buying the Raford Inn in 2004. Dane now farms Raford’s estate vineyard and makes award winning Russian River Valley wine. It’s hard to miss Dane’s jovial smile in the evenings and Rita’s special flare at breakfast.
Raford Inn, 10630 Wohler Road, Healdsburg
Step back in time in this beautiful Victorian manor; built in 1881, it is surrounded by eight acres of wooded and carefully landscaped grounds. Only two of the suites have actual vineyards in their views; the others simply overlook the amazing natural beauties that surround this otherworldly place.
The inn’s lobby conjures up a vintage parlor or salon, and the gloriously antique-laden bedrooms and suites (all with fireplaces) create a sense of luxurious romance in this classic European mansion. Engage in quiet conversation with drinks on the veranda, or relax by a cozy fire in the winter or the pool in the summer.
The Old World setting continues in the manor’s Michelin Star restaurant, where executive chef Jesse Malgren delivers inventive contemporary California cuisine in five elegant and intimate dining rooms. The menus are fresh and seasonal, based on what’s available from the estate’s organic garden and sustainable local farms.
Madrona Manor Wine Country Inn & Restaurant, 1001 Westside Road, Healdsburg
Written by Sonoma Insider Patricia Henley