Sonoma Wine Country is just the place to celebrate your love. Choices for exclusive lodging that enhances the romantic experience range from an inn overlooking the crashing waves of the Pacific, a charmer tucked in the redwoods, a farm-style inn complete with rooms in the “barn,” and the quintessential luxury resort. Below you'll find a small selection of "romantic" Sonoma County hotels.
Along the coast
Arrive at the Timber Cove Resort (21780 North Coast Highway 1, Jenner, 707-847-3231) along the spectacular Sonoma Coast and the first thing you notice is the fresh sea air. Beyond the amazing vistas, the fresh air both rejuvenates and relaxes you. This is a remarkable venue for a romantic stay, filled with innate beauty, intimacy, and solace by the sea.
Choose an ocean-view room and prepare to be wooed – by your love and by the inn itself. During the day, spend time walking the cliffs, and viewing the Peace Obelisk, a 93-foot-tall sculpture also known as the Madonna of Peace.
Dine onsite in the romantic, cosy atmosphere at the Coast Kitchen, either in the intimate indoor dining room or on the outdoor patio. Both offer spectacular panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Toast the sunset with a nice Sonoma sparkling wine. Finish up the evening at the fire pit, enjoying the sounds of the crashing waves.
Under the redwoods
Applewood Inn & Spa (13555 Highway 116, Guerneville, 707-869-9093) offers a cozy, rustic, romantic setting. This adult-only B&B sits atop a knoll in the shelter of towering redwoods. The secluded spot offers a peaceful refuge to relax, rejuvenate, and re-connect.
Rooms are available in the original Belden House, where comfortable chairs around a river-rock fireplace encourage loitering in the lounge area.The 10 rooms in the newer buildings are larger and are decorated to recall a Mediterranean villa.
Enjoy a glass of wine by the fire. Take a private tour of top area wineries. Enjoy the spa’s Applewood for Lovers Rejuvenation treatment, which includes side-by-side Swedish massages; a decadent fruit and cheese platter; a dozen long-stem roses; and a chilled bottle of Iron Horse Russian Cuvee awaiting your return to your room after your massages.
Spend your romantic California Wine Country vacation at the Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant (7871 River Road, Forestville, 707-887-3300) and enjoy all the warmth and hospitality of a family-owned bed and breakfast inn coupled with all of the services and amenities of a luxury boutique hotel.
The internationally-acclaimed Farmhouse Inn, Michelin-starred restaurant, and spa offers something for everyone.
Located in Forestville, just an hour and a half north of San Francisco, the inn is minutes from hundreds of wineries and world-class restaurants.
Whether your dream vacation includes wine tasting through Sonoma Wine Country, romantic dining, hiking in the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, or cycling through vistas that beg to be explored, the Farmhouse staff ensures your experience will exceed your expectations.
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa (100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma, 707-938-9000) is the ultimate elegant oasis, blessed by natural mineral hot springs in the Sonoma Valley. Located in an idyllic, world-famous wine growing region abundant with local products, the Inn exudes romance.
For hundreds of years, ancient thermal mineral waters have graced this site. Today, the resort is one of the only luxury spa resorts in the country with its own source of thermal mineral water.
Each treatment begins with a bathing ritual: Exfoliating shower, warm bath, hot bath, cool shower, herbal steam, and sauna. Afterwards, recline in the serenity of the relaxation lounge. Your therapist will come to get you for your appointment. Bring your swim suit; the bathing ritual is co-ed.
Romance continues at dinner. As the Inn's premier dining room, Santé Restaurant has earned a national reputation for its outstanding food. Literally meaning “to your health,” Santé is a celebration of innovative California cuisine that uses only the freshest local produce, meats, poultry, and seafood in elegantly simple dishes that let the natural flavors of the food speak for themselves.