6 Unique Hotels in Sonoma County

The Lodge at Bodega Bay

Sonoma County is home to a wonderful array of charming B&Bs, quaint cottages, intimate hotels, value inns, and luxury resorts. For accommodations that speak extra-eloquently of California’s Wine Country, let us guide you to these one-of-a-kind destinations.

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Farmhouse Inn, Forestville

two guests in front of a fire at the Farmhouse Inn in Sonoma County
Farmhouse Inn

Tucked into towering redwoods, this circa-1870 hideaway has 18 gorgeous guest rooms, a “wellness barn” housing an inspired spa, and a restaurant serving nationally acclaimed farm-fresh food. Rooms have jetted tubs and saunas or steam showers, and the morning starts with a full breakfast and fresh flowers in your room. Take wine-tasting classes with a Master Sommelier and finish the day with homemade cookies and milk. Visit the luxury spa for a massage with farm-fresh oils.

Lodge at Bodega Bay, Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay Lodge in Sonoma County
The Lodge at Bodega Bay

Romantic and serene on its seaside perch, this is the only AAA Four Diamond hotel on the Sonoma Coast. Luxurious rooms have fireplaces, snuggly down comforters, and private balconies for stargazing. The spa, with an outdoor heated swimming pool, overlooks the Sonoma coastline and offers treatments like the warm massage with Tiger Clam seashells. Onsite, you’ll find Drakes Sonoma Coast restaurant with spectacular ocean views and a seasonal menu of local, sustainable ingredients like Dungeness crab cakes or curry-dusted petrale sole.

Timber Cove Resort, Jenner

Timber Cove Resort in Sonoma County
Timber Cove Resort

Timber Cove hugs the Sonoma Coast above the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. This mid-century modern gem offers rooms with ocean or forest views. Most have fireplaces or skylights and include a record player, eco-friendly bath amenities, and a tea kettle with pour-over Russian River Roasters coffee. The resort’s Coast Kitchen restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows for ocean views and serves seasonally fresh cuisine. Relax before the huge stone fireplace or take a post-dinner stroll in the crisp Pacific air.

The Jack London Lodge, Glen Ellen

With just 22 rooms, this intimate inn on the tree-lined Sonoma Creek captures the heart of Sonoma County. A tribute to the legendary author and famous resident Jack London, the furnishings are cherished antiques, yet rooms offer modern conveniences like Wi-Fi and cable. Highlights include a pool and spa in a garden setting and The Saloon at Jack London Lodge, which offers a rustic, warm, unpretentious setting, great cocktails, and a menu of Wine Country comfort food.

Inn at Occidental, Occidental

exterior view at night of the Inn at Occidental in Sonoma County
Inn at Occidental

Surrounded by redwoods in the charming village of Occidental, this AAA Four-Diamond retreat welcomes you and your pet! With English gardens, 16 rooms, and a two-bedroom cottage, the mansion’s spacious rooms have whimsical themes like American folk art replete with a colorful collection of quilts, rooster pillows, and four-poster beds. For breakfast, the changing menus showcase Sonoma-harvest ingredients, and as an extra amenity, guests enjoy a free wine-tasting passport good for two at many area wineries.

Flamingo Resort, Santa Rosa  

aerial view of Flamingo
Flamingo Resort

Marked by a 50-foot-tall, revolving, neon-trimmed tower capped with a spindly-legged pink bird, this kitschy mid-century modern resort — a designated Historic Landmark — is a beacon of all that’s fun and funky in Santa Rosa. The dramatic stone and glass buildings center around the lavish pool and expansive gardens, while suites are furnished with sleek fixtures in a palette of gold and cream. Stays in these luxury rooms include a breakfast buffet and free wine-tasting passes.


Written by Sonoma Insider Carey Sweet

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