Top Luxury Lifestyle Spots in Sonoma County
In Sonoma County, luxury is all about private moments spent enjoying the finer things in life. Sure, film stars and the international elite come to Sonoma County to stay in private villas, relax at amazing spas, and eat at Michelin-starred restaurants; but they also come to stroll farmers markets, enjoy amazing farm-to-table cuisine, and try some of the best wines in the world.
Here's the lowdown on luxurious places to stay or dine in Sonoma County:
Recognized as one of the world's top villa rental companies by leading travel experts, BeautifulPlaces' portfolio ranges from cozy vineyard farmhouses to hilltop resort-like estates accommodating up to 14 guests, with minimum stays from two to three nights.
All rental guests receive complimentary wine tasting passes. On request, BeautifulPlaces can also arrange for a private chef, in-villa spa services, and behind-the-scenes wine tours.
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
An elegant oasis in the bucolic Sonoma Valley wine region, the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is one of the only luxury spa resorts in the country with its own source of thermal mineral water. Fed by the nearby Boyes Hot Springs, this naturally warm water fills two on-site pools — one family-friendly, the other a quiet, romantic escape.
While away the hours relaxing at this world-class spa, which is currently open on a limited basis, offering private massage treatments and selected salon services. Or tee off at the nearby 177-acre, 18-hole championship course at the Sonoma Golf Club, which is surrounded by massive oaks, lakes, and sweeping vistas of the Mayacamas Mountains and neighboring vineyards.
End your day in style at the Inn's acclaimed Santé Restaurant, which provides a warm, casually chic setting for a fantastic meal. Each seasonal menu showcases the region's abundant local products and world-famous wines, featuring artfully simple dishes that let the natural flavors of the food speak for themselves.
One of Sonoma County's finest country inns, the Farmhouse offers 18 rooms with a full-service spa and a Michelin-starred restaurant on site. Sophisticated comfort and classic elegance on six acres of gardens give visitors a sense of renewal.
The inn is located in the heart of the Russian River Wine Country, convenient to more than 200 wineries, towering redwoods, and the wild Pacific coastline. The on-site spa (open only to hotel guests) offers facials, massages, private yoga sessions, and more.
A true farm-to-table experience awaits the gourmand. Sublime, farm-fresh breakfasts are served each day, and for dinner in the acclaimed restaurant, a master of wine sommelier has created a wonderful wine program to enhance the seasonal cuisine.
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
This nearly 1,200-acre property tucked into the foothills of the Alexander Valley offers breathtaking views with a true farm-to-table experiences.
Under the direction of second-generation vintner John Jordan, the estate has evolved into a working ranch with chickens for eggs, cattle for beef, bees for honey, olive oil, and a floral garden.
There are 100 acres of grapevines, 18 acres of olive trees, gardens, lakes, and pastures here. Still, more than three-quarters of the property is natural habitat, with craggy oak trees surrounding the neat rows of vineyards, geese swimming and herons fishing in the lakes, and rabbits and deer roaming the hills.
Explore this unique space on the Estate Tour & Tasting. This three-hour excursion — mostly ferried by luxury vehicle — ends up at the wine tasting pavilion atop a knoll at 650-feet-elevation with 360-degree views, where guests will enjoy wines paired with an array of delicacies prepared by the estate chef (by appointment only).
Kenwood Inn & Spa
Set in the stunning hills of the Sonoma Valley, the Kenwood Inn and Spa is a premier destination for visitors seeking gracious treatment, lush surroundings, and luxurious accommodations.
Designed with hand-crafted artistry, the Inn has the allure of a Mediterranean villa, enticing guests along walkways that meander from courtyard to terrace, from patio to spa to create the ultimate escape.
The Inn's spa, routinely listed as one of the best in the U.S., is temporarily closed due to Covid-19 protocols; however, luxurious poolside cabanas can be booked for day or guest use.
Vintners Resort / John Ash & Co.
Located among 92 acres of lush vineyards, the intimate, four-diamond Vintners Resort offers its guests the chance to sample a magnificent wine country lifestyle in a luxurious setting. Stroll beautifully landscaped grounds with courtyards and fountains, or savor a quiet retreat in your deluxe guest room.
Enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival, and either visit the nearby spa for relaxing treatments and a co-ed thermal bath area, or have a massage therapist come to your room.
Just steps away is Sonoma County's legendary John Ash & Co. restaurant, which first introduced Northern California Wine Country to the concept of cooking seasonally with fresh, local foods and produce, pairing these exceptional recipes with wines from the region.