10 Unique Places to Stay in Sonoma County
Whether it be the art, the dining, the people, or the lodging, there's something around every corner that makes Sonoma County unique. With all of the different climates, you can choose to stay in all types of places, moving on to a spot with a completely different vibe than the previous one.
Looking for tranquil? Then head to the forests and redwoods in a luxury airstream.
Looking for gorgeous? Catch a sunset on the coast in a tipi.
Hoping for downright unique? A Sonoma Serengeti might be in your future. Here are 10 truly unique places to stay in Sonoma County:
Safari West, Santa Rosa
I bet you'd never guess theres a hidden "Sonoma Serengeti" just minutes outside the city of Santa Rosa. This 400-acre wildlife reserve is home to giraffes, cheetahs, lemurs, zebras...you name it. But one of the most unique things about Safari West is that you can stay there! Nestled right next to the giraffes, you can enjoy a stay in their safari "glamping" tent imported from Africa (seriously), that includes your own deck overlooking the Sonoma Serengeti.
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Found under soaring redwoods in a gorgeous modern 'compound' is Autocamp, one of the newest glamping sites in Sonoma County. During your time there you can either stay in an airstream or luxury tent, when you can sit back, listen to the sound of the swaying redwoods and enjoy a glass of Sonoma Coast pinot from their wine cabinet. They also have individual firepits, and smores kits to enjoy. Yum!
Isis Oasis, Geyserville
The artist retreat center known as the Isis Oasis is in the heart of Alexander Valley and includes a multitude of extremely unique lodging properties - two being the Hobbit Hut and Gingerbread House below. The Oasis is dedicated to the ancient Egyptian Goddess "Isis", otherwise known as Mother Earth. You can see all of the Isis Oasis listings on Airbnb.
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Metro Hotel, Petaluma
Spend a night in what you'd think was France at the Metro Hotel in Petaluma, a European-styled boutique hotel that incorporates French charm around every corner. Doubling as a cute cafe, the hotel has 3 airstreams to choose from as well as French-inspired hotel rooms. Bonjour Paris!
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boon hotel + spa, Guerneville
When a hotel is named after the resident hotel dog, you know it's going to be a good one. Boon hotel + spa in Guerneville offers modern luxury accommodations and glamping tent options, with a pool and spa on site. Insider Tip: While you're there, head down the street and visit boon eat + drink, their restaurant in downtown Guerneville. Try the brussel sprouts - you won't regret it.
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Timber Cove Resort, Jenner
This newly-renovated resort not only boasts some of the best coastal views in Jenner, but also has balconies for you to connect with the outdoors, without actually having to leave your room. Timber Cove is architecturally stunning, and is a perfect addition to your Instagram feed! While you're visiting, be sure to see the gorgeous views from Goat Rock Beach.
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Ratna Ling Retreat Center, Cazadero
If you're looking to escape your busy life and fade away into a yoga-filled paradise, the Ratna Ling Retreat Center is a great place to start. This peaceful retreat offers cottages tucked away in the redwoods, paired with organic farm-to-table meals and meditation/yoga classes as inspiration for finding your peaceful center. Namastay-here forever.
"Rather than becoming involved with interpretations, images, feelings or sensations, we can remain with the energy in its pure form...like a raindrop falling into the ocean." pp 68-9 Hidden Mind of Freedom. Spending a few days here @ratna_ling_retreat_center thinking about the practice. Tonight at mediation a teacher asked us to consider instances in which our sense of self softened and we felt connected to a larger whole. Things being what they are I wasn't the first in the room to bring up running—but I thought about the spectrum of it: how running a big city marathon can make you feel jacked in to all the beautiful savage and severe urban energy of the place until you're part of its very pulse, and on the other end, how running in a forest (or in the desert or along the ocean) you'll sometimes forget your own breathing and instead feel as if the forest is breathing you. #runningculture
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Chanslor Ranch, Bodega Bay
Located along the Sonoma Coast, Chanslor Ranch is a guest ranch open to the public for ocean view rooms, group retreats, camping (with tent sites, canvas platform tents, and three tipis), horseback riding, kayaking, hiking and barbecues. Not to mention, the ranch is only a few miles from more than 10,000 acres of parks and protected land and some of the best beaches along the coast for you to explore. Happy Tipi-ing!
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Terra Glamping, Annapolis
Spend the night in yet another glamping paradise "Terra" in the Northern most part of the Sonoma Coast in the small community known as Annapolis. Where modern luxury & the milkyway collide, you can enjoy all the best aspects about being beachfront, all while indulging in the luxury of a memory-foam mattress.
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The Astro Motel, Santa Rosa
The Astro Motel is one of Sonoma County's newest unique properties found on this list, and is actually a re-designed retro style motel owned by the same owners of the Spinster Sisters. Built in 1963 in the heyday of the American motor lodge, The Astro was remodeled into a 34-room urban motel in 2017, with original mid-century modern furnishings and even an edible garden.
Details: The Astro Motel
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