Sonoma County hotels are helping guests and visitors get into the festive spirit with special events, treats and holiday decor. Read on for details.
Big-tree dreams: Every year, Hotel Petaluma decorates its courtyard with Christmas trees and festive lights. The hotel also hosts a gingerbread house showcase and competition (Dec. 17 this year), with some of the sweet dwellings replicating historic Petaluma mansions. In years past, the hotel has even made it “snow” in the courtyard—fingers crossed for that happening again this year. Call for details. (205 Kentucky Street., Petaluma. 707-559-3393)
Warm treats: Gather by the fireplace at Hotel Healdsburg for holiday tea, where the beautiful glassed-in porch is decorated as a winter wonderland. House-made treats from Dry Creek Kitchen add to the warm winter vibes. (25 Matheson Street., Healdsburg. 707-431-2800, hotelhealdsburg.com)
Prix fixe to the rescue: On Christmas, Spoonbar at the h2Hotel in Healdsburg offers a top-notch prix fixe meal—no need to break out the extra leaves for the table. Choose a traditional turkey dinner or go off-script with king salmon, among other choices. (219 Healdsburg Avenue., Healdsburg. 707-433-7222)
New Year's with a view: Warm up for your late-night New Year’s Eve celebration at The Rooftop at Harmon Guest House in Healdsburg with a tasting of four sparkling wines and decadent oysters, crab cakes, and brie-quince crostini. (227 Healdsburg Avenue., Healdsburg. 707-431-8220, harmonguesthouse.com)
Twelve nights of marvel: Every year, MacArthur Place Hotel and Spa in Sonoma organizes "Twelve Nights of Marvel"—a series of festive events leading up to Christmas. The Twelve Nights events kicked off on Nov. 26 and continue every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be wine tasting with Kivelstadt Cellars, a holiday “bulb garden” workshop, s’mores and roasted marshmallows at the fire pit, Christmas carolers, a special visit by Santa and his helpers and more. Find more information online. (29 E. MacArthur St., Sonoma. 707-938-2929, macarthurplace.com)
Written by Luke J. Straub