At Home at Case Ranch Inn in Forestville
All snug in western Sonoma County, the Case Ranch Inn bed and breakfast in Forestville offers all the longed-for elements of a wistful “coming home” dream.
From the wraparound front porch and wicker furniture to the cozy bedrooms and bountiful breakfast, everything seems to reflect the sense of security, comfort and warmth that are the stuff of movies: Picture the late Victorian parlor of I Remember Mama or Aunt Em and Uncle Henry’s farm house from the Wizard of Oz.
A place of authentic welcome and quiet hospitality. I was ready to pack up my stack unread books and sketch pad — and move in for an extended stay.
The inn is located just outside the tiny town of Forestville, situated conveniently within an easy drive to the Russian River, redwood trails, wine tasting and Healdsburg’s upscale shopping and highly rated dining spots.
This charming 1895 farmhouse has been renovated to the exacting standards of state historical landmark specifications and is furnished in period antiques and inspired reproductions. The outside grounds are every bit as lovingly nurtured, with two-plus acres of gardens, winding pathways, and cozy spots just to sit and take in the beauty of it all.
You’ll find towering old sycamores and poplars as well as classic orchard varieties of Gravenstein apple, pear, persimmon, peach, plum, cherry, and more.
The organic vegetable and herb beds furnish many of the ingredients found in your breakfast, including a steam-extracted organic juice from the Zinfandel and Merlot grapes cultivated in garden vineyard.
In addition to garden areas, the property is designed to be a bird sanctuary and designated as an official Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. If you strike up a conversation with innkeeper Barbara Wolf, you’ll find that she is a fabulous source of knowledge and inspiration for those interested in creating their own sustainable, farm-to-table experience within the smallest of spaces — from urban roof garden to suburban yards.
Of course, the reason you visit a B&B is to enjoy a bit of relaxation, pampering and, hopefully, good cooking. Case Ranch Inn offers beds that are wonderfully plush, with satiny 600 thread count cotton sheets and organic shampoos and soaps in the bath.
You’ll also find a gourmet two-course breakfast waiting for you in the morning. Meals are based around guests’ dietary preferences, using as many organic and local ingredients as possible.
My breakfast began with a bowl of crisp persimmon chunks topped with bittersweet chocolate, followed by a second course of fresh vegetable and herb quiche, locally made chicken sausage, tomato and kiwi salad, and a light and buttery lemon tart. During the day, you can enjoy ruby port and homemade cookies as well as coffee and tea.
Favorite dinner destinations are close by and excellent. Backyard offers seasonal, sustainable California comfort food. Find rich and creative Tuscan fare at Canneti Roadhouse Italiana. The restaurant at the Russian River Vineyards is another option — providing the perfect pairing of wine tasting with award-winning farm-to-table dining.
Case Ranch Inn, located at 7446 Poplar Drive in Forestville, offers two rooms in the main house and a guest cottage. The inn is not pet-friendly but if you feel the need for a furry, four-legged fix, you can make friends with the inn’s two adorable miniature horses, stabled just behind the gardens.
For more information visit their website or call Barbara Wolf at 707-887-8711.