Rooms with a View in Sonoma County
There may be no better destination for enjoying the quintessential “room with a view” than the accommodations you’ll find in Sonoma County. To begin with, you can choose an expansive vista of the ocean in all its many moods, sit back and enjoy watching the sun rise over rolling hills of vineyards, or simply step outside to your first cup of coffee in the intimate courtyard gardens of an Italianate villa. It’s all waiting for you!
Up Close and Personal at the Ocean:
The River’s End Restaurant & Inn offers charming, vintage, lodge-style cabins and a restaurant well known for its fresh California cuisine and artisan cocktails. Of course, a huge draw is the unimpeded ocean horizon just beyond the rocky edges of the Russian River estuary.
Breathtaking sunset views over dinner will turn into a cool, peaceful, and sublime coastal tableaux of egrets, stilts, cormorants, and ospreys in the morning. If you book during whale migration season (heading south October to February, and north February to April), your view grows exponentially more stunning every day.
Each room has floor-to-ceiling glass doors and a private balcony that overlooks the estuary and beyond that, the ocean. The distinctly relaxed, informal, and totally unplugged vibe (no TV, radio, Wi-Fi etc.) creates a rustic romantic getaway that offers inspiring beach walks and starlit evenings.
First rate activities? Beach walking. You can find a stunning beach just five minutes walk down the road.
The Raford Inn personifies the easy elegance and gracious welcome of Sonoma wine country living. In addition to enjoying thoroughly luxurious accommodations, find a comfy seat on the verandah to sip your first cup of coffee and watch the sun rise over an expansive valley of vineyards and forests.
The house was built in 1880 and is surrounded by over 100 heritage and antique roses, as well as four acres of herbs, vegetables, berries, fruit trees, and olive trees. Rooms may offer a cozy wood-burning fireplace or private patio area, but in addition, all are beautifully appointed with period antiques and a taste for deeply sumptuous comfort.
Breakfasts are fresh, local and beautifully prepared by co-owner Rita Wells. Have dietary restrictions? She is more than happy to accommodate you.
Among many day trip suggestions are shopping Healdsburg’s celebrated stores, hiking in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve or wine tasting in the Russian River Valley. Want to keep it simple? Just walk half a mile across Wohler Bridge to access a quiet, semi-private beach on the Russian River.
Go Sunny Mediterranean:
Escape to the charming, old world elegance of an Italian villa, at the Kenwood Inn & Spa in the heart of the Valley of the Moon. You’ll awake to peaceful, sun splashed courtyards with pools, fountains and hot tubs… surrounded by two and one-half picturesque acres of vineyards, orchards and ancient oaks.
The sumptuously decorated guest rooms and suites feature fireplaces, deeply relaxing featherbeds, elegant Italian furnishings and, this being a top-rated spa, plush robes for lounging. You’ll find that breakfast is a generous and perfectly prepared buffet, with ample grazing options available throughout the day – including gourmet Cucina small bites, and a complimentary afternoon wine and cheese tasting to end your day’s activities.
Best options for a totally luxurious day: spa treatments that range from Himalayan Salt Stone or candle lit couples Swedish massages... to a menu of facials, body scrubs, vinotherapy baths and wraps that use local lavender and Pinot Noir ingredients
Whatever your choice of lodging, waking up in Sonoma County is an experience like no other. Some of your most charming vacation photos may come from your bedroom window!