Where to Stay in Rohnert Park
Centrally located in Sonoma County, Rohnert Park makes a great vacation base, with a variety of lodgings offering easy access to everything the area has to offer.
It’s just a 10- to 40-minute drive to coastal walks along the beach, wine tasting at estate wineries, hiking among towering redwoods at Armstrong Woods, enjoying world class entertainment, and, of course, indulging in fabulous shopping expeditions. Add to that, there’s easy in-easy out access on the county’s main drag: Highway 101.
Staying in Rohnert Park definitely has its perks. The only question is, what are your preferences? Here are some suggestions that will help you plan for almost any type of vacation.
Extend Your Stay
Oxford Suites Sonoma County offers options for short term or extended stays. Accommodations include luxury suite to family friendly arrangements, and everything in between. Each has an amply furnished kitchenette and dining area that invites you to create your own meals using the wines, fresh produce, and artisan cheese you will no doubt find on your visit and carry back to your room. Add to that, a full hot breakfast awaits you in the morning, and when you return from your day’s adventures you’ll enjoy an evening reception of appetizers and wine, beer, or soft drinks. You also have the option of dining in their restaurant, which is open from 5 until 10 p.m. every night. Gathering a group? They offer banquet and conference facilities plus in-house catering. Finally, you need not leave one of your cherished four legged friends at home, this is a pet friendly inn.
Easy Access To Everything
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country has it all, including convenience: it’s located close to the highway and hosts a stop for the Sonoma County Airport Express buses that operate regularly from the hotel to either the San Francisco or Oakland airports. Once here, you can plan your visit — including answering your wish to just unwind. You can play golf at a PGA Certified championship golf course, take a dip in the pool, enjoy the tennis court and fitness room, or simply stroll the park around Robert’s Lake reservoir, which is next to the hotel. Add to that the fact that if you are traveling with someone who is sight impaired or in a wheelchair, this hotel has a wide range of amenities to make their stay more comfortable. The in-house Bacchus Restaurant and Wine Bar offers laid-back elegance with seating by a fireplace or on the patio, plus a menu inspired by local farm offerings.
A Little Local Color
If you’re looking for the charm and history of Sonoma County wine country, consider spending time at The Gables Wine Country Inn, a historic bed and breakfast located just outside Rohnert Park … and generations away from the 21st century. This is a classic Victorian Gothic Revival farmhouse, with all the sumptuously appointed amenities you might expect from this Grande Dame of inns. Each guest room features a full-size claw foot tub with shower, goose down comforters, complementary bath products that are made in Sonoma from locally grown lavender, and soft micro-fiber sheets from a specialty bed linen company in Seattle. Looking for a private getaway? The separate guesthouse offers a full kitchen, spa style whirlpool bathtub for two, cozy loft bedroom, wood burning fireplace, and space for a second couple to sleep downstairs. And a word about the breakfast: incredible. Each course is created using fresh, local produce and the kind of cuisine artistry that makes Sonoma County so famous.
On to a different sort of luxury: the Graton Resort and Casino. Modern, vibrant, and innovative, this is a popular destination in and of itself. The casino, of course, is a hive of activity 24/7, but the resort amenities, including a 200-room hotel, deserve notice as well. You could actually spend an entire day here, just devoted to taking care of yourself, with a full fitness center, super-sized pool, whirlpool bath, and steam room. The spa offers an extensive menu of pampering massage, and facial and body treatments. In the evening, you can relax in either of two stunning bars, or settle into the luxury of the new VIP lounge. Dinner options span every preference, from classic pub grub and all-American burgers to artisan San Francisco pizza, and from steakhouse classics to creative sushi and Southeast Asian fare. At the end of the day, you’ll return to a spacious and sleekly designed guest room with all the sumptuous amenities you’d expect from this resort, such as deeply plush down comforters and pillows, with 320 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets.
Best Bet for Your Budget
Good Nite Inn is affordable, totally comfy, and central to everything you want. A brilliantly mod reception area, thoughtful amenities, and friendly staff await your arrival. For those traveling on business, you’ll have wireless access and fax and copying services, plus a spacious workstation in your room. Also included: free tea and coffee in the lobby, access to a pool with lounging area, and a visitor’s laundry center. Visiting a “starving student” at Sonoma State University? The Good Nite Inn is located next to two amazing fast food eateries: California’s classic drive-in, the In N Out Burger just down the road or, for those who want to opt for something more vegetarian and organic, Amy’s Drive Thru, the first-of-its-kind drive in restaurant serving up organic, local, vegetarian, and non-GMO fare to go or eat in.
So come visit “Sonoma County Central” — Rohnert Park. In addition to the diversity of experiences available throughout the county, you can also stay close to home and visit the Green Music Center for a concert in a spectacular world-class concert hall that offers indoor and outdoor seating. And for the kids (or the young at heart), check out Driven Raceway or Scandia Fun Center. That said, you might want to consider booking a couple of extra days just for a few spontaneous new plans!