Hotels in Sonoma Valley offer discerning travelers a chance to stay in the heart of one of the world's most famous wine countries. Accommodations are upscale on average and cater to those who don't take issue with spending a bit of money on their vacation. Amenities and services are typically geared toward those with more affluent tastes, in particular older couples or those seeking a high-end romantic getaway, while hotel dining often pairs fresh cuisines with local vintages.
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
The AAA-rated four-diamond Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn was built in 1927, featuring an architectural style that replicates the California missions of yore. It has since won a number of awards, including a spot on both Condé Nast's and Travel + Leisure's 2010 lists of the top U.S. spas. Hotel staff has assembled fashionable itineraries for guests to enjoy, from Jack London State Park to the region's best wineries to a scenic drive over the Mayacamas Range. The on-site spa and health club offers a fitness center, yoga, tai chi, massages and a mineral pool, while the adjacent Sonoma Golf Club features 7,100 yards of play over 18 lushly manicured holes. Dining options include the formal Santé Restaurant, which received a Michelin Star, as well as the more casual Big 3 bistro, a wine bar and a poolside eatery with lighter fare. Tastefully furnished guest rooms and suites have a Provence-style decor, marble and tile baths with terrycloth robes, and choice of one king, two queens or two double beds with fluffy down comforters.
MacArthur Place is a 64-room luxury hotel situated just four blocks from historic Sonoma Plaza, with its boutiques, galleries and fine dining. The 300-acre property has a year-round heated swimming pool, whirlpool and day spa with steam room and exercise gym; signature spa treatments range from grape seed baths to olive oil body polishes to French lavender massages. Included in each stay is a complimentary continental breakfast served daily, free DVD movie rental at the front desk, and nightly wine and cheese reception held in the library. The property's well-tended landscape features more than 100 species of trees, rose gardens, an orchard and 30 original sculptures. For lunch and dinner, the Saddles steakhouse serves freshly prepared meat and seafood dishes along with a wine list that earned a "Best of Award of Excellence" from "The Wine Spectator." Each individually designed guest room features European walk-in showers, CD and DVD players, refreshment centers and the hotel's own line of deluxe bath amenities.
Hotel Healdsburg sits on the western edge of Healdsburg's historic town plaza, with numerous wineries, shops, restaurants and a farmer's market all within walking distance. Food and beverage service is available around the hotel's 60-foot garden pool, while other amenities include a grand lobby with grappa bar and fireplace, newsstand, 24-hour front desk and concierge committed to helping out-of-towners navigate the area. In addition, the property contains a day spa with six treatment rooms, a couples suite and a garden patio as well as the nation's first museum dedicated solely to hand fans. Dry Creek Kitchen, the on-site restaurant, features an ever-changing menu designed by world-renowned chef Charlie Palmer, with many of the ingredients coming from local farmers. Spacious guest rooms and suites have Tibetan carpets laid over dark pecan wood floors, teak platform feather beds with goose down duvets, Frette linens, HD flat-panel TVs and oversized bathrooms with smooth concrete countertops.
The boutique-style Ledson Hotel & Harmony Lounge allows guests to step back into the early 20th century, with only six rooms and a carefully crafted antique decor. The property has its own winery that has been bottling under the Ledson name since 1997, most famous for its merlots, which won gold medals at the 2001 and 2003 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Guests can try a variety of wines in the wood-furnished tasting room, tour the 17-acre estate vineyard, or discuss wine and food pairings with a specially trained consultant. In addition, nearby attractions include the Infineon Raceway, Quarryhill Botanical Garden and Train Town Railroad & Park. The Harmony Lounge serves a limited menu with items like antipasti, artisan cheeses, smoked salmon and beef carpaccio, while the bar has beers and hard liquor in addition to wine. Each guest room is uniquely decorated and features a plush king-size bed, balcony, fireplace, whirlpool tub, marble vanity, two bathrobes and free Wi-Fi.
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