California’s Sonoma Valley covers seven different appellations and stretches from downtown Sonoma to the town of Cloverdale more than 30 miles north. There’s a whole lot of ground to cover, and even more hotels to choose from. For those looking for a romantic getaway close to wineries and with easy access to dining and shopping, here are three excellent options.
The Lodge at Sonoma Rennaissance Resort & Spa
The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa is located just off the main square in downtown Sonoma. With 178 rooms and four suites, plus a restaurant, bar, cafe, pool, spa, fitness center, and meeting space, the property is quite large, yet it feels intimate thanks to a layout that spreads the amenities around beautifully landscaped grounds. The hotel also offers several perks, like wine tastings from local vintners, a comprehensive spirits program that focuses on local distillers, and a free shuttle to the options at the nearby square. Rooms feature fireplaces, patios or balconies, a small sitting area, a complimentary bottle of wine, and marble bathrooms with jacuzzi tubs.
Room rates start at just over $200 per night.
Hotel Les Mars
Hotel Les Mars, located in the heart of downtown Healdsburg on the north end of the Sonoma Valley, offers the ultimate luxury retreat close to the action (and plenty of tasting rooms, including some downtown options you can reach on foot). The hotel’s 16 rooms are decorated with king-size four-poster beds, elegant chaise lounges, and European antiques. Breakfast is served in your room each morning and wines and artisinal cheese are served in the library each evening. There’s a small fitness room and an outdoor pool. Every need is attended to, every whim catered to with attention to detail, yet the service never feels forced or pretentious.
Room rates start at around $600 per night.
Can’t choose between the north and south ends of Sonoma Valley? The Vintners Inn is located in the middle of the valley, in Santa Rosa. Its position along the highway gives it easy access to all corners of wine country, but since it’s set on several acres of vineyards it still feels idyllic (and quiet, with no noise from the road reaching the property). 44 rooms are set in two-story buildings on 92 acres, and there’s an onsite restaurant, John Ash & Co., as well as a bar, small fitness center, spa, bocce court, running trail through the vineyards and jacuzzi. The French Country-style rooms come with iPod docks, King featherbeds, patios or balconies, free wifi, sofa beds, fireplaces stocked with wood, and marble bathrooms with jacuzzi tubs.
Room rates start at $200.