In between all those long, stunning stretches of vineyards, Northern California wine country can be a busy place. After a day of touring, sipping, and swirling in Sonoma County, Kenwood Inn & Spa offers guests a quiet retreat.
Located in Kenwood on Highway 12, the property draws its inspiration from Tuscan villas. The Inn’s 29 rooms and suites are spread around three courtyards with blooming gardens and gurgling fountains.
Accommodations have an Italian feel, but furnishings and décor are unique from one room to the next. All rooms have king beds, gas fireplaces, Illy espresso and coffee machines, televisions, and private entrances. Bathrooms are stocked with L’Occitane shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel, in large, refillable bottles.
Two, fresh baked cookies will be waiting in your room when you check in. Know in advance you won’t want to share.
Kenwood King rooms offer more space and perks like jetted, soaking tubs, and a private balcony or patio.
It’s easy to lose track of time relaxing in your room, but be sure to set aside time to explore the grounds. Set on more than two-and-a-half acres, in addition to several fountains and an array of blooming plants, there’s an assortment of fruit trees, and a small area planted to grapevines.
There is no restaurant at the property, but a buffet breakfast is included with every stay. Hot offerings might include pancakes, eggs, bacon and potatoes. Yogurt parfaits, assorted breads and pastries, and fresh fruit are served along with coffee, tea, and juice. Even on a chilly morning, it’s nice to sit outside near one of the fireplaces and listen to the fountain in the center of the courtyard. A small plates menu with options including hummus, and cheese and charcuterie plates is available throughout the day. A complimentary wine and cheese tasting is offering every evening from 5pm to 6pm.
In addition to a heated pool and hot tub, Kenwood Inn has what staff call the warming pool. Located alongside a small stretch of vineyards, it’s an oversize hot tub with waterfall, that’s large enough to swim in. You could soak for a spell without seeing another soul.
The main pool and smaller hot tub are located on the other end of the property, steps away from the Kenwood Inn Spa. With just four treatment rooms, the intimate space offers a large array of services including facials and massages. For pampering with a view, try one of the bath treatments. The tub boasts vineyard views.
Kenwood Inn & Spa is just shy of 10 miles from Sonoma Plaza, and 25 miles from downtown Napa. Charles M. Schulz, Sonoma County Airport is close to a 20-mile drive.
Rates for Kenwood King rooms start at $379. In addition there is a $35 resort fee. Wi-Fi and self-parking are complimentary. Kenwood Inn & Spa is best for adults traveling without children. Make your reservation online at the hotel website or you can use a booking site such as Expedia, Travlocity or Priceline.
Review and photos by San Francisco Bay Area travel writer and television correspondent Dana Rebmann. Her stay was hosted by Kenwood Inn & Spa, but as always her thoughts and opinions are her own.