Just 10 miles north of downtown Sonoma on Highway 12, the Kenwood Inn and Spa is a secluded escape close to all the wine country action. Though it’s set just off the highway, the hotel’s layout ensures peace and quiet that feels much farther away from civilization.
The hotel’s 29 rooms are spread around three Mediterranean-style courtyards. The lobby – which hosts nightly wine tastings and is open for a complimentary glass of port 24/7 – opens to the central courtyard, where a bubbling fountain is surrounded by seating for the restaurant.
Each of the 29 rooms has a king or queen featherbed, tile floors, balconies, iPod docs, fireplaces, and Tuscan-inspired decor. Most have jetted tubs and, in keeping with the hotel’s focus on relaxation, none of the rooms have tvs. My room had a king bed, a small sitting area in front of a fireplace, and a large marble bathroom with deep jetted tub; outside a wooden water wheel lulled me to sleep as it churned water from the small pond stocked with koi fish.
Onsite, strategically placed throughout the courtyards, there are two heated saline pools, a hot tub, a small wine bar, an excellent spa featuring vinotherapy treatments, and a restaurant with an award-winning wine list. The spa uses Caudalie, iS CLINICAL, and Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusions treatments and offers 20% off to local Bay Area residents Sunday through Thursday.
After a relaxing spa treatment and some time at the pool, my husband and I wandered the maze of courtyards that connect the rooms; the layout of the different levels and courtyards ensures privacy and adds to the hotel’s secluded feel. Sitting on the patio in front of our room, we felt completely alone in our own private Italian villa.
For dinner, my husband and I put ourselves in the hands of Executive Chef, Roberto Bonefont Jr., and we were not disappointed with our meal of beef carpaccio, a decadent mushroom pasta in cream sauce, grilled halibut, and wine braised short ribs, all perfectly paired with wine.
The next day we were treated to more of the restaurant’s fantastic Italian-influenced cuisine. The complimentary breakfast spread includes cooked to order dishes like omelettes and eggs Benedict, as well as a lavish array of breads and pastries, smoothies, yogurt and granola, juice, coffee, and mimosas.
The Kenwood’s appeal lies not only in its location, great food and spa, and secluded layout – the inn also cultivates an atmosphere of romance and relaxed luxury, with no tvs in the rooms, no children or pets allowed on site, and extras to make your time here even more special.
Guests receive free tastings and 10% off purchases at nearby HKG Estate Wines and access to a nearby health club. Additional amenities packages are available, such as packed picnic baskets, beer or wine with cheese, and a bath package that includes bath salts, massage oil, candles and a bottle of Prosecco. The inn also hosts weddings of up to 100 people.