Rustic luxury marks the best of the Russian River region’s inns
Written bySunsetAugust 18, 2016
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The Farmhouse Inn
You get privacy and considerable luxury at an inn that began life as a 19th-century farmhouse. Pair the elegance of vaulted ceilings with secluded woodside views. Some suites come with radiant heated floors and an indoor/outdoor fireplace. The inn’s Michelin-starred Farmhouse Restaurant is terrific. 25 rooms from $545.farmhouseinn.com; 7871 River Road, Forestville; 707/887-3300.
Boon Hotel + Spa
Boon Hotel + Spa features mod rooms in old miners’ cabins tucked into a redwood grove. The digs were renovated as eco-friendly cottages that circle a glitzy swimming pool. After a hike, a hot stone massage is just the thing: There are private massage studios, and you don’t need to be a hotel guest to indulge. Simple modern rooms line the pool and hot tub, and bikes to pedal to the Armstrong Redwoods are complimentary. 14 rooms from $175. 3 glamping tents from $145. boonhotels.com; 14711 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville; 707/869-2721.
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Sonoma Orchid Inn
Tucked among the Russian River redwoods, a 1906-vintage farmhouse is now a relaxed, reasonably priced retreat. Nearby, adventure awaits including Korbel Champagne Cellars and Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. Say hello to the inn pups and cat before grabbing a fresh baked cookie from the innkeepers. 9 rooms from $149. sonomaorchidinn.com; 12850 River Road, Guerneville; 888/877-4466.
This plush inn is surrounded by a small vineyard, making it a fine place for travelers to soak up the Sonoma terroir. Upon arrival, receive a complimentary half bottle of the Vintners Inn own wine. Amenities include in-room massage, a vineyard jogging trail, and a bocce ball court. Dine on site at the award-winning John Ash & Co. restaurant. 44 rooms from $275. vintnersinn.com; 4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa; 707/575-7350.
Inn at Occidental
Nestled among redwoods, an 1877 Victorian serves as a historic bed and breakfast. Each room features its own personality from the Kitchen Cupboard suite to the Quilt Room. Find family heirlooms and original artwork throughout the inn. 16 rooms and a two bedroom cottage from $199. innatoccidental.com;3657 Church Street, Occidental; 800/522-6324.
This rambling inn is a choice spot for touring the Russian River wine country. Originally built in 1922 as a private family home, the main house was converted into a bed and breakfast in 1985. The Mission Revival style will charm you, as will the surrounding estate that began as a Gravenstein apple orchard. Also here is the superb Revival restaurant. 19 rooms from $275. applewoodinn.com; 13555 Highway 116, Guerneville; 707-869-9093.
Inman Family Wines Farmhouse
Lovely as they are, 90-minute estate tours at other wineries may not be enough for you to truly embrace living Sonoma-style. Lucky then that Inman Family Wines rents out a three-bedroom 1918 farmhouse where you can stay weeks, if you’d like (or just a few days, of course). True to the old days, there’s only one bathroom to share and the kitchen that’s antique-styled. But that’s all part of the old-fashioned pleasure of falling asleep near the vines. $750 for two nights. inmanfamilywines.com; 3900 Piner Road, Santa Rosa; 707/293.9576.