Vacationist Hotel Deals: Wine Meets Fall Foliage – Sonoma + Okanagan Valley
Pack your scarves and a great digital camera: this fall, head west, to two of North America’s best wine regions. Outdoorsy types will want to unpack at Sonoma’s six-suite Chauvet, for easy access to the walking trails in Jack London State Park, while spa-goers will love the lavender-accented treatments at the rustic Farmhouse Inn, just 25 miles east in Glen Ellen. Or try something entirely unexpected with a stay at Sparkling Hill, a Swarovski-crystal-filled property in the northern corner of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. What do the hotels have in common, you ask? Unexpected amenities and bottles of standout Pinot Noir—best enjoyed in the fall, against a bright landscape swathed in fire red and tangerine.
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The Farmhouse Inn - up to 30% off
Forestville (Sonoma County), California
Northern California's Sonoma County is quickly giving better-branded neighbor Napa a run for its money, even if Sonoma's lodgings lag slightly behind in luxury. Sonoma's Farmhouse Inn is poised to change all that. The place is family-run, friendly, and down-home, but spares no expense in treating guests like visiting royalty. Sure, the two rooms in the converted barn may not sound like much, but throw in modern stone fireplaces, hand-woven fabrics, elegant furniture, four-poster beds, private decks, and Jacuzzi tubs, and you'll feel like you're at a truly unique five-star hotel. The valley-nestled inn has only 18 rooms (including eight early 1900s cottages with wet and dry saunas), and also features a lavish world-class spa with treatments utilizing organic ingredients grown on property. (Sale ends in 1 day.)
The Chauvet - up to 30% off
Glen Ellen (Sonoma County), California
Originally built in 1906 as one of Sonoma's finest hotels, the structure fell into disrepair before being resurrected in 2005. Now, it's home to six 2,000 square foot suites, each featuring three bedrooms, two baths, and a gourmet kitchens (stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, gas range, and an all-important Sonoma staple, the personal wine cooler). But many guests spend their days outside the property: a mile stroll from The Chauvet is Jack London State Historic Park and the ruins of London's Wolf House; Quarryhill Botanic Garden, with one of the largest collections of temperate Asian plants in North America, is down the road; and then, of course, there are the nearby wineries, known for bottling Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. (Sale ends in 6 days.)
Sparkling Hill Resort - up to 29% off
Vernon, B.C., Canada
Set in the north corner of the Okanagan Valley, arguably Canada's best wine region, this 152-room resort fuses whole-body wellness (the 40,000-square-foot KurSpa offers seven steam rooms and over 100 treatments) with a unique design sensibility based around "crystal architecture," a practice meant to spotlight the area's landscape. By incorporating elements of over three million Swarovski crystals into the property's interiors, public spaces and guest rooms reflect the valley's natural light and water sources. Though it sounds gimmicky, the crystals, sprinkled throughout the aptly named resort (it's called Sparkling Hill, after all), do add an extra glimmer. You can't miss the light-filled crystal-shaped entry, comprising 150 glass panels, and it all comes together in the guest rooms: subtle spaces accented by bold prisms, where crystals in the fireplaces and the ceiling pick up the light from Lake Okanagan, just beyond the hotel. (Sale ends in 1 day.)
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