Hotels in Sonoma County
From petite bed and breakfasts to all-inclusive golf resorts, Sonoma County hotels come in all shapes and sizes and serve as perfect jumping-off points for a wine country vacation. The Farmhouse Inn in Forestville, for one, opts for quality over quantity when it comes to its five-star accommodations. The hotel features 18 rooms—eight of which are housed in a converted barn—a full, organic spa and a Michelin-starred farm-to-table restaurant. On the other end of the spectrum, one of the most lavish hotels in Sonoma County is the 226-room Fairmount Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, a Spanish mission-style compound with tennis courts, two restaurants and a 177-acre golf course.
Standout hotels in Sonoma County’s western reaches include the cliffside Bodega Bay Lodge, where guests can look out over the Pacific Ocean from private balconies, and the historic Valley Ford Hotel. Aside from cozy rooms, the 1864-built hotel also houses the popular Rocker Oysterfeller’s restaurant and its menu of country-style favorites. Adventurous travelers can also opt for a campsite in one of the area’s picturesque state parks.
Co-owner Liza Graves works with 35 estates in Sonoma and Napa valleys, from historic farmhouses and vineyard cottages to mountainside manors, and caters to wine lovers by arranging vineyard tours, private tastings, and picnics with winemakers.
The 17-room Metro Hotel has a quirky French twist: a Victorian house-turned-inn with hardwood floors, white comforters, cheery blue doors, and a lush courtyard graced by Parisian café tables.
At the Sea Ranch Lodge—a rambling, 1970s-era complex with weathered cedar-plank walls that blend into the surrounding banks of sea grass—the only guest room without an ocean view offers a private hot tub instead.
A 1950s hotel with a modern makeover, the Flamingo holds onto some of its old-time glamour: look to the rounded entryway awning and entry sign pole with retro neon lettering.
This Provençal-style resort in Santa Rosa has one of the area's freshest looks thanks to a $10 million redo that expanded the estate and modernized rooms; a 5,000-square-foot spa will open next year.
Relax with comfortable country-casual rooms and on-site massages to relieve tired muscles. For dinner head to the dining room for caramel-braised pork shoulder.
This three-story Victorian mansion, set on eight wood-lined acres, dates to 1881. Inn-goers weren't welcomed until 1981, and owners Bill and Trudi Konrad took over the property in 1999. Each room has a fireplace and site-specific antiques.
Set on 1.5 lushly landscaped acres—and equidistant from both Jack London State Historic Park and a wildflower preserve—Gaige House is a Zen-style oasis smack in the middle of wine country.
This airy inn on Healdsburg’s plaza dates to 1901. Many rooms have canary yellow walls, curtained windows, and contain gas fireplaces and a jetted spa bathtub. Prime rooms face the plaza, but deluxe Kings in back share a welcoming balcony.
Hotel Les Mars, an intimate 16-room hotel, evokes a French maison, complete with hand-hewn-walnut wood in the library, as well as fireplaces, four-poster beds, and 18th-century antiques in all guest rooms. A member of Relais & Châteaux, the property also distinguishes itself with service.
Sonoma County is quickly giving better-branded neighbor Napa a run for its money, even if Sonoma’s lodgings lag slightly behind in luxury. But Farmhouse Inn is poised to change all that.
Originally built in 1906 as one of Sonoma’s finest hotels, the structure fell into disrepair before being resurrected in 2005.
An 1892 ranch house with five spacious rooms and one cottage, family antiques, and local art.