For all its stunning landscapes, award-winning wineries, and farm-to-table restaurants, West Sonoma (the half of Sonoma County that stretches between Highway 101 and the Pacific Ocean) is a bit of a luxury hotel desert. The notable exception is the Farmhouse Inn—a posh property (and a T+L World’s Best Winner) tucked in the redwoods of the Russian River, which recently completed an $8 million expansion and renovation.
Nine new, crisp guest rooms built in the subtle illusion of a barn pay homage to country living, yet sport chic urban sentiments. Picture windows give way to private decks overlooking the small vegetable garden, chicken coops, or forest. The new spa evokes a horse stable (if horses required 5-star service) and harvests ingredients from the same garden as the property’s Michelin-starred restaurant for custom fruit-based scrubs and soaps, best enjoyed in the private two-person treatment room The Back Porch.
When you’re not lounging in the upgraded pool area or dining on the expanded patio, drop by the lobby to slice your own bar of artisanal soap, scoop up some lavender bath salt, or, in the evening, raid the s’more station. Don’t be afraid to pile on the homemade marshmallows.