Red wine isn’t the only way to warm up in Wine Country when the temperatures drop. Whether you’re seeking fireside romance, room service with your pup, or good ol’ fashioned R&R, we’ve found the 8 best boutique hotels in Sonoma County to get cozy this winter.
Perched along California’s famous Highway 1, just north of Jenner on Sonoma County’s western edge (on a span of coastline that once caught the eye of famous photographer Ansel Adams), Timber Cove Resort deftly bridges mid-century modern luxury with casual, nature-centric, California cool. Within each of the hotel’s 46 guest rooms, guests enjoy in-room Crosley record players and vinyl, fridges stocked with local Sonoma libations, binoculars for whale-watching, and nest-powered fireplaces, but it’s the intangible offerings of your surroundings that set this hotel apart. Fall into a deep, restful sleep each night to the rhythm of the pounding surf, enjoy the cinematic views daily as the sun breaks through the fog, and cozy up by the firepit for an epic star show on display each night. In keeping with the naturalist ethos, the hotel’s Coast Kitchen restaurant serves organic, locally-sourced Sonoma County fare always paired with spectacular ocean views.
21780 North Coast Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450, (707) 847-3231
Immerse yourself in luxurious Wine Country lodging, decadent spa services, and world-class dining options on the 92-acre property of Vintners Inn. Located in Santa Rosa, in the heart of Sonoma County, this luxury boutique hotel is perfectly situated for Sonoma wine tasting itineraries in any direction you choose, but it’s hard not to just sit back, relax, and settle into your suite for days. Inside the hotel’s deluxe rooms, enjoy a complimentary half-bottle of Sonoma wine, a California king featherbed with down bedding, Italian toiletries, and a cozy fireplace perfect for two. At the inn’s Vi La Vita Spa, indulge in a restorative treatment or ease into a relaxing afternoon in the heated soaking pool or outdoor hot pool, between light bites and tea service. For special occasions, dine at the world-renowned restaurant, John Ash & Co. For more casual fare, the Front Room Bar and Lounge offers one of Santa Rosa’s favorite happy hours, while the River Vine Cafe serves rustic Sonoma breakfast and lunch options in an elegant Wine Country setting.
4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403, (707) 575-7350
Delight in Sonoma’s old world roots with a Mediterranean-inspired getaway at Kenwood Inn. Located between the towns of Sonoma and Santa Rosa, on a beautiful stretch of Highway 12 lined with rolling hills of vineyards, this boutique hotel offers guests a unique Sonoma County lodging experience full of all the sensory pleasures you’d find in Italy. Between winery tours, lounge by the warming pool, where sweet notes of citrus blossom perfume the air, and don’t miss the daily complimentary wine and cheese “magic hour.” If you’re in search of a romantic weekend getaway, this luxury hotel’s amenity offerings include plush feather beds and cozy fireplaces, along with a menu of small bites and local Sonoma reds available daily from the inn’s kitchen and wine bar, La Cucina.
10400 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood, CA 95452, (707) 833-1293
If you’re looking for a secluded hideaway with a healthy dose of Mother Nature you’ll relish in the cozy setting and organic Sonoma County offerings at the Applewood Inn & Spa. Nestled in the heart of the Russian River AVA just outside Guerneville, this historic landmark and green spa resort is a perfect launching point for exploring the wine region’s famed pinot noir producers, but also within reach of Sonoma’s breathtaking, rugged coast. Or indulge in a pampered getaway, with a luxurious in-house spa treatment before tucking into your suite to enjoy the lush ferns and towering redwoods outside your window. Whichever course you take, start your day with a complimentary, two-course farm-to-table breakfast featuring freshly-harvested herbs, fruits, and veggies from the inn’s organic gardens, and ingredients from local Sonoma County purveyors.
13555 Highway 116, Guerneville, CA 95446, (707) 869-9093
Quietly tucked into the quaint village of Glen Ellen, a short drive from both downtown Sonoma and Santa Rosa, the Gaige House + Ryokan offers a cozy, zen-like respite and one-of-a-kind Wine Country escape. In an unexpected blend of warm, Sonoma-style hospitality coupled with Japanese tradition, this boutique hotel’s unique offerings include guided forest bathing, in-room hot stone massage, or meditation, along with winter lodging must-haves such as warm fireplaces and after dinner sake, sherry, or port. If you like traveling with your pooch, be sure to request the Pampered Pet Package when you book for a comfy dog bed, a custom bento box filled with dog sushi, and a handy list of pet-friendly winery options in and around Sonoma.
13540 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, CA 95442, (707) 935-0237
Boasting a Michelin-starred restaurant and an organic spa using fresh herbs from the property’s gardens, the Farmhouse Inn isn’t just one of the highest-rated boutique Sonoma hotels – it’s one of the highest-rated inns in the world. High-touch, but unfussy, this luxury hotel offers personalized, intimate experiences, like sommelier-led winery tours in a Tesla Model X, delivered with casual Sonoma-style warmth and friendly service. At the inn’s prestigious spa, unwind with a blissful farm-to-face treatment featuring organic farm produce or indulge in a customized experience with the spa alchemist. Whether you book one of the fifteen suites or a cottage room, you’ll rest easy with a comfy feather bed and European linens, oversized indoor/outdoor fireplaces, and a curated wine fridge filled with the best from Sonoma County.
7871 River Road, Forestville, CA 95436, (707) 887-3300
Quietly sitting on a picturesque hillside surrounded by olive and oak trees in the town of Glen Ellen, you’ll find the newly-reopened boutique hotel, Olea. Comprised of just 15 guest rooms and two private cottages (coming in 2019), this adults-only inn offers exemplary service and a peaceful, serene setting perfect for a romantic Sonoma getaway. Luxury amenity offerings include heated floors in each of the guest rooms, plush bathrobes, massage services, an outdoor firepit, a year-round heated pool, and a complimentary wine tasting. One of the best perks of lodging at this Wine Country inn is the gourmet, two-course plated breakfast, prepared daily by the boutique hotel’s Executive Chef.
5131 Warm Springs Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442, (707) 996-5131
For a classic taste of California Wine Country hospitality, tuck into the charming Inn at Sonoma. Conveniently located just two blocks off Sonoma’s historic town square, within walking distance to countless shopping, wine tasting, and restaurant options, this friendly, boutique hotel, a Four Sisters Inn property, offers homey details like warm, freshly-baked cookies, in-room fireplaces, and daily Sonoma wine tastings paired with savory small bites. At check-in request Breakfast in Bed, then enjoy their bountiful morning spread from the comfort of your room before setting off to explore the many vineyards nearby.
630 Broadway, Sonoma, CA 95476, (707) 939-1340