Red wine isn’t the only way to warm up in Wine Country when the temperatures drop. Whether you’re seeking fireside romance, a room with a view, or good ol’ fashioned R&R, we’ve found the best boutique hotels in Sonoma County to get cozy this winter.
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 beds and cozy fireplaces, along with a delicious gourmet breakfast for two.
10400 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood, CA 95452, (707) 833-1293
Immerse yourself in luxurious Wine Country lodging, decadent spa services, and world-class dining options on the 92-acre property of Vintners Resort. 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 private patio or balcony, 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 pool. 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
Situated right on the historic Sonoma Plaza, steps from great tasting rooms and shops, Ledson Hotel is a boutique luxury hotel that melds Old World charm with modern conveniences. Owned and designed by fifth-generation Sonoma farmer and winemaker, Steve Ledson, this intimate hotel features six rooms, each outfitted with antique furnishings, whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, and plush robes, along with their own distinct personality.
480 First Street East, Sonoma, CA 95476, (707) 996-9779
Quietly tucked into the quaint village of Glen Ellen, a short drive from both downtown Sonoma and Santa Rosa, Gaige House 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 a Meditation Alcove for daily reflection or yoga, along with winter lodging must-haves such as warm fireplaces and complimentary sake and Yoku Moku cookies. Explore the serene and peaceful grounds, where you’ll find a swimming pool, hot tub, and several cozy fireplaces perfect for lounging and catching up with friends or a relaxing moment with yourself.
13540 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, CA 95442, (707) 935-0237
Quietly sitting on a picturesque hillside surrounded by olive and oak trees in the town of Glen Ellen, you’ll find the charmingly elegant boutique hotel, Olea. Comprised of just 13 guest rooms and two private cottages, this 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 complimentary wine. One of the best perks of lodging at this inviting Wine Country inn is the gourmet, two-course plated breakfast, prepared daily by the boutique hotel’s Executive Chef. If you like traveling with your pooch, Olea provides a special dog bed and welcome basket for FiDo with treats, doggie bags, and dog bowls.
5131 Warm Springs Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442, (707) 996-5131
Named after the seven branches of hospitality, Seven Branches is dedicated to providing the finest hotel experience for its guests. Seven Branches showcases Sonoma’s Spanish roots with its tiled roof, earth-rammed walls, and sunny courtyards, perfect for a romantic getaway or a special event. The Inn has six boutique rooms, each rich in character, creating a tranquil and rejuvenating atmosphere. You can also book a spa treatment at their sister property, Calm Spa.450 W Spain Street, Sonoma, CA 95476, (707) 933-4050
Just a few minutes walk from the bars and restaurants of the Sonoma Plaza, this enclave featuring courtyards with water fountains and unique architectural design is the perfect welcome to Wine Country. You’ll be in your own personal haven in these individually styled suites, including fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, and private patios. Each morning you will be delivered a private in-room breakfast accompanied by freshly baked pastries from a local bakeshop. Indulge yourself with a Skin Repairing Rejuvenation Massage or a Cocoa Butter Bliss Body Wrap. Planning for a special occasion? Request chocolate-covered strawberries, a bouquet of seasonal flowers, or rose petals for display in your room upon your arrival.310 First Street East, Sonoma, CA 95476, (707) 996-0719
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
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