Sonoma County’s 7 Must-Try B&Bs

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  • on AUGUST 24, 2016
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Not too long ago, bed and breakfasts were synonymous with images of grandmothers, doilies, and dusty floral linens. But the bed and breakfast has come a long way, and today bears little resemblance to the shabby chic lodgings of the past. Sonoma Valley has quite a few cozy, relaxing bed and breakfasts run by hospitable locals who are ready to share their gourmet cooking, wine tasting itineraries, and insider information with visitors looking for a more personable, intimate stay.

An Epicurean Delight

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Haydon Street Inn
321 Haydon St
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-5228
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 367 reviews

Located just five blocks off Healdsburg Plaza, Haydon Street Inn boasts a 1912-era main cottage as well as a Victorian two-story home. Guests rave about the three-course breakfasts and fresh, locally roasted Wolf Coffee. The culinary delights often continue into the evening: some nights they’ll start up the wood-fired oven to make pizzas that pair with evening wine tastings.

Insider tip: Haydon Street Inn is walking distance to Barndiva, an incredible destination for great farm-to-fork cuisine served in a rustic, elegant atmosphere.

English Gardens in the Redwoods

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Inn at Occidental
3657 Church St
Occidental, CA 95465
(707) 874-1047
TripAdvisor: 5 stars, 323 reviews

Inn at Occidental provides a relaxing respite in an English-style inn, situated among the redwoods. This property is on the large side, boasting 16 rooms in the main house, 3 private suites, and a two-bedroom cottage rental. Breakfast is made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, and past favorites have included orange cream stuffed French toast and eggs Benedict. This inn is a fine home base for taking day trips to nearby Bodega Bay and Santa Rosa, or for keeping it local by spending time exploring tiny Occidental to take advantage of the packages at Osmosis Day Spa.

Insider tip: Make some time to drive the nearby winding 10-mile route known as the Bohemian Highway, which weaves through the towering redwoods and past serene pastoral landscapes.

Glen Ellen’s Zen Inn

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Gaige House, A Four Sisters Inn
13540 Arnold Dr
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
(707) 927-4036
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 468 reviews

With an atmosphere that channels inner calm, this chic, modern oasis in Glenn Ellen is not your average bed and breakfast. The bamboo lined paths, zen garden, and modern technology (think wall-mounted flat-screen televisions and iPod docking alarm clocks) all work in harmony to create a relaxing, retreat vibe. Expect boutique hotel amenities like granite bathtubs and fine linens, as well as to-be-expected fabulous breakfasts such as banana walnut pancakes and veggie frittatas.

Insider tip: Maintain the feeling of serenity by heading to Jack London Park for a walk in the wilderness, and pay a visit to the author’s wooded home.

Vintage Charm in the Modern Age

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Camellia Inn
211 North St
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 800-4332
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 241 reviews

Camellia Inn, named for the 50 varieties of camellia plants onsite, is as charming as it is beautiful. The Victorian home is decorated with antique furnishings, but equipped with modern technology like en suite iPads for guest use. Breakfasts are focused on fresh, locally-sourced, organic fare whenever possible, and “to-go” breakfast is available as well for those getting an early start on the day. It may be worth planning to stay mid-week, as “Chocolate-Covered Wednesdays” at the inn are as delicious as they sound.

Insider tip: Take the self-guided garden tour to really explore the beauty of the property.

Rest and Relaxation in the Countryside

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Sonoma Orchid Inn
12850 River Rd
Guerneville, CA 95446
(707) 869-4466
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 253 reviews

This Guerneville bed and breakfast is situated on two acres of beautiful countryside, just a few minutes from Armstrong Redwood Reserve State Park. Innkeepers Brian and Dana are longtime California residents and have created a welcoming and cozy bed and breakfast at Sonoma Orchid Inn. Guests love indulging in fabulous breakfasts like oatmeal souffle, as well as seasonal baked treats placed in the guest kitchen in the afternoon. Extra touches like the hot tub spa under the oaks puts a modern twist on the old-fashioned hospitality and comfort offered during the stay.

Insider tip: Sonoma Orchid Inn is a five-minute walk from Korbel Winery. Be sure to schedule enough time to do a sparkling wine tasting during your stay.

Victorian Beauty Meets Small-Town Charm

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Auberge on the Vineyard
29955 River Rd
Cloverdale, CA 95425
(707) 894-5956
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 431 reviews

If the plan is to explore both Sonoma and Mendocino Counties, this charming Cloverdale bed and breakfast is the place to stay. Just one mile from downtown Cloverdale, Auberge on the Vineyard still manages to feel off the beaten path. The vineyard views are just as sweeping as the name implies, and the charming Victorian house offers French-styled rooms, as well as calming, English-style flower and herb gardens. Innkeeper Roxanne is known for her fabulous gourmet breakfasts, including mouthwatering dishes like raspberry clafoutis and her signature, savory crepes.

Insider tip: Keep the European theme going and head to nearby Piacere for Italian pasta, steak, and seafood.

Now that you’re dreaming of savory breakfasts, luxury linens, and sweeping vineyards, it’s time to start planning your next Sonoma Valley vacation—complete with a bevy of bed and breakfast options in your back pocket