Top 12 Luxury Hotels in Sonoma Valley Wine Country
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Just 45 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge, Sonoma Valley is an ideal wine country destination with over 500 wineries and many farm-to-table restaurants helmed by acclaimed chefs. Enjoy special wine-tasting experiences like cycling through the vineyards or even on horseback, along with classic multi-course meals with wine pairings. For the best base, you’ll want to consider one of these dreamy luxury hotels in the heart of Sonoma Valley Wine Country.
Farmhouse Inn sits on a beautiful 10-acre property and offers a luxurious boutique retreat. It was re-conceptualized by two siblings, Joe and Catherine Bartolomei, part of a family of fifth-generation Sonoma winemakers who create an experience that feels like home. It celebrates the Russian River Valley community through works of art created by local artists and the local farmers and cheesemakers who provide high-quality ingredients to the on-site restaurant. There’s a seasonally heated pool, hot tub, and fire pits, while holistic experiences like forest bathing can be enjoyed in the Wellness Barn. Look forward to nightly tastings featuring local wines from 25 exclusive partners too.
The Stavrand Russian River Valley is spread throughout three beautiful historic buildings that include the landmark Belden House, built in 1922 and completely renovated in 2021. The mansion is the heart of the hotel, which is just a 10-minute stroll from the Russian River and the town of Guerneville. Complimentary bicycles and kayaks are available for guest use. Surrounded by towering redwoods, fruit trees, and organic gardens, the property includes features like a stunning swimming pool, cedar hot tubs, and cozy rooms to unwind in, such as the Sun Room with a river stone fireplace and walls of windows that bring the redwoods in. Meals, exclusive to guests oil, including gourmet wine-paired dinners, and can be followed by fireside S’mores. Complimentary kayaks and bicycles are available for guest use.
Nestled in a bucolic wine country setting, Hotel Les Mars offers an intimate stay in a chateau-style residence with just 16 rooms. All include 17th and 18th-century antiques, canopied four-poster beds with Italian Versai linens, and cozy gas fireplaces, although all are uniquely appointed. Most have bathrooms with large hydrotherapy tubs and separate showers too. At the Chalkboard Restaurant, enjoy seasonal small plates made with many ingredients from the restaurant’s organic garden. A complimentary breakfast is served daily in the library.
Library with wine and cheese socials
Complimentary French-style continental breakfasts
Chalkboard restaurant with ingredients from hotel’s organic garden
Montage Healdsburg is a 5-star boutique hotel on 258 acres of vineyards and forest. Nestled in Sonoma’s rolling hills, guests can hike scenic trails that wind through live oak trees, relax at the lavish spa, swim, or lounge around two pools with private cabanas and Mediterranean-inspired poolside dining. Wine tastings and unique wine experiences are available, while the on-site restaurant serves delicious dishes focused on the area’s bounty of fresh ingredients. All rooms come with private terraces with views of the forest, mountains, or vineyards. Some include fire pits too.
Two pools with private cabanas and poolside food service
Spa with treatments and wellness experiences inspired by the land
A luxury boutique hotel with a spa, MacArthur Place will put you close to numerous wineries, shops, and restaurants while offering its own award-winning eatery, Saddles, which specializes in steaks and seafood. At the Garden Spa, choose from a variety of facial and body treatments along with over 40 different massage options. Custom packages are available that include excursions like hot-air balloon rides and wine tours. While rooms and suites are all unique, book a suite for a fireplace and hydrotherapy tub.
Spa with over 40 massage options + body and facial treatments
The five-star Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is a historic hotel that opened in 1927, located on a site known as sacred healing grounds due to the abundant mineral hot springs. It includes the tranquil Willow Steam Spa which offers massages, facials, salon services, and three outdoor thermal mineral pools ranging from 92 to 102 degrees. Enjoy over 50 wines available by the glass at the 38º North lounge and impressive Wine Country style dining at Santé Restaurant, often named among the best restaurants in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Daily afternoon wine tastings are available in the lobby. Rooms come with options for fireplaces, and most suites have private patios or balconies.
An ideal spot for couples to disconnect from their electronic gadgets and spend time reconnecting with each other, the adults-only River’s End has no Wi-Fi or cell service, but it does offer spectacular views. Set atop a bluff overlooking the Russian River where it meets the Pacific in the tiny, picturesque town of Jenner; guests are just steps from the river to watch the Pacific harbor seals and their pups that like to hang out here. During the seal pupping season between March through May and for several months after, if you paddle out into the water in a kayak, the pups might even swim alongside you. The romantic restaurant offers fresh seafood and the highest quality locally sourced meats, produce, and cheeses that can be paired with an extensive wine list featuring more than 125 local wines.
Highly acclaimed restaurant with an extensive wine list
Kenwood Inn & Spa sits on 2.5 acres surrounded by oak trees, orchards, and vineyards. The property includes a beautiful spa offering a variety of holistic services, and there’s a pool, two hot tubs, and private poolside cabanas providing even more options for relaxation. Look forward to a full gourmet breakfast every morning, fresh-baked cookies upon arrival, and an afternoon wine and cheese hour. In The Wine Bar, you can play board games while sipping your favorite wines. The Italian-inspired rooms and suites come with luxurious features like comfortable feather beds, in-room fireplaces, and private terraces or balconies with garden views.
Highly acclaimed restaurant with extensive wine list
Vintners Resort offers an elegant retreat on 92 acres with lush gardens, vineyards, and walking trails. Made up of ivy-covered buildings, it includes a spa with a wide range of restorative treatments and offers two restaurants with seasonally-focused menus. That includes the renowned John Ash & Co. for fine dining on Wine Country cuisine that can be paired with an award-winning wine list with over 275 selections from local wineries. Rooms feature fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, and king-size feather beds.
Located In the heart of downtown Healdsburg, SingleThread hosts a 3 Michelin-star restaurant and five luxurious guest rooms, combining exceptional culinary delights with a luxurious stay following the guiding principles of fine craftsmanship and Japanese ‘omotenashi’ (selfless hospitality). Rooms feature high ceilings with redwood beams and exposed brick, with an assorted array of well-curated amenities. All include kitchenettes with coffeemakers and complimentary snacks and beverages like Russian River Brewery’s Pliny the Elder, Revive Kombucha, housemade sweets, seasoned nuts, sparkling and still water, and much more. Bathrooms have heated floors, soaking tubs, robes and slippers, and high-end bath products. A full-service breakfast for two is included.
A beautiful B&B-style hotel on a working ranch with vineyards, Beltane Ranch features a southern-inspired ranch house built in 1892, complete with a carved, wraparound porch and balcony. Guests can unwind on the veranda that overlooks the flower gardens and vineyards beyond where chickens, dogs, and cats roam. Carrots are offered for feeding the horses too. Enjoy naps in the hammocks shaded by ancient oak trees, strolls on the walking trails, and a game of tennis at the court tucked among fragrant gardens. In addition to the complementary breakfast with ranch-grown ingredients, fresh-from-the-oven cookies are served every afternoon. Cheese boards and wine are offered at sunset, while alfresco four-course dinners with wine pairings can be arranged.
Working ranch with horses (carrots included for feeding)
Free breakfast, fresh-baked cookies in the afternoon, and a wine/cheeseboard hour at sunset
Surrounded by eight acres of beautifully landscaped and wooded grounds, the Madrona Hotel sits on a historic estate that feels as if it’s a world’s away from the city, yet Healdsburg is only a mile away. Guests are encouraged to visit the flower and vegetable garden and can even pick a lemon or an orange in the citrus grove. There’s a seasonal outdoor heated pool available between May and October, and in-room massages are available upon request. Look forward to a free daily buffet breakfast with fresh-squeezed orange juice and Michelin-starred dining on seasonal dishes with many ingredients from the hotel’s organic garden. All can be paired with the perfect glass selected from a wine list that’s 10 pages long.