Old-Hollywood Charm and Poolside Dining at Historical Resort
In the late 1950s, Hollywood stars would escape to the Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa, a Sonoma Valley Winery getaway modeled on the famous Las Vegas hotel of the same name. With its retro neon sign still welcoming visitors today, stepping into the resort feels like stepping into another era. Fodor’s says, “If Don Draper from the hit show Mad Men popped into Santa Rosa, he'd probably park himself in this kitschy, 1950s-style resort.” Just like at its Sin City sibling, curved glass encloses the resort's hallways, and cedars line the polished-flagstone walkways. Guests can take dips in two pools. Despite updates, the Flamingo maintains its vintage luster and has been recognized as an official historic landmark in Santa Rosa.
In the lobby, a crystal chandelier hangs over pastel floor stools, and a Charlie Brown statue—in honor of Santa Rosa native Charles Schulz—greets new arrivals. Rooms circle around the well-manicured gardens and the outdoor swimming pool. The hotel’s executive king rooms and newly renovated suites provide plenty of space to stretch out, with the suites including separate bedrooms and living rooms.
Next to the outdoor pool, the Terrace Grille serves locally sourced cuisine on its shaded patio. The Flamingo Lounge rotates its lineup of music and dance entertainment and plays West Coast swing every Tuesday night. This Getaway also includes two daily admissions to the adjacent Montecito Heights Health and Racquet Club, home to five outdoor tennis courts, a lap pool, and a signed copy of Lou Ferrigno’s dissertation. There’s also a European-style spa at Montecito.
Santa Rosa, California: Cultural Hub Close to Sonoma Valley Wineries
Located in the heart of Northern California's Sonoma Valley wine country, Santa Rosa acts as a hub for the area's most popular vineyards in Sonoma, Russian River, and Dry Creek Valley. About 15 minutes from the hotel, Paradise Ridge Winery’s grounds are almost as much of an attraction as the wine with panoramic views of the Russian River Valley in their two tasting rooms. The winery serves handcrafted varietals ranging from sauvignon blanc to cabernet sauvignon.
About a half-hour’s drive from Santa Rosa, at Jack London State Historic Park, walk through the redwood forest that inspired the author of The Call of the Wild and White Fang. Just to the east of the city, Annadel State Park’s Lake Ilsanjo is popular for anglers fishing for black bass and bluegill.
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