Hotel at a Glance: Old Crocker Inn
In the late 19th century, the Old Crocker Inn was a hunting retreat for railroad tycoon Charles Crocker. These days, the inn and its 5 acres host guests year-round, welcoming everyone with gardens and hearty breakfasts. When you stay at this charming Sonoma wine country inn, you’ll be close to hundreds of wineries, the Russian River, and the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve.
- Full breakfasts are included and feature items such as housemade scones, fresh seasonal fruit, and sun-dried-tomato quiche.
- Get a tan as you sun yourself next to the outdoor pool.
- Outdoor spaces abound at the inn—the wraparound deck provides views of the rolling hills and a terrace for alfresco dining.
- Fireplaces and private entrances are features of all lodge and cottage rooms.
- Downtown Cloverdale, with its shops and restaurants, is a 10-minute drive away.
- Special offers: The Old Crocker Inn offers “Wine Tasting Passports”, 15% discount coupons for Ristorante Italiano, and $25 discount on in-room massages.
Cloverdale, California: Charming Country Village in the Heart of Wine Country
Cloverdale was voted one of the “Coolest Small Towns in America” by readers of Budget Travel in 2010, thanks in part to its location as “ground zero for Sonoma County’s highly regarded zinfandels.” Most of the wineries here, situated about 90 miles north of San Francisco, are refreshingly unpretentious and run by families. One award-winning winery, J. Rickards Winery, offers wine-and-cheese pairings and other events such as barbecues and vineyard tours. The vineyard overlooks the Alexander Valley and offers sweeping, panoramic views. For other activities, the River Rock Casino is located just 15 minutes away.
Cloverdale is also a destination for outdoors activities. You can rent bikes from Cloverdale Cyclery to travel to and from wineries in the surrounding valleys. The Russian River is an excellent spot to canoe or kayak, and Lake Sonoma offers opportunities for sailing and fishing.
Some of the world’s tallest trees stand about 35 miles south of Cloverdale. It’s worth the drive to marvel at the ancient old-growth forest in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, where sequoia trees (commonly referred to as coast redwoods) measure in at up to 300 feet tall—nearly as tall as some of San Francisco’s skyscrapers. The typical lifespan of a coast redwood is anywhere from 500 to 1,000 years.