Hotel at a Glance: Vintage Towers Bed & Breakfast Inn
Vintage Towers Bed & Breakfast Inn is situated at the crossroads of several northern California wine valleys, including some of the most popular in the country: the Russian River Valley, Anderson Valley, Alexander Valley, and Dry Creek Valley. The inn, built in 1901 in a colorful Queen Anne Victorian style, sits on a tree-lined street just one block from the quaint downtown of Cloverdale.
- Three-course gourmet breakfast is served every morning and features produce grown on the estate; typical entrees include basil and artichoke frittatas and orange-zested french toast.
- Pillow-top beds are in all guest rooms, in addition to robes, TVs, and free WiFi. Claw-foot bathtubs are available in most rooms.
- Relax on a wooden swing on the 40-foot-long wraparound veranda
- Learn more about winemaking in the Demonstration Vineyard, which has six wine varietals growing onsite
- Free refreshments including homemade baked goods, coffee, tea, and soft drinks are laid out in the Sun Room every day
- Included wine-tasting pass will get you access to tastings at more than 100 local wineries
Cloverdale, California: Charming Country Village in the Heart of Wine Country
Cloverdale was voted the "Number Two Coolest Small Town 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 such award-winning winery, Pendleton Estate, holds wine tastings by appointment only; guests can tour the vineyard and talk to the winemaker himself. The vineyard overlooks the Alexander Valley and offers sweeping, panoramic views.
Cloverdale is also a destination for outdoorsy activities. There is a bicycle livery downtown where you can rent bikes to pedal to and from wineries in the surrounding valleys. The Russian River is an excellent spot to canoe or kayak, while Lake Sanoma offers opportunities for sailing and fishing.
Some of the tallest trees in the world lie 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 upwards of 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.