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: the Russian River Valley, Anderson Valley, Alexander Valley, and Dry Creek Valley. Built in 1901 in a colorful Queen Anne Victorian style, the inn sits on a tree-lined street just one block from the quaint downtown of Cloverdale, near shops, art galleries, and fine dining.
- 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.
- Stay in a suite: Pillow-top beds are in all guest suites, in addition to robes, 40-inch flat-screen 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 about winemaking in the Demonstration Vineyard, which has eight 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 discounts: With this deal, you get $25 off a 60-minute massage at Bella Moda (regularly $70), $35 off a 5-hour guided wine tour for two (regularly $199), and a complimentary winery passport valid at 100+ local wineries
- Award winning Inn: BnBFinder's 2013 Glorious Garden Award, and TripAdvisor's 2013 Certificate of Excellence
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 Vineyards and 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, located a block away from the inn, to travel to and from wineries in the surrounding valleys. The Russian River is an excellent spot to canoe or kayak, while Lake Sonoma offers opportunities for sailing and fishing.
Some of the world's tallest trees 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 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.