Classic French Luxury in Heart of Sonoma Wine Country
The heavy, wooden front doors of Hotel Les Mars lead to an interior that appears to have been airlifted from pre-revolutionary France: every piece of furniture is an antique from the 17th or 18th century. Authentic reupholstered armchairs, chaise lounges, and shining mahogany armoires are set in each spacious suite, and the hallways are lined with candelabras and ornate canvases in gilt frames.
Every evening at 6 p.m., staff members serve local wines and artisan cheeses in the walnut-paneled library as firelight flickers. The glossy bookshelves in here were hand-carved by the same artist who created each unique four-poster bed in the hotel’s 16 guest rooms.
In the suites, modern conveniences are hidden among the Old-World décor. At the press of a button, a flat-screen TV emerges from a well-disguised cabinet, and there's a gas fireplace nearby. Feel free to unwind in BainUltra air-jet bathtubs, and then kick back on a canopy bed stacked with milk-white pillows and velvety Versai sheets. In the morning, you'll enjoy an in-room breakfast of french pastries, fresh fruit, and greek yogurt, which you can fling out to lovelorn Montagues from the room's juliet balcony.
This Getaway also includes a guided tour of nearby Chalk Hill Estate’s 1,300-acre winery, which has sprawling views of the Napa and Russian River valleys. Their homegrown wines range from chardonnays to cabernets.
Healdsburg, California: Quaint Agrarian Town with Fine Wine, Dining, and Art
Nestled in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country, Healdsburg lies within a 20-minute drive of more than 100 wineries and nearly 30 tasting rooms. A number of art galleries and dozens of renowned eateries are also within walking distance of the hotel. “The whole town is our resort,” says Hotel Les Mars General Manager Ramon Serrano.
Healdsburg is lauded as a friendly, down-to-earth place, and its residents have deep roots in the community. Tasting rooms and galleries are often staffed with local winemakers and artists, and most of the restaurants in the area rely on the regional Sonoma County foodshed.
In the village center, gingko, palm, and lemon trees shade a lively plaza full of benches. Nearby, hiking and cycling trails wind along the Russian River and through vine-crossed hills. It's also worth the drive further west to hike the nearby state parks, which feature groves of colossal redwoods and craggy coastal bluffs.
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