Secluded Boutique Resort in Northern California Wine Country
The Stevenswood Spa Resort is hidden deep within a redwood forest on a sprawling 12-acre estate. The towering trees establish a sense of tranquility and add a nice counterpoint to the B&B's modern architecture. There is no cell-phone service and not a traffic light in sight, which encourages guests to curl up and read a book or lounge in one of the mineral-infused spas tucked into the woods. But in spite of its secluded setting, Stevenswood Spa Resort boasts a Zagat-rated restaurant and an eco-friendly spa—luxuries that have led to Four Diamond awards from AAA for each of the past 21 years.
The resort's co-owner is also a cofounder of the Mendocino 100-Mile Initiative, an organization committed to sourcing locally, and the intimate, 14-table Restaurant at Stevenswood, which uses organic, sustainable ingredients to craft entrees including certified Angus grass-fed beef medallions. Diners can select a pairing from an impressive collection of California wines. The hotel's "SoHo-style" wine bar—which contains the copper-top bar from the set of the movie Rent—hosts complimentary tastings of the lodge's private-label olive oils.
Non-ocean-view guest rooms, including grand suites and queen demi-suites, offer views of the surrounding meadows, canyons, and forests. The contemporary rooms feature microfiber furniture and plasma TVs, as well as wood-burning fireplaces that emit smoke silhouettes of teddy bears. Couples massages take place in massage rooms, and they are accompanied by chilled champagne or sparkling wine. You can also unwind in the Indigo Eco|Spa's whirlpools or infrared sauna.
Mendocino County, California: Pacific Coastline and Redwood Forests
Mendocino was chosen as the shooting location for the TV series Murder, She Wrote—the show was actually set in Maine—because of its resemblance to a cozy New England hamlet, right down to the coastal bluffs dotted with whitewashed cottages. Mendocino is also famous for being an artists' enclave. Two miles from the hotel, in the charming downtown center, you can check out local artwork at a dozen or so galleries. There are a handful of state parks throughout the region, but nearby Mendocino Headlands State Park offers the best chance to catch glimpses of sea otters and harbor seals. Stevenswood owner Michael Webster also recommends that travelers check out the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, where you can peer into fern-fringed canyons and walk along flower-covered bluffs.
Promotional value expires Aug 25, 2012. Amount paid never expires.
Must book by 8/24/12 or promotional value expires
Valid for travel 7/8/12-9/30/12
Reservations not valid until 7/6/12
Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift
Limit 1 per visit
Limit 1 per party
Valid only for option purchased
Subject to availability
45-day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
Must be 21 or older to check in
Credit card required at check-in
11% bed tax not included, collected at reservation.
Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
King- or queen-size beds
Standard occupancy: 2
Max occupancy: 4
Adding occupants above standard: $50 per night for each guest 13 and older; $25 per night for each guest 12 and younger
Some rooms feature cable TVs with DVD players
Check in: 3 p.m.
Check out: 11 a.m.
Rollaways: available for $50
Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
Pet policy: pets are allowed for a fee of $25 each.
Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request.
Room upgrades: upgrades may be available during booking for an additional cost.
What It's Worth
$69 for a one-night stay for two in a non-ocean-view queen demi-suite, valid Sunday–Thursday (up to a $204 value)
$299 for a two-night stay for four in a non-ocean-view grand suite, valid Sunday–Thursday (up to a $554 value)
$399 for a two-night stay for two in a non-ocean-view grand suite (up to a $554 value) with an in-room couples massage (a $399 value), a bottle of champagne (an average $119 value), and a bottle of wine (up to a $40 value)
Total value: up to $1,112
By plane: about 94 miles from Sonoma County Airport (STS); 164 miles from San Francisco Airport (SFO)
By car: 153 miles north of San Francisco
By shuttle: complimentary round-trip shuttle from Little River Airport