Old-Hollywood Charm and Dining amid Sonoma’s Vineyards
In the late 1950s, Hollywood stars would escape to the Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa, a Sonoma Valley Winery getaway modeled on the famous Las Vegas hotel of the same name. With its retro neon sign still welcoming visitors today, stepping into the resort feels like stepping into another era. Fodor’s says, “If Don Draper from the hit show Mad Men popped into Santa Rosa, he'd probably park himself in this kitschy, 1950s-style resort.” Just like at its Sin City sibling, curved glass encloses the resort's hallways, and cedars line the polished-flagstone walkways. Despite updates, the Flamingo maintains its vintage luster and has been recognized as an official historic landmark in Santa Rosa.
In the lobby, a crystal chandelier hangs over pastel floor stools, and a Charlie Brown statue—in honor of Santa Rosa native Charles Schulz—greets new arrivals. Rooms circle around the well-manicured gardens and the outdoor swimming pool. The hotel’s executive king rooms (some with balconies) and newly renovated suites provide plenty of space to stretch out, and suites include separate bedrooms and living rooms.
This getaway comes with a $15 resort credit, usable for food or beverages, or at the adjacent Montecito Heights Health and Racquet Club (there’s a $12 entry fee), which offers warm yoga classes (not included in entry fee). There’s even a European-style spa here that offers mini manicures, massages, and more.
The Terrace Grille serves locally sourced cuisine on its shaded patio. The Flamingo Lounge rotates its lineup of music and dance entertainment. Classes in West Coast swing dance are held every Tuesday night and salsa lessons are held on Sundays; lessons fee not included.
Santa Rosa, California: Cultural Hub Close to Sonoma Valley Wineries
Located in the heart of Northern California's Sonoma Valley wine country, Santa Rosa acts as a hub for the area's most popular vineyards in Sonoma, Russian River, and Dry Creek Valley. Just a half mile south of the resort is Montgomery Village, home to more than 75 shops and restaurants. About a half-hour’s drive from Santa Rosa, at Jack London State Historic Park, you can walk through the redwood forest that inspired the author of The Call of the Wild and White Fang. Just to the east of the city, Annadel State Park’s Lake Ilsanjo is popular for anglers fishing for black bass and bluegill.