Luxurious 4-Star Hotel in Heart of Sonoma Wine Country
If they didn’t already know they were in California’s Sonoma Valley, those walking through Hotel Les Mars’ heavy wooden front doors might think they had stepped into pre-Revolutionary France. Every piece of the hotel’s furniture is an antique from the 17th or 18th century. Throughout the hotel, you’re surrounded by authentic reupholstered armchairs, chaise lounges, and shining mahogany armoires, which prompted Fodor’s to write that the hotel “takes the prize for opulence with guest rooms spacious and elegant enough for French nobility.” With the Dry Creek Valley, the Russian River Valley, and several other viticultural areas nearby, Hotel Les Mars allows visitors to inject French-style luxury and romance into a wine-country getaway.
Every evening at 6 p.m., staff members serve local wines and artisanal cheeses amid flickering firelight in the walnut-paneled library. You’ll sample the cheese among bookshelves that were hand-carved by the same artist who created each four-poster bed in the hotel’s 16 guest rooms.
In each estate king and extra-spacious mansion king guest room, modern conveniences are cleverly concealed by Old-World decor. In the Mansion King Room, 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 the air-jet bathtub or marble shower. In the Estate King Room, kick back on the canopy bed. In the morning, you'll enjoy an in-room breakfast of French pastries, fresh fruit, and greek yogurt.
Healdsburg, California: Quaint 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. From the hotel, you’re also within walking distance of several art galleries and dozens of renowned eateries, as well as the town’s historic center. As Hotel Les Mars general manager Ramon Serrano puts it, “The whole town is our resort.”
For an alternative to the wineries, explore the hiking and cycling trails that wind along the Russian River and through vine-crossed hills. And within an hour's drive lie the Pacific coastline and several parks. Walk along the craggy coastal bluffs at Sonoma Coast State Park or admire the immense diversity of wildflowers at Annadel State Park.