Hotel at a Glance: Rio Nido Lodge
Redwood trees tower over Rio Nido Lodge, a rustic getaway that has stood in the forest for nearly a century. A blend of timeless ambiance and modern comforts fills the lodge, from the banquet hall to the feather-top beds in guest rooms. With the Russian River just a two-minute walk away, the lodge offers easy access to outdoor activities both on land and in the water.
- Complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast featuring eggs, sausage, and other items
- Sip wine at Moshin Vineyards (less than 6 miles away), where guests get two-for-one tastings.
- Great outdoors: Hike in the nearby Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve or paddle a canoe along the Russian River.
- Nearby restaurant: Main Street Bistro serves pizza and pasta while live music plays.
- Grab a soda and some chips at the onsite Moon River Marketplace.
Russian River Valley, California: Trendy Wineries and Historic Towns
An up-and-coming wine region in Sonoma County, the Russian River Valley is located about 30 miles east of Napa Valley. Wine Enthusiast praises the Russian River Valley for its “great wine, stunning landscapes, and friendly people.” It’s particularly well known for producing stellar chardonnays and pinot noirs.
In the heart of the valley lies the town of Santa Rosa, a former railroad outpost founded in the mid-19th century. Many early settlers were of Italian descent, so the area around the railroad depot became known as Little Italy. Today, Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square retains its old-fashioned ambiance—though the historic brick buildings now house modern restaurants, specialty shops, and antique stores. Visit the Charles M. Schulz Museum to learn more about the life of the Peanuts cartoonist, who called Santa Rosa home for the latter half of his life. The museum’s exhibits range from an in-depth look at animation to the largest collection of Peanuts strips in the world.