Getaway at a Glance: Gift a Stay at Casa Bella Inn
Casa Bella Inn sits blissfully amid the vineyards of Sonoma Valley, with distant views of the Mayacamas Mountains. A stay at this inn is a great gift for wine lovers—it’s a short walk or drive from the region’s award-winning wineries, and guests get wine-tasting passports that entitle them to complimentary tastings and discounts. At day’s end, they can bring home a bottle to enjoy on the wide front porch or in their charming guest room.
- A gourmet breakfast is prepared with organic produce and herbs from the B&B’s garden.
- Stroll the grounds: They’re lined with fruit and nut trees, berry patches, and vegetable and flower gardens.
- Neat add-ons: Some options in this getaway include a wine reception and a picnic lunch or Swedish massage.
- Accolades: The historic landmark hotel received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2014.
Sonoma Valley, California: Relaxed Wine Country and Majestic Redwoods
Located about an hour north of San Francisco, the Sonoma Valley is best known for its wine. The mild climate here allows winemakers to grow cool-weather varietals such as pinot noir and chardonnay. But the valley has a varied landscape; some areas are prime for growing hot-weather vines, too.
Follow 17 miles of country roads that connect the sleepy hamlet of Kenwood to the Carneros appellation and you’ll find more than 40 boutique wineries, most small and family owned. Many are tucked amid oak forests and wildflower meadows. Compared to its neighbor Napa Valley (about 15 miles away), Sonoma feels a little more relaxed and remote: the wineries here are generally more secluded from one another than those in Napa, and tasting rooms tend to be less crowded, even on the weekends.
Even if you aren’t visiting for the vineyards, Sonoma Valley’s gentle climate and diverse natural landscape make it worth a visit. Hiking trails wind past redwood trees as high as skyscrapers, and popular excursions are canoeing on Russian River and sightseeing at the craggy Pacific coastline and its unspoiled beaches.