West Sonoma Inn & Spa is situated amid 6 acres of Russian River Valley countryside in the heart of Sonoma wine country. You can get tranquil views of the vineyards and redwoods from the inn's picnic area. The boutique hotel pays homage to these lush natural surroundings in many of its design elements; for one, the lobby's vaulted ceiling is made out of redwood.
The enchanting courtyard suites feature fireplaces and either fully equipped kitchenettes or sitting rooms with wet bars. Some suites also include private patios, from which you can survey rolling hills and herds of sommeliers in their natural habitat.
At the inn's onsite spa, five massage therapists—each boasting more than 15 years of experience—administer organic treatments ranging from hydrating facials to the Russian River hot-stone massage. The wine passes included with this deal grant access to free tastings and discounts at 16 vineyards handpicked by the hotel management.
Sonoma County, California: Relaxed Wine Country and Majestic Redwoods
Located about an hour north of San Francisco, Sonoma County 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.
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 the Russian River and sightseeing at the craggy Pacific coastline and its unspoiled beaches.