Boutique Inn in Heart of Sonoma Wine Country
West Sonoma Inn & Spa is situated amid 6 acres of Russian River Valley countryside in the heart of Sonoma wine country. 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. You can get tranquil views of the vineyards and redwoods from the inn's picnic area.
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. As part of this deal, Groupon customers will get a 10% discount on spa treatments.
The wine passes included with this deal grant access to free tastings and discounts at 15 nearby 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 set along the Pacific Coast and is best known for its wine.
- Wines to try: 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.
- See redwood trees as tall as skyscrapers on a hike through Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, just about 2 miles from the hotel.
- For great coastal views: make the roughly 25-mile trip west to Bodega Head, a craggy beachfront cliff
- Worth a day trip In the heart of the Russian River Valley lies the town of Santa Rosa, a former railroad outpost with a quaint feel to it. Head to the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center 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.