The Best Sonoma Inns – Six Reasons To Leave Home

Between the borders of the Mayacamas and Sonoma mountain ranges, Sonoma Valley is famous for its rugged landscape, hundreds of vineyards, buzzing restaurants, landmark parks, and its dazzling array of accommodations — from charming hotels to family motels to relaxing inns. Don't be afraid to explore elsewhere in Sonoma Wine Country. There are plenty of charms in Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, and Alexander Valley.

What you'll discover is that Sonoma is no longer in the shadow of Napa. The county is booming with plenty to see and do, with fresh good reasons to spend a Wine Country getaway here. Let's look at our pick of the top six Sonoma Inns, running the gamut from budget to unrestrained luxury.

1. Farmhouse Inn

Farmhouse Inn

It's high praise from Travel & Leisure magazine when they call the Farmhouse Inn "one of the most romantic places to stay in Sonoma". Brother & sister team Catherine & Joe Bartolomei grew up in Sonoma, left after high school, then returned to take over a rundown farmhouse and transform it into a magical place to stay, spa, and eat.

The rooms are Hollywood-movie ready with a tranquil cream and white palette, stone fireplaces, and vaulted ceilings. And it's not just the rooms that attract the crowds, at the Inn's restaurant's Chef Steve Litke was awarded his first Michelin Star in 2007 and has maintained that honor every year since. The inn is located in the Russian River Valley south of Healdsburg, and close to both Sonoma and Napa Valley.

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Superb Plus = 93%+ Travelers Rating
Superb = 88%+ Travelers Rating
Highly Rated Plus = 85%+ Travelers Rating
Highly Rated = 80%+ Travelers Rating

Rating = Highly Rated Plus
• 7871 River Road
Forestville

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"Breakfast at the Farmhouse is amazing. I'm not just saying 'amazing' for the sake of saying it, I really mean it. Their restaurant, in my opinion, is the best restaurant we've been to in the area. Actually, it's the best restaurant I've been to in America.""
– 5-Star Review

2. Vintners Inn

Vintners Inn

We really like the Upstairs Fireplace suite. Just like the name says, it's upstairs, it has a fireplace, plus there area commanding views of the vineyards and gardens below. The rooms really do have a stately elegance about them. They have what you'd expect from luxury Sonoma inns — bathrobes, fireplaces, soaking tubs. But, it's the setting that makes it extra special.

The Inn is nestled on 92 acres of vineyards, landscaped gardens, courtyards and fountains. You can stroll through the flower and vegetable gardens, or take a hike, or jog through the two miles of vineyards. No wonder Conde Nast Traveler named the Vinters Inn a Top 10 choice for a Sonoma Valley romantic getaway.

There are several dining options, with John Ash & Co as their high-end restaurant, the Front Room Bar & Lounge, and Vintners Inn Cafe for breakfasts and weekend brunches. Another nice touch is the free bottle of wine waiting in your room upon arrival and a private balcony in each room.

Rating = Superb
• 4350 Barnes Road
Santa Rosa

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This cute boutique hotel exceeded our expectations. The large room with patio was wonderful (every room has a patio or balcony with plenty of ambiance). Bed was extremely comfy. Loved the robes, turndown service & coffee in the mornings. A lovely setting amongst the vineyards. We will return for sure."
– 5-Star Review

3. Pearlessence Vineyard Inn

Pearlessence Vineyard Inn

Five acres of heaven, an escape from suburbia, a vineyard inn. Innkeepers and winemakers Greg and Linda Pearl left city life behind more than twenty years ago to pursue their dream of living in Sonoma.

On their small vineyard they grow Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc. As the grapes grow, they also manage a cozy inn on their estate. Gardens, tranquil pool, vineyards, some very nice touches like heated tile floor, fireplace, ceiling fan, waterfall showers, and a soothing color palette. Did we mention that there's only ONE room at the inn? Guests rave about the extra care and attention that they get from Greg and Linda as well as the great house wine!

Rating = Superb Plus
• 4097 Hessel Road
Sebastopol

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We loved the breakfast, and they surprised us with a snack Saturday night as well. All the food was SO good! The room itself was very nice with heated floors, tv/dvd player, rain shower head, kitchen amenities, etc. They really covered everything we could want!"
– 5-Star Review

4. Inn at Occidental

Inn at Occidental

If you're looking for California rustic charm, consider the Inn at Occidental. Choose from courtyard rooms, main house rooms or suites, or the cottage. Each room and suite has an individual design and theme. The Cirque du Sonoma room features a bright circus top draped over the bed, the Heritage Room is inspired by Maxfield Parrish landscape prints with a friendship quilt and distinct pinwheel pattern.

Book the Sonoma cottage and you'll find yourself in a modern, spacious home (2,200 square feet) with a full kitchen, separate living room, king four-poster bed, and fireplace. This is a great option if you're traveling with a group or with your family.

Rating = Superb
• 3657 Church Street
Occidental

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Loved the quaint feeling and decor. Loved sitting in the parlor and porch. Very welcoming and relaxing."
– 5-Star Review

5. Sonoma Creek Inn

Sonoma Creek Inn

With rooms starting at $100 per night, it's worth investigating to see if this is a place you could call home for a day or two. Yes, it's a budget Sonoma inn, but it has a few artistic flourishes that elevate the experience. Each room is equipped with a mini-fridge, coffee maker, air conditioner (especially important during the hot summer months), and original artwork.

Book the Balcony Queen room and you'll have a shared patio (on the second floor) to relax and enjoy a glass of wine. If you're traveling to Sonoma during the winter months, check their special offers. They currently offer a very low rate from October 30 to March 30. But, make no mistake, the Sonoma Creek Inn isn't remotely luxurious. Reviewers have said that the location is good but note that it's on a busy road and it can be noisy. But, if you're on a budget and up for adventure, we say go for it!

Rating = Highly Rated
• 239 Boyes Blvd
• Sonoma

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Cute, comfortable, and charming!! Loved this place! Nice little patio too, with a little water fountain. Very clean. Great cafe right there!""
– 5-Star Review

6. Hidden Oak Inn

Hidden Oak Inn

Built in 1914, the authentic Craftsman house with its gabled roof, open front porch, and fragrant wisteria, makes for a classic California experience. The rooms and lounges are decorated with antiques, and the outdoor gardens have patio areas to sit and enjoy a glass of wine. Breakfast is served each morning, and a complimentary wine & cheese is offered each evening starting at 5 PM. Best part? You're just one block away from Sonoma's historic plaza.

choose from the California Oak room that overlooks the oak tree; the French Lilac room, the largest suite with lavender accents; or the English Garden room, the most popular room with a separate seating area. There are several special packages available. We particularly like the Romance for Two package that includes a three-night stay and a room that's stocked with fresh flowers, a bottle of wine, and chocolate truffles.

• 214 East Napa Street
Sonoma
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To find the best deals on accommodations we usually go to Booking.com. Not only are the prices the lowest, there are often sale prices that are better than we can find elsewhere. So, it many be worthwhile to take a look at the Sonoma inns deals found there.

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