THE BEST OF THE WINE COUNTRY
cottage is ultracompact, but it makes a lot out of a little and comes complete with a wood-burning fireplace, homey furnish- ings (perfect for curling up in front of the fire), cozy quilts, and an enormous bathroom with a skylight and a deep, two-person Jacuzzi tub. But if you want the perks that come with a hotel, go for one of the suites with the outdoor hot tubs at the nearby Mount View Hotel & Spa. See p. 95.
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa (Sonoma, Sonoma Valley; & 800/257-7544): A popular retreat for the wealthy and the well known, this multimillion-dollar resort is Sonoma Valley’s most luxurious (and big-business) resort. A gargantuan spa and workout area and its naturally heated artesian springs are the place’s coups de grâce. Sauna, steam room, whirlpool, outdoor exercise pool, weight room, a whole menu of spa treat- ments—you can pamper yourself in myriad ways, and retire to your superluxe suite when the day is done. Alas, the rooms are extremely expensive, but, hey, this is Wine Country. Get used to it. See p. 138.
Gaige House Inn (Glen Ellen, Sonoma Valley; & 800/935-
: Truth be told, I’ve never stayed in a better B&B—ever, anywhere, period. Here’s what you have to look forward to: plantation-inspired decor with tasteful worldly accents, the best robes ever designed, late-night cookie-plate raids, and profes- sionalism associated with fine hotels. In a nutshell, it’s good service, an abundance of amenities, luxurious rooms outfitted with top-quality goods. See p. 144.
Kenwood Inn & Spa (Kenwood, Sonoma Valley; & 800/353-
: Romantics, look no further. Here, the honey-colored, Tuscan-style buildings, flower-filled flagstone courtyard, and pastoral views of vineyard-covered hills are enough to make any northern Italian homesick. The lavishly done rooms come with
just about every extra you could want (except TV, which would interfere with the tranquil ambience). The full-service spa is small but to die for, and the staff is friendly and helpful. See p. 146.
5 The Best Moderately Priced Accommodations
Wine Country Inn (St. Helena, Napa Valley; & 888/465-
: This attractive wood-and-stone hideaway, complete with a French-style mansard roof and turret, offers lovingly and individually decorated rooms and copious amounts of hospital- ity. It’s also very well priced, considering the outrageous rates