Exciting New Events at Sonoma County Hotels
Sonoma County is preparing for the holiday season and with it many visitors.
Several new (or recently renovated) hotels have opened in the past year, including The Madrona in Healdsburg and four renovated Russian River properties: The Stavrand, Dawn Ranch, The Highlands and Mine + Farm, The Inn. Now two new inns can be added to the list, and many local hotels are also offering something a little special right now, from in-room Fender guitars to updated restaurant menus.
Here’s what you need to know about Sonoma County’s hotel scene right now. Click on the gallery above for an overview of the properties.
New hotels to visit
Formerly known as the Village Inn & Restaurant, this Russian River hotel has been renovated in an Art Deco style. Two new rooms have been added to the property, which now has 14 rooms in total, and a former storage space has been transformed into a speakeasy with live jazz on Saturdays. A new riverside lounge includes a hot tub and fire pits.
20822 River Boulevard, Monte Rio, 707-865-2304, bohomanor.com
Hampton Inn & Suites Santa Rosa Wine Country
Located off Highway 101, about 10 minutes south of Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport and 10 minutes north of downtown Santa Rosa, this new 100-room hotel offers a daily breakfast , free parking and Wi-Fi. Pet-friendly rooms are available.
3815 Airways Drive, Santa Rosa, 707-522-6201, hilton.com
New hotel offers and updates
Fender Guitars at Dawn Ranch
A new way to play during a stay along the Russian River. Customers at the Dawn Ranch in Guerneville can let off steam with Fender acoustic guitars. Instruments, which include Fender’s California Series Redondo, Malibu, and Newporter, are available in select rooms or on loan for the hotel’s campfires. Free access to Fender Play, Fender’s online learning platform, is also available, for beginners and experienced players alike.
Dawn Ranch reopened in April, after a thorough renovation of its rooms. The hotel, which dates back to 1905, features 53 cabins as well as river access, an apple orchard believed to be over 120 years old, and two rare dawn redwoods, which gave the property its name. The hotel organizes a variety of activities, including creative art workshops, yoga and meditation groups, bird-watching excursions, and river kayaking.
16467 California 116, Guerneville, 707-869-0656, auberanch.com
A new menu at the Flamingo Resort
There’s a new chef in the Lazeaway Club kitchen by the Flamingo Resort pool. Chef Chris Ricketts revisits restaurant’s Cal-Pacific menu; think dishes like Loco Moco, a ground beef patty on coconut rice with an egg too easy, and a bibimbap with grilled Kalbi beef short ribs, kimchi, coconut rice, eggplant, carrots, bean sprouts, a fried egg and sweet gochujang sauce (the dish comes to the table sizzling.) If you can, save room for the pineapple upside-down cake.
Flamingo Resort, popular for its mid-century style, emerged from a $20 million renovation in 2021. The property retained its retro charm, but rooms and public areas have been updated with a new look . Set on 10 acres, the resort has 170 rooms and suites spread across five two-story buildings. Guests will find fun retro touches in their rooms, like mint-green Trimline telephones and matching kettles. The pool and spacious interior courtyard continue to serve as the social hub of the hotel property, which recently got a new lounge bar and live music venue, Vintage Space.
2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, 707-545-8530, flamingoresort.com
New Captain’s Quarters at The Lodge at Bodega Bay
The waterfront property formerly known as Bodega Bay Lodge celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and the completion of a multi-million dollar renovation. The Lodge’s largest accommodation, known as The Captain’s Quarters, has been stripped down to the posts for a complete overhaul. It features a bedroom with a king bed and a private balcony, a living room with a fireplace, two pull-down queen beds, a terrace with coastal views, and more. The property’s Coastal Bodega Bay rooms, with fireplaces and spa-like bathrooms, also got a makeover.
Nestled atop a hill overlooking Bodega Bay, this coastal hotel has 83 modern rooms – most of them overlook the bay, where you can see coastal birds, fishermen in their boats and, if you lucky you, a whale or two. The property is minutes from downtown Bodega Bay, with seafood shacks, surf shops, and cafes. The property features a bay-side heated pool, hot tub, and full-service spa for those looking to unwind after a busy week. Watch the sunset from the fire pit, followed by dinner at Drake’s Sonoma Coast Kitchen. Don’t miss the local clam chowder.
103 CA-1, Bodega Bay, 707-875-3525, lodgeatbodegabay.com
“Every Stay Gives Back” Program in Russian River Valley Stavrand
The former Applewood Inn and Spa changed hands in early 2020 and caught the world’s attention when it opened as the Stavrand Russian River Valley earlier this year and, shortly after, was named among the best new hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure.
The newcomer has now joined Kind Traveler’s “Every Stay Gives Back” program. Launched in early 2023, the program will allow guests to donate $2 per night to local Farm to Pantry, a gleaning organization that rescues unharvested produce from Sonoma County farms and backyards. and distribute them to people in need. The Stavrand will match every donation up to $4 per night.
Located just a 10-minute walk from downtown Guerneville, the listed historic monument has 21 renovated rooms in three buildings. As well as a garden, the Chef’s Meadow at The Stavrand is also home to fruit trees, many of which date back to the 1920s when they were planted by the property’s original owner, Ralph “Rooster” Belden.
13555 Route 116, Guerneville, 707-869-9093, thestavrand.com
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