Travelers planning to stay a night in Healdsburg had best get their credit cards ready. None of the boutique inns and hotels in this utterly yuppified town come cheap. But if you pick a room at the Honor Mansion (14891 Grove St., 707/433-4277, www.honormansion.com, $245–660), you probably won’t feel like all that cash went to waste.
Each of the 13 rooms and suites has been furnished and decorated with exquisite attention to even the smallest details. Whatever room you choose, you’ll be overwhelmed with luxury, and want to spend all day every day in the soft cocoon of your oversized elegant feather bed. All rooms have private baths (at these prices, they’d better!) stocked with high-end toiletries, TVs, CD players, bathrobes, phones, air conditioning, turn-down service, and more.
Naturally, all rooms come with a full gourmet breakfast each morning. The Honor Mansion also has a lap pool, tennis court, croquet lawn, bocce pit, and outdoor professional massage service.
Set on the central town plaza, the Hotel Healdsburg (25 Matheson St., 707/431-2800, www.hotelhealdsburg.com, $290–870) is a local icon. The 55-room boutique hotel offers the most posh amenities, including Frette towels and linens, TVs with DVD players, soaking tubs and walk-in showers, and beautiful decor.
Your guest room will greet you with shining wood floors and furniture, Tibetan throw rugs, and spotless white down comforters. All rooms include free Wi-Fi and a gourmet breakfast, among other amenities, and guests can enjoy the outdoor pool, fitness center, and full-service day spa.
Raford House Bed and Breakfast Inn (10630 Wohler Rd., 800/887-9503, www.rafordhouse.com, $165–260) offers Healdsburg- level luxury at slightly less stratospheric prices than its nearby competitors. Each of the six rooms has a queen bed, air conditioning, a CD player, and a private bath. Some have fireplaces, oversized showers, and other luxury amenities.
All rooms have been decorated with an attractive minimalist-Victorian style that feels historic but doesn’t overwhelm a modern guest. Every morning, the Raford serves up a hearty country breakfast—the perfect start to a day of wine tasting.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition