Glen Ellen and Kenwood
With its wraparound porches and lush gardens, the Beltane Ranch (11775 Hwy. 12, Glen Ellen, 707/996-6501, www.beltaneranch.com, $150–220) looks like it belongs outside of Savannah, Georgia rather than Sonoma, California. But this Valley of the Moon charmer sits right in the middle of Wine Country, offering five guest rooms and a detached cottage to wine lovers from around the world. After a good night’s sleep in the pristine country-style rooms, guests enjoy a sumptuous breakfast in the dining room or on the porch overlooking the gardens and vineyards beyond.
For a fabulous wine-and-spa retreat away from anything resembling a city, stay at the Kenwood Inn & Spa (10400 Hwy. 12, Kenwood, 707/833-1293, www.kenwoodinn.com, $250–400, no children under 18, no pets). This Tuscan-style villa has 29 posh guest rooms, a world-renowned spa, and a rustic-elegant Italian restaurant on site. The only problem with the Kenwood Inn is that you may have trouble prying yourself away long enough to go wine tasting. Expect to pay premium room prices during the summer and fall high season.
Got lots of money to blow on one of the best-reviewed inns in all of Wine Country? Blow it at the Gaige House Inn (13540 Arnold Dr., Glen Ellen, 800/935-0237, www.gaige.com, $700), where comfort and luxury have been built into the design of guest rooms and common spaces, and special attention paid to every detail. Each of the 23 guest rooms and suites resembles an interior design magazine spread; suites have bathrooms the size of bedrooms and their own tiny garden spaces. Be aware that breakfast and spa treatments cost extra.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition