Santa Maria Inn, for traditional grandeur
Both a registered historic landmark (dating from 1917) and a celebrity retreat, Santa Maria Inn has attracted the rich and famous for decades. Choose from 146 boutique guest rooms and 18 luxury suites. There’s a more modern and snazzy new tower with rooms, but if you like the old-fashioned, opt for the historic inn rooms with European charm; some have fireplaces, and the suites have whirlpool tubs. Make sure you dine in the romantic Century Room, which serves California cuisine and arguably the best Sunday brunch in wine country.