The Best Hotels to Book Near the Sonoma Raceway

MacArthur Place offers gorgeous views and delectable food in equal measure
MacArthur Place offers gorgeous views and delectable food in equal measure | Courtesy of MacArthur Place / Booking.com
Nick Dauk

A weekend near the Sonoma Raceway is a high-octane idea. Only thirty minutes from the famous Golden Gate Bridge and just as close to Wine Country, you can fill a weekend itinerary faster than a long-stemmed wine glass. Organic spa sessions, earthy meals with fresh ingredients, and hours of conversation over one too many bottles are yours to be had. Race over to one of these hotels near the Sonoma Raceway, then take it slow in Wine Country.

1. The Lodge at Sonoma Resort, Autograph Collection

Luxury, Chain Hotel

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The Lodge at Sonoma Resort invites you to sip a little wine at Wit & Wisdom, likely to tell you that there’s more than vino in wine country. Uncork a yoga class on the lawn each morning, pouring right into a relaxing massage at the spa. Enjoy a gentle afternoon at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art and tasting more than grapes at the Valley of the Moon Farmers’ Market, only to return to the Lodge to warm up by your suite’s outdoor fireplace and hot tub.

2. Metro Hotel & Cafe

Hotel

Metro Hotel and Cafe
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A half-hour west of Sonoma is… Paris? Metro Hotel & Cafe’s circus theme pops with color and funky decor, to perk you up as fast as a cafe au lait and crepe will down in the kitchen. You’ll grow to appreciate the quirky atmosphere running above the hardwood floors, particularly after a few colorful cocktails at happy hour. You can explore the eclectic neighbors around Petaluma by rummaging around the Thrifty Hippy store. Thumb through well-worn novels at Copperfield’s Bookstore and the latest local microbrews at Brewsters Beer Garden.

3. Hotel Petaluma

Boutique Hotel

A cozy sitting area with a fireplace, books, candles, plants and a horse painting at Hotel Petaluma, Ascend Hotel Collection
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Whether you’re in town for business or you’re making wine your business, consider Hotel Petaluma your secretary and sommelier. From the briefcase side of things, the hotel has WiFi, an in-room coffee maker, and work desks. If you’re more interested in opening a wine case, the Barber Cellars Tasting Room below your suite will uncork a wealth of single-vineyard wines. With Sonoma and Napa Counties within reach, you’ll never have to worry about an empty glass.

4. Carneros Resort & Spa

Spa Hotel, Hotel, Winery with Rooms, Luxury

Carneros Resort & Spa
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Want to see a magic trick? Check into a private cottage at Carneros Resort & Spa and your friends will think you’ve vanished. There’s an indoor fireplace, an outdoor deck with a rocking chair, and heated floors in the bathroom to warm every step out of your walk-in shower. Plus, the vaulted ceilings will have you swooning. Did we mention that a machine in your room also provides unlimited Napa Valley wines? Shut off your phone and get all the info you need from the grapevine.

5. MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel

Elegant, farm-chic dining area at MacArthur Place featuring light wooden floors, white wooden ceiling beams and large lamp shades
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You’ll never tire of vineyard views, but MacArthur Place provides an excellent change of scenery with its six acres of manicured grounds. Discover firepits and secret nooks as you walk the winding stone paths. Once you stumble upon the Chef’s Garden, follow your nose back to Layla Restaurant for olive oil pancakes and shakshuka. Try Slownoma Mary: a tall glass of slow-roasted fruits, veggies and cheddar mixed up in Charbay vodka.

6. Vista Collina Resort

Winery with Rooms

Vista Collina Resort
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Need a few glasses of red to even consider working out on vacation? You’ll be tempted to Vista Collina Resort, even before you grab the stem. Outdoor fitness classes, including yoga and hiking, are worth the effort purely for their stunning vineyard views. You could always insist that you burn more calories swimming than walking, which is the perfect excuse to spend all day by the pool sipping cocktails.

7. The Inn on First

Bed and Breakfast

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The Inn on First knows your pooch prefers water to wine, but they can have a memorable stay all the same at this Napa hotel. A custom pet bed and bowls are waiting in a dog-friendly room, with an outdoor shower and an off-leash area just outside. Stanley, the miniature schnauzer and Prince of the Inn, will help you sniff out pet-friendly restaurants, and even schedule a custom dog-winery tour that’ll keep both of your tails wagging.

8. Napa Winery Inn

Budget Hotel

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A wine-tasting road trip can take its toll, making the Napa Winery Inn an ideal spot to crash for the night. A tranquil hotel right off of the St. Helena Highway, you’re welcome to recoup with a dip in the pool or a soak in the hot tub. You’ll fall right to sleep after sitting down on the plush bedding in your room… or after uncorking a bottle of wine at your wet bar.

9. Silverado Resort & Spa

Resort

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Who has time for wine when there’s golf to be played? Silverado Resort & Spa grants you exclusive access to two par 72 courses. You’ll make a beeline right from your mansion estate to the links without even stopping to notice the tennis court and fitness center on-site. No worries, your partner will gladly fill you in on the wine tastings and spa treatments that you missed when you were chipping away in the sand.

10. Bardessono Hotel & Spa

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

A single bed in a hotel room with floor-to-ceiling windows, and a terrace with a pool at Bardessono Hotel and Spa
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How does nearly two hours of a Chardonnay Wine Therapy scrub, bath and massage sound? The Yountville Signature Experience is only one of the many indulgent treatments at Bardessono Hotel & Spa. You’d hardly want to move a single muscle after such pampering – were it not for the fact that your villa has a private pool area and wine fridge. Here, you can spend hours staring out at the Mayacamas Mountains.

For more options, discover our guide on the best hotels in Sonoma, California, for every traveler and book now on Culture Trip.

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