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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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