The Best Inns in Sonoma Valley, California

Sonoma is wine country, but theres plenty more to see and do here
Sonoma is wine country, but there's plenty more to see and do here | © Rachid Dahnoun / Alamy Stock Photo
Mandi Keighran

Sonoma Valley might not be as well known as neighboring Napa Valley – but it’s another must-visit for wine enthusiasts. There are more than 400 wineries in Sonoma County, alongside top restaurants, local farmers markets and plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure. If you’re looking for an affordable way to explore Sonoma Valley, here’s our pick of the best inns in the area.

1. Inn at Sonoma

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A double bed in a room with a green and white striped wallpaper, a fireplace and a private balcony at Inn at Sonoma
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This contemporary inn is set up to offer guests the full Sonoma Valley experience. It’s just two blocks from the historic Sonoma Plaza, and the elegantly appointed guest rooms all feature California-inspired decor and a cozy fireplace. During your stay, you’ll be treated to a daily breakfast featuring culinary delights such as blueberry sour cream scones and artichoke quiche, and an afternoon mini-picnic with a cheese and wine tasting followed by freshly baked cookies. There are also bicycles available to borrow so you can easily go exploring.

2. Inn at Occidental

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Nestled amongst the redwoods in the quaint village of Occidental, this charming inn is within easy reach of vineyards and orchards as well as the beaches and cliffs of the Sonoma Coast and the beautiful Russian River. The owners have filled the interior with a whimsical assortment of folk art, heritage quilts and family heirlooms. Adventure seekers should check out the nearby Redwoods Zipline, and those in search of indulgent relaxation will enjoy the renowned Osmosis Day Spa. If you have a particular interest, have a chat with the innkeepers – they’ll be more than happy to put together a custom map and list of activities.

3. Kenwood Inn and Spa

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This luxurious inn and spa brings a touch of the Mediterranean to California’s wine country. The tranquil getaway is located on a sprawling two-and-a-half acre (1ha) site surrounded by scenic vineyards, orchards and ancient oaks, and rooms boast views over the rolling hills. The architecture and lush landscaping takes its inspiration from the Med, with three courtyards, a pool, two hot tubs and fountains scattered throughout. The spa is a must-visit, with treatments ranging from CBD massages to detoxifying espresso and mud body wraps.

4. Camellia Inn

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Camellia Inn
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This friendly bed and breakfast has been family-owned for 38 years, and is just two blocks from Healdsburg Plaza, which has boutique shopping, 35 wineries and renowned restaurants, including the three-Michelin-star SingleThread Farm. Breakfast is the star of the show at the Camellia Inn – the owners support local farmers and businesses, and the farm-fresh ingredients are locally sourced and seasonal. The menu changes daily, alternating between sweet and savory treats, with a weekly Chocolate Covered Wednesday. Guests will also enjoy a fun wine hour in the early evening, with complimentary wine and snacks.

5. Farmhouse Inn

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Farmhouse Inn
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This award-winning Inn is run by siblings Joe and Catherine Bartolomei, who are the fifth generation of the family to make their home in Sonoma. The rooms range from spacious suites with vaulted ceilings to cosy “jewel box” rooms, and each features a curated wine fridge. Make sure to visit the Michelin-star restaurant. The menu features ingredients straight from the owner’s ranch and the surrounding farms. Alongside the expected wine pairing, the menu also features a non-alcoholic pairing, with handcrafted juices mixed with fresh herbs, honey, grape varietal vinegars and sparkling water.

6. Applewood Inn and Spa

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Applewood Inn & Spa
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Located in the heart of the Russian River Valley, a region with over 300 wineries known for its pinot noir, this romantic spa resort offers the opportunity to truly relax and unwind. The Belden House was built in 1922, just outside the town of Guerneville. It was transformed into a luxury bed and breakfast in 1985 and has since been declared a Sonoma County Historic Landmark. The tranquil spa is set amongst the surrounding redwoods and offers a variety of pampering treatments, such as warm river stone massage.

7. Inn on the Russian River

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Inn on the Russian River
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If you’re looking for a longer stay in Sonoma Valley, check into the Inn on the Russian River. The cabins overlook the waters of the Russian River, and many are equipped with kitchens or kitchenettes – they also offer special rates for extended stays. Nearby, there’s Monte Rio Beach, where you can rent kayaks, canoes and paddle boards. The owners of the inn have also put together an itinerary of their favorite wineries for tastings and lunch, making it easy to explore the surrounding wine country.

8. Glen Ellen Inn

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Glen Ellen Inn
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Bring your bohemian dreams to life at Glen Ellen Inn. These seven “secret” cottages are hidden away in the village of Glen Ellen, where you’ll find Wolf House, the former home of writer Jack London. It’s also walking distance to a variety of tasting rooms and local restaurants. Each cozy cottage boasts its own fireplace and jacuzzi tub, making it the perfect cosy retreat. For an afternoon tipple, drop into the nearby Martini Bar, which is also run by the Glen Ellen Inn. It opens at 3pm each day and has an extensive menu of martinis and over 500 bottles of local Sonoma and Napa wines.

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