The beautiful and luxurious Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa is located less than 15 minutes from our home. It’s famous for its natural hot springs, gorgeous, mature property and proximity to wineries, the town of Sonoma and Sonoma Valley.
Since we live in the area, our plan was to stay on the grounds for the duration of our stay and pretend that we were many, many miles from home.
Having recently undergone a remodel of their lobby, bar and well-known Michelin-rated restaurant, we knew we’d have lots to explore and experience.
This was our view right outside the French doors in our room. I love all the greenery and especially the climbing ivy that covers many of the walls around the property.
After we got settled in our gorgeous room, we headed to the main pool for some sun, swim and snacks. We stayed for an hour or so and enjoyed the warm weather and a refreshing dip or two.
As soon as we returned from the pool, there was a knock at the door. This lovely gift arrived from room service, ordered especially for us by some friends of ours who knew we were celebrating our anniversary. Such a thoughtful gift and very much appreciated!
After relaxing in our room, we headed to the lobby area to take a better look around. It has changed so much since its remodel. There are far more places to sit and people-watch, enjoy a cheese platter and a glass of wine or read a magazine. The motif is modern and chic with lots of small details to take in. My favorite detail is the beamed ceiling.
We also wanted to check out the new bar. 38º North is their newly remodeled lounge. It was so swanky and cool, I felt like I was in a big city bar in San Francisco or New York.
The bar features a vast wine list and cocktail menu as well as numerous appetizers that are made in the Santé kitchen.
We enjoyed each other’s company without a care in the world. It’s such a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere.
Later, we went back the room to dress up for dinner at Santé. It’s a dress-up sort of place so I wore the same outfit I wore to a recent wedding.
Dinner was outstanding. Fresh and flavorful ingredients expertly prepared and presented in an elegant and intimate environment was the ideal dining experience for our anniversary.
I ordered the butternut squash soup with marscarpone and loved it so much I ordered it the next night at 38º North.
The following morning, I had a massage appointment. I can’t recall the last time I had a massage but my guess is it was about 9 or 10 years ago. Way too long! It was heavenly. My masseuse was professional and friendly and the spa itself is gorgeous.
After my relaxing massage, I met up with Bill at the spa pool, a 90-degree saltwater pool with soothing underwater music playing.
|We also spent some time at the larger and slightly cooler pool nearby.|
What a wonderful and unforgettable two days we spent at The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn. We both agreed that it felt as though we were at a resort far, far from home. We returned home rested and rejuvenated.
Who knows, maybe we will make a getaway to The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn an annual wedding anniversary event. I sure hope so!
There were so many beautiful photo opportunities at The Fairmont. It was paradise for an Instagram-lover like me! My favorite Instagram shot is the one with the Peace rock. Every time I look at it, I feel just a little less stressed.