My husband and I recently had the pleasure of spending a couple of days in the town of Sonoma at Sonoma Valley Inn. You may recall my stay last fall at Dry Creek Inn in Healdsburg, a sister property of Sonoma Valley Inn. Both inns are Wine Country gems offering guests affordable luxury.
Located one short block from the downtown center of Sonoma – referred to as the Sonoma Plaza – this Best Western lodge offers guests comfort, convenience, kind hospitality and lots of great amenities.
Register in their charming and inviting lobby where you can browse brochures and travel guides on what to do, see, eat and taste – as in wine. This is Wine Country, after all!
Through the back doors of the lobby you will find the courtyard. Café tables with red umbrellas await and are the ideal place to read, relax or sip on a beverage from the lobby.
Just past the tables in the center of the courtyard there is a gazebo with a large hot tub, right next to a sauna.
Heat up in the sauna for a bit then cool down in their refreshing saltwater pool. Chaise lounges are ready for guests to grab a swim and recline in the Sonoma sunshine.
And if you’re feeling stressed about how you’re going to fit in all the fun stuff there is to do in Sonoma, worked it off with a morning yoga class. Sonoma Valley Inn offers guests free yoga classes by the pool, weather permitting. Ask for details at the front desk.
Behind the main building is the Krug Event Center where events and corporate meetings are held. This large facility offers 2000 square-feet of event space. It’s also where a Sonoma Country breakfast for the inn’s guests is served. Along with being an events space, this is also the building where Bill and I stayed for two nights, in a lovely upstairs Junior Jacuzzi Suite Room with a king bed and fireplace.
Michelle and Bill, our friends who live in Sonoma, joined me and Bill during our stay.
We went to brunch, went wine tasting on the Plaza, then ate pizza and ice cream before finishing off our day with wine by the fire pit, downstairs from our room.
The Krug Center walls are painted with Wine Country murals. I felt right at home seeing the wine sign with my name on it. It was even pointing in the direction of our room! So let’s obey that sign and let me show you our guest room.
Wow, what a gorgeous suite and so large! Our room had high-ceilings, a big four-poster bed, and beautiful Mission-style furniture. The bed linens at Sonoma Valley Inn are hypo-allergenic, soft and comfortable.
The spacious sitting room had French doors that led out to a patio.
The sitting area also had a wood-burning fireplace to make things extra cozy. I loved starting the day with hot coffee by the fire.
A roomy desk was perfect for getting a little work done on my laptop during my stay. Sonoma Valley Inn’s free wi-fi made that worry and cost-free.
The kitchenette area was where we made coffee and tea in the morning. The room also has a mini-fridge, which I always appreciate when traveling.
The huge Jacuzzi bathtub was my favorite amenity. I would love to have a bathtub like this at home! For those of you who don’t care for baths, the walk-in shower in the adjacent room had two shower heads.
The bathroom counter was nice and big – just the way I like them – and the mirror had plenty of lighting.
Our suite had a large L-shaped patio with French doors leading to both sides. It felt more like two patios, rather than one.
From the balcony, which overlooked a quaint residential neighborhood, we could see the tops of the more prominent Sonoma buildings, including the steeple of a nearby church. We just happened to catch a full-moon rising before heading out to dinner on our first night.
Although the Junior Jacuzzi Suite Rooms in the Krug Event Center are not pet-friendly, the guest rooms in the main building are. So if you brought your pooches along with you, you’re in luck. Many of the guest rooms at Sonoma Valley Inn welcome dogs. Ask about their Wag Bag at check-in. Daisy and Coco, who had a chance to stay in a guest room at Sonoma Valley Inn last year, love their toys and travel water bowls!
March is Girlfriends Getaway Month in Sonoma Valley and Sonoma Valley Inn is the ideal place to get your friends together and experience all that Sonoma has to offer.
Just mention the promo code “Wine Country” and receive 25% off mid-week and 15% off weekend rates. Call directly to book this deal: 707-938-9200. Offer is good until May 15th, 2016.
In a future post, I will tell you about my favorite things to do in Sonoma – restaurants, tasting rooms, shops – many within walking distance of Sonoma Valley Inn. Stay tuned!
Make it a rich day!
Disclosure: My stay at Sonoma Valley Inn was complimentary in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own, as always.