Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant, Forestville, California $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
This is the quieter side of wine country, where the Russian River rambles beneath tall redwoods and pinot noir grapes flourish. Built on a 19th-century farmstead, the Farmhouse Inn's cottages have the cozy feel of a favorite sweater, with wood-burning fireplaces, double-size soaking tubs, and in-room saunas. The rooms to book are in the barn, built in 2009, which are styled with a nod to the region's agrarian roots. These include double-sided fireplaces with mantles made from reclaimed century-old redwood wine vats, furniture upholstered with naturally dyed linen, and beds dressed with throws made from local wool. Upstairs barn rooms also have vaulted ceilings and private sun-dappled decks. The two-and-a-half-acre grounds have flowering gardens, a heated pool, and a fire pit where guests roast s'mores after dinner. Unlike other wine country hotels, the Farmhouse doesn't nickel-and-dime you: Minibar snacks and Italian sodas are free (and wines are reasonably priced). You can also stock up on (free) locally made soaps and bath salts in the lobby. The small spa uses house-made organic products, such as carrot-oil purée skin toner. The on-site restaurant is one of Sonoma's best.—John A. Vlahides
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