Healdsburg , California
Tel: 800 258 4003 (toll-free)
Tel: 707 433 4231
Concierge.com's insider take:
High on a hill shaded by century-old trees, inside an 1881 mansion dripping with gingerbread detail, Madrona Manor is the sort of place where you drop a ring in a Champagne glass. The look of the 22-room hotel is period Victorian, with cut-crystal chandeliers, patterned wallpaper, and carved mahogany furniture original to the house, yet the food is entirely contemporary. Chef Jesse Mallgren employs occasional theatrical flourishes, which go well with the ornate surroundings, such as using nitrogen to flash-freeze elements of a dish for a zingy interplay of hot and cold. To wit, a Nitro Caprese salad combines drops of icy tomato juice with warm mozzarella foam and just-picked tomatoes from the estate's garden. Each course is paired with a different home-baked bread, along with house-churned butter. The tasting menu best showcases the chef's artistry, ending with ice cream churned tableside. On warm nights, request a table on the veranda, overlooking the formal flowering gardens.—John A. Vlahides
Open Wednesdays through Sundays 6 to 9 pm.