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A guide to the best Sonoma hotels

Whether you're here for the wine or for the history, these Sonoma hotels are your home away from home

Photograph: Courtesy Sea Ranch Lodge

Sonoma County is a choose-your-own-adventure kind of place: with clusters of cities spread far apart—Healdsburg, downtown Sonoma, Guernville, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Petaluma—where you stay can influence the wineries, shopsrestaurants and bars that you visit. Fortunately, there's something for everyone here, from quaint B&Bs to spa resorts. Make your reservations at one of these Sonoma hotels, drop off your bags, then start exploring all the fantastic things to do in wine country. 

Best Sonoma hotels

Farmhouse Inn

Is there a place more romantic than Farmhouse Inn in Forestville? The 25-room boutique hotel looks like something ripped straight from the pages of Town & Country, with white clapboard cottages arranged in a neighborhood-like community. Room sizes start at a Queen Standard and go up to a King Luxury, but there are blissful touches in every room: wet/dry saunas, personal woodburning fireplaces and jetted tubs to relax in after a day spent wine tasting. Speaking of relaxing: the Spa at Farmhouse Inn is a destination in its own right, with talented massage therapists and facialists who work their magic until you feel like you're walking on air. Each treatment ends with a hot or cold infused tea, which changes with the season. Also seasonal: the top-notch cuisine that can be found at the Farmhouse restaurant, where Michelin-starred chef Steve Litke utilizes ingredients from local artisans, offering dishes like spring pea ravioli and Old World Farms poussin. One of the best amenitities, though, is the free breakfast guests receive each morning during their stay. You'll need to make a reservation, but the three-course, complimentary breakfast is worth waking up for, with dishes like strawberry shortcake, pea panna cotta and huckleberry waffles.

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MacArthur Place

MacArthur Place feels like a world away from its surrounds, but in reality, the spa resort sits just four blocks from the historic Sonoma Plaza. Spread across seven acres of land, a collection of 64 rooms and suites are interspersed with lush gardens, a heated pool and whirlpool, and the luxurious Garden Spa featuring scrubs, massages, waxes and more. The on-site restaurant, Saddles Steakhouse, is perfect for splurging on high quality surf and turf; it's also where guests can enjoy their complimentary continental breakfast. Spend the day exploring Sonoma's wineries and historical sites before retreating back to MacArthur, where plush terry robes and heavenly mattresses are calling your name.

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Beltane Ranch

Why stay at a regular B&B when you can stay at a B&B on a 6-generation family-owned and fully operational ranch? Surrounded by gardens, vineyards and orchards, the ranch house and cottage (built in 1892) at Beltane Ranch are split into six rooms full of antiques and local artwork. Start your mornings here with farm fresh breakfasts (thanks to the ranch hens and gardeners), then explore a walking trail dotted with grazing horses and cattle, play a game of tennis on the Ranch's court or request a picnic basket or cheese board to bring with you wine tasting. Beltane Ranch has a winery of its own, or can arrange transportation for you to nearby spots. Need a break from wine? Try Beltane's home-pressed olive oil, available for both tasting and purchase.

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Auberge Sonoma

There are plenty of hotels around Sonoma that offer multiple room and suite options, but at Auberge Sonoma, you have a choice of three—and they're all worth spending a few nights in. Choose from The Northside Suite, The Southside Suite or The Penthouse Suite during your stay, all of which are just a few blocks away from the art galleries, restaurants and mission in Sonoma Plaza. Quiet and set back from the busy streets, the Auberge doesn't offer a spa, pool or on-site restaurant, but instead features beautiful old-fashioned porches and gas fireplaces where you can cozy up with a glass of wine from one of Sonoma's nearby wineries.

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Sonoma Creek Inn

Sonoma Creek Inn is a quaint, affordable boutique hotel on the outskirts of downtown Sonoma, where guests can enjoy one of 16 rooms decorated with charming details, from hand-crafted quilts to beautiful tiles. Along with complimentary WiFi, cable TV and coffee makers in each room, guests receive wine tasting passes and discounts on services like bike rentals, which you can use to explore the picturesque countryside or ride to outstanding restaurants nearby. It's a perfect family-friendly place to stay while in town—and if you have a pup, they have dog-friendly rooms as well.

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Sea Ranch Lodge

This beautiful, low-profile structure sits on 52 acres of untamed Sonoma coastline overlooking the Pacific Ocean and featuring miles of hiking trails. Every room boasts an ocean view, '70s style Malm gas fireplace and California king beds. The Black Point Grill restaurant offers local, seasonal fare and a great wine list, and the hotel has two shopping options at an in-house boutique and art gallery. The property is also dog friendly, with amenities, snacks and activities for your four-legged friends. There is no spa here, and no televisions in the rooms—it's a place to quietly commune with nature (and drink great wine, of course).

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El Dorado

El Dorado is both a hotel and kitchen in the heart of Sonoma Square. While its rooms and amenities may seem fairly standard, El Dorado is proud of its eco-friendly practices which seep into the hotel's aesthetic: a solar-heated swimming pool, organic personal care products and a recycling program that converts fryer oil to Biodiesel fuel. Be sure to stop by El Dorado's restaurant during your stay, where chef Armando Navarro sources ingredients from local purveyors that result in dishes like vegetable risotto, seafood paella and wild mushroom omelettes. 

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