Miniscule fitness center (but bright with modern machines)
Unappealing surrounding area
This charming property is located right off Highway 101 just a few minutes outside Santa Rosa, but it feels a world apart. It is part of the renowned Ferrari-Carano winery, and has some of the most beautifully landscaped grounds in the area, with fountains, an overall old-world feel, and a two-mile jogging trail around the vineyards. The 44 rooms, though a bit bland in some cases, have warm decor, wood beams, high-tech amenities, and either a balcony or a private patio. There’s a full-service spa and a couple of nice freebies, but the highlight is definitely the acclaimed John Ash & Co. restaurant.
A few minutes north of Santa Rosa, in the heart of the Sonoma Valley
The Vintners Inn is located on a quiet street right off scenic Highway 101. The surrounding area is quite unattractive, with a large power plant nearby, but once you enter the property you leave everything behind and find yourself in a peaceful place, with fountains and old-world charm.
There’s nothing within walking distance, but a short drive will take you to wonderful, world-class wineries, great trails, golf courses, and quaint villages such as Healdsburg, which is less than a 15-minute drive from the property.
The nearest big town is Santa Rosa, which might not be the prettiest city in Sonoma Valley, but it is the largest and most convenient if you are planning a trip that does not only involve wine-tasting. The downtown area is full of department stores, restaurants, bars, hotels, and office buildings, making it the only real town in the area. It’s also the most kid-friendly place in the region, with an amusement park and interesting children's activities.
It may lack the charm of smaller towns like Healdsburg or St. Helena, but it offers easy access to some of the most popular wine-tasting destinations, and is conveniently located equidistant from San Francisco and Oakland airports.
1.5-hour drive to San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport
9-minute drive to Santa Rosa
10-minute drive to several golf courses
12-minute drive to the charming rural ambience and great shopping in Healdsburg
13-minute drive to Sonoma County Fairgrounds
22-minute drive to Annadel State Park
33-minute drive to Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
35-minute drive to fine dining and world-class wineries in Glen Ellen