Charming historic bed-and-breakfast surrounded by oak trees
Creekside deck with hammock and picnic table
Heated outdoor pool and hot tub
Early evening wine and cheese included
Lovely breakfast patio
Small spa with in-room and outdoor treatments
Free full breakfast
Walking distance to restaurants in Glen Ellen
No full restaurant or room service
Reception not 24-hour
Wi-Fi signal can be weak in garden annex units
Location a bit out of the way (pro for some)
The Gaige House is a luxury bed-and-breakfast operated by the California-based Four Sisters Inns in the quiet town of Glen Ellen. Rooms in this late 1800s Victorian house and its annex building have a contemporary wine country vibe with an Asian decorative flair. The woodsy backyard has an outdoor pool and borders a creek with a pleasant decks and patios to enjoy a glass of wine, or the included breakfast. It's the fanciest lodging in town, but those who prefer being in downtown Sonoma might want to look into the sister property, Inn at Sonoma, A Four Sisters Inn.
Built at the end of the 19th century by one Albert Ebenezer Gaige, the inn is tucked quietly into the oak trees surrounding a bubbling creek. The first floor originally served as a butcher shop, but has since been converted into a small reception area and a living room-like lounge with a fireplace, big leather chairs, and exotic furnishings with African pedigrees. Relaxed dining rooms spill out onto a wide patio in back, and a newer building housing the large suites exudes Japanese style with zen-like rock gardens.
It's a terrific choice for a quiet, romantic getaway, and almost all guests are couples; the inn discourages bringing children, though they are allowed (families will have more limited room choices, as only a few rooms can fit three or four guests).
In Glen Ellen, a quaint town a 15-minute drive north of Sonoma
The inn is located along Calabazas creek in Glen Ellen, a sleepy town in the heart of Sonoma Valley. It's a desirable spot for touring vineyards in the area, a 15-minute drive to downtown Sonoma, and a 30-minute drive to Napa. The inn is within walking distance of Glen Ellen's own little destinations such as the Jack London Lodge and Saloon, along with a few restaurants, cafes, and a grocery store. The Jack London State Historic Park is a four-minute drive away. Expect an hour-and 30-minute drive to either Oakland International Airport or San Francisco International Airport.
Asian-influenced decor, iPod docks, and Keurig machines
There are 23 rooms located in either the main house and the garden addition. All are decorated with a contemporary style accented with Asian touches, such as shoji doors, bamboo furniture, and Far Eastern artwork. Some rooms overlook the creek, while others open to their own patios. Larger rooms have sitting areas with gas fireplaces and all have flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and Keurig coffeemakers. The large bathrooms (many converted from the original house's enormous closets) have walk-in showers, jetted tubs, or both, while the Zen Suites -- named for their private garden patios -- have deep soaking tubs carved from granite. Though Wi-Fi is free, the signal is strongest in the main house and those in the Zen Suites may experience a spotty signal. There is one pet-friendly room available for an extra fee.
Creekside deck, outdoor pool and patio, and a free breakfast
Mornings at the Gaige House begin with an included breakfast buffet laid out with muffins, scones, and fruit, along with rotating hot options such as artichoke quiche and blueberry pancakes. Also included is an early evening wine and cheese reception that takes place in the living room each day. A classy breakfast dining room opens to a patio with covered seating overlooking the woodsy yard. Note that during our visit hours for the outdoor deck were 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., so as not to disturb guests with rooms nearby, so those looking to sip wine outside later at night might want to splurge for a room with a private garden. Wine and cheese are offered free in the early evening, and a free glass of port can be enjoyed in the Club Room. Water, coffee, and cookies are available all day.
There's a small spa room offering a range of massages and other body treatments, which can also be taken in-room or outside in a cabana. In the backyard, a cobbled brick sundeck surrounds a heated outdoor pool and hot tub. The yard ends at the creek, with a wide wooden deck that has a hammock and a picnic table under the boughs of a large oak tree.
Note that the hotel is not staffed overnight, and guests can't arrive after 8 p.m. to check in.
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