Oyster knows what travelers look for in hotels. When we review properties in person around the world, we evaluate how every feature stacks up against the competition, from the rooms to the pools to the restaurants. So if you’re planning a romantic getaway and need a place to start, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at our expert top picks for romance in Sonoma County and get inspired!
Kenwood Inn and Spa is a gorgeous European-style boutique, with lush grounds and exquisite decor. The 29 private and spacious rooms are individually decorated with romantic Mediterranean-inspired style, and are furnished with cozy fireplaces, quality Italian linens, oversize showers, and personal balconies (some with stunning vineyard views). With an ultra-luxurious spa, a solid restaurant serving fresh local cuisine, and two outdoor saline pools, this is a top pick for couples looking to get pampered.
This 55-room boutique in charming Healdsburg delivers luxurious rooms (most with big soaking tubs for two), a convenient location within walking distance of tasting rooms, and ample free perks. The relaxing spa has a couples’ suite with a private garden, a soaking tub for two, and a Romance Package that includes side-by-side massages, sparkling wine, and chocolates. For an outstanding dinner, Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen offers wonderful seasonal local cuisine.
This upscale Relais & Chateaux property feels like a European mansion, and exudes elegance on every level, from the rooms' high ceilings with exposed wooden beams, to the dark cherry wood furniture. With 16 rooms, it's small enough that couples receive the special attention (such as a fresh breakfast delivered to their door each morning) without being overwhelmed by staff. The rooms are equipped with cozy fireplaces and free Wi-Fi, and feature European-style design that includes draped four-poster beds, Italian linens, and antique-style furniture.
This 36-room boutique hotel in the heart of Healdsburg is a good pick for eco-conscious couples looking for something convenient to wineries with a modern, hip, relaxed vibe. The rooms are all done in a minimalist style, using sustainable materials, and are equipped with high-tech amenities, plus private balconies or patios. Studios and Suites come with huge Japanese-inspired soaking tubs. Spoonbar serves modern Mediterranean fare made with fresh, local ingredients and seasonal cocktails in a casual, modern space. Another great spot for some quiet time is the lovely solar-heated outdoor pool surrounded by greenery.
Couples seeking some time alone will probably find this tiny property a great pick. It boasts six homey and attractive bungalows, all of which have been individually decorated. Some have wood-burning fireplaces, others Jacuzzi tubs, separate living areas, or full kitchens, but they’re all comfortable and intimate. There’s no restaurant on-site, but the bungalows are around the corner from the Sonoma Plaza, home to shops and restaurants. Outdoorsy couples have the Sonoma Bike Path, leading to more than 40 area wineries, at their doorstep.
This charming boutique outside Santa Rosa is a wonderful upper-middle-range pick for couples who seek a quiet vacation close enough to attractions, wineries, restaurants and shops. The property is part of the renowned Ferrari-Carano winery, and offers great amenities for couples -- from a two-mile trail around the vineyards, to in-room spa treatments, to an acclaimed restaurant, John Ash & Co. The 44 rooms are inviting, with warm decor, wood beams, high-tech amenities, plush beds, and either a balcony or a private patio.