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The Farmhouse Inn

Forestville (Sonoma County), California

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Why Stay At The Farmhouse Inn

This country retreat in Sonoma's Russian River Valley melds rustic charms (marble bathrooms; fireside s'mores) with top-notch service and insider access to the best of the California wine region.

The Scoop

In northern California's Russian River Valley, a region known for its top-notch wineries and charming hotels, the romantic Farmhouse Inn in Forestville is a hidden gem. Set in an early-20th-century structure, the property has just 18 renovated rooms, each situated for peace and privacy. Interiors are well appointed—rooms have four-poster beds, stone fireplaces, private decks, and Jacuzzi tubs—but the reason to stay is the insight you'll get from the owners and knowledgeable staff (including six concierges), all of whom can provide the inside scoop on the region's notoriously hard-to-navigate food scene. Start your dining tour at the hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant, for a taste of chef Steve Litke's modern California cuisine (shrimp gazpacho; locally sourced rib eye), paired with a glass of Napa Cabernet, hand-selected by master sommelier Geoff Kruth.

Insider Tips

Make your dinner reservations at least one month in advance if you're traveling in the fall, during the busy grape harvest season.

Don't miss the small but lavish spa for more than a dozen treatments that utilize organic ingredients grown on-site.

Awards and Recognitions

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#1 of the Top 10 Farm Stays
- Sunset Magazine

Top 10 Chic Hotels
- Elle Magazine

Top 10 Culinary Hotels
- Bon Appetit Magazine

Michelin Star Rating, Farmhouse Restaurant
- Michelin Guide

Preferred Airport

Arrive at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), which is approximately 90 miles from the inn. Anticipate about 2-2.5 hours of travel time depending on traffic

7871 River Road, Forestville, California, United States

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Concierge
  • Spa on Property
  • Outdoor Heated Pool
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Gardens
In-Room Amenities
  • Private Fireplaces
  • Whirlpool Bathtubs
  • Flat-Panel Televisions
  • iPod Docks
  • DVD Players
  • Luxury Linens
  • Luxury Bath Amenities
  • Direct Dial Telephones
  • Individually Designed Rooms
Dining & Nightlife
  • Restaurant
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Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Forestville (Sonoma County)

Though just an hour's drive northeast of San Francisco, Sonoma's vine-covered hillsides—lush green in spring and summer, golden in fall—are reminiscent of Tuscany, and home to hundreds of wineries.

Don't Miss

Where to Eat: Cyrus, in nearby Healdsburg, is French Laundry without the fuss, a top-notch dining experience in a cozy, living room-type setting. The two-Michelin-star kitchen serves a five-course regular menu and eight-course tasting menu each evening.
29 North St., Healdsburg.
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Dinner for two $240.

Where to Drink: The hotel has connections at more than 15 nearby wineries, where guests are treated to tastings and special treats. Or, for a change of scenery, pop into the Redwood Bar at River's End in Jenner for a dram of premium scotch.
11048 Hwy. 1, Jenner-by-the-Sea.
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Drinks for two $30.

Outdoor Excursion: To see the area's iconic landscapes, head to nearby Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve for a hike under the old-growth coastal giants. Don't miss the waterfall.
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Where to Shop: Beekind, a quaint store in Sebastopol, stocks organic honey and royal jelly, beeswax candles, and honey-chocolate truffles, and offers beekeeping supplies and classes.
921 Gravenstein Hwy. S./Hwy. 116, Sebastopol.
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Vineyards sprawl across California wine country.

Vineyards sprawl across California wine country.

Why Go Now

May 5, 2012
White Oak Vineyards & Winery - Derby Day
Watch the Kentucky Derby live and enjoy some wonderful festivities and even more exceptional food and wine.
White Oak Vineyards & Winery, 7505 Highway128, Healdsburg.

September 22-23, 2012
Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival
Guerneville, California.

November 3+4, 2012
14th Annual Wine & Food Affair
An exquisite weekend of wine and food pairing in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys. 105 wineries along the wine road are participating in this Sonoma signature event.
Along the Sonoma Valley wine route.

March 2013
California's Artisan Cheese Festival
Petaluma, California.

September 27-29, 2013
Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival
Held in Sonoma's downtown square since 1897, this weekend harvest festival includes tastings and barefoot grape stomping.
Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma, California.

October 4-6, 2013
Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Wine tastings hosted by more than 150 vineyards, plus live jazz and art exhibits. 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa, California.

The Farmhouse Inn

Forestville (Sonoma County), California

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