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Inn at Occidental
Occidental, Sonoma County, California
Why Stay At Inn at Occidental
Located in pastoral Russian River Valley, the inn embodies the relaxed refinement of an elegant wine country B&B without the pretense.
Driving up to the picturesque Victorian-style Inn at Occidental, the brick chimney (look for the inlaid heart shape) and the brilliantly white wooden wrap-around porch immediately cast their spell on guests. Numerous large terracotta planters are overflowing with fragrant roses, geraniums or lavender while lush foliage surrounds the flagstone pathway and serene courtyard fountain. The inn's 16 cozy rooms, all of which feature double spas and fireplaces, are lovingly decorated with impeccable attention to detail. The rooms bear characteristic names like Leaf Umbrella or Sonoma Lodge and are individually appointed with whimsical folk art, colorful quilts, unique memorabilia and original paintings. At 5pm, gather in the ground floor living room for a complimentary glass of wine, hors d'oeuvres platter and a chat. In the evenings, cookies and tea are set out by staff as a thoughtful tuck-me-in.
You may consult your travel guidebook, but better yet, ask your friendly innkeepers about must-see vineyards and day trips around the Russian River Valley.
Do not miss out on the inn's breakfast with includes items like Southwestern frittata and homemade French toast with orange cream.
Arrive at Oakland International Airport (OAK) which is approximately 77 miles from the inn. Anticipate about 90 minutes of travel time.3657 Church Street, Occidental, California, United States
Hotel FeaturesBack to Top Property Amenities
- Living Room
- Business Center
- Wine Tasting nearby
- Tours nearby
- Feather Beds
- Wi-Fi Internet
- TVs (most)
- Sitting Areas
- En-Suite Bathrooms
- Spa Tubs
- Hair Dryers
- Luxury Bath Amenities
- In-Room Refrigerators
- Breakfast Room
- Nightly Wine + Cheese
- Restaurants nearby
- 2 person max occupancy
- Full breakfast each morning
- Wine and cheese reception from 5-6 pm nightly
Why We Love Occidental
Formerly a summer retreat for sun-seekers evading the coastal fog, the historic Sonoma County town encircled by gently rolling hills offers a bevy of top-notch wineries within easy reach and a quiet home base away from the crowds traveling better-known neighboring Napa.
3782 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental.
Where to Drink: Overwhelmed by the list of special local brews on the chalkboard at Barley and Hops Tavern? Turn to your hosts, the Bolmers, who will guide and even let you taste-test before you commit. Try Pliny the Elder, a Double IPA, made by the Russian River Brewing Company.
3688 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental.
Where to Shop: Take a ride on the Bohemian Highway between Freestone through Occidental and to Monte Rio. Browse eclectic fashion boutiques along the way for one-of-a kind pieces of clothing or stop at sophisticated markets offering a high-end selection of fine wines and cheeses.
Outdoor Excursion: Eco-adventuring Northern California style: Just a few miles north of the inn, gear up for an exhilarating 2.5-hour ziplining experience with Sonoma Canopy Tours. Zoom around massive redwoods and marvel at panoramic vistas while walking sky bridges connecting the treetops. $69 per person weekdays/$79 weekends.
6250 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental.
Why Go Now
October 4-6, 2013
Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Locally grown produce and culinary arts including wine and micro-brew beer tastings. Free admission.
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa.
October 12 - 20, 2013
ARTrails Open Studios
For two weekends watch artists at work with a unique glimpse into their studios. Various Sonoma Art Studios. 11pm - 4pm. Free admission.
November 2 + 3, 2013
A Wine & Food Affair
Weekend of wine and food pairings in the Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys. Participating wineries prepare their favorite winery recipe. Weekend admission $70. $50 Sunday pass includes regional cookbook and events. Various local wineries.