Planning all your days tasting Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs at award-winning wineries in Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon?
Rethink that if you stay at the Kenwood Inn and Spa. It’s one of those places you don’t want to leave.
Kenwood Inn and Spa
Enter through the lobby doors, and you step right into a tranquil Tuscany scene.
Vine-covered stone buildings. Lush garden courtyards. Tinkling fountains. Even a mill house with a stream, water wheel and koi pond.
The adults-only policy and absence of TVs in the rooms adds to the sense of calm.
A favorite spot for destination weddings, the inn has 29 guestrooms and suites, each individually decorated. But they all feature custom-crafted Italian furniture, featherbeds, fireplaces, tile floors with Persian rugs and cavernous bathrooms.
Two outdoor heated saline pools invite you to relax with a glass of wine. (Waterfalls drown out noise from the Sonoma Highway just outside the high walls.)
The lovely intimate spa has four massage rooms and one facial room. Vinotherapy wraps and scrubs sound so good you want to eat the ingredients.
There’s a harvest sugar scrub, which uses organic sugar cane, milled grape seeds and Chardonnay oil. The nourishing honey wrap includes raw honey, chamomile and red wine extract.
Yummy breakfasts are included in the rates. We awoke each morning to fresh-squeezed orange juice, house-made granola, fresh-baked pastries and local organic yogurt.
There’s also an additional cooked-to-order trio of delights, which changes daily. Our favorite was the artfully presented plate of scrambled eggs with melted cheese, pancakes with lavender syrup, and bacon strips atop sweet corn kernels.
Open only to Kenwood guests, the acclaimed restaurant turns out delicious meals by Executive chef Steven Snook, who worked with Michelin star-rated, celebrity-chef Gordon Ramsay.
From spring to fall, you can sit outside by a large outdoor fireplace on the inviting stone porch, complete with columns and arches; in winter, a rustic fireplace warms up the inside space.
The dinner menu might include hand-rolled potato gnocchi with lamb ragu and mint, black olive poached monkfish with black cabbage from Kenwood’s garden, and vanilla-braised beef shank with roasted winter roots.
We loved exploring Sonoma’s wine country – but staying at Kenwood Inn and Spa was equally memorable.
We were invited to stay at Kenwood Inn and Spa as media guests for our feature on “A Taste of Northern California” (PDF), published in Black Tie.