Lounging in the heart of Sonoma

It’s all about location. For a traveler, I can think of no truer axiom, especially when it comes to hotels. We want to stay close to the food, the shopping, and the fun. For proof, look no further than the Cottage Inn and Spa in Sonoma, California.

Located a stone’s throw from Sonoma Plaza where the town’s old-fashioned charm and colonial past are on full display, the Cottage Inn and Spa provides easy access to the lively hub of everyday Sonoma life. The plaza is home to city hall, the town park, and the surrounding blocks overflowing with everything we look for in a getaway destination, including dozens of world class eateries, tasting rooms, and shops ready to explore.

The Cottage Inn and Spa lounges in the heart of Sonoma wine country. Just a block away from the historic Sonoma Plaza, the inn offers a restful place to recalibrate and recharge just steps away from the heart of the city. A comfortable oasis, the boutique hotel offers nine suites complemented by a tranquil spa. Guests are encouraged to wander the manicured grounds which include a stunning Santorini-inspired interior courtyard featuring a glowing firepit and fountain. Vines cover the whitewashed walls and pair with Zen bamboo gardens to create the perfect atmosphere for a much-needed getaway.

The Mediterranean-inspired Cottage Inn and Spa was designed and built by Robert Behrans in the 1990s. Behrens was an accomplished public artist with noteworthy projects across the country, including the Solar Borealis Gateway at the Fairbanks International Airport in Alaska, Neptune’s Gate at the entry of Lafayette Place in New Orleans, and a series of fanciful cooling shelters at Cherry Creek State Recreation Area in Denver.

The Cottage Inn and Spa features nine newly refurbished suites. Each includes free Wi-Fi, excellent concierge services, luxurious linens, fresh robes, and the use of private courtyards plus the fire-fountain. They even deliver fresh pastries and coffee to your private gate each morning.

One of our favorites, the Alta Suite, is perched on the second floor and provides beautiful views of the nearby Sonoma Mountains. The most secluded and luxurious suite on property, the 750-square-foot roost has a California king bed, soaring ceilings, double jacuzzi tub, a single stand-up shower, and a gas fireplace.

The North Suite is the crown jewel of the property at 820 square feet. This architectural gem offers a cathedral ceiling and skylight along with a full gourmet kitchen, stainless steel appliances, gas fireplace, wine refrigerator, California king bed, and small private back patio.

The cozy day spa offers several individualized massage and therapeutic treatments for either couples or single travelers. Their diverse list of spa treatments includes reflexology, Reiki, a “Cocoa Butter Bliss” body wrap, and several forms of massage such as deep tissue aromatherapy massage, prenatal massage, and a Swedish aromatherapy massage. The spa is open daily to both guests and non-guests alike from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. To book an appointment, please call 707-996-0719.

For more information or to book a room for your next visit to Sonoma, visit the property’s website at www.cottageinnandspa.com

Photos by Robert B Richards and Cottage Inn & Spa