An enchanting storybook getaway in a forested Sonoma coast setting.
With its shapely spires and gingerbread detailing bejeweled with stained glass, this enchanted inn is like something right out of a Russian fairy tale. Lovingly handcrafted inside and out by Ted and Eric Black, St. Orres not only showcases their Russian heritage, it epitomizes the unbridled beauty of the rugged Sonoma coast. The main building houses eight guest rooms, as well as an elegant restaurant renowned for its menu of regional delicacies. Five cottages are perched on a minimally landscaped meadow surrounding the inn, where wild peacocks may be seen roaming about. Best of all, the entire estate looks out over the Pacific. Rates are remarkably modest. There is just one drawback: no private baths. The eight guest rooms share three nicely appointed communal bathrooms. But the experience of a stay at St. Orres is well worth the sacrifice. Just be sure to plan your trip during the clement months as area can be socked in for much of the year by coastal fog.