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The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa, California - Hotel Review

At Home in Wine Country

Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar patio at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa in California
Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar patio at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa in California

Chances are your home isn't surrounded by rolling valleys of grapes and blessed by near-daily sunshine. Yet somehow it's possible to feel at home in such a setting when staying at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa in Northern California. The Sonoma Valley is located a stone's throw from the famed Napa Valley and a short, pleasant drive from San Francisco. Its luxury accommodations include private guest cottages forming a little village on property, in addition to a main lodge building, bringing the total guest rooms to 182.

Renting one of the cottages is highly advised…who can resist a private patio or deck on which to sip local wines and wave to friendly staff and "neighbors?" Most rooms also feature a fireplace and a luxurious, shuttered bathing area with in-room therapeutic bath treatments. Other amenities include individual climate control, 32" flat screen LCD/HD TVs and connectivity package, iHome clock radio and intimate patios or balconies. For those who are in wine country on business (be sure to thank your boss), 22,000 square feet of flexible meeting space is available, as well as high-speed Internet service in meeting rooms, a business center and professional staff to assist you with your needs. A 3,080-square-foot ballroom may be rented, as can a separate wine building and lawn, garden and patio facilities.

For those who showed up to this idyllic countryside to simply relax, you picked the right place. Indulge in the services of Raindance Spa, a haven of rest available to guests and locals alike, which is as pretty as it is soothing. A spa garden is home to warm soaking pools; a hot tub and outdoor cabanas for treatments in the private spa garden area. The spa also features a eucalyptus steam room, but of course the best it has to offer are the treatments. Especially notable are the healing energy and grapeseed treatments. Perhaps the greatest gift you can give yourself on this trip is a treatment package of a crushed grapeseed body polish, warm grapeseed oil massage and a grapeseed facial.

A cozy guest room at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa in California
The lobby with a fireplace at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa in California
Cozy guest room
Lobby with fireplace

Wine tasting will likely be on every guest's agenda and the vineyards are a short drive around the valley. Purchase bottles in one of the shops in Sonoma Plaza, then stroll around the historic square. Other activities in the valley include golf, bicycling, hot-air ballooning, limousine tours and horseback riding.

Work up an appetite because you'll need it for Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa. Freshness is the rule here, as evidenced by a 480-square-foot garden on the side of the restaurant. Chef Andrew Wilson cultivates ingredients from surrounding Wine Country to create bold, hearty bistro cooking. His straightforward flavors exhibit a contemporary California flair. The dining room opens onto an organic garden inspiring the menu. Sommelier Christopher Sawyer works with the chef to develop an extensive wine list of over 400 bottles, featuring predominantly Sonoma vintners and growers, to complement the menu. Over two-dozen wines and eight different flights guide guests through new wine discoveries.

A running trail can be found near The Lodge and an exercise room features treadmills, stationery bicycles, an elliptical machine, step machines and weights. Whether you take advantage of the exercise opportunities or not, the sight of happy guests sipping local wines by the swimming pool invites you to remember why some visitors prefer The Lodge to their own's all of the comforts and none of the concerns.

The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa
1325 Broadway
Sonoma, CA 95476
707-935-6600, 888-710-8008
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