Wine & Roses Hotel, Lodi – Review
by Becky Sue Epstein
Surrounded by greenery and stone-clad architectural details, the verdant Wine & Roses hotel resides on seven acres in the middle of one of California’s newest wine regions. Seventy wineries under the burgeoning Lodi appellation near Sacramento are just minutes from this property, which takes full advantage of its location — particularly at its modern, high-end Towne House Restaurant, which features dozens of good local wines and draws both travelers and locals alike.
Part of homestead taking advantage of the region’s rich farmland, the first building on this site was the 1901 residence of Alice and Burt Towne. It was later operated as a bed & breakfast before being purchased in 1988 by Russ and Kathryn Munson, who kept the original home and built several more two-story buildings around a sizeable square of green lawn and flowers. Spread among these buildings are four types of accommodation. Garden rooms are decorated in “Tuscan style” with rich, warm colors, while spa rooms have a modern chic sensibility with pebble entryways, bright colors and exposed beams. The newest Palm rooms (across the parking lot) pay tribute to the area’s origins, with cowhide print carpet and corrugated steel ceilings, and rooms located in the original house are decorated in a quaint and charming B&B style.
Every guest room has a terrace or balcony and undergoes periodic refurbishing, and all come with Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, coffee, tea and fridges. Bathrooms feature Aveda products, while The Spa at Wine & Roses uses Aveda as well as an additional selection of eco-friendly products. Adjacent to the spa, The Nest boutique is a fun place to browse for gifts — for yourself or others back home. In season, guests can enjoy the outdoor pool.
The hotel’s interior green space is definitely a highlight. In its center is The Wedding Garden, ideal for once-in-a-lifetime ceremonies when the weather allows. Most days, though, the open areas embody the tranquil mood of the property, especially at twilight when flowers scent the air, and one or both of Russ’s macaws — Rudy and The Best Man — are still outside in their large, open-air cage, keeping an eye on guests.
Wine & Roses Hotel
2505 W. Turner Rd.
Lodi, CA 95242
To plan your stay, visit Wine & Roses Hotel’s official website