Where to Stay in Wine Country

I am nearing the end of California recaps; I still have the Barrel Tasting event that we traveled all that way for and a few random tasting room recaps to write, but other than that, I guess it’s time to start planning another trip to Sonoma, right?

Golden Gate Bridge

We’ve stayed at many places in Napa and Sonoma over the years, and since several of you mentioned in the comments that you are planning trips out to wine country, I thought a post on places to stay would be helpful. Of the seven or so places we have stayed, I would recommend all of them, for different reasons and different budgets.

field of mustard

Best Western Dry Creek Inn – On our last trip to Sonoma, we were definitely keeping budget in mind. We also knew that we had a lot of plans to be out and about and would likely not be spending much time in our room. We opted for the Best Western because of its great prices and the fact that it is located within about 15 minutes walking distance of Healdsburg plaza (and places like Barndiva!)

Best Western Healdsburg

Well, we loved the Best Western. We were in the newer Tuscan wing, and our room had a Jacuzzi, super comfy big bed, wifi, and a fireplace. It also included a pretty good breakfast.

We also stayed in a Best Western in Sonoma and were more than pleased with those accommodations. With a TravelZoo deal, our room, with a fireplace and balcony, included breakfast and two massage vouchers for the local Massage Envy, which turned out to be fantastic. Again, a really great deal and a comfy, clean room.

Best Western Healdsburg

Best Western

In addition to Sonoma and Healdsburg, we also ventured to the Sonoma Coast and stayed at the Timber Cove Inn, our second time at this magical property.

This year we took advantage of an amazing deal Timber Cove had and scored an ocean facing room with a Jacuzzi that looked out over the Pacific, a balcony, and a fire place. We slept with the screen door slightly open so that the chilly air, pouring rain, and crashing waves lulled us off to slumber. Timber Cove is remote, but it has a fantastic restaurant, cozy with great food and wine.

Timber Cove

Timber Cove

Timber Cove also has a great room with a huge fire place, perfect for relaxing by before dinner. This inn is a true getaway, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to unplug. (They do have wifi, which did come in handy!)


If you’re looking for something a little more expensive and centrally located to the Russian River Valley, Vintner’s Inn is a great choice.  We stayed there for my 30th birthday, and we especially loved the vineyard views from our room and the extremely comfortable bed. Service was fantastic as well.

Vintner's Inn

And finally, I can’t post about wine country without posting about one of our favorite places ever, Bella Villa Messina. Just look at this house!

Bella Villa Messina

The inn is gorgeous, happy hour includes great local wine and snacks, and the breakfast is legendary. Bella Villa Messina is also a splurge, but it would be my pick for a special occasion vacation.

Bella Villa Messina

Over in Napa, we absolutely love, love, love The Avia. It is comfortable, luxurious, and centrally located within walking distances of places like Bistro Sabor and Zuzu, among others. It’s definitely my first choice if you are venturing over to Napa Valley for the night.

And now I not only want to book a plane ticket to San Francisco, I would now like a giant plate of bacon and a frittata.

What’s the most important part of a vacation for you?

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Tags: Healdsburg, hotels, inns, Napa, Sonoma, Sonoma Coast, Timber Cove, Travel, wine, wine country

  1. Erica @ In and Around Town’s avatar

    Nick and I are planning a trip to wine country in September, so these posts have been SO helpful!!!


  2. Michelle’s avatar

    We stayed with friends in Sonoma and had such a good time. The best part of a vacation is being able to just get a good night’s sleep!


  3. Charlene’s avatar

    That plate of bacon and frittata looks delicious! I love visiting California wine country – I’ve been out there twice in the past 4 years and am hoping to make it out there again this October (fingers crossed I will get into the Nike Women’s 1/2 Maratgon this year!). The most important part of a vacation to me is the company. Who I’m with can make a vacation more enjoyable. Also, the food definitely plays a major role – I may forget what I saw on a trip but I never forget a great meal!


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      I was also thinking of trying to get a spot in the Nike Women’s 1/2, but we have a bunch of weddings this fall so I am not sure yet. It looks like a fun time!


    2. Daisy’s avatar

      you have stayed at some pretty remarkable places. i like that your spots can appeal to various budgets


    3. Molly Galler’s avatar

      When I started my new job a year ago I had no idea how often I’d be traveling. Writing about and photographing hotels has become one of my favorite features on the blog. Something about staying in a hotel feels very luxurious.


    4. Elizabeth’s avatar

      Nice guide! Whenever I make a real visit to wine country, I’m going to keep this handy


    5. Megan’s avatar

      I am keeping all of these places in mind for our someday trip out there!


    6. Shani’s avatar

      We also loved the Best Western Dry Creek in Healdsburg! It was awesome and I am sure we will stay there again on our next trip to the area. Perfect mix of affordable and clean and convenient.

      the most important part of a vacation for me is the food, honestly. I can skimp on where to stay as long as the place is clean, but I want excellent food options all the time.


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