Gaige House + Ryokan, a Four Sisters Inn
What We Love
- Daily breakfast and evening wine and cheese (from 5-6 pm) are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Zen Suites have giant black granite soaking tubs well worth the upgrade cost
- B&B feel with all the amenities of a larger hotel (among them, a good-size heated pool, which is open seasonally)
What To Know
- Glen Ellen is one of Wine Country’s quieter towns; those looking for buzz should stay elsewhere
- Intimate feel better suited to couples than families
- There is no on-site restaurant, though breakfast, wine and cheese pairings, and homemade cookies are served in the parlor
- Rooms in the main house are significantly smaller than those in the annex
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Tucked away on 1.5 creekside acres in the historic hamlet of Glen Ellen, Gaige House packs Zen style into a Victorian Queen Anne house for design-conscious oenophiles. A serene palette of cream, toffee and chocolate complements luxe furnishings like buttery leather chairs and polished hardwood sideboards in the lounge, where you can curl up by the fire for free nightly wine and cheese happy hours.
Bed & Bath
The 23 guestrooms spread over the main house and a garden annex are all quietly stylish (and very cozy), with a dose of Asiana in the form of shoji-esque doors and Buddhist statues and art. Guestrooms in the main building are smaller and more minimalist in style, with clean lines and a cream-on-white color palette. The all-suite annex accommodations look more to Asia and feature small Japanese-style gardens, huge black granite soaking tubs, nature-themed paintings and Asian objects d’art.
Gaige House styles itself after a B&B, and every morning guests wake up to a breakfast buffet of mini pastries, yogurt, granola, quiches and frittatas. In the evening you might find local vintners leading wine tastings in the parlor. But for all its homegrown comforts, the property doesn’t skimp on the amenities. There’s a heated 40-foot pool that’s open seasonally, and a nice range of body-focused spa services on offer (which can be enjoyed in-room or in a Spa Sanctuary room).
In the Area
To tour Sonoma’s vineyards book a private car and driver with Pure Luxury Transportation. It will take you to a few of the area’s best wineries, including Paradise Ridge (where you can sip Zin as you stroll through the outdoor sculpture garden), St. Francis for glasses of merlot over a plate of charcuterie and biodynamic producer Porter Creek. We love a good drink, but Sonoma’s got more than just grapes. Try your hand at canoeing the Russian River, with a stop for a picnic lunch in the redwood forest. Visit the town of Bodega Bay, where you can walk along the shore as the waves crash against the rocks. Stop for lunch at Alexander’s at the Timber Cove Inn. For one of the best meals in Sonoma County, we love the Michelin-starred restaurant at the Russian River Valley’s Inn, which serves gourmet fare using ingredients from the inn’s farm, just down the road.
How to Get There
A few years ago we stumbled upon this boutique Hotel and have returned many times. Beautifully appointed rooms, friendly staff, and a fantastic location. You can relax on site, including massage treatments etc, or choose to explore the town by walking or the broader area via car/bikes. I would especially recommend the restaurant next door called Glen Ellen Star.
We stayed two nights and thoroughly enjoyed it. We had a creekside suite that was beautifully decorated and conveyed a very peaceful atmosphere.
Breakfast both mornings was very good
On our second evening I made the mistake of leaving an opened bag of beef jerky in the room. I had gotten it as a snack between wine tours. We left to go to dinner and when we returned there were literally hundreds of ants all over the table the jerky was on.
I went to the front desk and a young lady quickly arrived with an organic ant/roach treatment that she proceeded to wipe down the desk and surrounding areas taking care of all the ants. We had not seen any previous to this and we did not see any the rest of the night or the next morning when we checked out. I will stress that this was my fault for leaving an open bag of food in a room so close to natural habitat.
Overall I would give this place 5/5. Everyone we interfaced with was very friendly and professional and the property is beautiful. I would definitely recommend it
We love the Gaige House and were so happy to return for our second visit. It offers top notch amenities in a very peaceful and relaxed setting. The Ryokan Zen Creekside Suite is fabulous. Breakfast is great and the staff is wonderful. Walking to dinner is a very nice option. Many other options within a short drive as well. Wish we could have stayed longer!
My husband and I were looking to get away for our anniversary. We wanted a bit of luxury in a tranquil setting. We wanted a beautiful area with things to do if you chose to but you didn’t feel like you had to. The Gaige House and Ryokan in Glen Ellen was the perfect match!
The hotel is pretty cool; a cross between an old Victorian styled house with Japanese features throughout. We chose a Ryokan Zen suite and we were very happy with the room!!! The rooms are quite spacious and well thought out. There is an amazing granite soaker tub that can easily sit two. The suite had all creature comforters too; wi-fi, flat screen tv, fireplace, bar with a sink, refrigerator and a sitting area. We got a room with the creek side view which was nice. We really enjoyed sitting outside on a small deck that was surrounded by tons of trees and birds. I really liked their pool; it was ideal for swimming laps.
If you stay at the Gaige House you have to try the Glen Ellen Star for dinner!!! The hotel was kind enough to make us reservations and they provided us with a gift card to the resturant. If you enjoy fantastic food you won’t be disappointed! Great stay at the Gaige House with wonderful accommodations and service throughout our stay!!!
This was a pleasant experience! Unfortunately we only stayed a day but would have loved to stay longer if possible. We stayed in the Suite in the main house and it had a great view of the greenery’s and the room was huge. I say huge cause I live in A shoe box in SF. We loved the spacious bathroom and the jet tub was fun to use. We had breakfast on the balcony that we can step out on.
The last day was rough as the shower head broke but they reacted so fast and even gave us a key to another room to shower there.
The location is walking distance to some local wineries and their Ellen star restaurant. The front desk lady was kind to set reservations up for us.
Highly recommend for a short or long retreat.