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
Our room was exceptional - king bed in a large suite with a japanese inspired garden in the middle between the bedroom and the bathroom (which had a huge granite bath in it). This was a truly lovely stay which we highly recommend.
The most INCREDIBLE hotel, with the friendliest and down to earth staff and service. We stayed here on honeymoon after visiting San Francisco and honestly its definitely one of the highlights of our trip, and we stayed at 5* resorts along our trip!
We were upgraded to a ryokan room which we are honestly so thankful for (especially now knowing how much it goes for!). The grounds are well kept with relaxing zen music as you walk through, free cookies and wine and cheese every day (from different wineries). Family friendly feel. Only downside I would say was the pool had some dirt from the surrounding trees when I went for a dip, but that could be easily changed by the hotel.
We were blown away by our stay and words don’t do this place justice- you have to go!!!
Also landmark vineyards and chateau st Jean were beautiful- best wine ever!
We hope to return one day, to the ryokan room, if there may be a special rate on our anniversary :D
Lived all my life in the Bay Area and have been to the wine country countless times but first time in Glen Ellen. Property is just what I hoped it would be. Private, elegant, great service and we got upgraded to a beautiful zen suite. My wife was in heaven!!! Easy walk to a couple of restaurants and short drive to downtown Sonoma. Thanks for making this so memorable and we will be back. They deserve all the high praises. Only place to stay in wine country.. give it a try you can thank me later.