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What We Love

  • Quietly set back from the road but still an easy walk to Guerneville
  • Friendly and hands-on staff, which is personal and mindful of guests’ privacy
  • Acclaimed on-site cellar, and a 30-min drive of more than 100 Sonoma County wineries
  • Tasting local wines by the fire in winter or during the inn’s hosted summer tastings at local wineries

What To Know

  • Free WiFi
  • The property is romantic, adult-oriented and very LGBT-friendly
  • Pets and children are not allowed
  • The tree-canopied pool leaves a little to be desired; it is closed from about November to May
  • The property undergoes a soft renovation in guestrooms during slower seasons


  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
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The Review

Esteemed as much for its 19 spacious and warmly furnished rooms as for its stellar restaurant, the Applewood is a perfect base for exploring the vineyards, rugged coastline and happily sleepy villages of the Sonoma wine country. Set on a six-acre spread of orchards, lush gardens and towering redwoods, the Applewood lies just on the fringes of the quirky village of Guerneville, a favorite weekend getaway of artists, hippies, the LGBT community and outdoor enthusiasts from nearby San Francisco (just 90 minutes away).

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About half the rooms are in the original 1920s stucco mansion. Although these rooms tend toward the cozy (and are also more affordable), they’re still beautifully outfitted and larger than standard rooms at most upscale hotels. The rest of the units are bigger and more contemporary in style, with two-person showers or tubs, some with separate sitting areas and vaulted ceilings.

The Applewood is as much a culinary destination as a hotel, so plan at least one dinner in the dimly lit timber-ceilinged restaurant — it’s one of the hottest tables in Sonoma. (In keeping with the entire property’s relaxed vibe, casual attire is just fine.) Chef Bruce Frieseke focuses on local ingredients in whipping up such tempting fare as cacao-nib-crusted California rack of lamb with sherry-braised chorizo and mint chimichurri sauce.

How to Get There

Applewood Inn
13555 Highway 116
Guerneville, CA 95446 United States


4.5 Very Good 572 Reviews
Comfortable with a Great Vibe
Reviewed 23 hours ago

We stayed in room 18, it was clean and spacious, very modern. Everyone was nice, friendly and Martin our breakfast chef was wonderful! This is a property I would definitely return to. We went on off season so it was quiet but we really enjoyed our stay!

Accommodations and staff are great
Reviewed 2 months ago

We stayed in the honeymoon suite, which was very comfortable and well appointed. The fireplace is a great touch! The staff was very nice and helpful, especially the restaurant staff. Don't miss breakfast, it's delicious!!

Best Ever
Reviewed 2 months ago

Just do it. There is nothing bad about this place. Food, pampering, ambiance and the private wine tastings were fabulous. The victorian charm in the Redwood forest was a perfect fit. The spa on location!

Beautiful retreat
Reviewed 4 months ago

This was a breath of fresh air. Peaceful and refreshing. Room 9 was recently updated and clean. The staff was friendly and welcoming. Breakfast was delicious and the dining room/restaurant is beautiful. We enjoyed the location since we preferred the Russian River valley wineries and proximity to the Armstrong State Park. We definitely will be returning.

A very pleasant stay at the inn.
Reviewed 4 months ago

We enjoyed our two night stay at the inn, which is on a quiet hill, very close to downtown Guerneville. It's an attractive site, with Spanish style buildings, and fountains and trees in the interior patios. The staff welcomed us with champagne and were very responsive to our needs. We had one of the smaller rooms, but it was quiet and comfortable. There were of white fluffy towels and amenities in the bathroom. As for the bed, we prefer firm mattresses, but most hotels, including this one, now have pillow top or very soft mattresses. A full breakfast was included, and it was delicious! We felt we got good value for the price.