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Very Good 561 Reviews
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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 561 Reviews
Quiet, well furnished inn, beautiful setting
Reviewed 5 days ago

Really beautiful small inn just off the Russian River but within an easy walk to the center of Guernville.

Absolutely stunning courtyard with fountain: we spent a delightful afternoon there reading. Very friendly and professional manager checked us in and showed us the hotel. This is a wonderful place to get away for a quiet weekend yet is also a short drive from many local wineries.

Why only 4 stars? Everything was perfect but for one incident at breakfast the day we checked out: there's usually just one dish on the menu but the waitress said they couldn't make it with egg whites because they were short-staffed. There's only 20 rooms in the inn, I'm hardly a professional chef yet it takes me a moment to get rid of a pair of egg yolks. And even if not very knowledgeable or educated, the wait staff should be made aware that people may have good heart-related health reasons to request egg whites only, especially when the menu says they will accommodate reasonable requests.

That was really the only blemish on our stay, probably just the waitress trying to feel in control, but otherwise this is an exceptional small inn.

Nice & comfy
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good place for wine & country type of crowd. Unfortunately, my fiance and I are amateurs in the wine & country scene (our mini stay was an engagement gift) so it was a bit of a challenge for us city folk with the low wi-fi connection and peace & quietness of the woods. :-)

Lovely little getaway
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed for just one night at the quaint Applewood Inn and Spa nestled in the quiet of Guerneville. Although somewhat small, our room was comfortable and cute. The staff was lovely. Breakfast was included and was quite good. The pool and hot tub are very clean and nice. The hot tub was set at 94 degrees which ended up being perfect for the warm weather. We had a couples massage which was very nicely done. Although the 'couples' part just means that the two of us were in the same spa room at the same time getting massages, we were both pleased with our service. This is an historical building that was redone into the Inn. It's a beautiful space.

Beautiful property and Enjoyed our stay!
Reviewed 1 month ago

We loved our stay at Applewood Inn. Our room was spacious, the bed was very comfortable and the food was great. It’s also close to town. I recommend Applewood Inn if you are looking for a place to stay in this area!

Won’t be disappointed!
Reviewed 1 month ago

Applewood Inn was a great little getaway. Beautiful resort. Very clean. Fabulous food. Community Pool and hot tub, some suites have private hot tubs. Very close to town for your quick needs. Enjoy beautiful wine country!!