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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

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

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

Reviews

This place is heaven.
OnlytravelsCA

I was blown away at the beauty of this place. It was so peaceful and comfortable. Our room was beautiful with a small deck and fire pit. It was quiet with the sound of water fountains in the background. The location was perfect for all of the activities we had planned. The breakfasts provided were delicious and the staff was very accommodating .

A tasting getaway
Kenneth T

Carlos and his staff are excellent. The property is gorgeous and centrally located in Sonoma. Guernville is a quaint, quiet and friendly town providing easy access to the coast, Santa Rosa, Windsor Healdsburg, and Forrestville. The complimentary breakfast was served by the chef. A great wine country experience.

Wife's birthday
Sparkyhp1994

We stayed at this location for two nights . This was our first time staying at this location. below is the summary.
The room was small.
The bed was old and making noise.
The heater was not working properly and the room was cold.
The fan grids had a lot of dust. It appeared that it has not been cleaned for years.
They claim to serve breakfast in the morning but the breakfast was really nothing.