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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 583 Reviews
An amazingly relaxing weekend at Applewood!
Reviewed 3 days ago

We love coming to Applewood every year for our anniversary weekend. The staff, being led by Carlos are always kind and thoughtful. The grounds are perfectly charming and quaint. Even the small touches like the breakfasts make this a new tradition for us. We can't wait to come back next year.

Dont waste your money
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the spa was a room with 2 massage tables, the restaurant and bar were closed, no lunch or dinner, the hot tub and pool were dirty, upon check in there was supposed to be a wine hour not enough people for the hotel to offer wine on the first night. Our room was under the office so all check ins and movement came right thru the ceiling. The heating unit was so loud you had to turn it off at night so you could sleep (freezing). Shall i go on...

Lovely setting and very relaxing
Reviewed 1 month ago

We stayed at Applewood for 2 nights. We were greeted by Carlos, who offered us a glass of champagne and wine tasting passes. Spent 2 great days/nights wine tasting, walking goat beach, visiting Jenner. The breakfasts were delicious and we enjoyed the hot tub. A heated pool would have been very nice! Great service!

Relaxing Stay at Applewood Inn
Reviewed 1 month ago

Applewood Inn is a wonderful place to spend a few days enjoying the Russian River area. The views from the windows are a delight - redwoods, blooming fruit trees in the spring, etc. There was a fireplace in our room that made it feel really cozy. Applewood Inn also provides a marvelous breakfast for guests. My friend preferred to have her breakfast in the room, and the staff was willing to package up the breakfast so that it was easy to take to her. One of the things I like about the Applewood Inn is that it's convenient to other towns in the area such as Sebastopol and Healdsburg. For people that like wine tasting, an Applewood Inn stay comes with a wine tasting pass and a map to local wineries.

Reviewed 1 month ago

After an arduous and stressful day of wine tasting, was greeted upon arrival with a glass of bubbly and a free wine tasting pass for local wineries!

Carlos, the owner, was very nice, as was the property. Room was comfy, and had fireplace, Tempurpedic matress, spa tub, and outdoor jacuzzi on private deck. Breakfast is included, as Chef Martin does a fantastic job with his daily tasty creations.

13 minute walk to Guerneville restaurants, bars and shops, and excellent jumping off spot to explore the Russian River Valley wineries or a trip to the coast.

You can't go wrong here, excellent value......