Central location: short drive to vineyards and wineries
Sprawling grounds and walkable gardens
What To Know
While not nestled in the vineyards, the inn offers the convenience of being close to town
Library at the center of the complex lends DVDs, games and books
It’s recommended you make reservations for the spa two weeks in advance
Standard King and Queen don't have tubs but have walk-in showers
Parking on site
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Sprawling former horse ranch transformed into a decadent Sonoma spa and steak escape
Sonoma was once horse country, and the land where MacArthur Place now stands was a working ranch in the 19th century. The original Victorian house remains at the property’s center, and the on-site restaurant and lounge, Saddles, cheekily nods to the property’s equine past with numerous iterations of its namesake strewn in creative ways throughout the decor. But the many structures that have been built amid the sprawling gardens and spa are way more luxe than MacArthur Place’s history would imply. One holdover, though, is the original ranch owner’s reputation for graciousness and hospitality. The inn’s 64 rooms and suites are strewn across seven acres, connected by sculpture gardens and walkways. The newer structures blend in, with rooms and suites in small two-story houses, and private cottages ring the property. Walking through the grounds at night makes you feel as though you’re in a perfectly manicured and arranged neighborhood. A bottle of local bubbly on the couch beside the crackling fireplace is a great way to cap off the day in rooms and suites with a contemporary Wine Country vibe. Many people come here just for spa treatments, and the spa feeling carries over to the suite bathrooms, which have a large soaking tub and a sink and shower stocked with custom products made locally from grapeseed oil.
In the Area
Being close enough to walk to Sonoma’s Plaza is a nice convenience, and it gives visitors the opportunity to explore the charming town. Asked for a recommendation, the front desk gave an astonishing range of options for dinner. But the inn’s own acclaimed steakhouse, Saddles, is the perfect place to start an evening with drinks at the bar before you head out — or stay put if you’re in the mood to tuck into a well-grilled ribeye.