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The Farmhouse Inn

Kick off your heels and slip into your comfiest terrycloth bathrobe. When guests stay at The Farmhouse Inn in Sonoma, they are treated to the ultimate luxury experience complete with personal sommeliers, organic bath products, a Michelin-star restaurant, and an intimate, individualized concierge. Nestled in a quaint, wooded area in the Russian River Valley, The Farmhouse Inn brings refinement and relaxation to wine-lovers across the country.

Founded originally in 1911 by the Bartolomei family as a solution to the dwindling hops market, The Farmhouse Inn has been elevated to serve as one of the most well-acclaimed and highly coveted lodging experiences in the country. Today, the Inn is run by fifth-generation siblings, Joe and Catherine Bartolomei. The Farmhouse Inn maintains its promise to offer an intimate, impressive experience for guests with just 25 rooms available to book, eight of which are cottages dating back to the early 20th-century. Five concierge members treat their guests as family, revealing the best of Sonoma and Napa wine country and delighting visitors with their passion and comprehensive expertise.

After day-long wine tours, guests can retreat back to their individual cottages and sleep comfortably on feather beds with European cotton linens and down comforters. Fresh seasonal flowers, enchanting fireplaces, and freshly made cookies allow guests to dream in pure bliss. Each room receives lots of natural light through multiple sets of white French doors. Light beige couches, white shiplap covered walls, and views of bright gardens and vast valley ranges accessorize the tranquility of Sonoma.

Guests are not just treated to wellness and comfort through feather beds or exceptional spas. The Restaurant at The Farmhouse Inn received a Michelin star in 2017 for its commitment to organic, seasonal ingredients served in a space that perfectly balances rustic elegance. Executive Chef Steve Litke has been a luminary of the Slow Foods Movement, sharing his passion for quality, locally sourced in ingredients in cities like San Francisco, Healdsburg, CA, Aspen, and Hartford, CT. Culinary Institute of America graduate Jennifer Jespersen serves as a lead sommelier for the Inn, leading winery tours in Sonoma and Napa, driving guests in a Tesla Model X through nearby vineyards, and curating exclusive on-site tours of the Lost and Found Winery.

A commitment to a Farm-to-Table philosophy is evident throughout the inn. Even at the Spa, the menu of services consists of farm-to-table ingredients like fresh herbs from their own garden, honey, and cider apples from the home ranch. Guests go into a total deep rest with offerings like specialty scrubs, couple’s massages, and the Inn’s own selection of wines.

The charm and comfort that The Farmhouse Inn renders is visually represented in the aesthetics of their Instagram account. Slightly faded photos of patio brunches, women sipping rosé in floral dresses, couples wearing cashmere and eating S’mores by a bonfire, and brightly lit rows of Sonoma vineyards give viewers just a preview of the comfort they’ll feel upon entering the grounds.

The Farmhouse Inn wants guests to feel like this is an escape. Experience all the amenities and details of any acclaimed five-star resort, while relaxing in a location that has the remote charm of a quintessential bed & breakfast. With a spot in the highly coveted Travel + Leisure World’s Best Hotel Awards in 2017, let the concierge and staff do all the work while you sip, sip, sip some more.