In my last post, I wrote about my fun and educational distilled spirits tasting I had at The Lodge at Sonoma’s Bean and Bottle recently as part of the “Sommelier Spirits Selection” getaway package.
Once our tasting concluded, my husband and I made our way to our luxurious room, admiring the exterior of the property along the way. The grounds at The Lodge at Sonoma are beautifully manicured and lush.
Climbing vines, colorful flowers, and mature trees add to the European charm of the property. Ground level cottages have crushed granite terraces with café tables, a perfect place to unwind after a day of sightseeing.
Our cottage room was on the upper floor of a two-story bungalow.
We, too, had a charming café table with our room. Ours was on the spacious deck overlooking the hotel’s pool and outdoor lounge area.
Our room was large and airy with high ceilings, a sumptuous King bed, deep soaking tub with separate bath area, and a relaxing space to sit by the fire. The staff welcomed us to our room with a personal note, and a fruit, chocolate and nut platter and a bottle of mineral water on ice.
After we unpacked, we headed to the pool. What I appreciate about The Lodge at Sonoma is the attention to detail and its chic design. The outdoor furniture is modern and stylish and the color palates complement the hues of the surrounding nature. The overall atmosphere is casual yet sophisticated, luxurious but low-key.
I was thrilled to find that a cocooned wicker lounger was available for our use. My husband and I enjoyed a couple of hours of unplugging, swimming and taking in the beauty.
Between the pool area and the main lobby is a large outdoor seating space complete with comfortable couches and chairs. In the evening, the numerous fire pits dotted around the lounge and pool areas are all aglow. It’s the ideal place to sit for spell and warm up by the fire before heading off to sleep in your plush bed, then return the next morning to start your day with a cappuccino from Bean and Bottle and the local newspaper.
For dinner, we enjoyed a fantastic and memorable meal at Carneros Bistro, located on the property, adjacent to the main lobby. Carneros Bistro features California and Mediterranean cuisines.
Award-winning Chef Andrew Wilson prepares dishes with fresh local ingredients. Many of the vegetables he uses in his creations are grown in the restaurant’s organic garden. My appetizer of heirloom tomatoes and burrata and my local halibut with sautéed greens and pureed vegetables were both made from produce grown on the property.
Throughout our meal, we were assisted by Carneros Bistro’s Sommelier, Christopher Sawyer with our wine choices. Christopher knew which delicate white wine would best complement the tomato dish, and which bold red would bring out the best in my husband’s steak. He even picked out the perfect dessert wine to go with our exquisite lemon tart.
In addition to the friendly and knowledgeable staff, spectacular food and beverages, chic design, inviting pool, lush grounds and luxurious rooms, The Lodge at Sonoma is also a wonderful place to bring your four-legged friend. Coco could hardly wait to come along with us on our getaway.
My husband and I truly enjoyed every moment at The Lodge at Sonoma, Bean and Bottle and Hello Cello. I would highly recommend the “Sommelier Spirits Selections” Package. Not only is the price right for this luxury Sonoma getaway but it’s an opportunity to experience wine country from a different, more spirited angle!
The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort and Spa is located at 1325 Broadway at Leveroni & Napa Roads in Sonoma. Rates for the Sommelier Spirits Selections Package start at $309. Offer is good until December 31, 2013.
For more details about the Sommelier Spirits Select getaway package or general information about the hotel, call (707) 935-6600 or toll free, 1-866-263-0758 or visit their website.
Disclaimer: My husband and I were media guests of The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort and Spa. Lodging, food and beverages, the spirits tasting and the tour at Hello Cello were comped. My opinions are my own, as always.
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