Why it’s worth traveling for:

A charming oasis in the heart of California’s famed wine region

Hotel Highlights: The Lodge at Sonoma, Autograph Collection is the perfect retreat for those wanting to immerse themselves in Sonoma’s breathtaking scenery, quaint charm, endless vineyards and salt of the earth heritage. The boutique retreat-style property has newly updated rustic-chic guest rooms, suites, cottages, many with spacious living areas, cozy fireplaces, and outdoor soaking tubs. Within walking distance to the cute stores and restaurants at Sonoma Square, the resort is set in the tranquil countryside and home to a 400-year-old valley oak tree. Other standouts inclue a self-serve lobby wine experience, stunning outdoor heated pool with outdoor firepits, modern gym, award-winning Californian eatery, full-service hotel spa and an endearing repurposed horse trailer that now serves as a chic on-site pool cocktail bar.

Eat + Drink: Wit & Wisdom by acclaimed Chef Michael Mina is his first-ever wine country dining. Specializing in highly curated California cuisine cooked in a hearth oven, the warm eatery-style restaurant, as you’d expect, has an enviable wine list. For a breakfast to remember head to Benicia’s Kitchen, just off the lobby, which focuses on casual Latin-inspired fare with a Sonoma twist. For cocktails, the High Horse Bar poolside cocktail bar, a repurposed horse trailer, offers a rustic whimsical wine country experience not to be missed.

Beauty + Wellness: Set on the resort grounds, with the spectacular Sonoma scenery as a backdrop, The Lodge at Sonoma’s Raindance Spa has a plunge pool, steam room, and a full menu of pampering face and body treatments. Book the harmony-inducing CBD oil massage to reboot your mind, body, and soul. Also, take a stroll to the ‘Dream Wall’ at the Heritage Oak space to pen your dreams and place them in a bottle.  Over time these will become compost to feed the soil that nourishes the vineyards.

Curated Experience: Make sure you try the ‘Sonoma Soak’ ritual in one of the renovated cottage suites where luxurious bath amenities are delivered to your door so you can enjoy soaking in an outdoor tub while savoring the fresh country air over a lovely glass of local wine. You should also venture out to explore Cornerstone Sonoma, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art and the Sonoma Raceway just moments from the resort.