Situated at one of the premier addresses in the town of Healdsburg in Sonoma County, Healdsburg Inn was built in 1901 and underwent extensive renovations between 2004 and 2005. Formerly known as the Kruse Building, it was once home to Wells Fargo & Company. Up until 2004, it was a bed and breakfast inn run by Jenny Genkins.

Though the building maintains its original architectural features like brick walls exposed in the interior, it now includes a number of modern comforts designed to make guests feel at home. Visitors to this inn can marvel at the work of Italian stone masons dating back to the 19th century, or they can feel grand ascending the original staircase.

While the streets outside the inn are buzzing with life on the plaza, inside the inn guests are transported to a country inn feel, where vineyards are not far off in their imaginations. The smooth green and cream tones that are found in the décor of the hotel only aid in bolstering that feel. The inn forms part of the Four Sisters Inns collection, comprised of 17 boutique inns in and around California.

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1.Healdsburg Inn Rooms & Suites

Healdsburg Inn Rooms & Suites  

Each of the rooms at this romantic inn have been individually decorated, allowing each space to give off a unique charm. There are 12 rooms in total to choose from.

In what is arguably the grandest of the rooms, guests who find themselves lucky enough to stay overnight in a Superior King Spa Room have access to a luxurious king bed and gas or electric fireplace to keep the ambiance snug.

There is also a large bathroom with a separate shower and spa bathtub with jets. It is the little luxuries that make the room feel like home with soft robes, docking stations for an iPod as well as a DVD player attached to the flat panel television. When staying in the room, guests can camp out in the bay window overlooking the plaza below from the second story.

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For those in search of more privacy, the Studio Guestroom with its private entrance proves an ideal escape. Here, guests can tuck themselves into a king bed as an electric or gas fireplace keeps them warm. Alternatively, they can spread out on the private deck with a warm drink and just take in the fresh country air.

The private bathroom is fully tiled and has a separate shower and a bathtub that is ideal for soaking. These private units also have a seating area that is separate and boasts a flat panel television as well as amenities like a mini-fridge and a Keurig® coffee machine.

Found mainly in the interior of the inn, the Deluxe Guest King Room puts guests within minutes of the concierge service. A king bed welcomes weary heads as the fireplace roar in these comfortable rooms. Adding to luxurious touches of the room is a claw foot bathtub as well as a separate shower. In some of the rooms under this category, guests may also be lucky enough to find a twin daybed, however all rooms are equipped with a flat panel television, dockings stations for iPods and of course a set of soft robes.

The King Spa Guest Rooms are found on the first floor, making them fully accessible for physically impaired guests. Lay down on a king bed in one of the complimentary robes. Two fireplaces warm up the scene, and in the bathroom luxury awaits in the shower and bath tub with jets. Entertainment is not far off with a DVD player as well a docking station for iPods.

The Queen Spa Guest Room finishes off the selection of rooms, and is more suited to business travellers. Here, a queen size bed welcomes guests while the gas fireplaces creates a warm ambiance in the corner. This room is also kitted out with a television and DVD player and can be found on the second floor of the inn.

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2.Dining at Healdsburg Inn

Dining at Healdsburg Inn  

Breakfast at the Healdsburg Inn is a sumptuous affair with the signature buffet breakfast welcoming guests every morning. Laden with breakfast classics like pancakes and cereals, there are also a few unexpected flavours like artichoke quiche and pumpkin muffins. Guests also have the option to enjoy their breakfast in bed by having it delivered to their room at a small fee.

In the afternoon, guests can also join the innkeepers for a glass of wine and cheese served with hors d’oeuvres. There is also the quaint tradition of cookies that are freshly baked at 3:00pm every day, available in the lobby. A new cookie is baked every day, making every afternoon a surprise for palates.

All throughout the day there is water, tea or coffee available.

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When heading to the sunroom, guests can start their day in a leisurely old-fashioned way by reading the newspapers available there. There is also wireless Internet available as well as free local phone calls to take care of business.

The concierge at the hotel will be happy to help guests plan their activities with advice on local attractions. However, those electing to stay in may borrow a wide array of movies, games and books from the front desk.

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3.Plan This Vacation

Plan This Vacation  

Guests who yearn to explore the surroundings are welcome to make use of the free bicycles to see the town of Healdsburg. Before visiting the hotel, guests are encouraged to inquire about their seasonal offers, as these include amenities that vary according to the season and may not be available to regular bookings.

Ask any local about Healdsburg and they immediately begin with stories about the town before the renovation or renaissance, depending on the view point of the story-teller. Situated in Sonoma valley, the town came to life in 1857 and soon the promise of what it would be become one day started sprouting in the plaza. These days, the small town is renowned for the mixed bag of attractions it offers guests. In the plaza, jazzy notes create a warm and inviting tone, while country roads lead out of the town, winding their way through vineyards.

The antithesis of what one would expect from a small town, Healdsburg is alive with art, food and wine on the artisanal scale. Shop organic local produce, or check-in at the Healdsburg Inn for an intimate boutique hotel escape. There are also bookstores and ample opportunities to go antiquing.

Not only is the town a gem among wine country, it also offers world-class luxuries like spas and museums. For those who came to the country for the fresh air and the crunch of leaves under their feet, the town offers a variety of outdoor parks where visitors can sprawl out with a picnic or on a bench. The adventurous need not stifle a yawn when thinking about Healdsburg, as there are also hot air balloon rides through the hills and vineyards surrounding the town. There are canoe or kayak trips available in the surrounding area.

Dining in the town of Healdsburg is not limited to organic fare, as visitors can have their fill with a variety of cuisines from around the world. Tuck into a Mexican meal for something spicy or opt for Italian when feeling romantic. The options are endless and palates are never far from sated.

For something on the unique side of entertainment, why not combine comfort and adventure with a Segway tour. Taking guests through two wineries, the tour operators will also teach riders how to operate the Segway before whizzing through the Redwood forest surrounding the town.

Another aspect that makes Healdsburg a brilliant destination is that its location is the convergence of three of the largest wine regions in Sonoma County. This gives visitors a choice of almost 100 tasting rooms and wineries, from small boutique wineries to larger established labels. Among these vineyards, guests will also find the odd brewery popping up, and these local draughts are of course stocked in the bars of Healdsburg. Lastly there are also flower farms, where fresh flowers can be bought and floral classes are available.

With so much to choose from, visitors to Healdsburg will be exposed to an eclectic but chic atmosphere, where artisanal goods, fine wine and entertainment are never far off. With the location of the Healdsburg Inn being right on the plaza, most of these attractions will effectively be right outside the guest’s front door.

Guests of Healdsburg Inn have the luxury of ordering an in-room spa treatment. Not all rooms are able to accommodate treatments, so it is advised that guests find out from the inn if they are able to do so in their room.

112 Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA 95448, Phone: 707-433-6991

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