Right in the gorgeous Sonoma Valley Wine Country and just four blocks from the historical Sonoma Plaza is a luxurious 64-room hotel called MacArthur Place, which boasts wineries, shops, fine dining, and beautiful galleries. It is only 15 minutes from Napa Valley by car and about forty-five minutes coming from San Francisco. This makes MacArthur Place a very strategic location for those who have interest in the Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley wineries.

On top of a rich history and multiple prestigious awards garnered over the years, MacArthur Place has seven acres of lush gardens filled with wondrous sculptures and walkways that lead to hedges, benches, and fountains. Its spa offers over 40 different types of massage treatments, and its restaurant has been named one of the country’s best steakhouses. For many reasons, the hotel has been dubbed by Conde Nast Traveller among the “World’s Best” in 2014 and one of the Top 10 Hotels within San Francisco and North California.

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MacArthur Place is a century old ranch that was eventually renovated into a luxury inn and spa. Formerly owned by a prominent Missouri farmer and land owner named David Burris, this 300-acre land is rich with fruit orchards, vineyards, crops, cattle, and horses.

ive generations of the Burris family and various transfers of ownership years later, the property has been remodelled into a 64-room hotel featuring luxurious and state-of-the-art conference facilities, a full service spa, and a widely recognized restaurant. Today, MacArthur Place is home to plenty of historical architecture, charming new cottages, paintings, and all kinds of gardens filled with various original sculptures for visiting guests to admire.

MacArthur Place is quite easy to find. It’s only 45 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge (north) and about 30 minutes from Santa Rosa. It’s also only one and a half hours from the airports of San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento.

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2.Rooms & Suites

Rooms & Suites
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Nestled within the inn’s beautiful gardens, every single one of MacArthur’s 64 luxuriously appointed guest rooms have their own unique design. All guest rooms and suites, however, feature down comforters, walk-in showers, LED HDTVs, DVD players, hair dryers, plush robes, iron and ironing boards, in-room safe, Keurig coffee makers, and refrigerators. Of course, each room has everyone’s much desired wireless internet access. In addition to the room amenities, guests are given complimentary breakfast buffet, nightly wine and cheese, DVD movies, wireless internet, and free parking, as well as use of the spa, fitness, and computer and printer facilities.

Rooms are divided into six types:

- Garden Spa Suites offer a romantic retreat, and is considered one of the inn’s most spectacular accommodations.

- Cabana Suites offer luxury within their indoor and outdoor environments.

- Premium Suites feature duplex units with cathedral ceilings and shutters with hydrotherapy tubs;

- Cottages are known for the privacy they offer to couples.

- Guest and Deluxe Guest Rooms offer the basic but luxurious features of the inn’s accommodations.

- Suites offer the ultimate opportunities for relaxation and comfort with great views and all of the hotel’s best amenities and services.

Guests will also be happy to know that there are guest rooms that are compliant with ADA requirements. They offer the same features and amenities as the other guest rooms, but are friendlier to guests with special access needs.

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3.The Spa

The Spa
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One feature that sets MacArthur Place apart from other inns within its class is the Garden Spa. Named the “Best Spa” within Sonoma based on the Sonoma Index-Tribune’s People’s Choice Awards, Garden Spa offers more than 40 types of massage services, body treatments, facials and waxing, and other relaxing treatments.

Following a “Farm to Massage Table” approach, Garden Spa makes use of the best single note essential oils instead of blends in order to maximize the experience of a single essential oil. Choose from any of the spa’s signature treatments for a 100-minute long session or go for any of the spa’s special packages, which offer a combination of treatments, lunch, and a special gift.

To complete the spa experience, Garden Spa comes equipped with several indoor treatment rooms, a lounge, locker rooms, and a co-ed steam room. There’s also the Garden Shop for guests who want to bring home any of the spa’s products.

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4.Dining at MacArthur Place

Dining at MacArthur Place
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Saddles Steakhouse has been the recipient of quite a few recognitions. It has been considered as the “Best Beef Restaurant in California,” while the Sonoma Index-Tribune Readers Poll has decided they have the “Best Steak.” Meanwhile, the Sonoma Valley Sun Readers Poll considered Saddles to have the “Best Cocktails.” Finally, it has earned the recognition of The Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for its wine selection.

Needless to say, Saddles specializes in steaks and chops coupled with an award-winning selection of wines. The restaurant is also known for its fresh seafood.

At the restaurant’s lobby is a display of original artwork in an open veranda where guests can enjoy their meals outdoors. Those looking for mixed drinks, wine, beer, and martinis can head to the Saddles Martini bar where they can relax or mingle with other people or friends.

Cocktails and lunch are also available by the pool. Finally, guests can request to have their breakfast, lunch, or dinner delivered to their accommodations for a more private dining experience.

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5.Weddings & Meetings

Weddings & Meetings
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Because of its luxurious wine country environment, MacArthur Place is simply a great backdrop for weddings, especially for couples who want to hold their celebrations outside. The estate has a lot of unique and beautiful venues to work with so that the soon-to-be-married couple will find the perfect spot to exchange their wedding vows.

Meanwhile, there’s a well-trained team of event planners who will be working closely with the lovebirds in order to arrange for music, decorations, and other details that make up the wedding they’ve always dreamed of. Catering will be handled by no less than the best chefs at the inn, and guests can be accommodated in MacArthur’s many guest rooms, suites, cabana suites, and cottages.

Those planning large celebrations can have as many as 125 guests, but arrangements for larger groups can be made with the help of the inn’s sales office. There are also packages for more intimate gatherings called the Elopement Package.

MacArthur Place is also known for being a fine meeting and event destination for business groups, corporations, and other organizations. Ready with conference rooms that have versatile features like lighting, seating arrangements, and audio-visual equipment, the inn is capable of hosting almost any kind of gathering of professionals, business partners, executives, and colleagues.

Aside from the lush garden views, luxurious accommodations, and delicious cuisine from the catering services, guests who hold their meetings and conferences in MacArthur Place can also include in their itinerary a host of fun team building activities that can promote camaraderie among the participants. These specially tailored events made possible with the help of the inn’s team of well-trained event planners will help ensure that there’s a healthy mix of work and play, and that every event set in MacArthur Place is a success.

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6.Plan This Vacation

Plan This Vacation
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Finally, guests who stay in MacArthur Place can look forward to many fun activities and experiences. For starters, there are a number of wine-tasting opportunities at the many wineries in the region, some of which include Gloria Ferrer, the Jacuzzi Family Vineyard, or the Sebastian Winery.

There are also a lot of historic sites within California that guests can go to. The Historic Sonoma Plaza, which is the largest town square in California, is only four blocks from MacArthur Place. Guests can also visit the General Vallejo’s Home and Jack London State Park.

There are a number of other activities that can be arranged for guests such as hiking, biking, bird watching, and picnicking. Other popular activities within the region include horseback riding and hot air ballooning.

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29 East MacArthur Street, Sonoma, CA 95476, Phone: 707-938-2929

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MacArthur Place in Sonoma, California