Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The Inn at Occidental, Sonoma

A Weekend Away in Wine Country

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A typical breakfast at the Occidental Inn


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Downtown Occidental is only a couple of Blocks in its entirety


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A beautiful collection of antiques decorate the Inn's interior


Once you accept the truth that staying anywhere in Wine Country that isn't a Best Western is going to cost you at least $300 a night, you can relax and start checking out the Bed & Breakfasts and Hotels online. I stumbled across The Inn at Occidental by accident whilst googling for hotels, and although it was 30 miles from where I really wanted to be, I fell in love with the idea of it from the website and so did Fred.

Everything about the Inn is totally charming, not least the owners Jerry and Tina Wolsborn who are so warm and so welcoming, they know every guest by name.

Each room is unique - for food lovers out there, you'll even find one called The Kitchen Cupboard, decorated with old kitchen gadgets. The beds are so comfortable, we are hatching a plan to buy one of the feather top-mattresses with Tina's help. At 5.30pm every evening Jerry and Tina host a reception featuring local wines and a selection of canapes. Breakfast is also included. The daily changing specials, which highlight local ingredients, could be a savoury cheese fritatta with tomato coulis and bacon or a stack of lemon ricotta pancakes with a berry sauce.

What to do? There are plenty of places to eat in the area, and cute little shops to browse. A drive to the beach is a possibility too - Occidental isn't too far from Bodega Bay. We took a tip from Taylor at The Fatted Calf and booked into the nearby Osmosis Spa for a Cedar Enzyme Bath and a massage, which was a great way to wind down and relax. I'll be sharing some more stories from our weekend over the next few days...





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The Inn at Occidental, Sonoma

17 Comments:

  • At 21/3/07 09:01, Blogger Freya and Paul said…

    Great post, wonderful pictures! Thanks for sharing!

     
  • At 21/3/07 09:40, Anonymous enidd said…

    mmm, sounds like a great weekend break. enidd has kept a bookmark in the hope that one day she'll finally make it to california.

     
  • At 21/3/07 09:53, Blogger Beccy said…

    Sounds like a lovely weekend Sam.

     
  • At 21/3/07 11:18, Blogger Acme Instant Food said…

    A trip to wine country does weird things to my head. It awakens a strong urge to quit my job, sell the home and open up a B & B there. Of course I'd have to start wearing only khakis and Polo shirts and drive an SUV but I'd be willing to make these sacrifices.

     
  • At 21/3/07 12:49, Blogger eshop600 said…

    I love the way you put the pictures on your website, they look really cool, nice job!

     
  • At 21/3/07 13:04, Blogger Chubbypanda said…

    I was with you right up until the picture of that cloth Humpty-Dumpty prison inmate. That just seriously freaked me out.

     
  • At 21/3/07 13:05, Blogger ChrisB said…

    Sam that sounds like a perfect weekend can't wait to hear more. Did you enjoy the spa? Feather top- matresses are so cosy I've been thinking about getting one.

     
  • At 21/3/07 15:19, Anonymous Grant said…

    I have always wanted to go up north to wine country. Occidental looks just beautiful and that inn is a great thing to know about. Maybe this summer...

    Thanks!

     
  • At 21/3/07 17:48, Blogger Dagny said…

    Occidental used to be known for their Italian restaurants. I fell in love with the place when I dated a guy from there way back when I was in high school.

     
  • At 21/3/07 23:17, Anonymous Sheri said…

    Thanks for the tip. I live in Northern Cal but am always looking for a great getaway with good food! The combo isn't always easy to find.h

     
  • At 22/3/07 02:45, Anonymous EmBee said…

    I may have persuaded my server to let me in at last. It looks a fabjous place and the food would just suit an eater like me. Glad you enjoyed it. Love

     
  • At 22/3/07 05:11, Blogger Julia said…

    Ooh I want that breakfast!

     
  • At 22/3/07 06:06, Blogger Douglas Cress said…

    looks incredible. Reminds me of the small inns of New England.

     
  • At 22/3/07 12:47, Anonymous Sean said…

    Yay -- we stayed there a couple years ago, and also did the Osmosis thing. Such an awesome getaway. Loved the sawdust treatment at Osmosis -- except for the part where you have to get all that stuff out of your various cracks and crevices. Worth it just the same.

     
  • At 23/3/07 08:40, Anonymous ASMO said…

    HUGE SIGH...

    A year already since we were in California, driving up to the Little River Inn near Mendocino one day and then to Bodega Bay another. Stopping for oysters at the Marshall Store is one of my top foodie moments in life. re-SIGH... Thanks, Sam, this post just put the sunshine back into a dreary London afternoon...

     
  • At 23/3/07 09:32, Anonymous susan said…

    the inn looks beautiful! i haven't been up to the wine country yet but your photos & posts are quite motivating. and add to that a day at the spa. :)

     
  • At 10/2/09 04:30, Anonymous simon said…

    oh my lord that pancake just looks amazing, i'm dribbling on my keyboard.

     

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