The Inn at Occidental, Sonoma
A Weekend Away in Wine Country
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...