9 New, Stylish, and Affordable California Wine-Country Hotels

by Kristine Hansen

9 New, Stylish, and Affordable California Wine-Country Hotels

by Kristine Hansen

From rolling vineyards and tasting rooms to gourmet restaurants and shopping, California wine country offers plenty of allure. Now with nine brand-new boutique hotels in the mix, you might want to book a trip to the Golden State’s most blissful region now.

From rolling vineyards and tasting rooms to gourmet restaurants and shopping, California wine country offers plenty of allure. Now with nine brand-new boutique hotels in the mix, you might want to book a trip to the Golden State’s most blissful region now.

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Astro Motel
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Astro Motel

Open since January, this retrofitted motel in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, features 34 pet-friendly rooms stocked with furnishings and art from 1963 — the year the property was constructed. The owner, a former Gourmet Magazine staffer, cut her teeth in the local culinary scene at nearby Spinster Sisters restaurant. Rent one of the motel’s stylish Shinola bicycles to explore the area. From $189/night

Open since January, this retrofitted motel in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, features 34 pet-friendly rooms stocked with furnishings and art from 1963 — the year the property was constructed. The owner, a former Gourmet Magazine staffer, cut her teeth in the local culinary scene at nearby Spinster Sisters restaurant. Rent one of the motel’s stylish Shinola bicycles to explore the area. From $189/night

Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa / Geothermal pool
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Calistoga Motor Lodge

This 50-room Napa Valley lodge (including 20 suites) debuted last year with modern amenities like a spa, walk-in rainfall showers, and three outdoor pools (poolside cabanas are the prime place to unwind). Even so, the vibe feels delightfully dialed back to the 1940s, with lots of aqua and pale-pink. Stretch your legs with on-site rental bikes and morning yoga. From $186/night

This 50-room Napa Valley lodge (including 20 suites) debuted last year with modern amenities like a spa, walk-in rainfall showers, and three outdoor pools (poolside cabanas are the prime place to unwind). Even so, the vibe feels delightfully dialed back to the 1940s, with lots of aqua and pale-pink. Stretch your legs with on-site rental bikes and morning yoga. From $186/night

The Getaway / Guest room
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The Getaway

The Getaway opened in May a mile from the beach in Carmel. It’s a short ride to Monterey County wineries — known for award-winning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir — as well as tasting rooms in downtown Carmel. The 34 pet-friendly rooms are beach chic (think: rattan furnishings and linen headboards). The nightly rate includes breakfast and a daily Sparkling Wine Hour on the terrace. From $165/night

The Getaway opened in May a mile from the beach in Carmel. It’s a short ride to Monterey County wineries — known for award-winning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir — as well as tasting rooms in downtown Carmel. The 34 pet-friendly rooms are beach chic (think: rattan furnishings and linen headboards). The nightly rate includes breakfast and a daily Sparkling Wine Hour on the terrace. From $165/night

Hotel Trio / Lobby
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Hotel Trio

Located on Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Road — where family-owned wineries grow Italian grape varietals — this 122-suite hotel, open since summer, offers free breakfast and shuttles to historic Sonoma Plaza. The hotel has a living green wall, an outdoor pool, a bocce-ball court, and a wine and tapas bar. Need extra shampoo or help opening wine? Just summon Rosé the Robot. From $175/night

Located on Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Road — where family-owned wineries grow Italian grape varietals — this 122-suite hotel, open since summer, offers free breakfast and shuttles to historic Sonoma Plaza. The hotel has a living green wall, an outdoor pool, a bocce-ball court, and a wine and tapas bar. Need extra shampoo or help opening wine? Just summon Rosé the Robot. From $175/night

Timber Cove Resort
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Timber Cove Resort

If you crave a quiet coastal stay but want to be near Sonoma’s tasting rooms, this 46-room, two-year-old resort in Jenner is your sweet spot. With a floor-to-ceiling fireplace in the Great Room and rooms overlooking the ocean (stocked with record players and vinyl), you’ll never want to leave. In fact, Coast Kitchen serves food all day long, and yoga is offered Saturday mornings. From $198/night

 

If you crave a quiet coastal stay but want to be near Sonoma’s tasting rooms, this 46-room, two-year-old resort in Jenner is your sweet spot. With a floor-to-ceiling fireplace in the Great Room and rooms overlooking the ocean (stocked with record players and vinyl), you’ll never want to leave. In fact, Coast Kitchen serves food all day long, and yoga is offered Saturday mornings. From $198/night

 

Harmon Guest House
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Harmon Guest House

Joining sister properties Hotel Healdsburg and h2hotel, this 39-room eco-centric, dog-friendly property boasts the town’s only rooftop bar. Opened in September near Sonoma Plaza, each room has a private patio or balcony and was built from sustainable products — from recycled tiles to locally cast concrete tubs. Bikes are available to guests. From $243/night

 

Joining sister properties Hotel Healdsburg and h2hotel, this 39-room eco-centric, dog-friendly property boasts the town’s only rooftop bar. Opened in September near Sonoma Plaza, each room has a private patio or balcony and was built from sustainable products — from recycled tiles to locally cast concrete tubs. Bikes are available to guests. From $243/night

 

Auto Camp / Guest room
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AutoCamp

Is glamping more your thing? Since 2016, Guerneville in Sonoma County has been home to an AutoCamp along the Russian River (another opens near Yosemite National Park next year). Bunk in either a retrofitted Airstream or a canvas tent and have access to a clubhouse done up in mid-century mod style, tucked into a redwood grove. From $140/night

Is glamping more your thing? Since 2016, Guerneville in Sonoma County has been home to an AutoCamp along the Russian River (another opens near Yosemite National Park next year). Bunk in either a retrofitted Airstream or a canvas tent and have access to a clubhouse done up in mid-century mod style, tucked into a redwood grove. From $140/night

The Sandman Hotel
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The Sandman Hotel

Open since spring of 2017, The Sandman Hotel in Santa Rosa functions as a modern roadside inn that’s nothing like the places you went as a kid. Each of the 135 rooms features mid-century mod decor, plus a kitchenette suited for a wine-and-cheese feast. The pool area and bar are stylish, as is the lobby lounge with its macramé wall hangings. Dogs are welcome, too. From $159/night

Open since spring of 2017, The Sandman Hotel in Santa Rosa functions as a modern roadside inn that’s nothing like the places you went as a kid. Each of the 135 rooms features mid-century mod decor, plus a kitchenette suited for a wine-and-cheese feast. The pool area and bar are stylish, as is the lobby lounge with its macramé wall hangings. Dogs are welcome, too. From $159/night

Blue Door Inn / Exterior
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Blue Door Inn

The coastal town of Mendocino may be known for its Victorian charm, but the newly renovated Blue Door Inn is more akin to a Restoration Hardware catalog. Guests wake up to a breakfast basket at their doors and roaring gas fireplaces. It’s just a mile from Mendocino Headlands State Park and winery tasting rooms (there are 40 in the county) are very close, too. From $189/night

The coastal town of Mendocino may be known for its Victorian charm, but the newly renovated Blue Door Inn is more akin to a Restoration Hardware catalog. Guests wake up to a breakfast basket at their doors and roaring gas fireplaces. It’s just a mile from Mendocino Headlands State Park and winery tasting rooms (there are 40 in the county) are very close, too. From $189/night

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