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Inspirato offers more than a dozen Sonoma County homes, all ideally located for a wine country vacation. Villa Vigneto, just two miles outside Sonoma, provides the easiest access to the town’s quaint shops and restaurants. Villa Della Luna is a gated five-acre estate with sweeping views of the rolling Sonoma hills, while the modern Winner’s Circle sits just five minutes from the renowned vineyards of the Russian River Valley.
Further north, Vintner’s Cottage offers a one-of-a-kind, immersive experience on the property of an active winery; catch a glimpse of the winemaking process while staying in a private French-style cottage. We have five homes at Wheelman House Healdsburg less than a block from Healdsburg Plaza, providing incredible access to restaurants, wineries, and tasting rooms.
In casual and temperate Wine Country, we're giving our members a unique suggestion: get inside. Sonoma County with Inspirato means private winery tours with leading vintners, all arranged by your Destination Concierge. And it's not just exclusive indoor venues; it's inside access, too. Reservations already made for hot air ballooning by day and fine dining by night, vintners coming to your private residence for an in-home tasting with friends, and even an in-home massage, if you so desire. Remember that your next vacation to Sonoma will go far beyond the sun-dappled hills. In the casual climes of Sonoma County, we'll add a side of sophistication.
After a lively afternoon exploring the sun-kissed wineries nearby, bring them home. Ask your Destination Concierge to arrange for a private chef to prepare dinner with paired wines in the comfort of your Inspirato Residence.
For a bird's eye view of wine country far below, reserve a hot air balloon outing for your group. Napa Valley Balloons and Up & Away Ballooning are two options near Santa Rosa and Healdsburg, respectively.
The hills that make up Moon Mountain Vineyard were formed by volcanic forces millions of years ago. Today you can taste award-winning vintages by Repris or tour their 18,000 square feet of caves.
For visitors, Sonoma town may be the center of everything, but for many locals, the laidback city of Santa Rosa, just five miles or so west of the valley proper, is home. Here you'll find one of the country's hottest microbreweries, Russian River Brewing, known to hopheads worldwide for its Pliny the Elder double IPA beer.
Also in Santa Rosa you'll find Willi's Wine Bar, an unpretentious roadhouse with a serious pedigree. This is one of the most popular restaurants in the Bay Area, with one of the country's best wine lists. The atmosphere may be casual, but the food is the real deal.
Inspirato has great relationships with a variety of wineries across Sonoma and Napa. Talk to your Member Care team about creating a customized wine-tasting itinerary.
For more information about vacationing in this destination, contact your Care team.
While summer is the most popular time to visit Wine Country, the area hosts gourmet experiences year-round. Try barrel tasting celebrations in February, culinary extravaganzas in March, festivals themed around grapes and heirloom tomatoes in September, and harvest fairs in October.
Along the ridge that separates the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, the highest peak, Bald Mountain, offers some incredible views from its 2,729-foot summit. Access the 6-mile trail from inside Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, just a short drive up the hill from town.
For those that believe Napa to be superior, take note: Sunset magazine recently conducted its first "Wine Country Face Off" between Napa and Sonoma, asking experts to weigh on such categories as wine quality, innovation and visitor experience. Sonoma won the crown.
Kids are allowed on winery grounds, but you'll find they're more welcome at the bigger, tour-bus-friendly wineries. If you want to tour the more intimate wineries, Wine Country is better suited to adults.
It can get very hot during the day, but the nights can still be chilly. Wear layers to maximize your comfort while out and about.
Restaurants and wineries alike take much pride in being family-owned and operated. When you stop in, the proprietors usually enjoy sharing the background and philosophy of their winery.
Fairmont Hotels and Resorts have been bringing luxury hospitality to guests around the world for over 100 years. Each property is carefully designed to respect and reflect the surrounding destination, all while bringing exquisite service and amenities to their guests.
The Inspirato Member vacation in Sonoma, California includes all the best that Wine Country has to offer. From private tours of historic vineyards to chef-prepared meals, the experiences are as luxurious as the residences you can call home.
Many consider Wine Country's climate ideal, with winter chill and summer heat moderated by nearby bodies of water. Summers are warm during the day and cool at night, and springtime is moderate and breezy. Low humidity helps the warmer seasons feel fresh and dry. Fall can bring unexpected heat waves, and winter is undoubtedly crisp.