Honor Mansion (credit: Randy Yagi)
Spending a few nights in the North Bay can be an enchanting experience, most prominently in the magnificent Wine Country. While overnight accommodations can oftentimes be quite pricey, many of the available lodgings tend to offset costs with outstanding complimentary amenities, such as wine tasting and breakfast buffets. Yet some top-rated properties rise above the rest, creating gourmet breakfasts with the food quality and preparation strongly reminiscent of some of the Bay Area’s top dining establishments. The following accommodations offer the best free breakfasts in the North Bay.
891 Grove St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Considered the No. 1 Romantic Hotel, No. 2 Top Small Hotel and No. 3 among Luxury Hotels in the country by Trip Advisor, Honor Mansion is also the only Healdsburg lodging with a AAA Four Diamond Rating. The resort offers three unique room categories all luxuriously furnished, from lovely cottages and suites to breathtaking mansion rooms and vineyard suites. Among the outstanding amenities on the property are a 40-foot lap pool, tennis and basketball courts and a PGA putting green. The delightful gourmet breakfasts, featuring the tasty Honor Mansion Eggs Benedict, Breakfast Strata and Grand Marnier French Toast, also includes complimentary mimosas.
7871 River Road
Forestville, CA 95436
Located 14 miles northwest of Santa Rosa in the small community of Forestville, the Farmhouse Inn is an award-winning luxury inn with a Michelin-starred restaurant and elegant spa services. Among the numerous awards bestowed upon this fabulous property are Travel+Leisure’s 2014 World’s Best Hotels, Wine Enthusiast’s 2014 Ten Best Wine Travel Destinations and North America Grand Prize winner from Andrew Harper. Among the choices for accommodations are luxury barn rooms with indoor/outdoor fireplaces, jetted tubs and private outdoor decks and king suites with wood-burning fireplaces and wet/dry redwood saunas. Each morning, guests can enjoy a lavish breakfast with homemade pastries, farm fresh fruit and eggs benedict, served by owner Catherine Bartolomei and her Breakfast Chef Trevor Boosinger. For a grander dining experience, the celebrated Farmhouse Inn Restaurant, led by Michelin-starred Chef Steve Litke, Maitre d’ Christopher Fohner and Master Sommelier Geoff Kruth, is open for dinner Thursday through Monday.
1001 Westside Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Tucked away on a quiet road in the midst in one of Northern California’s most important wine-producing regions is the magnificent Madrona Manor. Heralded not only for its exquisite rooms and suites, the 19th century mansion outside Healdsburg, also has a Michelin-starred restaurant and exceptional wedding facilities. Many of beautifully appointed rooms have fireplaces and private decks and the spacious property also boasts a seasonally heated swimming pool. The complimentary gourmet buffet breakfast includes a variety of meats and cheeses, breads, fresh fruit, eggs, cereals, hot dishes and freshly squeezed orange juice. The award-winning Restaurant at Madrona Manor, renown for impeccable service and distinctive cuisine, is led by the rising star, Chef Jesse Mallgren, who previously worked with celebrity chefs specializing in California cuisine – Jeremiah Tower and Gary Danko.
5131 Warm Springs Road
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
A tranquil country setting in tiny Glen Ellen is the immaculate setting for a hidden gem amongst multiple extravagant accommodations in the Sonoma Wine County. The small, yet stunning boutique Olea Hotel has 12 gorgeous guest rooms, including two secluded cottages equipped with brick fireplaces and private patios. Complimentary amenities include wine tasting, coffee and tea in the lobby, an outdoor hot tub and a delicious gourmet breakfast. The Olea Hotel also offers highly rated massage services, including treatments for couples. The gourmet breakfast menu was designed by Ivy League-educated Executive Chef Khambay Porterkhamsy who perfected her cooking skills at the esteemed Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. The two-course plated breakfast is served all day and offers seasonal fruit, delectable entrees, organic yogurt and homemade granola, pastries and other tasty treats.
1152 Lodi Lane
St. Helena, CA 94574
Napa Valley’s first B&B is surrounded by acres of vineyards and resides close to many of the world’s most famous wineries. The top-ranked hotel in St. Helena by Trip Advisor, the Wine Country Inn offers five luxury cottages, five spacious suites and 26 uniquely crafted rooms, replete with hardwood floors, spacious decks or hot tubs, amid pastoral views of the countryside. Among the marvelous complimentary amenities are: a secluded swimming pool and Jacuzzi, afternoon wine and appetizers, full buffet breakfast and a restaurant shuttle offered during the winter months to some of the region’s top restaurants, such as the Michelin-rated restaurants Auberge du Soleil and The Restaurant at Meadowood, arguably the finest dining experience in the Napa Valley. The gourmet breakfast is served daily, with seasonally fresh fruit, homemade breads, eggs, casseroles and a self-described, internationally praised homemade granola.