Overview: Never been cycling in Tuscany? Me neither. But riding the rolling hills and vineyards of Sonoma wine country may be the next best thing—especially if you stay at Vintners Inn in Santa Rosa. My knowledge of Tuscany? Zilch. I have, however, stayed in a few Italian inns. They tend to feature fountains, cobbled pathways through established gardens, open air dining under shaded pergolas, and the aroma of exotic flowers. The Italian-American owners of Vintners nailed all that. But the rooms and beds are far more sprawling and luxurious than what you typically find in Europe. And the Sonoma County weather is a dead ringer to Tuscany—I’m guessing.
Notable: The inn holds an Environmentalist Level ranking from the California Green Lodging Program.
One Tip: The Sonoma roads are winding and narrow—which makes them fun to ride. But drinking and cycling probably aren’t the best combo. Better to throw a few bottles in a backpack and decant them back at the inn. The owners of the inn also own the Ferrari-Carano winery. Sample their offerings at a café table by a fountain.
Stay Here If: Road bikes, boutique wine, shoulder season temps in the mid 70s, and fine dining appeal to you.
Information: Rooms from $275; vintnersinn.com —Marc Peruzzi
From our High Summer 2016 issue.