In Hungry Concierge, we travel the world to spot hotels that operate with their guests’ food and drink needs squarely in mind — hotels, both big and small, that are located in neighborhoods rich with bar and restaurant options. Because there’s nothing worse than having your trip derailed by crummy room service. Ready to wine, dine and relax at Madrona Manor?
Picturesque and quiet is exactly how anyone would describe a wine country vacation, especially when staying at Madrona Manor. Lush gardens surround the sleepy hotel that’s located on top of a hill overlooking a vineyard. Find your way uphill to the property’s greenhouse, where produce is grown for the on-site Michelin-starred Restaurant at Madrona Manor. When you need a place to rest your head or a claw-footed tub to soak in after a long day of wine tasting, this gorgeous Victorian mansion is the place to stay.
In true bed-and-breakfast tradition, every room at the Manor is slightly different. Unique pieces like an elephant-shaped toilet make the hotel feel like a collector’s happy place. You’ll be lucky to score the room with a canopy bed that completes the fairytale vibes. Every room is equipped with a functioning fireplace with firewood at the ready, as the cherry on the top. Plus, turndown service includes freshly baked cookies from the restaurant below!
Across the parking lot, cottages and a renovated schoolhouse provide more rooms with an addition daybed, perfect for the little ones.
Everything about Madrona Manor feels like the embodiment of the 2001 hit film, Princess Diaries. The movie’s set in pre-Zuckerberg San Francisco and paints the pictures of blooming flowers, rolling hills, grand Victorian houses, an introduction to the royal life and more. The Manor is exactly all of that, just 70 miles north of the City by the Bay. Quaint, old-timey art and furniture crowd the walls of the mansion, and make it feel more like you’re staying with the Queen of England rather than your hoarder of a distant relative. Some additions, like a baby’s Christening dress and a wedding dress hung on the walls, give the inkling that the place may be haunted — but that’s half the fun!
Make it a morning routine to watch the fog roll out of the vineyard and see the sun to peek through the clouds. A mere three-minute drive will bring you to Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen; five minutes will bring you to the John Ash & Co. Restaurant at Vintners Inn. Another five minutes will bring you to the heart of downtown Healdsburg, where the delights of Northern California are limitless. Vineyards as far as the eye can see makes it easy to just close your eyes and pick a winery with a tasting room on the map. Seek out the special ones like Sonoma-Cutrer where you can drink and play croquet all day long.
Rates start at $235
1001 Westside Road, Healdsburg, California, 95448; 707-433-4231