California’s north coast is one of those places you head for when you want to go wild. Big surf, small towns, and plenty of quiet — and hotels that know how to showcase the charm of each destination. Whether you’re looking for a romantic night of star- and fire-gazing or a weekend getaway in a historic setting, these North Bay hotels have it all dialed in.
Featured Photo: The Inn Above Tide
Blue Door Inns
Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa
Look around Cavallo Point today and you’d be forgiven for likening the extensive horseshoe-shaped compound to one of the Adirondack resorts renowned for Dirty Dancing-style revelry. But in fact this enclave of isolation directly underneath the Golden Gate Bridge was once Fort Baker, a military installation dating back to 1902. Rooms in the historic officers’ quarters are reminiscent of a Greek revival mansion, with wide front porches and turn-of-the-century woodwork, while rooms in the new wings feature radiant heat floors and plate-glass windows.
- Cavallo Point’s dining options, high-ceilinged Farley Bar and , are favorites of locals looking to celebrate a special evening.
- The sprawling complex also includes hiking trails and a , with a cypress-shaded outdoor meditation pool and a tea bar serving health-giving infusions.
The Inn Above Tide
The Stavrand Russian River Valley
During the pandemic, hospitality veteran Emily Glick took the opportunity to completely reimagine the popular six-acre, historical property nestled amongst the redwoods minutes from downtown Guerneville. Formerly Applewood Inn, the property is now The Stavrand Russian River Valley Inn and Hotel. Stavrand, her family name, means “church on a hill” — very apropo once you visit the property. Her efforts have been rewarded with accolades, including being listed as one of Afar Magazine’s most exciting new hotels of 2021. The 21-room compound can be rented out entirely for weddings or corporate events with multiple meeting spaces throughout including fire pits, living room and private garden
- Many rooms have a soaking tub, jacuzzi or cedar hot tub and some have a fireplace.
Timber Cove Resort
And with 23 acres to wander, Timber Cove takes full advantage.