California Travel Tips

MacArthur Place, Gracious Manor with Creature Comforts in Sonoma, Calif.

Published on: April 17, 2012

When you travel, one of the toughest things to rectify is the trading down to lesser accommodations than you’re accustomed to at home. It’s supposed to be a vacation but sometimes you have to wonder why you’re paying for less than your beautiful house and favorite, cozy bed. There’s a special place that’s been transformed into a hotel but once was a regal estate out among the wine grapes of Sonoma County. MacArthur Place Hotel ( has been artfully restored with touches that make you want to stick around. The estate reminds one of historic inns you’ll find in Vermont.¬† Wine country sampling, gourmet dining¬† and exploring the beautiful countryside make for a gracious, much-needed escape. Don’t forget to see the charming downtown with Sonoma Mission and Carnegie Library building!


  • Blocks from downtown Sonoma
  • Luxuriant foliage of hundreds of trees
  • Complimentary, daily Happy Hour in the Library complete with good local wines and appetizers
  • Magnificent 19th century estate with 64-rooms, luxury retreat and spa
  • In-room locally made shampoos and soaps with grapeseeds from neighboring vineyards, organic olive oil, lavender and rosemary
  • Rich with woods and luxury bedding
  • Decks where you can sunbathe
  • 2 Garden Spa Suites with outdoor shower and teak wine soaking tub housed in a Japanese teahouse overlooking a waterfall
  • 40 different massage, facial and body treatments based on the fruit, flowers and herbs grown in the gardens
  • Saddles: A great Steakhouse located in a century old barn that was designed to replicate the barn at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, was originally used to house prize Trotter horses and buggies.
  • Special arrangements for weddings, events and private affairs
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