I felt like I was home at my cottage. Charm, local flavour
Submitted: March 3, 2012
Stayed: December 2011
We had an ahah, as we drove up the street of unique Californian Sonoma homes, as this cottage is located in an up and coming neighbourhood, but upon reaching the cottage at the top of the hill we were in awh at the peacefulness of the site. The cottage which is hidden by the fenced in court yard in the photo is sweet. A lovely kitchen with wood cabinets, moves you to have coffee and newspaper at the corner bench table, which would be the ideal spot for a writer. The Livingroom with a fantastic wood burning fireplace would have faired better with real wood logs as the cedar boards burned quickly, but what a draw. The Master suite w/ ensuite for my sister, but being both sick I decided to sleep in the Livingroom, due to the "bunkie" not having a washroom which inside cottage offered , 2pc bath for convenience. Without the privacy of a 2nd bedrm indoors, it was a bit of a challenge as it did disturb the other person if one left the master suite to go to the kitchen. We did feel bed bound by the flu and lack of privacy. However, the deck and the view was a wow, with magnificent sunsets. Ideal place to spread that checked table cloth found in the cupboard and a bottle of wine from a local winery and cheese and food from the Whole Food Market. Romantic, inspiring if you were a painter or a writer. Would be come back. Yes for sure. I would pick a bit warmer time and leave the flu bug in Canada. People were helpful, the wine tours throughout Sonoma and Napa superb, restaurants The Depot and The Hot Box were two of our favourites. The shops and owners were grand. Yes I did get the Mexican Ice Cream , so juicy oranges that only California offers at the end of the street. Best of all we found the Spa at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission with Steam rooms, saunas, whirlpools and massages, and an outdoor pool sheltered from any cold weather. Worth the under $100 for a day at their spa. Their bar and waiters pay special attention and their martini's are wow, try eating at their bar. And guess what that is all at the end of the street. Even the Hot Box Restaurant. Oh and I shouldn't forget the Mexican take out at the bottom of the street too. Can't remember the name but oh the best food, try the one made from Aubergines. St Helene was the best town adventure. Loved the cottage and miss it too. Just like my cottage back home. Suggestion, open up the 2nd bedrm in the cottage to rentals if their stay is long in winter months,or add 2nd bedrm on top, view ++
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