The town of Sonoma, in the heart of Sonoma Valley, has much to offer visitors, from the historic Mission Sonoma, tree-lined central Sonoma Plaza (a National Historic Landmark) and award winning restaurants to unique shops featuring works by local artisans. Located just four blocks from the Sonoma Plaza is a hidden gem, MacArthur Place, a 64-room hotel comprised of luxuriously appointed cottages that harken back to more genteel times.
Macarthur Park is steeped in history, originally set within a 300-acre vineyard, cattle and horse ranch established in the 1850’s. The grounds, now comprised of seven acres, and cottages have been carefully designed to preserve the heritage of the ranch. The original two-story residence has been retained, which contains ten rooms, and Saddles, the best steakhouse in California according to the California Beef Council, is housed in the old barn. Twenty nine suites, built in 1997 to match the architecture of the residence, have been added in cottages connected by walking paths that wind past a large manicured lawn, fish pond, rose garden and over 30 garden sculptures tucked into surprising nooks and crannies. Nathanson Creek gurgles along the western side of the property.
The hotel property is conveniently located on Highway 12 and is within walking distance of shops and restaurants around Sonoma Plaza. Due to the majestic trees and dense foliage of the well maintained gardens around the property and all the cottages there is an intimate, quiet feel, like you’re a million miles from the cares of the world. A small, but well equipped workout room is located in the center of the property, along with the spa facility and welcoming pool and hot tub.
Inside the spacious cottages you’ll find luxurious touches, including fireplaces, king-sized beds, original art, hydrotherapy tubs or rain showers, wet bars, flat-panel televisions, and DVD players with six-speaker surround sound. Grape seed bath amenities are provided. Down comforters invite snuggling in winter, while the verandah beckons in summer, preferably with a glass of wine in hand.
Saddles, in the historic barn, is outfitted with plenty of leather sofas, saddles and other accoutrements of horses and farming, in a warm, rustic mileu offset by white tablecloths and fine china. The menu offers an extensive assortment of cuts of meat as well as fresh fish, such as salmon and tuna, and vegetarian selections, such as butternut squash ravioli. Naturally, local wines from Napa and Sonoma are featured, but the bar also produces 16 signature martinis. A complimentary house-made continental breakfast is provided to start the day off right for guests. Each evening a complimentary wine and cheese reception is held in the adjacent Library.
Sonoma offers easy access to the amenities of Sonoma Valley, an appellation characterized by rolling farmland, parkland, vineyards and wineries, bordered by the Mayacamas and Sonoma Mountain ranges. It has the distinction of being the closest wine region to San Francisco. The Buena Vista Winery, California’s oldest, is just five minutes from Sonoma Plaza. Notable wineries in Sonoma Valley include Landmark Vineyards, Matanzas Creek Winery, Kenwood Vineyards and 40 others, ranging from small family operations to large, well-known brands. In the village of Glen Ellen, seven miles north of Sonoma, you will find Benzinger Family Winery, the incredibly well-stocked Glen Ellen Village Market (ground central for winery picnics) and Jack London State Park, where the famous author penned some of his best works at what was then his Beauty Ranch.
MacArthur Place is in an ideal location to take advantage of all that Sonoma Valley has to offer, and provides a luxurious home away from home less than an hour from San Francisco.
29 East MacArthur Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
Room rates: $375-425
From San Francisco to MacArthur Place, Sonoma (about 45 minutes, depending on traffic):
- Cross the Golden Gate Bridge following 101 North
- Turn right on Highway 37 (East) towards Vallejo/Napa/Sonoma for eight miles to the second signal light
- Turn left on Highway 121 and follow eight and one-half miles to Highway 12
- Continue right at “Y” junction of highway 116/121
- Turn left on Highway 12 towards Sonoma
- As you enter the town of Sonoma, turn right on MacArthur Street (third stop-light), just past Sonoma High School
- The entrance to MacArthur Place is the second driveway on the right hand side of the street