Harmon Guest House
Modern, $$ ($229)
Japanese design meets Scandinavian sensibility at Harmon Guest House, the third act in a Sonoma County hotel story that includes Hotel Healdsburg and h2Hotel. Just off the historic downtown plaza in Healdsburg, the LEED Gold-certified, 39-room hotel invites the outdoors inside via large windows, sunlit stairwells, reclaimed redwood sun-shading features, and a check-in desk made from an enormous felled eucalyptus tree. Durable organic materials feature heavily, from polished concrete to vine trellises. A rooftop terrace offers views of Fitch Mountain and Sonoma Hills and a wooded footbridge leads to a creekside plot for picnics. All that nature, and yet the hotel is walking distance to many excellent foodie destinations, tasting rooms, and galleries. If you care about design, environment, and location, and you love to drink wine — you're in luck.
At a Glance
The Vibe: Green modernism goes country.
Standout Detail: Holistic design anchoring guests to the outdoor environment.
This Place Is Perfect For: Couples, friends, and families who appreciate the designed organic setting and explorations on foot.
Rooms: A cozy assortment of 39 rooms, including six suites with streamlined furnishings made from hickory. King rooms have a spacious window seat large enough to double as a kid bed. Double Queens and Founder’s Suites adjoin for families as intimate wings. All rooms have balconies or patios and views of the main street and town square, interior garden courtyards, or the swimming pool and creekside park. Creative collaborations with local artisans result in nice decorative touches like hand-loomed bed throws, Peace Industry rugs, recycled clay tiles, and wall art. The bar cart is stocked with locally crafted spirits and mixers and the locally procured snacks are complimentary.
On Site: A series of meeting spaces (including a green room and a rooftop dining room), with catering services and access to additional offerings from its sister hotel next door, make it an ideal spot for special occasions or corporate events. There's also access to a pool, a foot bridge leading to a creekside park, free bicycles, and free parking.
Food + Drink: Breakfast (fruit, pastries, eggs, artisan coffee) happens at Spoonbar, the cafe-restaurant next door at sister property h2Hotel. The rooftop terrace (open afternoons and evenings) has a fire pit and snacking menus, making it one of the most popular gathering spots in Healdsburg, especially during happy hour, when you can score oysters and wine on the cheap.
What to Do Nearby
Northern California’s Sonoma wine country continually lures travelers hungry for top-notch foods (local, sustainable, organic, high-quality — most notably at SingleThread, one of Fathom's World's Best Foodie Escapes, right off Healdsburg's main square), wines (ditto), pristine landscapes, and small town charm. There are hundreds of excellent regional wineries (Russian River Valley, Chalk Hill, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley) and tasting rooms nearby, including a good two dozen in town (be aware, though, that things close early). Are you the boozy shopper type? There are lots of beautiful, bougie shops, too, carrying everything from home goods to pet accessories to men's clothing. The hotel has a cute map of favorite spots in the area.
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