Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
This sprawling, opulent resort, set just a few miles north of downtown Sonoma, might as well be its own private island; its vast array of on-site amenities could lead you to completely forget about the surrounding wine country. It’s the only property in the region, for instance, that boasts a 177-acre championship golf course; there’s also a 40,000-square-foot spa offering a lengthy menu of mineral-water and ayurveda-themed treatments; a fitness center; an expansive outdoor pool; tennis courts; two restaurants; and a rambling Spanish mission–style compound housing 226 rooms. These are decorated in French-country fashion—white-painted furnishings, toile fabrics, marble baths—and some have wood-burning fireplaces and views over the palm-shaded gardens. Others have balconies or patios—but there’s not a vineyard in sight. You can decide if that’s a good or a bad thing.
Room to Book: Ask for a Mission Suite, with a four-poster bed and Saltillo tilework (and skip the Harvest and Cabernet suites, which overlook the driveway, street, and special event area).
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.