For decades, luxury wine country experiences in California were dominated by innkeepers of the Napa Valley.
But that changed when the folks at Montage opened Montage Healdsburg in northern Sonoma County.
If you’re not familiar with Montage, allow us to quote from the company’s website:
“Montage is devoted to delivering an elevated guest experience. A key part of all Montage Hotels & Resorts is a commitment to refined living. Guests can expect impeccable hospitality, exceptional epicurean experiences, world-class spas and an elegant yet welcoming ambiance with the goal of creating lasting and cherished memories.”
And here’s what the company has to say about Montage Healdsburg:
“Discover a transformative hideaway where warm hospitality meets the authentic charm and scenic beauty of Sonoma wine country. Nestled among 258 acres of rolling vineyards and oak tree groves, Montage Healdsburg features an 11,500-square-foot spa, a zero-edge resort pool, three signature dining options, including a seasonal poolside restaurant inspired by the region’s culinary heritage, and seamless access to Northern California’s renowned wineries and outdoor experiences.”
The resort truly has embraced the heritage of its surroundings, and each Friday from 4:30-6 p.m. hosts a “Meet the Maker” tasting event on its Lobby Terrace.
The schedule for October:
* October 7 — 123 Spirits
* October 14 — Lynmar Estate Winery
* October 21 — Anaba Wines
* October 28 — Croix Estate Winery
The tastings are described as a “complimentary experience,” but that doesn’t mean they’re free. They’re open to those 21 and over who are guests of the resort. And beginning room rates at the resort hover around $1,200.
One can get some of the Montage Healdsburg experience without actually staying at the resort. To learn more about the restaurant and bar offerings on the property, click here.
Obviously, a stay at Montage isn’t for everyone. The per-night cost is approximately the same as that for a European river cruise. But if you’re looking for a special-occasion getaway without the need to fly across the Pacific, Montage Healdsburg could be for you.