The Stavrand Belden Home. Photograph by Emma Ok. Morris
Quaint in its throwback attraction, Guerneville hasn’t registered as far more than a semi-funky thoroughfare that connects wine nation and the coast. Set alongside the Russian River, the area is a well-liked spot for campers and people looking for modest lodging that afford easy accessibility to the leisure alternatives that abound. However a brand new hospitality choice supplies purpose to position Guerneville on the high of any getaway want listing. The casually elegant Stavrand takes the most effective of its area’s bucolic bounty and fashions these riches right into a gracious 21 room boutique inn that’s as destination-worthy as a few of its greater profile wine nation lodge brethren.
The Stavrand Courtyard. Photograph by Emma Ok. Morris
On the positioning of the previous Applewood Inn, The Stavrand makes use of to the fullest its verdant six acres. Visitors are invited to hike a hillside that affords commanding views of the forested backdrop. A fruit orchard-surrounded chef’s backyard welcomes wanderers with a well-marked, wooden chip-lined pathway. A sun-speckled swimming pool and scorching tub are encircled with chaise lounges. A swinging hammock, set beneath a cover of timber, beckons the weary, and a fleet of complimentary bicycles enable for additional exploration of the world.
The inn’s 4 historic buildings encompass a twinkle-lit courtyard that’s greater than conducive to visitor camaraderie. Right here, Adirondack chairs in various hues of shiny blue are stationed round two firepits that present welcome heat when the ocean fog inevitably rolls in. Visitors are invited to place these firepits to even higher use with the free of charge S’mores packets discovered at-the-ready every night within the Belden Home, the inn’s cozy foyer constructing, the centerpiece of which is an enormous stone fire, authentic to the 1922 building and thoroughly restored to replicate the property’s Mediterranean Revival structure. It’s right here in Belden Home the place you’ll discover board video games, a lending library, and complimentary night aperitif. Visitors are inspired to collect at 5pm for a number of native Sonoma County wines and the occasional crafted cocktail.
The Stavrand Backyard & Orchard. Photograph by Emma Ok. Morris
The Stavrand’s Belden Home Sunroom
And although it may be the quite a few facilities and the beautifully-appointed visitor rooms (some with personal scorching tubs, others with giant jetted baths, gasoline fireplaces, and several other with balconies or patios) that present incentive to go to, these within the know will web site the culinary choices as a serious draw. Presently open solely to lodge visitors, The Stavrand restaurant is a revelation. Breakfast (with a alternative of three inventive and delectable choices, espresso, and contemporary juices) is included. However don’t miss the dinner choice at $125 per particular person, which incorporates ample wine pairings of each well-known and under-the-radar Sonoma County labels. Overseen by Government Chef Jeremy Clemens, the kitchen affords an ever-changing, seasonal, three course menu that alone is worthy of a Stavrand keep. Get pleasure from one dinner, and also you’re more likely to ebook extra nights with a purpose to pattern the entire of the proficient Clemen’s huge repertoire. Suppose Charred Summer time Squash with radicchio, Parmigiano Reggiano, balsamic and pine nuts, Eggplant with pesto polenta, Monterey King Salmon with tzatziki and blistered cherry tomatoes, all adopted by a S’mores Cake made with TCHO chocolate, graham crackers and toasted marshmallow.
The Stavrand Eating Room
The Stavrand Eating Room Medley. Photograph by Emma Ok. Morris
The artwork of hospitality is a part of proprietor Emily Glick’s heritage. Her grandparents Grace and Erik Stavrand (for whom she named the lodge) operated the Black Bear Lodge in Bolton Valley, Vermont. The Stavrand is Glick’s labor of affection; she shares proprietorship with a small group, every of whom is dedicated to offering visitors with a novel and indulgent Sonoma County keep. Their mission is greater than completed.
Visitor Room at The Stavrand
Visitor Bathtub at The Stavrand
All images courtesy of The Stavrand