Ever since we got involved in horses, our travels have been curtailed. After all, equestrian sport is about the most expensive hobby I could have chosen. That said, I’ve learned to look for quick and affordable ways to do a fast recharge of the batteries: traveling on off-peak days, and staying close to home to cut-down on time on the road. A quick jaunt to Sonoma to stay at MacArthur Place fit the bill perfectly.
We headed over to our neighboring town, Sonoma, which is just 25 minutes away, a couple of days before Christmas. Special deals were available, so it was within reach, wallet-wise, to stay at the lovely, and recently renovated hotel, MacArthur Place, which is just a short distance from Sonoma’s main square. Stay mid-week and you’ll get 20% off and a $100 resort credit. Score!
Originally a family estate and vineyard, the seven acre property is now a lush and serene place to escape from the hustle of everyday life. The rooms are gorgeously appointed and what was most exciting to me and Monkey, was the generously stocked, tasty snack bar in the room, and—get this—everything is free! (You pay for drinks.)
I went to MacArthur Place during our balmy Californian fall for an evening dinner in the warm air, and I can attest that the garden is just a lovely place to dine when weather permits. For our visit, we were seated indoors for dinner. Sad to say, the kitchen wasn’t ‘on’ the night we were there. I had to send back one dish for being so over-salted, and believe me, I love salt. Our waiter informed me that the head chef had a night off. Hmm. I won’t say don’t eat there, but perhaps proceed with caution.
One of the things Monkey loved the most, was the fact we could borrow eBikes and zip into town. I wasn’t convinced that I’d want to be battery-powered, while he of course, went as fast as he could. I have to admit, it was pretty fun!
There’s a cool little coffee shop just off the hotel lobby where you can grab coffee and a bagel if you’re not planning on sitting down to a big breakfast. And after that, there’s the whole of Sonoma to explore.
First stop on your list, especially if you’re after a new ‘do’, looking for some ‘clean’ or organic beauty products, or some pretty jewelry, should be Purely Sonoma. Recently opened by two friends, the place is a feast for the eyes and will nourish your skin, hair and soul – you won’t be disappointed.
After that, go for a wander around the square. From tasting rooms, to kitchenware shops, an olive oil store and high-end clothing boutiques, there’s something for everyone. And when lunch calls, be sure to check out perennial favorite, the Girl and the Fig (reservation recommended).