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The Cottage Inn and Spa

Sonoma , CA

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Sonoma, CA US

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Tina
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2/5/2009
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The Cottage Inn and Spa is a wonderful place to stay, especially for a romantic getaway or wedding! We held our elopement-style wedding at the Inn, and stayed for 2 nights. The owners of the Inn, Faye and Gaeta, are a mother-daughter team, and they have the art of innkeeping down perfectly. They are welcoming gracious hosts, but at the same time allow your complete privacy.

The rooms are luxurious and very unique. Faye tells us her late husband, an architect, is responsible for the wonderful little touches and interesting details of the Inn. The decor is soothing and clean yet not generic or hotel-like. Each room features a jacuzzi tub large enough for two, a fireplace, and a comfortable bed heaped with cushy pillows and luxurious comforter. The Mission Suite, where the groom's parents stayed, is an apartment-like suite complete with full kitchen (nicer than our kitchen at home) a private garden patio, and would be ideal for longer stays.

We stayed in the Vineyard View suite, perched at the top of the Inn, with wonderful views of the hills and the town, yet complete privacy. It's ideal as a romantic hideaway. We didn't get to see the other suites but from the photos on the website I can see they are each unique and comfortable!

Our rooms also featured mini fridges stocked with fresh milk, orange juice and bottled water while the dining table was laid out with settings for 2 and a fresh fruit plate, jars with 3 types of cereal, and coffee and tea (Might Leaf). In the morning, fresh-baked pastries appear at your door. Candles and matches were generously distributed in the rooms, and Turkish robes hung near the tub. At check in we were given wine tasting passports for free tastings at dozens of local wineries.

The Inn is right off the main square of the downtown, easy walking distance to many fine restaurants, shops and theater, in the midst of many wineries to visit. It's also right next to the main walking path bisecting Sonoma. Once you park there is no need to drive your car until you leave (and you won't want to leave!).

We didn't have a change to check out the massage services, but the massage room and garden looked very peaceful and soothing.

And finally, my favorite part is the Paradiso room, where we held our ceremony. This courtyard garden is just a wonderful centerpiece to the Inn. It has a glass ceiling so it feels like the outdoors, but no danger of being rained on as we visited in early February. The fountain in the center provides a soothing waterfall sound, not a wimpy trickle. (The fountain cannot be heard inside the rooms, for those light sleepers). At sunset, the fire atop the fountain is lit - flames magically dance around atop a basin of crushed glass! Four comfortable seats for 2 surround the fountain, where you can sit alone or with friends and chat or simply gaze into the fire and water. The tropical foliage creates the feeling of a hidden oasis. The fire warms the room quite effectively when the courtyard doors are closed, we stayed on a chilly damp night and our wedding guests lingered around the fire for hours, none of us felt at all cold, we were quite cozy.

In nicer weather, the courtyard would also be a wonderful place for a wedding ceremony - especially if you have more guests. Surrounded by gardens, the courtyard features a pretty water fountain and old Mission style cobblestones and archways. During our rainy February stay we didn't get to spend as much time in the courtyard, though we did have a photo session there during a lull in the rain.
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