Seeking a cool, eco-conscious home base to hang out between wine tastings, shopping, and dining at some of the best farm-to-table restaurants in Sonoma County? Harmon Guest House is a sustainable boutique stay just steps from Healdsburg Plaza.
From the street, the hotel cuts a striking figure with its redwood-clad geometric exterior. Once inside, the emphasis on design only becomes more evident. A reception desk crafted from a fallen eucalyptus tree, huge windows that stream in natural light, Carl Hansen CH25 lounge chairs, and a bright yellow webbed wall sculpture by NorCal artist Sabine Rickenwell define the lobby. While rotating installations of contemporary local art hang on display in both public spaces and guest rooms. Everything feels very sleek and modern yet soulful with sustainability as a guiding force.
Eco efforts include a sun-shading slat system to reduce solar heat gain, LED lighting, EV-charging stations, harvesting rainwater for all irrigation needs, a solar thermal water-heating system, and water-efficient plumbing fixtures. You’ll find H2O bars with sparkling and flat purified water on every floor. Green elements extend to the design through the use of recycled and reclaimed materials, low/no VOC paints, and FSC-certified wood.
All 33 studio-style rooms have oak floors, mid-century modern furnishings, Treko hand-loomed throws, Peace Industry rugs, and either patios or balconies. If your budget allows, upgrade to one of the Founder’s Suites, which flaunt separate living and sleeping areas as well as tile-clad, open bathrooms with cast concrete vanities and giant soaking tubs. Organic toiletries and plush robes elevate the spa-like experience.
The lively indoor-outdoor rooftop lounge pours vino from many of the region’s historic family wineries and up-and-coming winemakers and mixes up stellar cocktails (try the spicy mezcal margarita). If you’re feeling peckish, definitely order a few of the shareable dishes. The shrimp ceviche tostadas, local oysters with mignonette, and Wagyu sliders are always a hit.
Looking for even more ways to unwind? Guests can also chill on the creekside deck, go for a swim in the solar-heated pool, zen out during Sunday yoga sessions, and pedal around town on the fleet of cruiser bikes.
Location: Healdsburg, California
The Vibe: A contemporary, eco-chic retreat in the happening wine country town of Healdsburg.
Food + Drink: The hotel doesn’t have a full-service restaurant. However, The Rooftop serves delicious shareable dishes, craft cocktails, artisan beer, and local wine in a sleek setting with great energy and even better sunset views. Guests are welcome to enjoy a continental breakfast spread at Spoonbar, the eatery at Harmon Guest House’s nearby sister property, H2Hotel.
Amenities: Creekside deck; rooftop bar; solar-heated pool; fleet of loaner bikes, water bars on every floor; Sunday yoga; rotating art installations; complimentary on-site valet parking
Our Favorite Thing About the Hotel: It’s a tie between the generously sized Founder’s Suites and the buzzy rooftop.
Any Personal Neighborhood Recs? Black Oak Coffee Roasters is the perfect place for a little caffeine pick-me-up. Marine Layer Wines and LIOCO are my favorite downtown tasting rooms. Quail & Condor bakes buttery, flaky croissants. The highly anticipated, plant-focused Little Saint recently opened to much fanfare. Be sure to make a reservation for lunch or dinner at Barndiva.
Rooms: 39 rooms, including six spacious suites.
Pricing: Rooms start at $489/night
Closest Airport: Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport if you’re coming from somewhere in California; San Francisco International Airport or Oakland International Airport for everyone else.
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