Wednesday, November 24, 2010

101 North: Healdsburg, Calderwood Inn

Calderwood Inn  25 W. Grant St., 3 blks. from plaza, (800) 600-5444, (707) 431-1110. 6 rooms. Some fireplaces. Unsuitable for children under 12. Afternoon snack, full breakfast. No smoking. Horticulturist Luther Burbank was a good friend of the original owner of this 1902 Queen Anne Victorian, and he assisted in the design and development of the home’s original front yard landscape. Among that which remains today are large cedar, cypress, and redwood heritage trees. The house is set back from the street amid a private little forest and is surrounded by informal areas to relax and perhaps contemplate colorful koi. Delightful features of the house include exquisite hand silk-screened wallpaper by Bradbury & Bradbury of Benicia—even on the ceilings—and a large front porch complete with wicker couch swing. Each room features interesting antiques and a unique decor, and some have clawfoot tubs. This was the first house in town with two indoor bathrooms, and now it has eight. The owners also own four wineries, including Wilson Winery and Mazzocco Winery, and guests get to do some tasting each afternoon.

 
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