The Farmhouse Inn 7871 River Rd., (800) 464-6642, (707) 887-3300. 18 units. Some wood-burning & gas fireplaces; some saunas & steam rooms. Heated pool (avail. May-Sept); full-service spa. Evening snack & wine tasting; full breakfast; restaurant; limited room service. No pets.
|pool overview at The Farmhouse Inn in Forestville, California|
The Victorian farmhouse that forms the center of this property dates back to 1872. The inn buildings are on a tamed 6-acre lot, with nearby vineyards stretching for miles. The name evokes patchwork quilts, but it isn’t that kind of farmhouse. It’s an upscale, modern version. After registering, guests get the pleasure of selecting and dishing up some bath salts and a sugar rub, and of slicing off a bar of their favorite soap. This is also where they borrow a DVD and pick up the makings for s’mores (including housemade marshmallows) to feast on later at the fire pit surrounded by oversize Adirondack chairs.
|Adirondack chairs surround fire pit at The Farmhouse Inn in Forestville, California|
|blooming roses at The Farmhouse Inn in Forestville, California|
|guest room in barn at The Farmhouse Inn in Forestville, California|
Farmhouse, the restaurant, is Michelin starred. It offers two dining rooms and a sophisticated seasonal menu. Tablecloths are ironed by hand. Diners have a choice of a three- or four-course dinner with optional wine pairings in a pleasing variety of glasses. Options are many, and usually include the popular Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit—featuring rabbit prepared three ways—as well as exceptional fresh fish and beef dishes. A smooth Valrhona chocolate souffle is also a menu mainstay. Breakfast is served here, and on a sunny day the patio is choice. Menu selections include the basic Farmhouse Plate with eggs and potatoes as well as more unusual items such as a Gruyere quiche with king trumpet mushrooms, gluten-free cornmeal pancakes, and maybe a Korean macro bowl with kimchi fried rice, tempeh, and poached eggs. Optionally, an in-room continental breakfast is also possible.
|employee ironing tablecloth at The Farmhouse Inn restaurant in Forestville, California|
|Korean macro bowl breakfast at The Farmhouse Inn restaurant in Forestville, California|
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