May 9, 2014

Geyserville: The Hope-Merrill Bed & Breakfast Inn; hotel review

21253 Geyserville Ave., (800) 825-4233, (707) 857-3356.  12 rooms; $$-$$$.  Some TVs; some gas fireplaces.  Heated pool (seasonal).  Full breakfast.  No pets. 

The solid redwood 1870 Eastlake Stick Victorian Hope-Merrill house is restored exquisitely to that period with antique Eastlake furnishings and authentic Bradbury & Bradbury silk-screened wallpapers.  In fact, the original owner's restoration efforts won a first place award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 

Should this lovely inn be booked, opt for the charming Queen Anne Victorian Hope-Bosworth house located across the street.  Under the same ownership, these two houses share communal facilities.  When the temperature permits, a dip in the attractively situated pool is sublime, and in the morning a full breakfast is served around one large table in the formal dining room. 

Guests at either house can order a gourmet picnic lunch for two featuring local foods.  A two-part “Pick and Press” package is offered for wannabe winemakers.  Participants check in at harvest time in September for a round of grape picking and pressing, plus, of course, some tasting and dining.  They return in spring for a bottling and labeling session, plus, of course, more tasting and dining, and then depart with two cases of their own wine sporting personalized labels. 

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image courtesy of inn

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