June 11, 2014

Healdsburg: Grape Leaf Inn; hotel review

101 North

Grape Leaf Inn  

539 Johnson St., 4 blks. from plaza, (707) 433-8140.  12 rooms.  Some fireplaces.  Afternoon cookies & wine tasting; full breakfast. 

Located in a residential area, this rare 1900 three-dormer Queen Anne mansion that is the Grape Leaf Inn is surrounded by gardens.

guest room at Grape Leaf Inn in Healdsburg, California
guest room at Grape Leaf Inn in Healdsburg, California

Freshly baked cookies are usually available.  Wine tasting featuring the inn owners’ boutique wineries occurs with cheese and chocolates in a subterranean bar whose entrance is hidden behind a bookcase, and guests are welcomed during their stay to complimentary tastings at the inn owner’s nearby wineries.  Bikes are available for loan.  Guest rooms are spacious, and each is uniquely decorated and named for a grape varietal.  Some rooms have whirlpool tubs for two, and one has a steam shower and deep Japanese-style soaking tub.  Four rooms are tucked romantically under the eaves of the steeply pitched roof featuring 17 skylights with views of trees and stars.  A beautiful array of wallpapers is enhanced by an eclectic collection of antique furnishings, oriental rugs, and high-quality linens and towels.  Puffy white comforters top the beds.  Amenities include fresh flowers and a turndown chocolate.

breakfast at Grape Leaf Inn in Healdsburg, California
breakfast at Grape Leaf Inn in Healdsburg, California

Breakfast is served in the formal dining room.  Ours included an appetizer raspberry shooter with prosciutto-wrapped melon spheres, plus a main course of saffron-sausage risotto topped with a poached egg, a rosemary-marmalade scone, and freshly sliced tomatoes garnished with a rosemary sprig. 

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