Sonoma’s Best Guest Cottages 1190 East Napa St./Old Winery Rd., ((800) 291-8962, (707) 933-0340. 4 cottages. All full kitchens. Built in 1935, these cottages are in a rural area about 8 blocks from Sonoma’s central plaza. Three accommodate two people, and the fourth has a loft with two twin beds and accommodates four. Kitchens are stocked with an assortment of local products to get you started, including a bag of Blue Bottle Coffee and a half-bottle of wine. Each cottage has a patio with lounge chairs, a chiminea fireplace that burns real wood, and a gas barbecue, and each is individually decorated.
Sweet little Spring Flowers has hardwood floors and sunflower-yellow walls hung with colorful original art.
When blooming, fragrant roses from the property’s rose garden add to the decor. Bikes are available for loan.
●Sonoma’s Best Market Cafe (707) 933-3000. This vintage store has been in business here since 1913. The perfect stop for picnic supplies, it serves Blue Bottle Coffee and purveys some prepared food and many packaged local food products. A wine-tasting room pours samplings of local vintages; the $5 tasting fee is donated to Pet Lifeline.
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