Boontime!

Stay at the Boon Hotel and Spa in Guerneville Wine Taste in Russian River

Boon Hotel + Spa Tent Cabin Glamping

Tucked about a mile from downtown Guerneville in the heart of Russian River, the sublime Boon Hotel + Spa is an oasis among redwoods. With social distance and safety protocols nicely dialed, there are a few stylish glamping tents and the sweet little Boonito, for those who like their overnights to be boho but not van-life. Boon’s main rooms are quiet and modern, with private patios and old-school record players (we listened to a lot of young Willie Nelson).

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In the morning, a gourmet breakfast is dropped off at your door. Explore on two-wheels with one of Boon’s on-site bikes, pedaling into nearby Guerneville for food and shopping. Order a delicious BBQ chicken pizza at Rio Nido Roadhouse; eat on their patio or at a picnic table on their large lawn. And don’t miss Big Bottom Market, home of Oprah’s favorite biscuits. Get a butter & jam with coffee or grab a biscuit sandwich to go. Owner Michael Volpatt has a great new cookbook for the times (and a good holiday gift), Cooking in Place: 50 Days, Stories, and 70+ Recipes to Keep You Sane in Challenging Times.

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Back at the Boon, lounge by the pool or soak in the hot tub under the stars. After some spa, spend time in Russian River’s wine country: see our two winery recommendations below. Boon-yeah! 

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BEST WINE TASTING EXPERIENCES NEARBY: Airy cabanas and the most creative gourmet food and wine pairing: Flowers Vineyards and Winery has been making outstanding pinots and chardonnays since 1989, but they only just opened a beautiful tasting haven a year ago, and it is worth your wine o’clock!

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You’ll be greeted with a glass of rosé, then be seated at your cabana overlooking the property, vineyard, and beautiful, bright gardens favored by hummingbirds. The Flowers Flight is a guided outdoors tasting experience of Flowers coastal estate pinot noir and chardonnay. For a splurge you won’t regret, or forget, try the outdoors Bottles & Provisions experience, tasting Flowers’ estate wines along with creative local seasonal bites. This also includes a half bottle of wine for guests … so yes, plan to stay awhile. 

For those who want to take their tasting experience to higher ground, Enriquez Estate Wines has the perfect private picnic setting, perched atop a knoll overlooking grapevines. It’s ideal for those who like extreme privacy for their tasting.

The first-generation Mexican American family-owned and run winery is a labor of love, innovation, and enthusiasm. It’s also small-production for a truly crafted approach. Cecilia Enriquez, at just 33, is the winemaker, creating 500 to 700 cases annually, including pinot, tempranillo, muscat, and a rosé. Book a private tasting, ATV tour + Reserve Tasting, or do their self-guided vineyard walk and picnic.

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST: In the episode “Secrets of Sonoma County” Weekend Sherpa co-founders discuss their adventures in the Russian River. Part of the podcast was recorded from the Boon Hotel and Spa!

It’s a simple five-minute stroll with a picnic basket prepared by Enriquez and up to a lovely lookout with a table. 

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Boon Hotel + Spa has some dog-friendly rooms. No dogs in tent cabins. No dogs at Flowers. No dogs at Enriquez.

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