Farmhouse Inn Press & Accolades

Awards & Recognition

2017 #3 Best Hotel in California as voted by Travel & Leisure readers
2017 #61 Best Hotel in the World as voted by Travel & Leisure readers
2016 #1 Best Hotel in California
as voted by Travel & Leisure readers
2016 Best Hotels in the World voted #12 by Travel & Leisure readers
2016  Best Culinary Program, Virtuoso Best of the Best Awards
2016 Best Food & Wine Resort voted #3 by Andrew Harper readers
2016 Best United States Hideaway voted #17 by Andrew Harper readers

One-Star (*), Michelin Guide, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

2015 Best Hotel in California as voted by Travel & Leisure readers
2015 Open Table Best Restaurants in America, Open Table Diners
2015 Best Boutique Hotels in the World voted #3 by Travel & Leisure readers
2015 Best 100 Hotels in the World voted #8 by Travel & Leisure readers
2015 Top 30 Hotels in California, Readers Choice Awards, Conde Naste 
2015 Best Inns in U.S. voted #2 by Travel & Leisure readers
2015 Best Wine Country Hotel/Resort, Sunset Magazine Travel Awards

2014 Best 100 Hotels in the World, voted #28 by Travel and Leisure readers
2014 Best Inns in the U.S.,  voted #4 by Travel and Leisure readers 
2014 Grand Award Winner, North America, 2014 Andrew Harper Grand Awards
2014 Destinations You Don't Want to Miss, Conde Nast "Where to go in 2014"
2014 T+L 500 World's Best Hotels, 94.09 score by Travel and Leisure readers
2014 Ten Best Wine Travel Destinations, Wine Enthusiast, January 

2013 Best Luxury Rooms, Forbes' Hotel Detective, November 2013
2013 Best 100 Hotels in the Worldvoted #38 by Travel and Leisure readers
2013 Best Hotels in California voted by Travel and Leisure readers 
2013 Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report - Recommends Farmhouse Inn with 94 points
2013 Best of Sonoma County, Most Romantic Restaurant, Press Democrat
2013 Top 10 Luxury Inns on the Planet -Bed and Traveler's Awards
2013 Travelers' Choice Award - Top 25 Small Hotels in the U.S., TripAdvisor
2013 Best Overall Winners - Top 100 Restaurants in the U.S., Open Table
2013 Most Romantic Restaurants, Open Table
Top 10 Best Mini-Moon Locations, Martha Stewart Weddings Online, July, 2013

Top 10 Coziest Hotels in America, Wall Street Journal, November, 2012
2012 Fodor's Choice, Fodor's Travel
2012 Travelers' Choice Award -Top 10 Hotels for Romance in the U.S., TripAdvisor
2012 Top 10 Most Romantic Inns in the U.S.,, February 2012
2011 Best Overall Winners - Top 100 Restaurants in the U.S., OpenTable, December 2011, 2012, 2013 
2011 Best Service Winner - Top 50 Restaurants in the U.S., OpenTable, November 2011
Top 10 Wine Country Inns in the U.S., Fox News and Gayot, November 2011
25 Best Hotels in the West, Sunset Magazine, October 2011
Top 9 Extraordinary Bed-and-Breakfasts, Country Living Magazine, November 2010
#1 of the Top 10 Farm Stays, Sunset Magazine, November 2009
Top 10 Chic Hotels, Elle Magazine, August 2009
Top 10 Culinary Country Inns, Bon Appetite Magazine, November, 2008
The World's Best 36 Food Destinations, Gourmet Magazine, May, 2007
Editor's Top Pick Hotel, Fodor's California Wine Country, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 
Editor's Top Pick Restaurant, Fodor's California Wine Country, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011,2012
A Top Rated Restaurant, Zagat Bay Area Restaurant Guide, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Top 100 Restaurants, San Francisco Chronicle, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Top 100 Hotel/Restaurants in America, USA Today, 2006
Top 30 Inns in America, Travel and Leisure, 2002
Karen Browns Recommended Hotels

Inn the Press

The Huffington Post, Farmhouse Inn, Boutique Hotels


5 Boutique Hotels Every Traveller Should Visit In This Lifetime

"In the heart of Sonoma-Napa wine country. It's impossible not to forget about the stresses of daily life when nestled in the Farmhouse Inn's own tiny valley, surrounded by trees, and across from one of the area's top vineyards. Best of all, this rustic chic boutique hotel is owned and operated by fifth-generation locals who can direct you to the best sights, wineries, eateries, and attractions in the area."

Farmhouse Inn, Sonoma Wine Country, Departures Magazine


Hotel Cooking Classes for Every Interest

"Guests at the charming Farmhouse Inn can get an up-close-and-personal look at the daily routine of the property’s Michelin-starred executive chef, Steve Litke, with this package. In the morning, up to four couples will venture out with Litke to visit local farms to harvest ingredients; they'll also visit his favorite restaurants (for lunch and a behind-the-scenes look at the kitchen) and wineries (for a tour, meeting with the winemaker, and tasting)."

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Travel + Leisure Magazine

How to Have the Perfect Vacation in Sonoma

"Hands-down Sonoma’s most luxurious property, the Farmhouse Inn is perfectly located on the way to and from many top Russian River wineries, and offers 25 rooms in soothing tones of cream and white."

National Geographic Savory Sonoma

National Geographic - US

Savory Sonoma

"Bed down at the FARMHOUSE INN, a luxurious retreat in the rolling Russian River Valley countryside. This 25-room resort suggests a dairy theme with its palette of milk tones and the cheese-accented dishes the restaurant prepares, curated by Michelin-star chef Steve Litke. Other amenities: a spa (go for the “body melt”), a resident cat, and s’mores ready for toasting on the poolside fire pit." 

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Vogue Magazine

Travel: Wine Country

"Don't miss Farmhouse Inn, just down the Old Redwood Highway from trendy Healdsburg, on a quiet stretch of the Russian River Valley... Guests can attend nearby vintage tastings, go canoeing, bike or hike nature trails, and explore the area's farmers' markets and antique stores."

Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

Top 10 Coziest Hotels in America 
"Set in a wooden glen across from a vineyard in the middle of California's Russian River Valley, the 12-year-old Farmhouse Inn is about as idyllic as it gets. There's a Michelin-starred restaurant (with a master sommelier who brings equal enthusiasm to helping novice wine drinkers and expert oenophiles) and a driver who chauffeurs guests to the nearby wineries in Sonoma and Napa Valleys. The property's butterfly garden has a fire pit where guests can roast s'mores with Valrhona chocolate and the hotel's homemade marshmallows."


Sunset Magazine

25 Best Hotels in the West 

“In wine country, anyone can put some high thread-count sheets on the bed and charge a bundle. What rockets the inn to the top of Sonoma's hotels is the truly thoughtful service and attention to food and wine.”

Country Living

Country Living Magazine 

Top 9 Extraordinary Bed-and-Breakfasts

“Spread across six gorgeous acres in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, this inn offers 18 cottages and rooms, all with downy beds and marble baths with jetted tubs and saunas. While you’re there, schedule a wine tasting with the master sommelier or a massage or body wrap at the spa”

Private Clubs

Private Clubs Magazine

Two-County Bounty - Before heading to California's Napa and Sonoma counties this summer, read our juicy guide to what's new

“The totally cool Barn Suites will wow you with their spaciousness, all white walls and furnishings, indoor-outdoor fireplaces, decks with Adirondack chairs perfect for stargazing, and Italian Carrera marble bathrooms with radiant heat that’s so nice to the touch.”

Conde Nast

Conde Nast 

Simply Sonoma

“For luxury, you can’t beat the rooms at the Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant, just outside of Healdsburg, where cunning architecture creates the illusion of a cozy little farmhouse, complete with barns and a trim little vegetable garden, but behind whose barn walls stand expansive rooms that boast every touch of a truly luxurious boutique hotel, from sumptuous linens to a bathtub in which you could practice your backstroke”

The Dallas Morning News

Dallas Morning News

Getway to Sonoma

“The Farmhouse Inn is a luxurious guesthouse and an embracing oasis in the Sonoma County wine country. Even first-time visitors are received like family, and that casual attentiveness sets the tone for a relaxed and pampered stay.”

San Francisco Magazine

San Francisco Magazine

Farmhouse Fresh

“There’s a new reason to escape to Sonoma County’s Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant—beyond even the fireside s’mores with housemade vanilla-bean marshmallows. Post–sugar rush, rest your head (and wash your sticky hands) in one of four deluxe rooms and four suites in the inn’s recently added modern barn, surrounded by a peaceful redwood grove."


Vogue Magazine

Beauty – Home Grown

“These family farmers are bringing natural skin care – handpicked and packaged with love –fresh from the fields to the vanity… the spa employs farm-to-massage-table principles. They pulp just-picked carrots for energizing body masks., blend fresh honey with grape seeds for facials, and infuse homemade hydrosols with rose geranium, lemon verbena – and whatever else happens to be in season”

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The Telegraph

9/10 Hotel Expert Rating

"Set on six acres in Sonoma County wine country is the Farmhouse Inn, which has mastered the perfect way to end a busy day of wine tasting. Get pampered at the chic spa, have dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant set in a restored late-1800s farmhouse, and feel like a kid again making S’mores under a star-filled sky."

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Homegrown Healing

"Guests are enjoying the spa as much as they’ve enjoyed the Inn over the years, something that is likely to help it continue to be a winecountry favorite."


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Dream Big To Live Big

"It has everything you could ever want, and everything you didn't even know you wanted. From culinary and wine adventures to the ultimate in relaxation, it's a place where everyone who appreciates the finer things will never want to leave." 

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DuJour Magazine

The Luxury Road Trip: Coastal California

"We recommend the Luxury Barn Room, which has vaulted ceilings, a gorgeous white willow four-poster bed, heated floors and a fireplace that you can enjoy both in the room and outside from your private outdoor deck. But best of all is the bathroom, which can only be described as a playground for adults."


San Francisco Magazine 

Best of the North Bay 2016

"Some of the best features of this Russian River inn are what’s lacking: traffic, cell reception, pretension. Instead, the spot focuses on what matters—country-chic rooms with vaulted ceilings, crackling fires, and intimate patios."


Sonoma Country Rustic Luxe:  The Farmhouse Inn
by Gary Walther, Hotel Detective

"The Farmhouse Inn plays the city/country act well. It has a one-Michelin star restaurant (the seventh year it’s held the star) and a sophisticated wine list—sommelier Geoff Kruth is the only certified Master of Wine in Sonoma County. But the produce comes from the ranch of owners Catherine and Joe Bartolomei (sister and brother, not husband and wife) just up the road in Forestville, and a quartet of chickens roam the property. (Granted, they live in a peaked-roof house well padded with straw and furnished with a heat lamp.) Then there is that quintessential inn amenity, a house cat. She’s named Charlotte, she’s the password to the WiFi—don’t count on doing a lot of web surfing out here, though—and the hotel guide urges you to resist her urgings to get into your room."

The Wall street journal

The Wall Street Journal

Farm to Massage Table

“There is plenty of crossover between the restaurant and the spa at this luxurious wine country inn—local peach jams might be served at breakfast and also spread on skin. The spa menu is constantly updated to reflect local harvests (expect figs soon), but honey is a year-round staple. For this treatment, fresh honey from the hotel owners' farm is combined with fruit and flowers”

Departures Magazine

Departures Magazine

Best Spas for 2011

“the entire feel of the inn, its restaurant and its spa is very European… it’s farmy and humble but in a sophisticated way.”

Robb Report

Robb Report

Travel Sonoma Sleuth

“The Farmhouse Inn’s new barn rooms offer ideal settings in which to unwind after a private winery tour with [wine director] Geoff Kruth, M.S.”

Bon Appetit

Bon Appetit

Top 10 Culinary Inns

“the clapboard house, tucked off a woodsy backroad, seems to spring for a turn-of-the-century idyll. Chef Steve Litke’s cooking springs from whatever is fresh at the market that day: salt roasted pear and Parmesan ravioli or double-cut pork chops graced with a honey and bee pollen glaze. Like everything else here, the desserts are sublime.”

Travel + Leisure

Travel + Leisure 

America’s 30 Great Inns

“Top 30 Inns in America. Where do you prefer to be pampered—bedroom or bath? Bath people, consider a restored 1873 Sonoma County farmhouse inn, painstakingly refurbished by a fourth-generation wine-growing family, swathed in roses and morning glories, with private redwood sauna, whirlpool tub for two, lots of bath teas and gels, and oversized towels to cocoon in. There are bike rides, a swimming pool, a lavishly praised restaurant. But who cares? You'd have to leave your room. And that's just not an option.”

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Country Cuisine at Its Best

“Country cuisine at its best. Romantic country atmosphere with a daily changing menu that lives up to the fantasy. First-rate wine program.”

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Food and Wine Magazine

10 Objects of our Obsession by Megan Krigbaum

"The new Spa and luxe Barn rooms at Sonoma's Farmhouse Inn are where I plan to "recover" after my next wine tasting trip."



Robb Report

Five New Spas from Figi to Tennessee

"The Farmhouse Inn in Sonoma, Calif., is unveiling a new spa on November 1 as a part of an $8 million renovation that began in March. Like the inn, the spa—which comprises four indoor-outdoor treatment rooms—will feature rustic decor and incorporate produce grown on-site. Guests can choose from oils, scrubs, soaps, and bath salts made with home-raised honey, heirloom cider apples, and lavender, to name a few ingredients. A resident aromatherapist will use the selections to customize spa treatments."

Brides Magazine

Brides Magazine

Wine Country Wedding Venues

“For runaway pairs, The Farmhouse Inn specializes in two-person to-dos in its garden. The $2,500 Elopement Package wraps up bubbly, photographer, officiant, cake, a couples' massage, and a Michelin-star dinner. It's a wedding and a honeymoon rolled into one.”

Town and Country Travel

Town & Country Travel

Enchanting Places – Sonoma

“An old-fashioned country inn – with just enough muted urbanity to convey its seriousness. The rooms are sweet and comfy, the neighborhood is a quiet valley of vineyards and forests and the restaurant is superlative”


Sunset Magazine

Top 100 Cultural Trends Shaping the West

“Trend #90: The B&B shows its sexy side – Farmhouse delivers the cozy, homey feel that chic boutique hotels miss, but with an updated, come-hither look. Farmhouse Inn got us with its luxe new “barn rooms” fit for a king.”


Elle Magazine

Top 10 Chic Hotels

“Top 10 Chic Hotels. The mid-summer dry heat in the Russian River Valley wine country will permeate your bones and release all twitchy, nerve-frayed exhaustion weighing you down almost instantly. If only I could absorb it quite soon at the Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant, which has just added eight new rooms in its luxury "barn." Their Michelin-starred restaurant usually tops the best of Northern California lists, which is saying a huge amount, and breakfast is included with stay — delightful”

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Food & Wine Magazine

Become a Wine Expert in 28 Days

“Become a wine expert. Plan a wine-country weekend to Sonoma County. Dining destination should include the Farmhouse Inn in Forestville.”

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Organic Spa Magazine

Great Green Getaways, 2011

"The property is 18 lovely appointed rooms and suites and a calm and comforting three-room spa done up in shades of cream. It’s humble and homey and fresh and does not overwhelm the senses one bit. Honey from the ranch is used in facial treatments, while carrots from the grounds are used in a puréed carrot mask, carrot-topped toner, and in a carrot-yogurt peel.”

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New Beauty Magazine

A Sustainable Spa Tackles a New Trend

“The “farm-to-table” spa goes beyond sustainable by featuring a locally sourced menu that uses bona fide organic ingredients as the base for all of its treatments—and the majority of the herbs, produce and essential oils used come straight from the ranch’s backyard, and switch out with the seasons.”

San Francisco Magazine

San Francisco Magazine 

Jump In

“Top 19 New Spas. Farm to table treatment is better than it sounds. The news: Fifteen minutes from the nearest town, the famed Farmhouse Inn sits in blissful isolation that’s reason enough to head north—but the Michelin-starred restaurant isn’t bad, either. Now Peggy Francis and Loma Alexander (of Auberge du Soleil fame), the team behind the newly upgraded spa located in the property’s carriage house, have created an equally scrumptious menu of almost edible treatments. The mood: Farmy and real. Reason to spa: You won’t end up with 20/20 vision, but you’ll have perfectly buffed skin—and no clue what time it is outside the rabbit hole.”

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National Geographic Traveller - UK

Sonoma County: Cool country cousin

"When I arrive at the Farmhouse Inn, a spa enclave of 25 rooms near Forestville that will be my hideaway for three nights, mist inches across the late afternoon throwing a gossamer veil over the sun. I feel I’ve found another world."

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Better Homes & Gardens

Family Tree

“In California's picturesque Sonoma County, where hillsides are embroidered with grapevines and meadows are woven woven with apple trees, two siblings returned to the land their great-grandparents lived on and loved.  Here, they created a new life and livelihood that prove they haven't fallen far from the family tree.”


Sunset Magazine

Top 10 Farm Vacations

“No. 1 Farm Stay in America. From Rustic to regal, there’s no better way to embrace the pleasures of fall than a weekend on the farm.”


Gourmet Magazine

World's 36 Best Food Destinations

“World’s 36 Best Food Destinations… The rooms are modern, the sheets superb, the bathrooms luxurious… What you might not expect in this sleepy rural outpost is the level of sophistication. The signature entrée, rabbit served three ways, is superb. The tine rack – like food for dolls – is as soft as silk. It makes a fine contrast to the leg, which comes wrapped in an assertive mustard sauce, and the loin, three perfect little bites swathed in bacon.”

The New York Times

New York Times

Havens – Forestville, California

“While you’re looking for real estate, The Farmhouse Inn, Restaurant & Spa has 18 rooms and a restaurant named best in Sonoma County by Zagat survey. Wineries in the Sonoma, Napa, Russian River and Dry Creek Valleys are all within an easy drive, as is Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve, an 805-acre stand of old-growth redwoods preserved since the 1870's.”

Brides Magazine

Brides Magazine

Romantic Inns for an Affordable Honeymoon

“Talk about location: A half-hour drive from the ocean and 15 minutes from the redwoods, this stylish inn is in the middle of wine country.”

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Romantic Homes Magazine

Rest Assured

“A trip to the Farmhouse in Sonoma, Califonria, guarantees relaxation. The only thing disappointing about our room was I knew this would be a hard place to leave. The layout was spacious and designed with a decorator’s eye.”

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The Today Show

Today's Travel Getaways

“The Farmhouse Inn... a beautiful place, really pretty scenery."
- Matt Lauer

CNN Traveller

CNN Traveler

9 Ultra-Luxe Spa Getaways

“Indeed, the entire feel of the inn, its restaurant and its spa is very European. It's farmy and humble, but in a sophisticated way. And its design -- from the eight oversized, vaulted-ceiling suites in the rebuilt barn to the nine cozy cottages with wood-burning fireplaces and saunas to the chic room in the main house with its infinity tub and French farm basin -- reflects that message well.”

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Spa Magazine

Wine Country 3 Ways

“THE SPLURGE – It’s little wonder we’re such fans of the Farmhouse Inn, which is located in a wooded setting in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley. The 1872 farmhouse and cluster of cottages epitomize Sonoma chic… Even better than the eye candy is the Inn’s ethos: The eco-friendly, family-owned property is supported as much as possible by its onsite garden and sister farm, located five minutes down the road.”

Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator

The New Sonoma: Where to Stay, Where to Eat

“Restaurants at country inns often long on charm but less successful at delivering a first rate food-and-wine experience. The Farmhouse Inn is a delicious exception.”