At the Zinfandel Bed & Breakfast (800 Zinfandel Ln., 700/963-3512, www.zinfandelinn.com, $175), you’ll find yourself inside a 1980s reproduction of a Shakespearean castle. Lavish stonework coats the outside of this unique structure. Inside, you’ll stay in one of three exquisitely decorated suite-like rooms.
Each guest room boasts a unique design, complete with antique bedsteads and dressers, featherbeds, fireplaces, and tiled whirlpool tubs. All guests enjoy the full breakfast every morning of their stay, plus the rich amenities suitable to a Wine Country inn.
A less imposing structure, The Ink House (1575 St. Helena Highway at Whitehall Lane, 707/963-3890, www.inkhouse.com, $185) prides itself in its more casual elegance. A pretty yellow facade looks almost like a wedding cake. Inside, the breakfast room inhabits the first floor, all the guest rooms live on the second floor, and the small third floor solarium is open as a parlor to all guests.
Enjoy the many amenities of the Ink House, from the full gourmet breakfast and afternoon wine social to the complimentary nightcaps and loaner bicycles. The lounge areas include a pool table and a TV with a VCR (plus a VHS library). Your room will be individually decorated, but every one of the rooms has a view of the surrounding forest and vineyards. Furnishings tend toward American and European antiques, and all beds are queen-sized.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition