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Best Wine Country Inn: Farmhouse Inn

Farmhouse Inn was voted the best Wine Country inn in Sonoma County by voters in the Press Democrat's Best of Sonoma County Awards. (Charlie Gesell / PD FILE)

DIANNE REBER HART,

Sonoma County residents have much to boast about, including a charming property in the Russian River Valley that is one of the world’s premier hotel destinations.

The Farmhouse Inn in Forestville isn’t just the county’s best Wine Country inn. Travel + Leisure magazine recently ranked the boutique hotel second among small inns in the United States and No. 8 on its list of best hotels in the world. With 25 guest rooms and suites, a new spa and a Michelin-starred, farm-to-table restaurant within the namesake 1872 farmhouse, the inn provides an intimate getaway for worldwide travelers and locals in need of some R&R.

The 6-acre property recently underwent an $8 million renovation under the direction of proprietors Catherine and Joe Bartolomei, siblings who are fifth-generation Sonoma County residents. The duo provides guests with luxury and comfort, from beautiful surroundings to the nostalgia and fun of making s’mores around a fire pit.