A historic building in Sonoma Valley houses what might be wine country’s most tranquil lodging option. Gaige House + Ryokan is an Asian modernist hotel that allows you to be totally submerged in traditional Japanese relaxation. The landmark location reopened in April 2018 and is unlike any other properties you’ll see in Sonoma — nestled along the secluded Calabazas Creek, the property features meditation areas, private zen gardens, a moon deck, and calming fountains.
The hotel has just 23 thoughtfully appointed rooms, two of which are traditional Ryokan suites and feature giant granite soaking tubs. The decor has a subtle Asian flair, and is quite sophisticated and minimal — design-conscious Japanophiles will love it. Though the location is perfect for wine tasting and exploring all that Sonoma County has to offer, we wouldn’t blame you for spending all of your time on the property. Spa treatments are available in your room, and you can also book private meditation classes or yoga lessons. We’d also suggest trying shinrin-yoku, AKA forest bathing. A trained guide will teach you breathing and meditation exercises and structured activities to make the most of the experience.
Of course, if you want to trade in the meditation for something more lively, Sonoma’s famous wineries are just a short drive. And believe it or not, a stay at Gaige House + Ryokan starts at $249 a night — so what are you waiting for?