2013 Readers' Choice Awards, Top 20 Food and Wine ResortsAndrew Harper
Relais & Chateaux
Where classic luxury meets contemporary technology, with an atmosphere like that of elegant European family hotels, is the Russian River Valley's Hotel Les Mars. Just a short drive north of San Francisco, in the lush valley abundant with vineyards, this 16 room hotel is the picture of luxury. Draped four-poster beds with Italian linens, Parisian décor, and crafted mahogany furniture greet you as you step inside. Relax in the beautiful marble shower, warm yourself next to the fireplace, or spend an evening in the hotel's library for the nightly wine and cheese tasting. With a tranquil high class ambiance, style and comfort are blended seamlessly to create a stay that you will never forget. Experience the natural beauty of the Russian River Valley when you stay at the Hotel Les Mars.
In the gorgeous, crisp morning take a bike ride along the Russian River, or hike in the hills, and soak in the peace and tranquility of wine country. Wine taste at over 100 wineries stretched throughout six distinct appellations. Enjoy the pureness of nature with a canoe trip through the redwoods, a hot air balloon ride high above the valley, or head to the Sonoma Coast. Walk along the beach as the waves gently wash ashore, try your hand at surfing, or sit back and relax for a day of whale watching. For a wonderful day of fishing head to Bodega Bay, where you can cast your line from the shore or take to the open ocean on a deep sea excursion. Or perhaps play a fantastic round of golf at either Bodega Bay or Northwood. Later, experience the casual dining scene of Chalkboard restaurant, newly renovated and featuring locally grown fresh garden ingredients. With your evening complete return to your room to relax near the fire and sip a fabulous glass of wine from the bottle you discovered that day.