Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa – Sonoma, California

The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is one of the most historic and well-known hotels in all of Sonoma, with a colorful past that began in 1894 and continues to shine with positivity today. The hotel is located just off Highway 101, less than two miles from downtown Sonoma, making it an easy stop for travelers who want to explore the rest of the famous wine country region.

The hotel itself is an attraction in its own right. It has been awarded five stars by Forbes Travel Guide and a Distinguished Hotel Award by the AAA. It has also been a recipient of awards by Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, and World Travel Awards. Located within the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is the award-winning Adorna Salon & Spa, as well as Harvest Restaurant & Bar.

The hotel also hosts numerous special events throughout the year including weddings, galas, and wine education classes in its state-of-the-art venue called The Cellar. When you stay at this historic hotel in Sonoma you’ll find yourself immersed in luxury with modern touches throughout the hotel’s multiple restaurants, bars, pool areas, and spa facilities. Here are some of our favorite spots at this luxury Sonoma hotel to explore during your next visit.

Natural Hot Springs

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

A thermal mineral spring with 27 unique minerals runs up to the surface at 115°F from 1,100 feet below the resort. Three outdoor pools and two interior bathhouse pools are among the five thermal mineral pools, which range in temperature from 85 to 102°F.

Take “the waters” at these Roman-style baths, where a popular bathing ritual takes place, if you wish to feel healthy and energized. Many people come to the hotel merely to soak in what is widely regarded as the best spa waters in the country.

The Spa

The Adorna Salon & Spa at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is one of the top spas in all of Sonoma, with dedicated services for both men and women as well as couples. The spa boasts a team of highly skilled massage therapists who will treat you to a relaxing experience you’ll never forget.

There are over 20 treatment rooms available for guests to enjoy and each room has specialty features such as heated massage tables, aromatic steam saunas, waterfall showers, and more. The spa also features a relaxation lounge area with fireplace, soft music, and tea service to enjoy after your treatment.

Advanced spa services include facials, peels and microdermabrasion, cellulite treatments, and body wraps. You can also take advantage of advanced hair care treatments including color correction, smoothing treatments, and much more. If you’re looking for something less intensive there are also manicures and pedicures available along with waxing services for the brows and legs.

The Hiking Trail

Jack London State Historic Park
Jack London State Historic Park

The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa has a few different trails to hike that start right outside of its property. These trails are part of the Jack London State Historic Park and are open to the public year-round.

The first trail you’ll come to is called the Sombrero Marsh Trail, which is a long hiking trail that follows the shores of the San Pablo Bay. It is roughly three miles in length and can be accessed by walking down through the Fairmont’s front entrance and along the waterfront trail. This trail winds around as it follows along the water, so keep an eye out for wildlife along its shores.

The second trail is called Jack London Woods Trail and it is about 1.4 miles in length. To access this trail, walk through The Cellar at The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa on the hotel property, coming out the backside where a small trailhead will be located on your left. This trail is pretty level and makes for an easy hike, winding around through woods before ending at a small parking area that overlooks Sonoma Valley.

The Restaurants

The restaurant that you’ll want to visit during your stay at the hotel is Harvest. This award-winning restaurant serves up fresh, seasonal cuisine that focuses on the local flavors of Sonoma and Northern California. The menu offers a range of delicious options to satisfy any palate, including fresh seafood and meats prepared in a wood-burning hearth oven.

Breakfast at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is served daily at the Garden Patio or Poolside at the Harvest Terrace. You can also enjoy breakfast in your room each morning for a small fee.

The Fairmont Wine Hour takes place every day from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Enjoy complimentary wines with light appetizers and live music in the lobby every afternoon during your stay at this historic hotel in Sonoma.

The Wine Bar

The Wine Bar is the perfect spot for a casual wine tasting, appetizer, or full meal. The ambiance is warm and inviting with a dark wood bar, beautiful murals, and candlelight. There are high tops and regular tables as well as lounge chairs and window seating, so you can find a spot that fits your party.

The food at The Wine Bar is delicious with an emphasis on small plates and appetizers to share. There are seasonal menu items, as well as some regular menu favorites that are on the menu throughout the year. The menu also includes wines by the glass or bottle as well as local craft beers to enjoy with your meal.

During the summer months you can enjoy your meal outside on the patio or at one of the fire pits scattered throughout the outdoor area. In cooler weather, there’s also a large fireplace inside for ambiance and warmth. Be sure to check out the regularly scheduled events at The Wine Bar including live music and wine tastings from local wineries.

The Cellar

The Cellar at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is a 16,000-square-foot event venue located within the historic hotel. It was opened in 2004 and is capable of hosting events as large as 300 guests. The Cellar features a massive stone wall that was discovered during renovations to the hotel and has since been preserved and incorporated into the décor of the venue.

The Cellar boasts an impressive list of features that have made it a popular location for events of all types, including:

  • A state-of-the-art sound system, lighting, and video projection capabilities
  • Twelve separate rooms that can be combined to meet your specific event needs
  • Separate bar room with full bar service for up to 200 guests
  • A private outdoor patio with views of the vineyards and rolling hills

Baleen Whale Watching Tour

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa guests have the opportunity to take a whale watching tour with Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Tours. These tours are available for visitors and non-guests alike, and the boats depart from the Bay Model Marina, located just three miles from the hotel. The tours typically last about three hours and guests will have a chance to see some of the most amazing wildlife in the world including humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins.

Many guests opt to make this tour their final destination of their stay at the hotel, as it’s conveniently located within walking distance of the hotel. However, there are also many other activities in the area that you can explore before or after your tour such as shopping at local boutiques, visiting wineries, or enjoying a meal at one of Sonoma’s many restaurants. The hotel also has a complimentary shuttle service that makes local stops throughout Sonoma throughout the day so transportation is never an issue.

Bottom line

The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is a must for anyone visiting Sonoma, California. From the stunning grounds and architecture to the spa, delicious restaurants, and championship golf course, it has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa provides luxurious accommodations and amenities that will make your stay truly unforgettable.

With its peaceful atmosphere and exceptional service, it’s the perfect destination to relax, reconnect and recharge. So if you’re looking for a place to truly escape from it all while still being close to all the attractions of Sonoma Valley, then the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is the place to be.

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Local information

Address: 100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma, California 95476
GPS: 38.3161479,-122.4821262
Phone: 707-938-9000
Season: Year-round
Website: fairmont.com/sonoma