Sonoma County’s Farmhouse Inn Commemorates Two Decades of Hospitality with Luxe New AdditionsAuthor:Michelle Konstantinovsky
Two decades after opening its doors (and over a century into the land’s history), Russian River Valley staple, Farmhouse Inn, is welcoming guests to experience some new sights and experiences. Led by owner and five-generation Sonoma County local, Joe Bartolomei, the casual luxury destination is unveiling a slew of must-sees (and must-eats, and must-stays) for regular and first-time visitors alike.
First up is the brand new iteration of Farmhouse Inn’s Michelin-starred restaurant. After twenty years of culinary service, Chef Steve Litke retired in 2021, ushering in a new era for the team and inspiring those now at the helm to honor his legacy. While paying homage to the restaurant’s rich history, the refreshed Farmhouse Restaurant also features a reimagined menu and dining experience. Featuring ingredients sourced straight from Bartolomei’s ranch or discovered by Chef Jackson Clark on his daily farm stops en route to the Inn, the ever-changing menus focus on seasonal, sophisticated dishes (not to mention some of the finest wines of Sonoma and Napa).
The property’s more casual (but equally delicious) dining spot, The Farmstand, has also undergone a revamp which includes a fresh menu, pizza oven, and indoor/outdoor seating. The menu features woodfire cooking and wholesome dishes — don’t miss the sweet breakfast bowl and margherita pizza for dinner.
Another major renovation to Farmhouse Inn includes the upgraded cottages, which includes the introduction of a new room category at the property: the Cottage Petite Suite. Just steps from the Farmhouse Restaurant, the Cottage Petite Suites feature the property’s signature country-chic interiors and ample living space. The suite includes a king size bed in the main bedroom with additional full size alcove bed, and guests can enjoy a gas fireplace, steam shower, heated marble floors, and soaking tub. The new Cottage Petite Suites join the list of comfortable, unique accommodations, including the property’s Barn Suites featuring farmhouse decor and the rustic, and charming Farmhouse Rooms.
Added last summer courtesy of St. Regis Aspen vet, spa director Irisha Steele, Farmhouse Inn’s Wellness Barn is a warm and cozy holistic haven surrounded by natural beauty. Weaving together local remedies and ancient healing modalities, Steele and her team offer guests the opportunity to realign, recalibrate, and reconnect with themselves and nature. Adventurous spa goers will love the 90-minute Gems + Stones treatment, which incorporates massage using warm basalt stones and cool gemstones to release tension patterns and reduce inflammation, and stress. The Skin You’re In treatment is another must-experience, featuring a full body exfoliation with seasonal body polish, an alfresco shower, and a tailored massage.
Farmhouse Inn is located at 7871 River Road, Forestville, CA 95436. For more information or to book a reservation, call 707-887-3300 or visit farmhouseinn.com.