The exterior pictures on the website — although very nice — don't do it justice. It is a well-done renovated Victorian. The West Wing rooms are located in the addition to the original home.
I love everything about this place. Long story, but we got a chance to stay in 3 different rooms — the lowest price Pinot Noir, the 2-room Chardonnay Suite, and Sauvignon Blanc. Although a suite was a waste for us since the B&B has plenty of places to relax, it would be ideal for those who would like to stay tucked away in their own room. But having a taste of that room and then staying at the Sauvignon Blanc, the extra money for the other rooms are well worth it.
The breakfasts are the best I've had at a B&B. They serve a full course that leaves you stuffed but not at all that heavy feeling. The innkeepers were wonderful. Extremely helpful and accommodating. Kay helped us plan our 1 day wine tasting trip through the Russian River Valley — complete with who to talk to at each winery and where to grab food and what winery to picnic at.
And if that wasn't enough — they have nightly wine tastings. Get to know a few more wines and mingle with the innkeepers and other guests.
This is my favorite B&B and I hope to return soon!
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Mary Esther, Florida
September 8, 2004
There are twelve Queen Anne style bedrooms with private baths. Ten rooms have king-sized beds and spa tubs for two. Five rooms have fireplaces. Most upper floor room have skylights over the bed. With names like the Pinot Noir, Gamay Rose, Sangiovese, and Chardonnay Suite it was difficult to choose the "best" room. All rooms here are best! Room rates range from $210 to $325 per night.
View the rooms, amenities and specials at www.grapeleafinn.com.
We chose the Merlot room on the top floor. The king-size bed nestles under gable crowned with a magnificent stained glass window. Skylights over each side of the bed look straight up into the endless night sky. A huge bathroom has a spa tub for two with skylights over the tub. To top it all off, many special touches such as fresh flowers, Aveda bath products, and hand-pressed linens add to the charm and ambiance. If there were not so much to see and do, we might not leave this room for the next two days.
Owner and host, Richard Rosenberg, holds late afternoon wine tastings bringing in wine experts from local wineries for lively discussions. We notice several fellow travelers entering notes in wine journals along with labels from their favorite vineyard tours of the day. We learn that all the wineries have baskets of complimentary beautiful labels for their wines. Wow! Why didn’t we think of that? Tomorrow we will buy a wine journal. Wish we had collected labels at our favorite wineries in Napa! One of the best parts of travel is what you learn along the way.
About midnight, we are awakened by a brief thunderstorm. It is worth waking to watch the lightening play across the sky and listen to a symphony of thunder and rain as we lie beneath the skylight. Another breathless travel moment.
The next morning we are amazed at the spread before us. Grand Marnier Croissant French Toast and Fresh Asparagus, Parmesan Cheese Soufflé, and Champagne Mimosas. Gotta have the recipes. Richard graciously shares them. Then, it’s off to the tastings. (See Top Ten Wine Country Favorites) Late afternoon, finds us back at the Grape Leaf Inn for another wine and cheese tasting and lesson from a local vintner.
After another superb breakfast of melt-in-your-mouth White Chocolate Pancakes and a variety of side dishes, we regretfully leave the Grape Leaf Inn and continue north toward Mendocino and the coast. Be sure to check out our next entry…the Little River Inn.
From journal Raising a Toast to California Wine Country
September 19, 2003
From journal Beautiful Sonoma County