www.farmhouseinn.comFarmhouse Inn and Restaurant

The Russian River is beckoning!

Originally built in the 1870’s by the Johnson family, The Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant is located in Forestville, California in the Russian River Valley Region of Sonoma County’s famed wine country.  The Giovanettis acquired 200 acres around the turn of the century and Domenic Giovanetti planted 30 acres of zinfandel, petit sirah and carignan on his land. Cattle for meat and dairy, hops, fruit orchards and gardens supported and fed both the Johnson and Giovanetti families. Currently owned by 5th generation Russian River Valley vineyard owners and siblings, Catherine and Joe Bartolomei, Domenic’s house was completed in 1931 and is now home to his great-granddaughter Catherine Bartolomei and her family.

Baby boomers will appreciate the whimsy, classic elegance, and luxurious sophistication of the Inn’s 18 cottages, rooms, and suites. Barn Rooms feature coffered or vaulted ceilings, fabrics the color of weathered wood, stone and earth, Italian Carrera marble bathrooms, private outdoor deck, and indoor-outdoor fireplace. Built in the early 1900s, The Cottages feature crisp linens and bedding, wet/dry saunas, and wood-burning fireplaces. Main House Rooms in the Historic 1872 farmhouse feature soaking tubs that fill from the ceiling, and gas fireplaces. Six concierges arrange exceptional activities for your stay including hot-air balloon rides, hiking the Giant Redwoods, whale watching on the Sonoma Coast, and canoeing down the Russian River.

The new full-service Farm-To-Treatment Spa sources ingredients grown at its own ranch and gardens and a copper still is used by therapists and guests alike to extract essential oils and waters. Exclusive treatments utilizing produce harvested and distilled on site are cornerstones of the Spa and guests are invited to participate in the distilling process while learning how to re-create the experience at home. So very cool!

The restaurant is inspired by Sonoma County and its diversity of agriculture and artisan producers. Chefs pick figs from outside the kitchen door and mulberries from the 100-year old tree on site. Enjoy local, wild salmon fresh from the coast, baby lamb from the farmer up the road, heirloom tomatoes and herbs from the garden down the road and fresh cheeses from the goat dairy a few minutes away and pair your meal with a bottle of fine wine from the Russian River Valley as you dine by the fire. Check out this fabulous website for more information and be sure to follow their blog.