The Perfect Almost Resort Destination In California Wine Country

Napa and Sonoma Counties are two of my favorite places to explore, you’ll find delicious wine, food to die for, great outdoor activities and friendly locals. Unfortunately, the region tends to run rather expensive. While I don’t mind splurging on a good meal or activity, in the area you’ll end up spending at least $300 on most quality hotels.

I was thrilled to recently find a high-quality property with just about everything you want from a resort, all with room prices as low as $129 in the off-season and rarely over $200. The Dry Creek Inn in Healdsburg, California is the perfect destination in California wine country where you’ll feel like you’re on a resort without with extreme costs.

Note: This stay was provided at no cost to the author. As always all opinions remain my own.

Where to get a resort feel in California Wine Country without blowing your budget. Where to stay in Healdsburg, Sonoma County.

Not Your Average Best Western

I’ll start with the fact that I’ve never found a Best Western unacceptable. Much of the brand is basic but offers you everything you need in a place to rest your head. If you look closely though you’ll find certain properties that deserve more than their three-star rating. They have luxurious rooms, a beautiful property, and great locations. The difference is you aren’t paying for status, only the quality.

The Dry Creek Inn is one of these. They have some of the nicest rooms I’ve stayed in all year, more amenities than many of the four-star properties I’ve visited, and a very comfortable feel.

Fireplaces & Jacuzzi Tubs

The rooms themselves were lovely with a gas fireplace, private patio and a real jacuzzi tub. I say real as in it’s the tub you want to sit and relax in, not just one that happens to have jets. Normally, I have no urge to relax in my room, but at the Dry Creek Inn, it’s actually somewhere you want to spend some time. Turn on the fireplace and pour yourself a glass of wine to relax before you go out for the evening.Where to get a resort feel in California Wine Country without blowing your budget. Where to stay in Healdsburg, Sonoma County.

Overall, their standard rooms feel much closer to a suite than a room and easily match the luxury properties just down the street.

Beautiful Space to Relax

The property itself has an Italian wine country feel with its red tile roof, vines covering the building and hidden places to relax. Grab a seat by one of the three outdoor fire pits to relax for the evening or enjoy your coffee before breakfast.Where to get a resort feel in California Wine Country without blowing your budget. Where to stay in Healdsburg, Sonoma County.

There are many nooks and crannies to explore where you can sneak away even if it is a busy day. Make sure you explore the property since you’ll find places you didn’t know were there, whether it’s another fireplace or a beautiful fountain.

Pools, Spas & Saunas

On top of a resort style feel and rooms, the property offers two pools, two hot tubs, a sauna and a steam room. These are my favorite things you find at a resort. Having multiple options allowed us to escape the busy pool with kids and relax a little in a quiet spa.Healdsburg, Dry Creek Inn, Best Western, Pool, Spa

I’d rather unwind and sweat it out in the water, but the sauna and steam room are much harder to find without having to pay for spa treatments. If that’s how you enjoy relaxing the Dry Creek Inn is the perfect spot for you.

Right In The Middle

On top of providing you everything you need out of a resort, the Dry Creek Inn is located right in the center of Healdsburg, my favorite destination in California wine country. You are less than a mile off the square where you’ll find delicious restaurants, cute shops, and tasting rooms.

You’re also on the way to the Dry Creek and Russian River regions where you’ll find wineries highlighting Pinot Noirs and much more. Take a look at some of my favorite things to do in Healdsburg, all of which are right around the corner from the property.

The Dry Creek Inn offers exactly what you need out of a California wine country getaway without blowing your budget on the hotel room. I want to thank the property for hosting me on the perfect weekend in wine country.

For more information about Napa & Sonoma check out these great books on Amazon including Fodor’s Napa & SonomaFrommer’s Napa and Sonoma day by day,  and Lonely Planet San Francisco Bay Area &  Wine Country Road Trips.

Let me know what you look for most out of a hotel? Is it the room, the pool or something else? Leave a comment. 

Where to get a resort feel in California Wine Country without blowing your budget. Where to stay in Healdsburg, Sonoma County.

About Megan

Megan MacNee is the founder of Traveling Nine to Fiver. From nine to five she works in the non-profit world in California. She focuses on exploring the world from her own backyard to across the globe. You'll find her sharing about explorations through food, books, travel, and more.