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Kenwood Inn and Spa
by Darryl Roberts
Magazine Issue: Online Only

I’ll accept any press trip that has the word “Spa” associated with it. Honestly. If it means travelling by donkey I’ll attend. I love spas. Love the atmosphere. The smells. The women with Andre the Giant-sized hands… Love it.

So when this overnighter appeared in my inbox I was all over it. Not just because a gourmet dinner was included, but it was only 45 mins from my crib. I don’t know about you, but I always forget about the little gems in my neighborhood. So this was a great op to check this property out.

Kenwood Inn and Spa is located in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Now, for those of you who’re a bit confused between Sonoma Valley and Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley, also known as Valley of the Moon, is a small appellation (slice of land) that basically starts at the north end of the city of Sonoma and stretches north to the south end of Santa Rosa (and west to the east side of Santa Rosa). I know. I’ve put a link below for you to check it out further. Sonoma County incorporates all of the “Sonoma” appellations, like Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, Sonoma Valley, etc. Sonoma Valley is a sub-appellation of Sonoma County.

Anyway. Sonoma Valley is incredibly beautiful. Bordered by the Mayacamas Mountains to the east, and Sonoma Mountain to the west, it’s an ideal destination for those who want to spend a day in wine country as far away from Napa traffic as possible. Honestly, between the months of April and October it’s impossible to make a left turn in Napa. Honestly. Impossible.

The Grounds
The Mediterranean-inspired Inn and Spa is situated on two and one-half acres amongst groves of oak, walnut and fruit trees. It boasts an outdoor saline swimming pool and hot tub, two Jacuzzis, fountains, a serene pond, abundant flora and ivy-covered walls (I copied that from the brochure). In addition to the Spa, there’s a wine bar (featuring hard-to-find local wines) and an Italian-inspired restaurant with indoor/outdoor dinning. As a business retreat (why you’d go there for business I have no idea), the Inn offers a 700 square foot meeting room (with full multi-media capabilities) that opens to a full courtyard view. And, of course, the grounds are ideal for weddings and special occasions (like hiking the Appalachian Trail).

Rooms
There are 29 rooms at Kenwood Inn and Spa. They’re nice. More rustic than urban, with a warm feel of old world Europe. I’m too young to remember old world Europe, but it sounded good. Amenities include a feather bed, Italian linens, fireplace, CD player, small balcony and skincare products from ARCONA (nice!).

Please note: if you’re a TV-holic like myself, definitely make sure to ask for one of the two rooms that has a TV. The rest don’t. There is Wi-Fi throughout the property, so I guess you could watch Hulu, but…

The Spa
Spa treatments center around vinotherapy – oils extracted from grape seeds. The two most notable treatments are the Kenwood Wine Wrap and the Kenwood Wine Bath (click here for more detailed info). So, naturally, I went with the deep tissue massage. Hey, I’m a free spirit.

The 50 minute treatment was more than enough. Any longer and I would’ve needed Vicodin to make it through. That’s not a dig. The treatment was administered with the precise pressure and accuracy needed. My knots disappeared and my bod felt great afterward. Face it: sometimes you walk away hurting more than when you walked in. Not the case here.

The Restaurant
The restaurant offers á la carte dinner menu: La Vera Cucina, classic Italian dishes, by Executive Chef Renzo Veronese. What impressed me most about the dishes were the subtlety in which Chef Renzo uses spices. Like a good wine, the barrel and winemaker influences should complement the grape variety, not overpower it. Chef Renzo uses spices to bring out the intrinsic flavors of the main ingredients without hitting you over the head with them. This is a refreshing alternative to the typical “Italian” cuisine often experienced in the U.S.

XX = Highly Recommended

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-DR

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