Upper Lake Travel Guide


Soaking in Wine at the Tallman Hotel

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June 26, 2006 at 1:09 PM | by | ()

There's no shortage of hotels and cozy B&B's near the vineyards of Northern California so how do you choose which one to stay at?

How about one that feels like a Ritz Carlton in the middle of a town first settled in the late 1800s?

The Tallman Hotel in teeny weeny Upper Lake, California dates back to 1895. The town is filled with just 1,000 people and its downtown consists of just two blocks crowded with antique shops. However, the hotel is stirring some positive feedback, thanks to some recent luxe renovations, bringing little ol' Upper Lake some attention. The local wineries on the rise will only add to the tourism. But it's the Mercury News recent write-up will most likely get the place booked fast--their review was great:

New garden rooms (patios with Japanese soaking tubs on the ground floor; private balconies on the upper) match the original hotel's rooms right down to the antique reproductions, 300 thread-count linens and imported Molton Brown bath products.

So fine, to spice this up we are going to assume that this hotel is a great place for a romantic shag. Further research from a different past guest, only adds flame to our fire:

plush, king-sized beds, mini-bar, private access to the small table and chairs awaiting on the veranda where we shared a bottle of Barbera Cabernet (from our favorite winery located just a few miles from the Tallman). One musn't miss out on the luxury of the oversized, freestanding, clawfoot tub...don't forget to bring some bubble bath!

So maybe another hotel in California by a winery doesn't sound that mindboggling, but the things you do inside the room certainly could be...especially with a velvety Cabernet Sauvignon running through your body and the slippery bubbles from your hot bath.

Related Stories:
· Luxuriously updated hotel, new winery add luster to region [The Mercury News]
· Tallman Hotel Reviews [TripAdvisor]