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Another Reason The Lodge at Sonoma Isn't Your Typical Wine Country Getaway

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April 27, 2012 at 2:02 PM | by | ()

This past weekend a new wine bar and coffee house opened inside the recently renovated lobby at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa. Coming on the heels of much anticipation, Bean & Bottle does something you don’t typically see in wine country hotels: multitask with style.

Part wine bar, tasting room, café and deli, it’s also a sweet gathering place where you can cozy up indoors by the stone fireplace, talk wine at the bar with sommeliers (now there's three in all) or head out the glass doors to cocktail by poolside fire pits and cabanas.

But being unusual is nothing new at The Lodge at Sonoma, which feels light years away from your typical wine country stay.

Spanning 10 acres and encompassing 182 rooms, guests can dine and drink well-selected wine flights at Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar, get oodles of treatments at Raindance Spa or hit the large, swank pool deck around which the entire resort is centered. We really love the inklings of Palm Springs and Scottsdale resort vibes underneath a solid Sonoma presence.

And now with Bean & Bottle, The Lodge’s already-boss wine program (think wine classes, happy hour and tastings poured by local celeb winemakers) gets an added boost with two new sommeliers to join the knowledgeable resident sommelier, Christopher Sawyer. Throw in some Illy coffee and a deli serving gourmet paninis and charcuterie, and leaving for vineyards suddenly seems a silly idea.

Rates at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa currently start at $269, which includes a $50 resort credit plus wine tasting for two adults.

Photos: Nina Kokotas Hahn, The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa

[Disclosure: Nina stayed at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa as a guest of the hotel while on assignment for another publication.]

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