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MacArthur Place - Sonoma's Historic Inn & Spa

29 E. Macarthur Street, Sonoma, California 95476
Innkeeper(s): Bill Blum
  • Introduction

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    Located in the beautiful Sonoma Valley Wine Country in California, four blocks from historic Sonoma Plaza, MacArthur Place is a luxurious 64-room hotel and spa set in the midst of wineries, fine dining, shops, and unique galleries. Just a short 15- minute drive from the Napa Valley and forty-five minutes from San Francisco, the Inn is convenient to both Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley wineries.

    Originally a prestigious 300 hundred-acre vineyard and working ranch with prized trotters, the lush 19th century estate has been transformed into a luxurious inn and spa, receiving rave reviews and guest comments.

    Each of the Inn's 64 rooms and suites are individually appointed with designer furnishings, down comforters and custom linens. Ten rooms are located in the Manor House, the property's original residence built in the 1850's. The Inn's 29 suites offer fireplaces, king-sized beds, original art, hydrotherapy tubs or rain showers, wet bars, flat-panel televisions, and DVD players with six-speaker surround sound.

    MacArthur Place is set among seven acres of spectacular gardens filled with original sculpture. Flagstone walkways lead guests past hedgerows, fountains and benches to a heated pool and whirlpool. The Garden Spa at MacArthur Place offers over 40 different massage, facial and body treatments utilizing the flowers, herbs and plants found in the garden.

    Dining is a special experience at MacArthur Place. Located in the beautifully restored historic barn on the estate, Saddles is consistently named the wine country's best steakhouse. MacArthur Place is proud to be be recognized by the Sonoma Valley Green Business Program.

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    MacArthur Place - Sonoma's Historic Inn & Spa front of inn

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to our innkeepers for sharing their own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most travelers who stay with us are looking for a quiet and romantic Wine Country getaway, often for a special occasion.

    What are you best known for?

    We are best known for the friendly and personalized service we provide to our guests.

    What makes your inn unique?

    The historic nature of our property (it's the 3rd oldest estate in Sonoma dating back to the mid 1800's) and our century-old gardens make our property unique.

    What do you love most about your inn?

    I love the fact that the birds, butterflies and bees love the gardens as much as our guests! 

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    The #1 reason to visit would be to taste and sample the wonderful local wines, but the beauty of the area and visiting Sonoma's historic Plaza would be a close second.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    The best compliment we have received is that the staff working here seems to be enjoying themselves as much as our guests.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    In addition to wineries, there are also breweries and distilled spirits makers (bourbon, whiskey, vodka) in Sonoma.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Explore the entire County of Sonoma - take a beautiful drive to the Coast or the Redwoods, and spend a day exploring Napa Valley as well.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Historic Sonoma Plaza with shops, restaurants, wineries and historic sites is just 4 blocks from the Inn.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Of course I'm partial to our onsite steakhouse Saddles, but also love The Girl & the Fig restaurant on Sonoma Plaza.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? is the local visitors bureau website and is excellent (they also have a visitors center right on Sonoma Plaza).

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    64 (33 guestrooms and 31 suites).

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets but there is Aberglen Pet Resort and Sonoma Dog Camp in Sonoma avaialble for your pet.


  • History

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    "A century-old Sonoma ranch is reborn as a luxury inn and spa." Country Inns Magazine, The Best Inn Spas

    The property and buildings which comprise 29 E. MacArthur Street have a long and distinguished place in local history. Located in the middle of Sonoma, the former Burris-Good estate is comprised of beautiful gardens, majestic old trees, and historic architecture. The two-story Victorian house which dominates the property, was built in the 1850's and is reported to be one of the oldest Victorian homes in Sonoma.

    It was owned by David Burris, a prominent Missouri farmer and landowner. The house was constructed using wooden pegs and square nails (still fronted by the original white picket fence) and was home for his family of nine children. Burris also founded Sonoma Valley Bank, conducting business out of the home's corner library on the first floor.

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    The property originally embraced more than 300 acres and was a working ranch with vineyards, fruit orchards, a hay crop, cattle and many prized and well-trained trotters used for transportation in this horse and buggy era.

    Five generations of the Burris family occupied the property, which was known for gracious hospitality and gala events. The estate remained in the Burris family until 1971 when Howard and Jane Good purchased it from Anna Burris Welch. The Good family enhanced the gardens and maintained the estate for 26 years when in 1997, Suzanne Brangham contracted with the Goods to create a luxurious country inn.

    A change in the General Plan and the addition of new cottages matching the original architecture was unanimously approved by the Sonoma Planning commission. The property has been reborn as a 64-room hotel with a state-of-the-art conference facility, restaurant and full-service spa.

    Along with maintaining the original architecture on the buildings, and replicating its charm with new cottages, the beautifully planned landscaping offers lush plantings, mature trees, rose gardens, a pool and spa sanctuary, a fish pond, water fountains and more than 30 original sculptures. Nathanson Creek winds along the western side of the property creating a beautiful backdrop for visiting guests.

  • Gardens

    MacArthur Place - Sonoma's Historic Inn & Spa gardens

    "Amid the roses and lavender, it's easy to imagine you're on a country estate." -Travel & Leisure, Twenty Great Inns for Fall

    The Gardens at MacArthur Place are extraordinary. Filled with original sculptures and fountains, many of the majestic old trees and plantings at MacArthur Place date back more than a century.

    With over 100 species of trees and filled with colorful and unusual plantings interspersed with meandering paths, our sculpture gardens are a wonderful place to stroll, or relax with a glass of wine or a good book.

    Our orchard has 12 different kinds of fruit trees, and when in season, you'll find the fruit in pies and other special desserts in our restaurant, saddles.

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    Throughout the gardens comfortable benches have been placed, often near one of our interesting fountains or sculptures. All of the sculpture in the gardens is provided by the I.Wolk Gallery in St. Helena and is available for purchase.

    The hedge rows lining some of the flagstone paths are original to the inn, and were planted by the original owners when Sonoma was a young town. The swimming pool and outdoor whirlpool tub are accessible through the gardens, and are located next to our Spa facilities.

    The inn is adjacent to Nathanson Creek, which runs from the hillsides to the north of Sonoma through the town and eventually out to the Bay Delta to the south. The creek provides a natural preserve for a wide range of Sonoma's wildlife.

  • Meetings

    MacArthur Place - Sonoma's Historic Inn & Spa meeting room

    MacArthur Place is considered one of the finest meeting and event destinations in Northern California. Ideal for meetings, executive retreats and incentives, the Inn offers a variety of meeting space ranging from the rustic elegance of the Rodeo,Tack and Stetson Room In the Inn's historic barn to intimate meeting suites.

    MacArthur Place is considered one of the finest meeting and event destinations in Northern California. Ideal for meetings, executive retreats and incentives, the Inn offers a variety of meeting space ranging from the rustic elegance of the Rodeo,Tack and Stetson Room In the Inn's historic barn to intimate meeting suites.

    Our conference rooms feature custom lighting, ergonomic conference chairs, and advanced audio-visual equipment designed specifically for your needs. Begin your meeting with a welcome reception in our beautiful Veranda Garden. Our Extensive banquet menus offer everything from coffee services and breaks to "over the top" dinners and receptions.

    For more information or to check availability for your program, contact Michael Wilson, Director of Sales at 707-933-3175 or email

    MacArthur Place - Sonoma's Historic Inn & Spa other meeting room. For catering, wedding and event information contact Linda Clark, Sales and Catering Coordinator at 707-933-3179 or email For more information, please visit our website.

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    MacArthur Place - Sonoma's Historic Inn & Spa outdoor dining area

  • Weddings

    MacArthur Place - Sonoma's Historic Inn & Spa weddings

    We are delighted that you are considering MacArthur Place for your event. We look forward to making your special day a wonderful and memorable experience for you and your guests.Following are details about capacities,music, accommodations,rentals and parking.

    Located in the town of Sonoma, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, MacArthur Place is a luxurious wine country getaway situated on a lush historic country estate with 64 elegant rooms and suites. Our Garden Spa features many different packages for you as well as your wedding party and guests.We also have a heated pool and whirlpool, six acres of spectacular gardens and award-winning dining. Visit our website for more information.


    MacArthur Place has a capacity for up to 125 guests, depending on location, for rehearsal dinners, wedding brunches and wedding ceremonies.Our country estate offers a variety of unique and beautiful venue sites for your event, and our Chef's menus offer a variety of culinary options. For groups exceeding 125 guests, please contact our catering/sales office for details.If you are looking for an intimate event just for the two of you.

    Our country estate offers a variety of unique and beautiful spaces for your event, and our Chef's menus offer a variety of culinary options.

    MacArthur Place - Sonoma's Historic Inn & Spa eventsAccommodations

    MacArthur Place is delighted to extend wedding room blocks up to 20 sleeping rooms. Our hotel has 35 guestrooms and 29 suites, including spa and cabana suites,individual cottages, and spectacular one-bedroom suites.

    We require a 50% deposit on the room block at signing of the contract to guarantee the rooms until 90 days prior to the event. At 90 days, we will release any unused portion of the original block, unless acceptor chooses to fully guarantee the block with a second deposit of the remaining room revenue.


    MacArthur Place is located in a residential area of Sonoma. In consideration of our hotel guests and neighbors, we request there be no overly amplified music in our outdoor venues. MacArthur Place will work with you to ensure that music will be appropriate for the setting.


    For items that are not available from our banquet inventory such as specialty linens, glassware, heaters, specialty chairs, or other items, there will be an additional rental charge to the wedding party plus a handling fee. Rental items must be billed through our catering department. Your Catering manager will discuss in detail all aspects of the event for your approval.

    MacArthur Place - Sonoma's Historic Inn & Spa dining room


    Complimentary on-site parking is limited, however, parking is available on adjacent streets outside the hotel. On weekends, hotel guests will consume the majority of parking spaces, which make it necessary to inform your guests about off-site parking. For parties larger than 125pp, we require hiring a valet service or shuttle to transport guests to the event. Your Catering manager will work with you to coordinate parking.

    Facility Charges

    We have several areas on the Estate that may be available for your event. Please call for specific pricing. Each area's capacities are listed below.

    • Rodeo Room: Rounds - 70, Theatre - 125
    • Tack Room: Rounds - 50, Theatre - 40
    • Rodeo/Tack Room: Rounds - 125, Theatre - 165
    • Veranda Garden: Rounds - 100, Theatre - 125
    • Japanese Garden - Rounds - NA, Theatre - 50

    Veranda/Club Room Limited availability. Please contact sales/catering. Please contact Sales for information on buying-out the Barn or the West Lawn at MacArthur Place.

    Contact Information

    For information please contact Linda Clark in Sales and Conference Services at 707-933-3179,

  • Dining

    MacArthur Place - Sonoma's Historic Inn & Spa dining

    The place to go when you want the very best steak you can get." Jeff Cox, Santa Rosa Press Democrat

    Here at MacArthur Place we offer exceptional dining at Saddles Steakhouse, named "Best Beef Restaurant in California" this year by the California Beef Council. Saddles specializes in steaks, chops and fresh seafood and Saddles' wine list offers an outstanding selection of Sonoma and Napa wines earning The Wine Spectator's "Best of Award of Excellence".

    Saddles Hours

    • Breakfast: 7am to 10am Daily
    • Lunch: 11:30 am - 2 pm Daily
    • Dinner: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Sunday-Thursday and 5:30 - 9:00 pm Friday and Saturday
    • Bar menu available 2:00 pm - 8:30 pm Daily
    • Happy Hour: Daily from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm with Martini,

    Wine and Beer Specials and Discounted Appetizers. View our website to see menus. Call us or book online to make dining reservations.

    Saddles' lobby, located in the estate's historic barn and conference center and offers comfortable leather sofas, original artwork throughout and an open air veranda for outdoor dining. Saddles Martini Bar offers specialty martinis, mixed drinks, wine and beer. Room Service is available breakfast through dinner if you choose to dine in the privacy of your room or suite, and cocktails and lunch are available at the pool during the spring and summer months.

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    MacArthur Place - Sonoma's Historic Inn & Spa dining

  • Amenities

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    • Complimentary Continental Breakfast Buffet
    • Complimentary Nightly Wine and Cheese Reception
    • Complimentary DVD Movies from the Library
    • Complimentary Wireless Internet
    • Full-service spa with over 30 different types of massage, facials, body treatments, lounge, locker rooms and steam room
    • Fitness Room
    • Heated Swimming Pool
    • Outdoor Whirlpool
    • Outdoor Giant Chess Garden
    • SADDLES Steakhouse & Martini Bar
    • Room Service
    • Library with outstanding selection of books and games
    • Historic Gardens with Original Sculpture
    • Conference and Special Events Center
  • Set in the center of the Inn's magnificent gardens, our heated pool and whirlpool offer guests an ideal setting for a relaxing swim or to enjoy a good book.

    The Garden Spa and Fitness Center are located adjacent to the pool. Complimentary iced tea and water are served poolside and room service is available for poolside lunch or snacks.

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    MacArthur Place - Sonoma's Historic Inn & Spa jacuzzi

  • MacArthur Place - Sonoma's Historic Inn & Spa massage

    "The Spa sets MacArthur Place apart from other inns in its class; an oasis of calm" Janet Fullwood, Sacramento Bee

    Nestled in the heart of the Inn's fragrant gardens, the Garden Spa at MacArthur Place offers a unique array of treatments based on the fruits, flowers and herbs grown in the gardens at the Inn. This "Farm to Massage Table" approach uses the finest "single note" essential oils, rather than a blend, so you can experience the unique and special qualities of the essential oil selected. Below you will find a list of our treatments and spa services, as well as general information about the spa.

    For Spa Appointments or information, call the Garden Spa at (707) 933-3193.

    Harvest Season Spa Special

    This wonderful smelling coconut sugar scrub leaves your skin soft, smooth and hydrated.

    • Coconut Body Scrub - 50 minutes - $105 (regularly $118)

    Day Package

    • Spoil Yourself- 100 minutes- $245 - Facial, Massage, Lunch, Spa Gift
    • A Day in the Garden- 150 minutes - $345 - Signature Treatment, Facial, Lunch, Spa Gift
    • Flower Power- 100 minutes - $245- Scrub or Wrap, Massage, Lunch, Spa Gift
    • Spa Radiance- 150 minutes - $345 - Any Three 50-minute Treatments, Lunch, Spa Gift
    • Wine Country Romance- 100 minutes - $245 per person- Couples Massage, Couples Body Wrap or Scrub, Lunch, Spa Gift
    • Signature Treatments-All Signature Treatments are 100 Minutes in Length
    • Golden Goddess- $225- Golden Passion Flower Body Polish, Wrap, and Passion Flower Essential Massage
    • Purely Pomegranate- $225 - Pomegranate Body Polish, Pomegranate Bath, and Pomegranate Massage
    • Rose Garden - $225 - Rose Petal Bath, Rose Petal Body Polish, and Rose Essential Oil Massage
    • Red Red Wine- $225 - Red Wine Grapeseed Bath, Grapeseed Body Polish, and Grapeseed Essential Oil Massage
    • Lavender Dreams - $225 - Lavender Bath, Lavender Marine Body Wrap, Lavender Essential Oil Massage
    • Citrus Tree-$225 - Sweet Orange and Pink Grapefruit Bath, Mandarin Orange and Pink Grapefruit Body Scrub, and Sweet Orange Massage
    • Adam- $225 - This energizing body treatment is designed specifically for men
    • Eucalyptus Body Scrub, Peppermint Bath, Rosemary Massage
    • Healing Stones & Garden Mud- $225 - Nourishing Garden Mud Wrap followed by a Healing Hot Stone Massage
    • Mineral Bath and Essential Oil Massage- $225 - 20-Minute Mineral Bath and 80-Minute Essential Oil Massage
    • Baby and Me- $225 - This pregnancy treatment includes a Lavender Body Polish, Bergamot, Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Vetiver Massage, and Hydrating Lavender Body Butter Treatment


    Choose from chamomile, clary sage, eucalyptus, jasmine, lavender, orange, peppermint, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, ylang ylang or grapeseed. Your massage therapist can help you select your essential oil at the time of your treatment.

    • Aromatherapy Massage- 50 Minutes $118; 100 Minutes $215
    • Couples Champagne & Roses- (Prices are per person) 50 minutes $138; 100 minutes $235
    • Our Couples Massage enhanced with rose petals and a glass of Champagne
    • Couples Massage- (Prices are per person) 50 minutes $118; 100 minutes $21
    • Pregnancy Massage- 50 minutes $118
    • Peppermint Reflexology Massage and Foot Soak- 50 minutes $125
    • Garden Stone Massage- 50 minutes $125

    Body Treatments

    Remineralizes, exfoliates, leaves skin radiant

    • Golden Passion Flower Body Polish and Wrap- 50 minutes $118
    • Frangipani Flower Body Contouring Treatment - 50 minutes $118

    Hydrating, purifying, anti-cellulite

    • Garden Spa Body Polish-50 minutes $118
    • Choose from Sonoma olive oil, rose petal, eucalyptus, lavender, pomegranate, citrus or grapeseed
    • Garden SpaBody Wrap -50 minutes $118
    • Choose from French rose clay, garden mud, lavender or pumpkin

    Facials & Waxing

    Facials include a skin care consultation, skin analysis, steam treatment, pore extractions and a face, declote and hand massage.

    • Certified Organice Biodynamic Facial- 50 minutes $118

    Biodynamic farming produces the most nutrient rich ingredients known to nature. With a minimum of 95% organic ingredients, the Biodynamic Collection offer the finest, most potent ingredients available infusing your skin with a more luminous, youthful appearance.

    • Custom Eminence Organic Skin Care Facial-50 minutes $118

    A customized facial based on your skincare needs using Eminence Organic. Popular products used include Lemon Cleanser, Stone Crop Mist, Blueberry Repair Soy Masque, Pumpkin Latte Masque, and the Linden Calendula Treatment.

    • Alpha Beta Professional Face Peel - 50 minutes $125

    A blend of alpha and beta hydroxy acids that offer immediate results for any skin type improving texture, firmness and radiance. Helps reduce fine lines, enlarged pores, and controls acne and rosacea.

    • Gentleman'Stone Crop Facial- 50 minutes $118

    Stone crop is an intense healing plant used by herbalists for centuries. It is healing and calming for all skin types and will leave your skin more radiant and youthful looking.

    • Garden Spa Facial-100 minutes $225

    Our Signature 100 minute facial includes an extended version of any of the above facials. Also includes facial waxing of your choice, paraffin hand and foot treatment, and a scalp, face, hand and foot treatment.

    • Anti-Aging Lip Treatment- $12

    Includes lip exfoliation, plumping masque and hydrating treatment. Can be added to any facial treatment.

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    • Lip, chin and brow wax: $15
    • Under arm wax: $35
    • Bikini wax: $45
    • Half leg wax: $45
    • Full leg wax: $85


    The Garden Spa offers seven indoor treatment rooms, lounge, men's and women's locker rooms, co-ed steam room, and The Garden Shop. Facility use is complimentary for hotel guests, and for walk-in guests with the purchase of any spa treatment.


    We recommend making spa reservations at least 2 weeks in advance (particularly on weekends) to assure desired times.To schedule your treatment call (707) 933-3193.


    Because Spa treatments are reserved for you, you must notify us at least 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment. 50% of the value of the treatment will be charged for cancellations or charges within 24 hours. Cancellations or no-shows within two hours of the scheduled appointment will be charged at full value. Same day appointments are non-cancellable and are charged at full value.

    Pool & Fitness Center Use

    Use of the pool and fitness center are complimentary for hotel guests anytime; walk-in guests are welcome to use the pool and fitness center with the purchase of any spa treatment.

    What to Wear

    You will be provided with a robe and slippers when you arrive at the Spa. During all treatments, your body will be fully draped, except for the area being worked on. You will need a swimsuit for the co-ed steam room in the Spa. For hikes and walks we recommend layered comfortable clothing and athletic or hiking shoes. For the exercise room, shirt and appropriate workout shoes are required. For your safety, bare feet, slippers and sandals are not permitted. The Garden Shop offers an excellent selection of swimwear, shorts, T-shirts and work-out attire.

    Please Note

    All of our massage providers and estheticians are professionally certified. If you are uncomfortable with your treatment for any reason such as room temperature, depth of massage, music volume, please let your provider know during the treatment. The Spa is for adults only. No children under 18 are allowed. Alcohol, smoking and cell phones are not permitted in the Spa.

    Gratuities are not included in the treatment price, but are always appreciated for outstanding service. Special envelopes are available at the Spa Reception Desk or a gratuity may be signed to your guestroom account.

    Advance treatment reservations are required, and reservations are recommended at least two weeks in advance to ensure the treatment time that you desire. For further information and to make appointments contact the Spa at 707-933-3193

  • Guest Comments & Reviews

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    "Lovely Gardens, details in the rooms and all around restful memories. Well done." -The Walkers

    "MacArthur Place is where the movie stars stay during the Sonoma Valley Olive Festival, and it has some of the lush, tucked-away, celebrities-in-sunglasses atmosphere you associate with the Hotel Bel-Air. Once a snazzy horse farm, now the resort is a pleasant maze of meandering paths, lavish gardens, white Victorian-style cottages a steak house, and of course a spa." -Town & Country Travel

    "In the land of wine and exclusive resorts, this spot stands alone" find fans who love the "cozy, rustic country-farmhouse rooms with comfy big beds" (get a suite, it's totally worth it"), "friendly service" and the "serene spa"; go for a ride on the "bikes for guest use", listen to some DVDs wearing your "great robe" or indulge in a "massage in a Japanese-style breezy tent by the pool"; whatever you do, "if you're in Sonoma, you must stay here." -ZAGAT 2006 Top U.S. Hotels, Resorts & Spas

    "We arrived four princesses and departed four queens. Hail Hedonism!"

    -Susan, Gail, Carol and Kathryn

    "A lot of places focus on steaks, but just a few specialize in them. In Sonoma, Saddles offers a choice of grain-fed, Kobe-style, and special grass-fed ribeyes, filet mignons, flatirons, New Yorks, Porterhouse, cowboy steaks and more. It's the Place to go for the very best steak you can get."

    -Jeff Cox, Press Democrat

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    "There is no place more inviting than the historic MacArthur Place country inn in Sonoma. Walking through the four lush acres of gardens - with sculptures and fountains to be found around nearly every bend - is truly tranquil. Of course, if the gardens don't prove peaceful enough, the aptly named Garden Spa, with nature-inspired treatments like Lavender Dreams and The Rose Garden can do the job. Opt for an al fresco massage in one of the Japanese tea houses."

    -Celebrated Living, American Airline's Premium Class Magazine

    "This was our first trip to the Wine Country - we celebrated our 37th anniversary - we loved MacArthur Place so much that we didn't even go touring - there's always the next trip! Simply wonderful."

    -Tim and Sandi

    "Just off Sonoma's town square, MacArthur Place now hides a colorful, folksy spa. Treatments rely on the fruit of the land: The rosemary in your body polish, rose petals in your facial, and lavender in your aromatherapy soak are often plucked from the garden just as you're settling in."

    -Top 30 Getaways, San Francisco Magazine

    "This inn is absolutely heavenly! Very luxurious, spacious, feng shui and relaxing. The staff has been most helpful and professional and the breakfast was always perfect.

    I'd rate it an "11" from "1-10". Cheers." -Len and Sheri

    "California wine country's answer to the steakhouse is located not far from the Sonoma Plaza, in MacArthur Place, an upscale hotel. At Saddles, you can sit inside the pleasantly appointed Barn or on the garden patio. Choose from selections cut to order or a list of steaks and chops, then prepare yourself for serious toppings - carmelized onions, peppercorn sauce, and Cabernet demi-glace - all in huge amounts. Sides are also generous, including potatoes prepared five ways and traditional creamed spinach. For lighter fare, order the market vegetables, they taste Sonoma-grown."

    -Best Steakhouses in the West, Sunset Magazine

    "In the heart of Sonoma, just four blocks from the historic plaza, is a renovated garden spot that would give Eden a run for its money. Interspersed among the vibrant flowers, mature trees, fountains, and sculptures are 64 individually apppointed guest rooms and suites, each boasting delicious amenities. The homegrown goodness is infused in many of the Garden Spa's treatments, like Sonoma Olive Oil Body Polish and Red Wine Grapeseed Massage. Savor a steak and martini at Saddles. The atmosphere is so tranquil that you rarely hear a voice above a whisper." -10 Great Getaways, Child Magazine

    "Your attention to detail is incredible." -Sandra and John

    "I would love to spend more time here to enjoy the surroundings and absorb the peace and serenity and beauty." -Louise

  • Area Information

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    "A wine country classic...the smell of crushed grapes in the fall is pure wine country" Travel & Leisure

    Guests of MacArthur Place can inquire with a member of our GuestService Staff about the activities listed below, or while visiting the Sonoma Plaza, stop by the Sonoma Valley Visitors Center for more information.

    Wine Tasting

    Most of the wineries in the region have tasting rooms open between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm (some open until 5:00pm) and several have tours of their facilities available. As you enter Sonoma Valley on Hwy 121 (or as you are leaving), be sure to stop at Gloria Ferrer for a glass of sparkling wine on the terrace with its spectacular view, or at nearby Viansa or Jacuzzi Family Vineyards.

    Located just a few blocks off of the Sonoma Plaza, Sebastiani Winery offers a complimentary shuttle to and from the Plaza. While there, enjoy a complimentary tour of their famous Cask Cellars. Buena Vista Winery, the oldest premium winery in the state, is just a short drive and is a great location to enjoy wine tasting and an afternoon picnic.

    On the way back to the Inn, stop by Ravenswood or Gundlach Bundschu for some of their award-winning wines. If you're looking for green and organic options, you might consider Benziger Winery.They are well known for their strides in biodynamic and organic farm practices and have a strong commitment to sustainability throughout their operation. Benziger also owns Imagery Winery that also has biodynamic vineyards and a biodynamic garden. Kunde Winery uses sustainable farm practices and have eco-tours to engage and educate the public. Bartholomew Park Winery is a beautiful site and certified organic. Coturri Winery is certified organic and Phil Coturri is very knowledgeable about organic viticulture. Moon Mountain Vineyard is certified organic and also a unique site with volcanic rock caves. Hanzell Winery is a member of the California Sustainable Wine Growing Alliance and they follow the guidelines for sustainable wine growing ( and they take a holistic approach to being more sustainable. Cline Cellars is also a member of the California Sustainable Wine Growing Alliance. and some of the others above are also part of this group.

    California Wine Tours could provide your transportation. They are really focusing on their sustainability program and have a "Green Fleet" of smaller transportation vehicles and are the first Bay Area transportation company to be included in the Bay Area Green Business Program.

    Thirty other wonderful wineries are located throughout Sonoma Valley which will offer tasting and the full range of information about wine making. Our staff will be happy to offer directions to a specific winery or a list with directions to wineries throughout the valley. For a complete winery list visit

    Another good source of winery information is the California Directory of Fine Wineries.

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    California Historic Sites

    The Historic Sonoma Plaza, the largest town square of its kind in California, is just a short four-block walk from MacArthur Place. Approaching the Plaza, notice Sonomas City Hall which stands proud in the middle of the eight-acre park.

    Taking a stroll around the Plaza is like stepping into California history; passing the Mission San Francisco de Solano the last and northernmost of the California Missions, the Mexican Barracks, and the Depot Museum. Several other historic structures on the Plaza now house fantastic restaurants, boutiques, bookstores, and wine shops. Many visitors spend most of their stay in Sonoma just walking the Plaza!

    Other must-see historic locations in the area include General Vallejos Home which is located on Spain Street just a few blocks west from the Plaza. A former Mexican commandante, Vallejo called his home Lachryma Montis, in Latin meaning "Tears of the mountain," after a local Indian legend. The house is a classic two story, "Yankee Style Gothic" and is open 10:00am 5:00pm.

    A short drive to Glen-Ellen offers a visit to Jack London State Park. A historical tour of the site of the famed authors Wolf House (which burned before he and his wife were able to move in) is available at a minimal charge. Take along a picnic and enjoy the beautiful setting of this historic park.

    Fora unique and entertaining way to learn about Sonoma's history, food and wine, try George Webber's Sonoma Plaza History/Food/Wine Experience. It's much more than a walking tour! 707-694-5097.

    Hiking & Biking

    For an outdoor adventure, Sonoma offers great trails for hiking, biking, or even just plain strolling. We can point you in the direction of a great walk or hike, or rent one our mountain bikes to explore the valley's vineyards and historical sites.

    The Sonoma Overlook Trail is just a few blocks north of the Plaza and features beautiful views of the town of Sonoma, or head to historic Bartholomew Park Winery for a picnic and then a hike on the hills that surround the winery.

    Ramekins Sonoma Valley Culinary School

    Unique cooking classes available for all cooking levels (including the beginner) housed in a stunning "rammed earth" style building. The Catalog of classes offers courses in several different styles from renowned Chefs. Check out their site at or call 707-933-0450 for class catalog and information. Other interesting culinary adventures include Sonoma's seasonal Farmers' Markets, the Olive Press, and Sonoma County Farm Trails.

    The Audi Sportscar Experience / Formula 3 Racing School/ Karting

    The Audi Sportscar Experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that puts you behind the wheel of some of the most powerful vehicles Audi has to offer, including the Audi R8, RS4, S5 and S8. With professional drivers as your personal instructors, you'll learn to drive these cars the way they were meant to be driven: on the track. Course offerings include half day, 1-Day and 2-Day courses in addition to private and corporate events.

    Jim Russell Racing. In 1957, British racing champion Jim Russell founded the racing school industry and realized his dream of teaching people from all walks of life the fine art of motor racing. His school was the worlds first training facility for racing drivers. Come and experience the thrill of driving a Formula 3 race car! Course offerings include a 1-Day Experience, 2-Day School of Racing or 3-Day Advanced School of Racing.

    Jim Russell International Karting Center is one of the premier karting venues in the country and offers a full range of karting courses for beginners to experienced drivers. Whether you're 8 years old, or 50, there is a class for everyone. All classes feature substantial track time in race-prepared karts that can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than five seconds. Courses are full day and conclude at 3 p.m. and are also available for private and corporate events.

    MacArthur Place - Sonoma's Historic Inn & Spa hot air balloons

    Hot Air Ballooning

    Balloons Above the Valley 800-464-6824; Napa Valley Balloons 800-253-2224; Wine Country Balloons (888) 2-FUN-FLY (888-238-6359); Above the West 800-627-2759

    Horseback Riding

    For riding in Jack London State Historic Park, Sugarloaf State Park and also a location in Napa Valley near Calistoga contact Triple Creek Horse Outfit 707-933-1600; Forhorseback riding in the Napa Valley contact Napa Valley Trail Rides 707-255-2900; Wine Country Trail Rides at Roche Wineryis located near Infineon Raceway in the Carneros region 707-935-7115, ext. 206..

    Infineon Raceway

    Formerly Sears Point, in Sonoma holds major racing events throughout the year, including the Dodge/Savemart 350, NASCAR Winston Cup Series. 800-870-7223.


    The sculpture through tour gardens is just a sampling from an amazing collection at the I.Wolk Gallery in St. Helena 707-963-8800. For a truly unique art & wine experience, tour your favorite vineyard with acclaimed artist Ann Rea and she will return to capture the moment with a beautiful oil on canvas.

    The di Rosa Preserve offers the world's largest collection of California Bay Area Contemporary Art - more than 2,000 pieces. Set on 217 beautiful and historic acres in the Carneros, the Preserve is available for guided tours by appointment 707-226-5991.

    Cornerstone Festival of Gardens is located on Arnold Drive just past Gloria Ferrer Winery on the way into Sonoma and showcases some of the world's foremost landscape designers in approximately 25 completely unique and thought inspiring outdoor display gardens 707-933-3010.

    The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is located on Broadway between MacArthur Place and the Plaza and has changing exhibits 707-939-7862.

    La Haye Art Centeris located on the Sonoma Plaza and features a number of local artists;If your visiting Napa, The Hess Collection Winery has an extensive collection of contemporary paintings and sculpture 877-707-HESS.

    Wine Tours

    California Wine Tours offers both public and private tours 707-939-7225; Burdick Vineyard Tours offers personalized tours of the Wine Country 888-368-8463 or 707-996-3200; Viviani Tours offer full and half day tours 707-265-1940 or 800-658-9997; Sonoma Wine Tours707-486-0377 and Napa Valley Wine Tours 707-251-9463 both offer personalized private wine tours; Beau Wine Toursoffers customized tours of Napa and Sonoma 800-387-2328; Napa Valley Wine Train has lunch, brunch and dinner excursions through the Napa Valley 253-2111or 800-427-4124. Platypus Wine Toursoffer fun, light hearted Napa and Sonoma Valley Tours(707) 253-2723. For a fun and unique wine tour experience, try Ed & Jonnie's Wine Country Trolley 707-509-9297


    There are a number of excellent golfing choices within a 30-minute drive: Stonetree Golf Club -18-holes in a beautiful setting in Novato 415-209-6090; Oakmont Golf Club- 2 Ted Robinson designed 18-hole courses in Oakmont 707-538-5524; Chardonnay Club - 27 holes of championship golf in the Napa Valley 707-257-1900; Eagle Vines is a new course in Napa that offers reduced rates for our guests 707-257-4470, ext. 1.

    Children's Activities

    Sonoma Plaza is 4 blocks from the Hotel and has a large children's playground. Sonoma Train Town is on Broadway a few blocks from the Hotel and has rides and the most developed scale railroad in the Americas 707-938-3912; The Charles M. Schulz Museum is about a 30 minute drive into Santa Rosa and is the official Museum of the "Peanuts" founder 707-579-4452; The Jelly Belly Visitor Center in Fairfield is about a 30 minute drive and offers factory tours 707-522-3267.

    Or, kick-back and enjoy a quiet, peaceful day around the pool or at the spa at MacArthur Place! For spa treatment reservations call us at 707-933-3193.

  • How To Find Us

    MacArthur Place is easy to locate, and is only 45 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge, 25-30 minutes from the Santa Rosa area, and approximately 1 1/2 hours from the San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento airports.

    From San Francisco Airport

    1. Exit Airport onto Highway 101 North to Highway 380 West to Highway 280 North
    2. Follow Highway 280 (stay to your left) and take the 19th Avenue Exit lane
    3. Follow 19th Avenue, which will flow into Park Presidio Blvd. and onto the Golden Gate Bridge
    4. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge following 101 North
    5. Turn right on Highway 37 (East) towards Vallejo/Napa/Sonoma for eight miles to the second signal light
    6. Turn left on Highway 121 and follow eight and one-half miles to Highway 12
    7. Continue right at "Y" junction of highway 116/121
    8. Turn left on Highway 12 towards Sonoma
    9. As you enter the town of Sonoma, turn right at the third stop-light (MacArthur Street) just past Sonoma High School
    10. The entrance to MacArthur Place is the second driveway on the right hand side of the street

    From Oakland Airport

    1. From the Oakland Airport, take Heggenberger Road to I-880 North
    2. Exit to Highway 580 west and cross over the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge
    3. Exit to Highway 101 north
    4. Turn right on Highway 37 (East) towards Vallejo/Napa/Sonoma for eight miles to the second signal light
    5. Turn left on Highway 121 and follow eight and one-half miles to Highway 12
    6. Continue right at "Y" junction of highway 116/121
    7. Turn left on Highway 12 towards Sonoma
    8. As you enter the town of Sonoma, turn right at the third stop-light (MacArthur Street) just past Sonoma High School
    9. The entrance to MacArthur Place is the second driveway on the right hand side of the street

    From Sacramento

    1. Take I-80 West toward San Francisco
    2. In the Cordelia area, exit onto Highway 12 going West (towards Napa/Sonoma)
    3. Turn right at the third stop light and continue traveling on Highway 12, which briefly joins Highway 29
    4. Turn left at the exit for Highway 121/12 towards Sonoma
    5. Turn right at the sign marked Highway 12 to Sonoma
    6. As you enter the town of Sonoma, turn right at the third stop-light (MacArthur Street) just past Sonoma High School
    7. The entrance to MacArthur Place is the second driveway on the right hand side of the street

    From Contra Costa

    1. Take Highway 680 north across the Benicia Bridge and continue for 12 miles toward Cordelia
    2. At Highway 80, go west and take the Highway 12 west exit
    3. Turn right at the second stop light and continue traveling on Highway 12, which briefly joins Highway 29
    4. Turn left at the exit for Highway 121/12 towards Sonoma
    5. Turn right at the sign marked Highway 12 to Sonoma
    6. As you enter the town of Sonoma, turn right at the third stop-light (MacArthur Street) just past Sonoma High School
    7. The entrance to MacArthur Place is the second driveway on the right hand side of the street

    From Santa Rosa

    1. Take Highway 12 towards Sonoma
    2. As you pass the Maxwell Village Shopping center on the right, continue on Highway 12 which curves to the left and becomes West Napa Street
    3. After entering the Sonoma Plaza Area, turn right at the stop sign at Broadway
    4. Continue down Broadway for a few short blocks and turn left at the first stop-light, which is MacArthur Street
    5. The entrance to MacArthur Place is the second driveway on the right hand side of the street