Sonoma Wine Country is Wedding Paradise


“Married in August’s heat and drowse,
Lover and friend in your chosen spouse.
Married in September’s golden glow,
Smooth and serene your life will go.”


Marry your best friend in Sonoma Valley

Ever heard of an Auspicious Wedding Date?

They’re a real thing (well, as “real” as superstitions can be), and according to most guidelines surrounding such auspices, any time during summer is the time to plan your nuptials.

And surely having such nuptials take place in as place as beautiful as California wine country can only tip in scales of superstition in one’s favor, right?

We’d like to think so.

To marry one’s best friend while surrounded by loved ones at a sunny wine country villa straight from a Tuscan countryside painting is surely the stuff matrimonial dreams are made of.

Time may be running short to plan a full-blown wedding extravaganza for this year, but luckily we’ve thought of that already.

Our Elegant Elopements are specifically designed for the time-conscious mind, and for those who enjoy planning their special day with a dash of careful alacrity.

It includes:

  • One-night stay
  • Couples massage at The Spa
  • Officiant
  • Ceremony location
  • Photographer for one hour
  • Petite two-tier wedding cake
  • Personalized floral arrangements (bouquet, boutonniere and cake table floral)
  • Bottle of “Wedding Cuvée” sparkling wine
  • Breakfast for two at The Restaurant, or in bed if desired

The entire property for you, your spouse, and your guests

Our elopement package is available Sunday through Thursday for up to 10 people.

For those who favor a more patient approach, our complete wedding experiences are for you.

Worried about other guests on the property during the ceremony? Don’t be.

We let you book the entire inn for your celebration. No one around but you, your spouse-to-be, and all of your beloved friends, family, and other guests.

Whether a romantic fairytale reception of up to 75 guests, or an intimate gathering of your closest friends, Kenwood Inn and Spa can help you create a wine country day that you will never forget.

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The 5 Best Wine Types to Sip Poolside in Sonoma


Summer means one thing (among dozens of other things): pool time.

Biological necessity aside, humans have a natural affinity for water.

Practically all the world’s major cities are built on a body of water.

Waterfront property drives land value through the roof.

And there’s nothing like a dip in the pool, heated or otherwise, to calm your mind and clear your senses.

How could we possibly make a day spent around water any better?

Easy. The way one makes just about anything better: wine.

But not just any wine! Like wine-meat pairings, different wines go better with different settings.

Each wine has its own mise-en-scene, if you will.

For this poolside scene, add these drinks, and you’re sure to have a pairing as good as people and good old fashioned H20.

Of course, these are suggestions, not requirements. The best wine to drink in the summertime is the wine that you like best.

But for these seeking some creative inspiration…


If you were here, what would you be drinking?

5. Sauvignon Blanc

This was a tough call: Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay?

Sonoma Valley stars at making both, so it came down to which one is more… summery.

Chardonnay is certainly dry enough, but it often carries subtle hints of vanilla and hazelnut, two profoundly wintry flavors.

Sauvignon Blanc is lighter, and it carries that crisp sensation that feels so good when coupled with the sun on one’s skin.

For that reason, Sauvignon Blanc gets the narrow edge, but let’s be honest here: you really can’t go wrong with either one.

Goodness knows you’re not going to ruin your summer lounging experience by drinking Chardonnay.

Enjoy a glass of Sauvignon Blanc from Saracina to put the exclamation point on your afternoon lounging.

Or perhaps an exclamation point is too loud for lounging? How about an ellipsis instead? Like the one that comes after “ahh…”

4. Albariño

This varietal is most popular in northwestern Spain, and it’s an exceptional combination of citrus zip and dryness that doesn’t stick too badly.

Lime and apple are the predominant flavors here, and they do a pleasant dance on the tongue that feels almost carbonated.

When going for a calming white, skip the sugar rush of Gewürztraminer or Moscato.

Go with something more dry, and between the wine, the pool, and the sun, you’ll be melting into your deck chair in relaxation in no time at all.

For Albariño, we can’t recommend En Garde Winery enough.


Rosé by the pool at Kenwood. Photo via @amusedblog.

3. Rosé

The color of the wine depends upon the grape skin and production method, but most all variations end up being a spectacular drink choice for summer.

Here at Kenwood Inn and Spa, we’re big fans of 2013 Rosé from Hamel Family Wines.

A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, this bright and clean delight invokes a distinct medley of cherry, strawberry, and peach, all with a smoothness that makes it eminently sippable.

2. Arneis

Here’s a fun fact about Arneis:

Its name is Piedmontese (a language spoken in the northwest Italian region of Piedmont) for “little rascal.” Why?

Because its grape is just that hard to grow.

However, when successfully grown and raised, the little troublemakers produce a wonderfully dry and full-bodied wine that carries all the satisfaction of biting into a perfectly ripe pear.

In Sonoma County, Arneis is a bit of rarity, but its finicky nature hasn’t deterred Seghesio Family Vineyards from growing it.

Time for another fun fact: at one point, all of the 26 Arneis vines in the entire United States were at Seghesio.

You literally could not get Arneis from anywhere else in America!

So be sure to savor this rare treat at Kenwood, and let it act as an excellent compliment to your summer rejuvenation.

1. Champagne

(For clarification, Rosé refers to color and grape skin usage, and champagne refers to carbonation and location, more specifically the Champagne region of France. It’s certainly possible to have Rosé champagne.)

The delightfully bubbly classic is ubiquitous for a reason: it’s just that good.

Champagne comes with its own gamut of types, and nothing hits the spot like a flute of brut.

Convenient rhyming aside, you’d be hard pressed to find a more suitable candidate for maximizing your poolside relaxation session.

At Kenwood, we proudly offer Roederer sparkling brut by the glass.

To sunny days ahead!

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5 Reasons to Add a Spa Day to Your Summer Schedule


Lounging by the pool with a glass of champagne on a warm summer day before an hour and a half massage in the heart of California wine country…

That’s a strong candidate for best sentence ever.

It may sound like a fantasy, but it’s an everyday occurrence here at Kenwood Inn and Spa, and we’re very much in the business of making it a reality for our guests.

Here’s why you should make it a reality for yourself this summer:


Summer is best spent by the pool.

1. The weather – The average daytime temperature in Sonoma during the summer months is 87 degrees Fahrenheit.

A little hot for moving around, walking, or hiking. Perfect for relaxing. Not too hot to be oppressive, just right to lull you into a dreamy state of bliss.

The sun on your face, the pleasant rustle of the trees around you, and the glass of prosecco in your hand make for an irresistible relaxation combination.

2. The treatments – We offer over a dozen different treatments at our Spa, from Himalayan salt-stone massages to indulgent vinotherapy baths to invigorate and rejuvenate every part of your body and senses, from skin, to hair, to spirit.

Our vinotherapy baths allow you soak in steaming hot water enriched with grapeseed extract, a potent antioxidant which exfoliates and replenishes your skin, leaving it positively radiant.


Or in the pool.

3. The calm – Sonoma is a county of towns. While the region is home to roughly 500,000 people, the population is widely spread out across small towns and farms.

No skyscrapers, no clogged highways, no big city fuss.

Life goes by a little slower in Sonoma Valley, and that’s just the way we like it.

You’ll be able to kick back and relax without horns honking or the din of rush hour traffic nearby.

4. The wine – Perhaps the most obvious reason of the bunch.

However, some may not know of the complimentary bottles of wine we give to our guests to enjoy during their treatment.

That’s right: what better time to sip on sherry, port, or champagne than during an 80-minute massage on the terrace?


Pure bliss.

5. The specials – Along with our specials that are here to stay, we offer spa specials that change each month.

From June, to July, to August, there will be a new special tied into the spirit of the season.

In June, we’re celebrating Father’s Day with our Tutto Su Papà (All About Dad) special.

Not only does dad get his own spa treatment at 15% off, he’ll also receive a complimentary wine tasting pass at either Benziger Family Winery or Kunde Family Winery.

We may be biased, but for good reason: for relaxation, summer in wine country is nigh unbeatable.

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