Last weekend we decided to skip town for a night, heading to Guerneville, a small tourist town situated along the Russian River in Sonoma County. It had been awhile since we’d taken a vacation (even a mini one) so I decided to splurge on a room at the boon hotel + spa. We’d heard good things from some friends who had stayed there in the past, and the location (it’s situated near Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve) and hotel grounds looked ideal for a relaxing weekend.
When we arrived in town, traffic was horrible thanks to an event in the downtown area. We headed right to the hotel, grabbed two of the complimentary bikes and cruised back to town for some lunch at boon eat + drink. As we sat down to order, a woman picking up a to-go order leaned over to us and whispered, “Try the flash-fried brussel sprouts. They’re as close to a religious experience as I’ve ever had.” She winked at us, grabbed her food and was out the door as quick as she’d arrived.
How could we resist an endorsement like that? We couldn’t, and you know what? The lady was right! They were truly amazing. That said, the other items we tried (the boon burger and the grilled organic chicken panino) were solid, but lacked a “wow” factor. Then again, if those damn brussels weren’t so freakin’ good, maybe the other dishes would have wowed us.
After lunch, we walked around town enjoying the spectacular people watching and listening to some live music. Then we headed back to the hotel to lounge by the pool and take advantage of the “honor bar,” where you simply write what you had to drink on a tab that you pay before checkout. After soaking up sufficient sun, we hopped back on the bikes and rode to the redwoods, a wonderful haven a little less than two miles away.
As you can probably tell, I found the location of the hotel to be absolute perfection. As for the accommodations, our king room was very comfortable, everything was aesthetically pleasing and the other guests were all as mellow as we were. All in all, we had a wonderful time, and we would definitely head back to boon for another stay.