Working fireplaces at the Sonoma Mission Inn

I’m enjoying a business trip to the Sonoma wineries this week (a perk of publishing a “food, wine and art” magazine). Thanks to the Fairmont “President Club” membership, I booked a discounted room at the Sonoma Mission Inn. The hotel’s roots date back to the 1920s. The inn — on 13 manicured acres — is a replica of a California mission, and the resort became known as one of the finest hot springs destinations. Fairmont has done a good job revitalizing the hotel. One perk is that the rooms have working fireplaces —almost unheard of with all the current regulations. Each room comes with a bag of firewood and matches are on the fireplace mantel. It’s a nice touch.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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