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“nice place and a pleasant walk to town to great restaurants”
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Calderwood Inn
Ranked #6 of 16 Healdsburg B&B and Inns
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

After a longish drive from SFO, we made it and met the lovely host of the Calderwood who was so accomodating, pleasant and friendly. Our room was lovely and appointed nicely with a large tub and no shower. The grounds are lovely with enormous trees and a feeling of settled!

The only 2 things that were less than favorable : the overall temperature of our room and common areas. The weather was quite chilly and so was our room. We realized that there was really no reason to make an issue because of the age of the building ( a turn of the century home) . It really was not a biggie but think it may be to some who are reading this.

The attitudes of some of the other guests was a bit chilly too. It was too bad that we had to sit by ourselves at breakfast due to not enough space at the table. This may have contributed to our feelings, as well.

Overall, a pleasant stay and would recommend the place. Loved the wine evenings and selections of pourings.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Our group included 2 couples from the Boston area, and we have toured Napa and Sonoma wine country many times.Consistent with other reviewers' experiences, this visit to Healdsburg and the upper Sonoma valley was enhanced by our 3-night stay at this beautiful Victorian Inn. The location, ambiance, cleanliness and staff were all outstanding.

The public and guest rooms are large, comfortable, authentically furnished and decorated in period detail, especially the incredible decorative wall paper. The Wilson Winery family have done a nice job of preserving the best of this landmark property and are now restoring the gardens to their original grandeur.

Breakfasts in the dining room are served around a large table with other guests, which facilitates getting to know them and a fun way to begin the day by comparing experiences and receiving recommendations on restaurants, wineries and area sights. The food and beverages were scrumptious. The wine tastings from 5-6 pm each evening on the front porch showcased wines from the various Wilson Wineries, were accompanied by excellent hors doeuvres and provided another opportunity to compare vacationing experiences and recommendations with fellow guests.

The Calderwood staff were very welcoming and gracious hosts, and always ready to assist with reservations at the family wineries or provide a candid review about a particular restaurant.

We highly recommend the Calderwood Inn.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

The house is beautiful, the location is walking distance to the plaza and all the great restaurants, shops and tasting rooms there. After many visits to wine country, Healdsburg is my favorite place to stay with easy access to all of Sonoma as well western Napa. And this is my favorite inn there! But what makes it is the people. Hostesses Margaret and Sydney were fabulous. Gave us great ideas on restaurants, wineries and so on. Met great people at the yummy breakfast and at wine hour too. A wonderful visit.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

My wife and I have traveled to wine country quite a few times, but this trip will stand out for the wonderful stay we had at the Calderwood Inn. Our host Sydney was too humble to let us know she was the daughter of the owners Diane and Ken Wilson. They also happen to own a number or awesome wineries close by as well which we visited and would also highly recommend. And although their wines are incredible, it is only outdone by the customer service we were met with at each one their wineries. The Inn is very well maintained and full of character. We will return to wine coutry, and we will stay at the Calderwood Inn.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

This B&B is wonderful. The hospitality will be hard to beat at any other Healdsburg B&B in town. The innkeeper is personable and always looked for ways to make our stay more and more successful. Only a short walk from the plaza, it's location is ideal. We will stay there agin.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

I was looking forward to staying at the Calderwood Inn. I talked to Julie when I made the reservation and her on-line reviews were great, she was great on the phone and it all sounded wonderful. But it wasn't as good as it should have been. First, Julie is no longer there, unfortunately. Second, the rooms are small and old. Third, oddly, there was no innkeeper to greet us when we arrived. But the most unforgivable thing was this: all the produce came from Costco! We wandered into the kitchen and it was full of Costco produce. In Healdsburg, where buying local is so important and food is such an integral part of the town, this was beyond excusable. They have a twice-weekly farmers market and even now, at the end of summer, there are seasonable fruits to be found. But not at the Calderwood Inn. Too bad.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dee A, Manager at Calderwood Inn, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2013

Hello Sue,
I am so sorry you didn't enjoy your stay at the Calderwood Inn. We always strive to make sure everyone has an enjoyable time.

I was doing some research on your stay to address your concerns. I have been unable to find you in our database so I was wondering if you could help me. I would like to know the dates you were at the Calderwood and also the name of the Innkeeper.

I look forward to hearing from you to get this straightened out.

Sincerely,

Dee

Manager
Calderwood Inn

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Reviewed October 8, 2012

We chose to stay at Calderwood while in Healdsberg for a wedding. The Inn is beautiful, clean, and inviting. Our room, The Wilson, was large and comfortable. The porch of the house is just great, and we enjoyed the nice wine and cheese hour. The breakfast was wonderful. We would stay here again.

Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Calderwood Inn

Address: 25 W Grant St, Healdsburg, CA 95448-4804
Location: United States > California > Sonoma County > Healdsburg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Healdsburg
Price Range: $222 - $396 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Calderwood Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Known on the California and Sonoma County Landmarks Registry as the John Miller House, this historic Queen Anne Victorian was built in 1902. Miller was a prominent fruit grower, packer and dehydrator in the early 1900s. He was also one of the first to make a commercial business of marketing dehydrated fruit. Among Miller's claims to fame is that he was the first provider to the U.S. Military of dehydrated foods. Known as K-rations during WW I and MREs today, Miller was cited by the military for "feeding the troops during WW I". (1) Miller and his wife were, like many prominent citizens of the community, anxious to furnish their home lavishly. The home is reputed to be the first in Healdsburg with two bathrooms, with indoor plumbing upstairs and downstairs.The noted horticulturist, Luther Burbank, was a good friend and assisted in the design and development of the original landscape at the front of the home, some of which remains today. The large cedar, cypress, and redwood heritage trees were planted by Burbank over 100 years ago. The lush grounds have been accented with rose bushes and numerous flowering shrubs. The same archaeological report from Sonoma State University indicates that some of the first plantings of some of Burbank's new species were planted on the Miller property. Sadly, the location and botanical name of the plants were never recorded. It is unknown if they remain on the property today.The home remained in the Miller family until the late 1930s and was a private residence until the early 1980s when it became a Bed and Breakfast. The inn has undergone extensive restoration over the years. Beautiful hand-silk screened period wall and ceiling papers accent the spacious common areas and some guest rooms. The papers are produced by Bradbury & Bradbury of Benicia, CA and are based on designs of William Morris, a prominent textile designer of the mid- to late 1800s.The formal, yet welcoming rooms include a spacious parlor with fireplace-the perfect place to enjoy the morning paper or a board game on a quiet afternoon. The spacious dining room that seats up to 14 showcases original wainscoting and built-in china cabinet and bench. The large antique table is where guests dine on Calderwood's signature gourmet breakfasts. The covered front porch with its antique wicker furniture and lacquered floor beckons you to enjoy the lush grounds, review the activities of your day or curl up with a good book. The porch is often used by local wineries who frequently co-host our complimentary evening wine hour. All nine guest rooms have private baths. Each room is decorated differently to incorporate an extensive collection of beautiful, yet comfortable period ... more   less 
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