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“A Great Base Camp”
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Inn at Occidental
Ranked #1 of 1 Occidental B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
San Diego, California
Level 6 Contributor
95 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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“A Great Base Camp”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

My recent trip to Sonoma was a nice mix. Our base camp was Occidental, a charming little township founded in 1876 on the Bohemian Highway. This road travels through 10 miles of eye-popping scenery, including giant redwoods, sun-drenched pastures, historic apple groves, and three lovely towns — Freestone and Monte Rio on the ends, and Occidental in the middle.
Occidental was an ideal staging area, just 60 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge and convenient to the Russian River wineries and the rugged Sonoma Coast.


We stayed at The Inn at Occidental, a first-rate 16-room Victorian bed and breakfast in the heart of town. Each room has its own theme and is decorated with original folk art and antiques. The owners and hosts were super friendly and helpful when planning where to eat and spend you time wine tasting or sight seeing the incredible countryside.

Our bedroom suite was spacious, with a sitting room, and beautifully appointed with comfy robes, a fireplace and a spa tub for two. The inn also provides a wonderful gourmet breakfast and an evening wine and cheese offering to its guests.

From the inn you can stroll the tiny town, browsing several art and craft stores as well as other quaint shops selling all kinds of weird, wacky and wonderful stuff. (One shop turns all sorts of discards into lamp bases.)Throughout the year, the town is home to entertainment events , including concerts featuring locals and world-famous jazz, folk and classical artists.

The handful of fine dining and family-style restaurants are within a stone’s throw of each other, as are a handful of motels and B&Bs that dot the perimeter. There are several restaurants in the area where fine dining and casual meet the road.

We had an excellent culinary experience at the Bistro des Copains, a casual dining gem just a half a block from our inn. See my review.

We had a wonderful experience at the Inn and would join the many regulars who return year after year.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

One of my favorite rooms is the Marbles. This time there was three of us and plenty of room. The sleeper sofa was very comfy with a feather bed and of course high end linens.

They are just a short and beautiful drive to Hog Island Oyster Company.

Chef Victoria made sweet potato hash with an egg, it was very tasty, along with blueberry white chocolate muffins. Thank you Marilyn for always recognizing us! Tina and Jerry, you have a wonderful Inn! Thank you!!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Georgetown, South Carolina
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Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

Our 25th anniversary is coming up and we've picked this Inn as our destination. We've stayed here several times and wouldn't stay anywhere else in the wine country. Other than the uniqueness of the facility the real attraction here are the owners Tina and Jerry. They're warm and hospitable and they treat us like family.

Breakfast is always great, the afternoon happy hour is fun. You can always make a new friend. While the location is a little off the beaten path you can get to the Sonoma wineries in about twenty minutes and to the Pacific Ocean in about a half hour.

This is definitely a keeper!

  • Stayed September 2012
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fairfield, california
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

My wife and I spent a night at the Inn the past weekend and it was one of the most pleasant experiences we have had in the wine country. We stayed in the "Cirque" room which had a circus motif, and it was very comfortable and clean. The fireplace was an added touch even if it was gas-powered. The "happy hour" wine and cheese in the evening were an extra bonus to compliment the wonderful breakfast we had the next morning. The staff are totally dedicated to making your stay a truly memorable experinence and we received some great help in finding local wine-tasting adventures. The Inn is perfectly situated in scenic "downtown" Occidental, and very short walk to several nice restaurants. We dined at the Bistro des Copains again (see separate review) and had a fantastic meal. We will definitely return to the Inn in the future!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Walnut Creek, California, United States
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Lots of charm and character surrounded by forest. I have lived in California all my life and have never been here. I would come again. Each room has a huge spa tub with jacuzzi. Rooms are big. We were here when it rained and enjoyed the fireplace in our rom.
We drove up the coast and came to occidental from bodega bay and followed the GPS through the forest on an incredible one lane road. We thought we were lost. It was raining hard. We were happily surprised to find this little town of Occidental and a beautiful inn with Victorian charm.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Mateo, California
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

We actually stayed here many years ago when it was Heart's Desire Inn. We were so impressed, we kept the original brochure. With the new owner's, Jerry and Tina, it hasn't changed a bit. If anything, the breakfast and hospitality was even better. It was a very pleasant experience and would not hesitate to recommend for your next stay in this beautiful area of Northern California!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Southern Louisiana
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

We traveled to SanFrancisco in early November, and were recomended by friends to visit Sonoma County. Our search led us to Occidental, small little town with amazing Redwoods. We made our reservation and the staff was very accomidating for our last minute requests. Nice room and amenities mith just enough cabin feel to give us a retreat type experience. Plenty of fresh air and fantastic Sonoma County wine made a great 3 day getaway.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Inn at Occidental
Address: 3657 Church St, Occidental, CA 95465-9116
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Location: United States > California > Sonoma County > Occidental
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Occidental
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Inn at Occidental 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Secluded beneath towering redwoods in the village of Occidental, the Inn is centrally located to the spectacular vineyards and orchards of Sonoma wine country, the stunning beaches and cliffs of the Pacific Coast, and the delightul, meandering Russian River. The Inn is a perifect spot for a romantic getaway or special occasion. ... more   less 
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