featured in Joyce Copeland’s book, “Renting Paradise”
Sonoma Creek Cottage
Cozy-chic sanctuary surrounded by flowers, forest and tumbling
bathroom (sleeps 4)
Hidden away from the world, Sonoma Creek Cottage rests on a
lush ribbon of green lawn, landscaped gardens and grassy meadow,
hugging the banks of a forested creek. It’s a dream destination
if you truly want to get away from it all.
we latched the gate on the quiet country lane and cleared a
curve of gravel driveway, my husband and I didn’t see
or hear a soul – unless you count an occasional bleat
from the trio of sheep grazing the neighboring hillside. The
grounds are so private, I felt comfortable wandering among the
Spanish moss-draped pines in my bathrobe. In warmer weather,
I’d seriously consider skinny-dipping in the pool.
if you’re traveling with your family or another couple,
there are several secluded “outdoor rooms” –
bordered by rose bushes and furnished with teak chairs and vine-covered
arbors- where you can retreat to write in your journal, meditate
or chat. On a hot summer day, I’d sneak down the stairs
to the creek and dangle my feet in the froth of cool water.
was chilly mid-winter during our visit and the creek was up.
It sounded like a raucous downpour even inside. So we decided
to just hang out by the fire.
Creek Cottage looks like a page torn form the Pottery Barn catalog.
Gleaming, honey-brown hardwood floors and stylish sconces on
dimmers made the living room glow with a cozy warmth that invites
felt immediately at home here,” a former guest wrote in
the guest book. We did, too. In fact within minutes of our arrival,
I had the curious feeling that the owners could read my mind.
Fresh espresso beans in freezer. An eclectic selection of music,
from Grieg to Peter Gabriel. A big oval tub with a window on
the creek. A leather chair and ottoman with a reading lamp.
A closet full of terry robes. For me, it has the “ahhh”
factor going, in spades.
are plenty of personal touches to make you feel welcome in any
season. The picnic basket-complete with fashionable plastic
glasses and dishware-was perfect. There are kickboards in the
pool house and even a straw hat for sunbathing on the wraparound
master bedroom has a beautiful dark wood queen-sized bed with
a can’t-wait-to-sink-into-it feather top. The second bedroom
is smaller, but it faces the creek with a set of French doors
opening to the deck. It has a double bed. Because I know couples
who refuse to sleep in anything smaller than a queen (what happened
to spooning?), you may be relieved to know that there’s
also a queen-sized bed that folds out from the living room couch.
(if?) you’re ready for the world again during your stay-some
of Sonoma County’s best wineries are a short drive away.
We had a fabulous dinner at a Latin-inspired restaurant called
“The Girl and the Fig” (707) 938-2130; www.thegirlandthefig.com
in the tiny village of Glen Ellen. You can order a variety of
small plates (tapas) or complement meat and fish entrees with
sauces and salsas distinctive to Brazil, Cuba, Argentina or Spain.