ABOUT THE RUSSIAN RIVER

The Russian River, a southward-flowing river, drains 1,485 square miles of Sonoma and Mendocino counties in Northern California. It is the second-largest river (after the Sacramento River) flowing through the nine-county Greater San Francisco Bay Area, with a mainstem 110 miles long.

The Russian River springs from the Laughlin Range about 5 miles east of Willits in Mendocino County. It flows generally southward to join the East Fork Russian River just below Lake Mendocino.

From there the Russian River flows south, past Ukiah and Hopland, and crosses into Sonoma County just north of Cloverdale. Closely paralleled by U.S. Route 101, it descends into the Alexander Valley. After it makes a series of sweeping bends, the river turns westward, where it is spanned by the Wohler Bridge, and it is joined by Mark West Creek north of Forestville, followed by Green Valley Creek to the south. The river passes Rio Nido and Guerneville. In that area, State Route 116 parallels the river, bordering it past Guernewood Park and Monte Rio.

Highway 1 crosses over the river before it flows into the Pacific Ocean between Jenner and Goat Rock Beach. The Russian River estuary is recognized for protection by the California Bays and Estuaries Policy. The mouth is about 60 miles north of the San Francisco Bay's Golden Gate bridge.

The lower Russian River is a popular spring, summer, and fall destination for navigation and recreation. It is very safe at that time for swimming and boating, with a gentle current. The river can be dangerous in the winter, with swift current and muddy water.

Complete details on Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_River_(California)

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Applewood Inn, Restaurant & Spa

applewood inn13555 Rte. 116, Guerneville, CA 95446

• Go direct to website: applewoodinn.com
• Room Rates: $225-500; Number of Rooms: 19 (Online Availability)
• Reservations: 707-869-9093; 800-555-8509
• Email: stay@applewoodinn.com
• Innkeeper: Carlos Pipppa

DESCRIPTION
Applewood is an enclave for romance at the heart of the Russian River Valley. This Boutique Wine Country Inn, with its 19 rooms and suites, a fine food restaurant, and a spa, is located 1 hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Applewood is in the heart of the Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay growing region.

Sheltered by towering redwoods and surrounded by six acres of fruit orchards and gardens, this romantic getaway offers adults a secluded and peaceful refuge to relax, rejuvenate and re-connect.

The Restaurant at Applewood is known for its Wine Country Cuisine inspired by the lush bounty of the Russian River Valley and accented with Mediterranean influences. Built in the style of a French country barn, the restaurant’s menu is seasonal and locally sourced. Its wine program is Russian River-centric.

The Spa at Applewood offers relaxed pampering in a tranquil setting. Whether it’s a day visit or an appointment during your stay, the spa is a key ingredient for a perfect get away.

The green apple in Applewood’s logo is a symbol of the eco-consciousness apparent throughout the property. The use of solar energy for producing electricity and heating the pool, an in-house, aerated, composting system and many other green practices provide a canvas for the conservation of Applewood’s beauty.

Applewood is a sanctuary for tranquility and intimacy as well as a portal to world-class wineries, the mystical Russian River, the rugged and dramatic Northern California coastline, and the ancient Armstrong Redwood Forest.

ACCOMMODATIONS
The Inn at Applewood, a Sonoma County landmark built in 1922, has two types of accommodations. The nine rooms in the historic villa are comfortable and cozy, reflecting the charm of the Mission style architecture and a bygone era. The chairs in the living room encourage lounging around the rustic river-rock fireplace.

The ten rooms in the newer buildings are larger, airier, and feature gas fireplaces, jacuzzi tubs or showers for two. They are  decorated in earth tones that recall a Mediterranean villa, and each room enjoys an outside patio, terrace, verandah, or balcony. Three of them, some of them have been furnished with fire pits and hot tubs in their own private patios.

Situated atop the Piccola Casa, “Il Terrazzo di Amore” was designed with lovers in mind. Featuring a king sized sleight bed with Tempurpedic mattress, lofted ceilings, gas fireplace, and a private terrace with a hot tub, fire pit, and fountains, Il Terrazzo di Amore is the perfect hideaway for a honeymoon or romantic weekend.

All of the rooms at Applewood Inn boasts memory foam mattresses, fine Italian linens, European down comforters, imported spa therapy toiletries, plush monogrammed robes, and hair dryers. Cable, flat screen televisions, telephones, CD players/clock radios, and wifi access allow guests to keep in touch with the world outside of Applewood.

SPECIAL FEATURES
• Northern California’s Applewood Inn offers world-class fine dining in their delightfully upscale restaurant. This Sonoma / Russian River Restaurant is highly regarded for its exquisite cuisine, soothing atmosphere, polished guest services, and its mellow earthy ambiance. The cozy restaurant was built to recall a French barn, yet gives one the feeling of being at a fine Italian villa. The restaurant is part of Applewood Inn, a Sonoma Bed and Breakfast boutique hotel. Both the inn and the restaurant have been touted by over 40 newspapers, magazines and public television shows.

• Applewood Inn gives you many ways to indulge from reading by the fire with a glass of wine, soaking up rays at the pool, easing tired muscles in a whirlpool tub or taking advantage of our many massage therapies. Explore our massage menu for a list of our wonderful treatments.

• Applewood is blessed to have as neighbors the 120+ wineries that comprise the Russian River Wine Road, winding from the Pacific Ocean and the redwoods of the Russian River Valley to the benchlands of Dry Creek Valley and the rolling hills of the Alexander Valley. An area full of history, grapes have been grown and wine has been made in northwest Sonoma County for over 130 years. Venture just a bit further down the road and visit neighboring Napa Valley or turn North to discover the wines of Mendocino’s Anderson Valley but be sure to make it back in time for dinner at the inn, a splendid end to a perfect day in the Wine Country.

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