I opened my eyes and checked the time. I’d managed to sleep for 12 hours straight, saying goodbye to my jet lag and feeling grateful for the peace and quiet and that incredibly comfortable bed.
I had woken up back in California, right in wine country, one of the most beautiful places to visit just outside of San Francisco.
When one of my best friends from home and I were thinking of places to meet up over the summer, considering she lives way up north in California and I hail from the south of the state, wine country seemed like the perfect place.
As much as I enjoy the beauty of Napa, the smaller town feel and more laid-back atmosphere of Calistoga, located about 20 minutes north, suits us much better.
Plus, for a girl’s weekend, we always seek a bit of nature and some space for adventures and coziness. Even though I went there with a group of girlfriends, I was curious if it would be suitable if I were on my own or if couples and families could enjoy it here, too.
Our adorable pink cottage at the Cottage Grove Inn had all of that, from a picture-perfect little porch where we logged plenty of time looking up at the bright moon, the tree tunnel created by the old oak trees, and the California quails wandering around, to a plush interior with every amenity we could have wished for.
There was a little sitting area with comfy chairs for two, a little desk where I worked in the morning before she arrived, a massive bathtub with jets and lavender-scented bath salts, a fireplace which I’m sure is handy in the cooler winter months, a little fridge and coffee area with snacks and a Keurig machine, skylights to keep it well-let during the day, but that face away from sunrise, so you don’t get woken up early, and that comfy bed I still can’t get over.
I loved that every detail had been thought of.
It wasn’t just in the room that I felt that. Each morning there was a breakfast spread with healthy options like smoothies, freshly-prepared eggs and potatoes, cereal, espresso coffee drinks, filter coffee, juice, and granola parfaits.
There was always infused water available in the lobby with different flavors, there were bikes to rent, and each evening there were various varieties of wine, berries, chocolate, cheese, spreads, and crackers. The girls who worked there invited me to bring it back to my room if I wanted to. I loved that!
Additionally, they have bicycles for guests to take out – which we did – to the various wineries and spas in Calistoga.
I’ve seldom stayed at a hotel that offered so many perks and comforts. We never paid for breakfast, coffee, evening snack, or sundowner.
I had a chance to look at another room as well, which was decorated with greens and neutrals instead of pink. Each of the cottages has its own individual decor.
Each has a feature outside like a birdhouse, big trees framing the outside, perfectly manicured hedges, and a parking space and walkway. Even though there are other guests at the property, nobody shares any walls. For a couple, that kind of privacy is wonderful.
Well, for a couple of girlfriends who are laughing and joking well past dark it’s pretty nice, too.
Who Cottage Grove Inn Is Perfect for:
Everyone! But really, anyone can enjoy this charming inn. I would definitely come back and stay on my own to find some peace and solitude. It’s also full of romantic touches, making it ideal for a couple’s getaway. The inn also allows families, and the tub is perfect for bathing little ones. There are even plenty of adjustments throughout Cottage Grove to make it accessible for disabled guests. They’ve really thought of everything!
Reading Cottage Grove Inn’s guest reviews, it’s obvious that it’s suitable for a wide variety of guests. The inn has earned a 9.4/10 superb rating on Booking.com and similar ratings on other sites. Similar to my own review, they rave about the breakfast, stellar hospitality, and overall charm of the place. What’s not to love?