On a knoll sheltered by towering redwoods, this romantic inn a short drive from Guerneville's village center has two distinct types of accommodations in an older building and two newer ones. In the Belden House, built in 1922, a river-rock fireplace encourages relaxing in the reception area. This house's rooms are smaller than those in the newer buildings, but have charming touches like an exposed-brick wall or a view of redwood trees. Most rooms in the newer buildings
are larger and airier, decorated in sage green and terra-cotta tones. Creative California and Mediterranean-influenced cuisine using local produce is served in the excellent restaurant, built to recall a French barn. In winter, you can up the romance factor by asking for a table near the fireplace. Arrange massages and other treatments in the spa room.