There doesn't seem much point to adding to the universal chorus of raves for the Raford, but we'd like to thank Dane and Rita again for another lovely stay. Our first was in December a couple of years ago when things were grayer and wetter out, so we were looking forward to a spring visit and some green on the vines. The weather was perfect for all four days, so we enjoyed time on the porch, reading with morning coffee and chatting with the other guests at wine and cheese time in the late afternoon. The Raford enjoys a central location in the Russian River valley, just off River Road and is near many excellent wineries. The inn has 6 rooms, 2 with king beds, all uniquely decorated. The website conveniently shows each room's availability when reserving. We stayed in the Blueberry room again, which is spacious and comfortably furnished, with a 4-poster queen bed, fireplace and spotless bathroom. One of the highlights, of course, are the creative and filling breakfasts, served at 9am, a great start for a day of touring and tasting. Dane and Rita are knowledgeable and helpful with recommendations and reservations for dinner restaurants. Most are 10-20 minutes away, and they will even provide Mapquest directions. If you're in Healdsburg for dinner (try Scopa!), we suggest driving back via 101 and River Road, as the scenic Westside Road is curvy and dark at night. And if you have to miss the sit-down breakfast on your getaway day due to flight schedules, as we did, you will be kindly provided with coffee and goodies to go! We greatly appreciate Dane and Rita's desire to share this beautiful and historic home with their guests. If you like the Russian River wine country, the Raford is perfect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This classic Victorian Plantation landmark manor house, built in 1880, once presided over a huge empire of hops. Converted to an intimate country bed and breakfast in 1980 it sits upon a knoll above an unspoiled Russian River vineyard valley ringed by redwood forested mountains. Lovingly preserved it is a place of quiet beauty in the hills of Healdsburg Wine Country. Return now to a time and place that has not quite yet gone by. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Raford Hotel Healdsburg
- The Raford Inn b&b