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“Great view and hosts” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Raford Inn Bed and Breakfast

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The Raford Inn Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #3 of 15 Healdsburg B&B and Inns
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Katy, Texas
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Great view and hosts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2012

We truly enjoyed our 5 nights with Dane and Rita. They are very accommodating and gracious hosts. They did all they could to make the experience great. Very helpful in finding places to eat and things to do.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2012

My husband and I had the pleasure to stay at The Raford Inn. From the moment we drove up, we felt like we were truly on vacation. Dane and Rita as well as Kristen were very welcoming and helpful in working with us on dinner reservations and we were just in time for the evening wine and cheese reception where we could do a tasting from a local winery. The atmosphere is very relaxed and you feel like you are completely at home here. The inviting porch with the perfect evening views out onto the vineyards locally is truly like a postcard picture. We enjoyed the views, and sunset and made sure to enjoy the same amazing views for breakfast the following day. Be sure to get Dane's tour of his vineyard as well as it adds more quaintness to an already quaint stay. We were in Sonoma and Napa area five years ago and after stumbling onto Russian River Valley area, we decided we much preferred Sonoma and its laid back feel, friendly atmosphere. Now that we found The Raford Inn we will most certainly be back here again for a stay and a longer one next time. Thanks to Dane and Rita for their hospitality and making it feel like a home away from home and sharing their knowledge of some local places also.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank MASevilla
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Forestville, California
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2012

The irony of this vacation is that it was two miles from our home in Forestville. With three couples coming to visit, we didn't have room to accommodate everyone comfortably, so we decided to give the Raford Inn a try, having passed it hundreds of times during the past thirty years. It exceeded our expectations. We LOVED it!!! May is a beautiful month, so the flowers around the B&B were beautiful and the vineyards stretched before us for miles. Our rooms were perfect as was were the breakfasts all four mornings of our stay. We also enjoyed the afternoon wine and cheeses and appreciated the wine tasting passes to almost all of the wineries in the county. Dane and Rita are knowledgable and welcoming. (We are pleased to now know our neighbors!)

We spent one day at our favorite wineries (gardens) along Dry Creek, a second day touring Korbel, walking through Armstrong Woods, enjoying seafood at The Tides and then hiking along the coast, and the third day in Napa. There are so many things to do around here, it was hard to choose, but we all left the Raford Inn this morning, feeling like we'd had the best of experiences!

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank NancyJ6975
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Albuquerque
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47 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2012

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.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Escargo1
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Hartford, Connecticut
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518 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2012

It truly was like going home...on our second visit to Raford Inn. The location, about 20 minutes from Healdsburg & Dry Creek Valley, is incredible...the inn sits up on a hill facing 100's of acres of vineyards. The owners Dane & Rita really make you feel welcome. The rooms are spacious & very clean with lots of nice touches. The inn's magic draws very interesting guests, who really get to know each other at breakfast and the wine & cheese hour on the porch every evening. The inn is very attentive to special diets, e.g., home-baked gluten free scones at breakfast. Be sure to eat at some of the nearby "country" gourmet restaurants (such as Corks at The Russian River Winery) as well as the retaurants in Healdsburg (Dry Creek, Barndiva). If you like to bike, rent a bike in Healdsburg at Wine Country Cycling and bike through Dry Creek Valley (anywhere from 15-25 miles). Just be sure to keep well-hydrated in the dry heat...and with the winetastings.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank joel r
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

My husband and I just for back from a weekend getaway at the Raford Inn and I feel more more relaxed and happy than I have in years!! Dane and Rita were like stayin with family, really awesome family you never want to leave! They are so friendly an welcoming that they bring out those same qualities in their guests, so morning breakfast becomes social hour and the evening wine and cheese (not I be missed!) becomes a gathering with friends. And do not miss Dane's tour ! Also, I had a massage in the spa room and was transformed for the next 24 hours. The entire experience at the Raford was heavenly - I can't wait to come back!!!

  • Stayed April 2012
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2 Thank KaiteaB
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Boston
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21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2012

We spent 2 nights at the Raford Inn and loved every minute of it. Driving up, we realized we would love the location as it was beautiful-- very peaceful, on a vineyard, etc. We walked in during the afternoon wine and cheese reception and were immediately welcomed by Dane and Rita as well as the other guests. Dane and Rita went out of their way to make sure our stay was everything we wanted--- from making sure we had dinner reservations to giving advice about attractions in the area, and even finding me the emergency room with the shortest wait time in the area when I had an urgent medical issue! They clearly went out of their way for us. Breakfast was spectacular as well, and prices were affordable. I would stay here again and recommend it highly to anyone else visiting.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Emily R
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Property: The Raford Inn Bed and Breakfast
Address: 10630 Wohler Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448-9418
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Region: United States > California > Sonoma County > Healdsburg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Healdsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 6
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 
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