Sunday, June 1, 2008

Fantastic Flavors

You'll never go hungry - or thirsty - at Honor Mansion in Healdsburg, California - a resort inn that mixes luxury with a homey vibe. If you haven't already bought wine at a Sonoma winery, there's a crystal decanter of sherry in your room, and another in the main house near the public access computer.

Ready for something warm and decadent? Check out the free, 24-hour cappuccino machine, with four flavored syrups and sprinkles of cinnamon, nutmeg, or chocolate. Add a chocolate chocolate chip cranberry cookie dipped in white chocolate for a real treat.

Snuggle into your lofty comforter with the newspaper, pot of coffee and biscotti that arrive outside your door each morning. Then bask amidst antiques, linen, and lace as you enjoy the breakfast buffet in the main house. From fresh juice and mimosas to fruit and yogurt, and house specialties such as breakfast strata or Eggs Benedict, there are choices to satisfy every appetite and palate. Each evening the dining room becomes a complementary wine bar with mouthwatering hot and cold hors d'oeuvres.

But there's more to Honor Mansion than eating and drinking. Swim a few laps, practice your putt, work on your tennis swing or jump shot, or even try your hand at croquet or bocce ball. And, after a hard day of visiting wineries, sip some sherry as you luxuriate in your over-sized soaking tub. It doesn't get much better than this.

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