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Hidden Oak Inn, Sonoma, California

Wine Country Inns

Story and Photos by Carl Morrison,

•  160/DSC02622.jpgTHE HIDDEN OAK INN --  A touch of old Sonoma. Experience the warmth of this country home in historic Sonoma, California - in the Valley of the Moon.

The Hidden Oak Inn, circa 1914, is an exquisite example of a California Craftsman Bungalow. Located one block from Sonoma’s Historic Plaza, in the prestigious eastside residential neighborhood, take a walk back in time. The casual elegance of this historic bed and breakfast reflects a time of serenity and beauty.  In an effort to preserve the past, the innkeepers have added many antiques and collectibles throughout the Inn. Spacious rooms provide a restful interlude for two after a day of wine tasting or exploring the town. The intimate feeling of this Inn is Ideal for a romantic getaway, a weekend away with friends, or plan a girls weekend.


Awaken to the aromas of fresh coffee and baked goods each morning. A full breakfast is served on weekends at 9am. An expanded continental breakfast buffet on weekdays between 8-10am. Special dietary requests can be accommodated when made prior to arrival.


A wine tasting is offered each evening from 4-6pm and can be enjoyed on the Inns lovely wisteria covered front porch or on the poolside veranda. Complimentary wine tasting cards and maps offer the guest an unforgettable wine country experience.

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It seems just like home when you arrive at the Hidden Oak Inn with it's welcoming wisteria covered front porch.
Valerie Patterson (right) welcomed us and gave us a tour of the Craftsman house including the rooms and her award winning kitchen which will be on a Sonoma Kitchens Tour.
Downstairs fireplace and reading room.
California Oak Suite

French Lilac Suite (our accommodations)
Murphy bed on right.
French Lilac Suite
Originally two rooms
French Lilac Suite
Private bath included.

Rather than just antique photos in the stairwell, these photos are of Don and Valerie's own relatives.
Living room downstairs.
Front porch
Sonoma downtown is only 2 blocks away.

The Red Wolf Gallery features Photography by Phil Johannes:

Manual and motorized bikes can be seen around the square (right).
Sonoma City Hall at the center of the square.


•  Melitta Station Inn is a roadside Lodging House and railroad halt “watering hole” across from the SP railroad spur from Vallejo out to Santa Rosa where the line eventually merged with the interests of the NWP railroad  from Tiburon through to Eureka.

The Inn pre-dates the arrival of the railroad in 1887. The line fell into disuse during the Great Depression and was stripped out for scrap by 1935. It’s main commercial purpose was the transport of basalt paving blocks to the construction market in San Francisco. The Inn was re-modeled from a store into its present B&B form in 1985 and has functioned in that mode since then.

Sonoma Valley English Bed & Breakfast luxury is only 50 miles north of San Francisco and less than 15 miles from the Napa Valley. An ideal base for vacations, the Inn offers an English ambiance that will make your stay in Sonoma County memorable and productive. Their inspired hospitality, comforts and gourmet food experience will delight you. Their brand new Spa facilities will provide ultimate relaxation.

The Melitta Station Inn's accommodations feature a Cal-King suite with luxury shower stall and disabled access (in which we stayed), a junior suite with a queen bed and tub/shower, and four other uniquely furnished luxury rooms all with comfortable beds and private baths. Their Spa facility offers complimentary access to our luxury 40 jet hot-tub and our massage room allows personalized massage experiences to be pre-booked.

Let Tim know if you can arrive by Tea Time (4 pm).  We arrived later, but Jackie brought tea to our Cal-King Suite anyway.  Perfect English hospitality!

The Melitta Station Inn has no parking in front (above), but there is ample parking at the end of the B&B and you can enter the Inn one of 3 ways:  the front porch (right), the upstairs hallway, or, if your room is on the lower floor, you can go directly into your room from the parking level.

They've just finished a large remodeling project where they added rooms on the lower floor and other amenities.
We walked directly into our room, from our car, eliminating climbing stairs with luggage.

Spacious Suite including refrigerator, sink, upholstered chairs, and Internet!
The large glass doors look out on a quiet wooded creek and the chairs face a TV.  Seating is provided outside the glass on your own private patio.
Work/dining table and other furnishings.

The shower (right) had more marble than I've seen this side of Italy!


Rest of the bathroom (left) and the counter in the suite with tea service after we were served tea in our room.
Just outside our room was a large inside jacuzzi with shower.
Upstairs breakfast table, couch,
and other seating around a fireplace.

I enjoyed talking with Tim about international train travel.  He's also a local RR historian and has researched the line and their former station.

Tim in action telling what we'll be having for breakfast.

Jackie explains the recipe of each delightful course.

Fresh Coffee from 7:30am

Breakfast: 8:30am-9:00am

A full and elegant gourmet breakfast is served each morning in the great room on our antique farm-house tables. Jackie trained as a chef back in England and just loves to develop and present new recipe ideas to delight your palate. All breakfasts include tea, coffee and juice of the day; followed by a fresh fruit appetizer, hot from the oven entree item, and locally baked breads and Jackie's baked cakes.

Typical entrees feature a signature cranberry-walnut strata, egg-plant with polenta, vegetable frittata, and quiche, with or without meat accompaniments. On occasion by request you may be lucky enough to sample a true English breakfast!!

We were sorry that our Itinerary indicated that we should be in Morro Bay in Central California that evening, so we said, "Adieu," to Tim and Jackie and hope that we can return again to this excellent English B&B in California's Sonoma/Napa Wine Country.

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