Nestled on the banks of the Russian River in Sonoma County, historic Dawn Ranch has played host to vacationers from San Francisco and around the globe for over a century since opening in 1905. From its beginnings as a dining hall with tented cabins to taking the title of the first gay destination resort in California’s wine country, to its closure after 2019’s devastating flood, Dawn Ranch’s towering redwoods have borne witness to it all. Having most recently operated as a wedding venue until it closed in 2019, the property announces its reopening for the summer as a full service luxury resort for the first time in three years under the operation of Bridgeton Holdings [Walker Hotel Tribeca, Walker Hotel Greenwich Village, Marram Montauk].
Less than a 90-minute drive from both San Francisco and its wine country counterpart, Napa Valley, visitors have been drawn to Guerneville for its rich history, proximity to nature, bohemian atmosphere and culinary scene. Named for the rare dawn redwood trees found on the lush 15 acre-property, Dawn Ranch offers an escape to the old-school magic of the Golden State. The riverfront resort is a virtual natural preserve with 53 chic cedar-topped individual cabins with access to wide open meadows, wooded nature trails and lush gardens that supply on-site restaurant, Agriculture Public House, as well as wedding and event spaces for up to 300 guests.
At Dawn Ranch, the resort’s minimalist simplicity lets nature do the talking. Cabins provide an intimate escape for two with configurations ranging from intimate Petite Cabins to vintage Green Meadow Chalets perched above a beautiful meadow bordering the vibrant foliage of Fife’s Creek. Two Bungalows are also available offering full custom kitchens, two full baths, and two queen bedrooms. All rooms feature natural cork or wood flooring, river rock showers and Le Labo bath amenities in their signature Santal 33 fragrance.
On-site programming allows guests to explore the scenic surroundings and lean into both mindful and physical well-being. Guests have access to a variety of activities and offerings including:
Yoga & Meditation in the great outdoors of the property
Sunset Wine Tastings
Bird Watching with Swarovski Optics binoculars; both on-site and in the vast wilderness of nearby state parks, a breathtaking variety of birds call Sonoma County their home.
Retrospec® Cruiser Bicycles available complimentary on request to explore the grounds and nearby areas
Creative Workshops provide guests the opportunity to explore their personal creativity and create lasting memories.
Live Music at the outdoor bandstand on the resort’s main lawn, The Green
Fire Pits complete with fixings for s’mores
Dawn Ranch’s on-site kitchen garden embraces the fertility of the region, providing fresh herbs and vegetables to on-site restaurant, Agriculture Public House, open to both guests and locals alike. Housed in the expansive Lodge at the heart of the resort, the restaurant and bar’s seasonally curated menus feature farm to table dishes including Mushroom Enchiladas (braised cabbage, ancho chili sauce, creme fraiche), Grilled Hanger Steak (mushroom sauce, truffle oil, yuca fries) and more. An extensive wine list invites guests to explore the tastes of local vineyards, or select from a range of local craft beers and specialty cocktails including the signature Agriculture Martini (No. 209 gin, dry vermouth, olives) and the Dawn Ranch Perfect Manhattan (Woodford Reserve, carpano antica, dry vermouth, cherry).
A celebration of relaxation, Bridgeton Holdings is offering travelers the best of the U.S. this summer with the launch of a “Coast to Coast” Package – a week-long escape combining the best of both coasts – the rolling meadows and towering forests of Dawn Ranch with beachfront barefoot luxury at its sister property, Marram in Montauk, New York. Available throughout May and June, travelers who book the Coast to Coast package can enjoy a seven day trip for a flat rate of $7,000. Unplug and unwind with three weekdays in Montauk coupled with four days at Dawn Ranch.
Connected by their shared ethos of nature-focused luxury, the package includes credits at both resorts’ locally driven food and beverage venues, the highest available room upgrade, $100 food credit at both properties and in room gifts that celebrate both destinations. The Coast to Coast package can be booked directly HERE.
For more information on Dawn Ranch, visit www.DawnRanch.com.
Guerneville, CA 95446