In the heart of Northern California wine country, just forty-five minutes north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, is the historic town of Sonoma. And here, just off Broadway at MacArthur Street, you’ll find a historic inn set on a country estate of six acres featuring lush landscaping, rose gardens, ponds and water fountains.
This is MacArthur Place Country Inn & Spa, recently awarded AAA’s prestigious 4-Diamond rating. While checking in I meet MacArthur Place’s CFO—Chief Feline Officer—A.J. A cat of Russian Blue heritage, A.J. pays little attention to me but is clearly in charge; A.J. has his own business card, sitting in a separate holder on the counter along with that of MacArthur Place general manager, Bill Blum.
I’m just in time for MacArthur Place’s daily complimentary wine-tasting, served with various cheeses and fruits in the Library.
Peruvian Raquel, wine and cheese hostess and retired Cordon Bleu chef, tells me, “Sonoma is the birthplace of winemaking in California.”