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highly-concentrated extracts from plants, flowers and herbs that produce a wide variety of beneficial effects.

In February, 2007, two Garden Spa Suites were added to MacArthur Place, and several wine-inspired spa treatments have been crafted to enhance the personal Spa Suite experience.

GM Bill Blum says, “Guests have the option of indulging in a Red Wine Grape Seed Bath in the indoor 20-jet hydrotherapy tub while gazing at a glowing fire in the fireplace, or soaking in a Chardonnay bath in the outdoor teak wine tub in their own private Japanese teahouse.”

MacArthur Place is within a healthy walking distance to Sonoma’s central Plaza, a National Historic Landmark since 1961. Or you can ride a complimentary bicycle provided by the hotel.

In Sonoma, historically referred to as the Valley of the Moon, you’ll find a variety of fun activities like hiking, biking and jogging trails, golf, tennis, motor sports at Sears Point Raceway, tasting rooms and winery tours, boutique shopping, horseback riding, and hot air ballooning high above the valley.

I couldn’t leave Sonoma without a visit to the Buena Vista winery to see their historic Press House Tasting Room and Cellar, aptly located on Old Winery Road. Other nearby wineries are Valley of the Moon, Kendall-Jackson, and Sebastiani

A 2008 Zagat survey rated MacArthur Place tops among U.S. Hotels, Resorts & Spas.

Suzanne Brangham says, “Our guests have been our best advocates, referring their friends and returning every year.”

My friend Adrienne Wyman, from the nearby town of Glen Ellen, says, “If there were such a thing as a 25-star hotel, this would be it.”

--Carolyn V. Hamilton