Nestled among the rolling hills and picturesque vineyards of Sonoma, CA’s wine country, the Best Western Dry Creek Inn, a two-building Mediterranean-style villa located in Healdsburg, CA, unveils a refreshing, country-inspired look.
After an extensive $4-million renovation to Villa Toscana, an Italianate building overlooking a piazza, fountains and lush landscaping, the property blends casual country decor with Old World charm. To help elevate the brand and better position it as a travel destination, Los Angeles-based Atwater Inc. Studio reimagined the 60-room building as an ode to Tuscany, creating a boutique, at-home feel.
“We wanted to create a delightful experience that captured the spirit of Northern California wine country and the hotel’s Italianate architecture,” said Stina Funch, creative director/founder of Atwater Inc. Studio. “Inspired by the property’s Old World charm and the bucolic setting, we layered in a soft color palette, marrying heritage elements, such as faux beams that look original, with fresh, country motifs and floral artwork.”
Drawing inspiration from both the Italian and Californian countryside, the rooms evoke country-cottage chic, complete with exposed faux wood beams, fireplaces and private balconies. Mixing luxe and laid-back elements—rustic woods, decorative metal, natural stone and neutral textures—the rooms create a sense of place. To make a welcoming statement, decorative credenzas and cerused wood nightstands are juxtaposed with soft blue hues and creamy whites.
Designed for modern times, the majority of bathrooms were upgraded and expanded. Jetted tubs were replaced with generous showers, and accentuated with double-sink vanities, Spanish tiled floors and shower surrounds, as well as artwork depicting colorful farm flowers. For those who enjoy a relaxing soak, 12 of the rooms feature a freestanding tub.
The property includes one guest suite complete with kitchen. It has a farm sink and table, sliding barn door, four-poster bed and casual sitting area.
Built in the early 1980s as a roadside motel, The Dry Creek Inn has evolved into a charming getaway, catering to foodies and wine lovers from across the globe. In 2008, the owners added Villa Toscana, the luxury counterpart to the original 103-room Casa Siena building, and in 2014, made major cosmetic upgrades to Casa Siena.