Great Bed & Breakfast in Wine Country
By George Brozowski. FBWorld.com Staff Writer

The front of this amazing Sonoma County, European styled B&B is actually around the back and back in 1909 when it was constructed, the stairway to the second floor that is now in the middle of the foyer, was actually outside (they used to tax indoor stairways as a luxury back then) and the building was half as wide as it is today. And to top it off, there used to be an open archway through the center of the structure for cars and carts to pass through so they could pick up stone from the quarry out back. After almost a hundred years, a handful of owners and millions of dollars in reconstruction and renovation, it has become the only place to stay in Sonoma County.

In its first incarnation it was called the Rincon Hotel and housed immigrant stone workers. It later changed hands and became a restaurant during the war years. In the 1960’s it became a topless bar called the Tropics and then through an extensive remodeling and expansion of the kitchen it morphed into a first class restaurant specializing in extra thick-cut steaks and prime rib. In the 1970’s it was converted into the Stone House Tavern featuring topless waitresses. Then for 8 years the lonely land mark sat empty until 1982 when it was retrofitted to become earthquake proof. A crooked banker bought it next and spent three years and over a million dollars renovating it to become his corporate headquarters. That project ended abruptly after the bank lost $112.5 million and the banker was jailed for laundering over $300 million for an international drug ring.

In 2001, Beverly and Tommy Kennedy and their partner Patrick O’Donnell purchased the Stone House and spent the next three years bringing it back to life. They turned it into its current incarnation of a beautiful, 14 room, European style, bed and breakfast inn.

Their renovation included ornate antique Italian gas chandeliers which they converted to electricity. The wooden paneling and bar, dating back to the 1880’s, were lovingly shipped over from France. Today the Inn offers tastefully decorated guest rooms with queen or king pillowtop beds. Each room has its own special characteristics, with private whirlpool tubs, TV and telephone with unlimited local calls and Internet access. There are rooms for corporate meetings, weddings or a family celebration, as well as a complete business center.

The Inn is close to over 200 wineries, hot air ballooning, 16 golf courses and some of the finest restaurants in the world. Whether you’re looking to spend a couple of quiet nights or a weekend in wine country, you will not find finer, world class accommodations with a very European, old world flair.

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