An Old Santa Rosa Motel Turns Into New Chic Mid Century Place to Stay | Sonoma County
On the first week October 2017, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties were woken up by the ranging North Bay Fires with winds at high speeds. When the fires were over, the rest of the world was led to believe by the media that wine country was no longer there. But that is far from the truth! As a result, the brand new Astro Motel was force to open it's doors for it's first fire victims, including me.
The Astro Motel, located in Santa Rosa, California, was forced to open it’s doors on October 27, 2017. Following the outbreak of fires in Sonoma County, The Astro Motel (not yet open to the public), welcomed fire refugees for a soft opening with basic necessities and toiletries. However, The Astro, has now been open for over a year and thriving as the new hot chic place to stay in Santa Rosa, California.
The Astro had been, for decades, a motel located in a run down neighborhood and eventually it closed down. The Astro, originally built in 1963, but born again in 2017, recently underwent through a $10 million renovation project by Spinster Sister’s chef/owner Liza Hinman, after being shut down for many years.
The motel was not rebuilt as a replica to the prior property, but more so as a tribute to the American motor lodge era during the mid century. The motel has been updated with a modern space age Palm Springs vibe with each bedroom having its own unique furnishings and vintages pieces from the 1950 and 1960's. The rooms are designed as a gallery, giving you the option to purchase any item in the room. The Astro has several art pieces in storage, ready for replacement if a guest chooses to purchase one at check out, so don't feel bad if you want to purchase your lamp. Click HERE to see pictures of the rooms.
The Spinster Sisters, a restaurant located walking distance from the motel, co-own The Astro Motel. They opened their award winning restaurant several blocks away offering delicious dishes with as many local ingredients as possible, along with a great wine list. Click HERE to see the restaurant.
The Astro is part of a new wave of lodging of “retro-boutique motels”, offering luxury modern accommodations at affordable lodging prices. The Astro Motel is now officially open and it’s 34 room building, and making upgrades and changes monthly.
With permission from the city, The Astro Motel was allowed to transform the parking lot into an urban garden oasis with dozen of fruit trees, including three mature olive trees. These olive trees were also planted in hopes that the Spinster Sisters, will eventually harvest olive oil for their restaurant down the street.
Wineries near by The Astro Motel
Jordan Winery, Matanzas Creek Winery, Paradise Ridge, Donelan Family Wines, Hanna Winery, Jackson Family Wines, Carol Shelton Wines, St. Francis Tasting Room, and many more. Other wineries nearby in the Drycreek area, Dutcher Crossing, Chateau St. Jean, and Ferrari-Carano, just to name a few.
Ridge Vineyards is also close by…….
While at the wine bloggers conference, we took a short lunch break and visited Ridge Vineyards, as they were having a zinfandel and tamales even benefiting the North Bay fires. Ridge Vineyards located in Dry Creek Valley Sonoma, is a zinfandel house offering a Chardonnay and other reds. During the event, I had some of the best tamales I've ever had! Duck and chicken tamales with a mole sauce. The property offers award winning wines and never endings views of the valley. Ridge Winery is home to several vineyards throughout the state. Grapes are harvested from several vineyards in Sonoma county, as well as the Paso Robles AVA in San Luis Obispo county, with their award winning Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains.