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The Stavrand is a Great Addition to Your Getaway Wish List

Jun 06, 2022 05:35PM ● By Fran Miller

Quaint in its throwback appeal and setting along the Russian River, Guerneville is a semi-funky thoroughfare that connects the wine country with the coast amidst rich coastal forests. At the heart of this bucolic bounty is The Stavrand, a gracious new 21-room boutique inn situated on six verdant acres with commanding views and the delightful indulgences of a chic resort. 

Hospitality comes naturally to proprietor Emily Glick whose grandparents Grace and Erik Stavrand (for whom she named the hotel) operated the Black Bear Lodge in Bolton Valley, Vermont. The Stavrand is Glick’s labor of love; she oversaw a complete restoration and refurbishment of the property.  

A chef’s garden welcomes wanderers with a well-marked, wood chip-lined pathway. A sun-speckled pool and hot tub are encircled with chaise lounges. A swinging hammock, set underneath a canopy of trees, beckons the weary, and a fleet of complimentary bicycles encourage exploration of the area. 

The Stavrand Courtyard. Photo by Emma K Morris

Belden House Sunroom

The inn’s four historic buildings surround a twinkle-lit courtyard filled with bright blue Adirondack chairs and firepits that provide welcome warmth when the ocean fog rolls in. Inside the Belden House, a cozy lobby building, a massive stone fireplace from 1922 construction has been carefully restored to reflect the property’s Mediterranean Revival architecture. Here you’ll find board games, a lending library, as well as complimentary wine, aperitifs, and s'mores. 

Guest Room

Guest Room Bath

Beautifully-appointed guest rooms feature cedar hot tubs or large baths, gas fireplaces, and balconies, but its the culinary offerings at The Stavrand that are a major draw. Currently open only to hotel guests, the restaurant is a revelation. Overseen by Executive Chef Jeremy Clemens, the kitchen offers an ever-changing, seasonal, three course menu consisting of Charred Summer Squash with radicchio, Parmigiano Reggiano, balsamic and pine nuts, Eggplant with pesto polenta, Monterey King Salmon with tzatziki and blistered cherry tomatoes. Guests are treated to complimentary breakfast. 

13555 Highway 116, Guerneville, CA.

The Stavrand Dining Room

Overnight Oats. Photo by Emma K Morris



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