The owners, Herb and Ingrid, are German expats that have made the Highland Dell their little alpine hotel. The friendly atmosphere, bar and restaurant more than make up for the "tiny" but well maintained rooms. The buffet breakfasts are really nice and when there aren't many people staying there, Herb will special order for you. The area is somewhat depressed but the hotel and view from the balcony rooms are a nice sanctuary. There are several nice restaurants in the area and if you get the chance, check out the Applewood Inn Restaurant, out of Guerneville and the Farmhouse Restaurant near Forestville/Santa Rosa; both are Micholin rated and worth the small drive. Monte Rio is close to the coast so travel down to Jenner to see the seals.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built circa 1906, the historic Highland Dell is a very popular destination for San Francisco and Bay Area families as it was throughout the 20th century. Surrounded by century old redwood trees and overlooking the Russian River, it is an ideal place for a vacation or weekend get-away. The Highland Dell offers well appointed lodging, and a fine gourmet restaurant, complete with a full service bar. A variety of exciting activities are available within easy reach. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Highland Dell Hotel Monte Rio