Luxury Boutique Hotel Debuts Event Space in Sonoma County

The Stavrand Russian River Valley now offers 36,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space in Guerneville, Calif.

Stavrand Russian River Valley California

The Stavrand Russian River Valley, a recently renovated 21-room luxury hotel in Guerneville, Calif., has completed the final phase of its redesign and now offers 36,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. The woman-owned estate property, a rebrand of the former Applewood Inn, is set on 6 acres of orchards, organic gardens and redwood groves in the Sonoma County community.

“We’re extremely proud to showcase our reimagined meeting and event spaces,” said Emily Glick, general manager and co-owner of the Stavrand, a former Kimpton Hotels general manager. “We are now uniquely positioned to host intimate gatherings, large corporate events and full property buyouts. The Stavrand feels connected digitally and geographically, while also providing the illusion of retreating to a remote redwood enclave.”

The property accommodates groups of up to 130 people, in a variety of multifunctional areas — including three outdoor spaces and two flexible indoor rooms. Among the options: 

  • The 25,000-square-foot Chef's Meadow is surrounded by century-old pear and apple trees, garden boxes and an expansive grassy lawn filled with wildflowers.
  • The Bower has more than 9,000 square feet of space on the upper level of the property, with a dramatic forest backdrop and heart-knot-shaped tree.
  • Stavrand Hall, a 1,000-square-foot replica of the original family barn, is an indoor/outdoor space with an enclosed patio that overlooks the property and its courtyard.
  • The centrally located Courtyard, which offers 900 square feet of space with two fire pits, can accommodate dinners for up to 30 people or receptions for as many as 75.
  • The Sun Room, a 500-square-foot space in the Belden House for smaller groups, has a wood-burning fireplace, a communal table and dramatic windows.

The Stavrand has three guest-room buildings, including the historic Belden House, a registered Sonoma Historic Landmark dating from 1922. The hotel's new owners have carefully renovated the entire estate to maintain and restore the original features of the Mediterranean Revival architecture. Modern amenities and contemporary furnishings complement a collection of antiques that have long been a part of the property.

The hotel's culinary program features California cuisine with an ever-changing menu driven by seasonal ingredients. Among the on-site amenities are a poolside bar cart, outdoor yoga and signature spa treatments, fireside evening aperitifs, board games and lawn games, and lanterns for evening strolls in the orchards and redwood groves. Guests receive a hot plated complimentary breakfast, complimentary bicycles to explore the surroundings, and complimentary kayaks, inner tubes and floats for enjoying the Russian River.