A West Sonoma Road Trip (cont.)
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Here are two not-too-expensive places to stay in the area.
3610 Bohemian Highway, Occidental
In the heart of the charming mountain town of Occidental, backed up against redwood forests, this 1950s-style motor inn gives you good bang for your buck. Considering the location, and the fact that you don’t have to stay two nights like at most bed-and-breakfasts and vacation rentals, the $84.95 price tag is a deal. (Note that that’s a winter rate; summer weekend rates are closer to $150.) The rooms are comfortable and clean, with a mini fridge and microwave, and there’s a swimming pool. Next door, owned by the same family, is the throwback Negri’s Original Italian Restaurant. What it lacks in quality it makes up for in quantity. On Saturday nights, there’s a rousing locals-only karaoke scene in the adjoining bar.
For just $100 to $125 a night depending on the season, you can rent a tastefully decorated studio apartment for two (the couch pulls out into a bed) close to Saint Rose on the outskirts of Sebastopol. The cottage is on the property of a horseback riding school and small farm, with a vegetable garden the owners will let you harvest from. Every morning, fresh eggs from the farm’s chickens are stocked in your fridge, along with fruit and rolls. There’s a hot tub on the deck overlooking a gorgeous valley with oak trees, and there’s a DVD player and video library.