The California Gold Rush brought many stories and settlers to Northern California. The story of Sonoma Orchid Inn is really that of Louis Williams Ridenhour, originally from Missouri. He came west in 1849 with a partner and began working a claim on the Yuba River near Marysville (north of Sacramento). He was able to earn enough from his mining to leave his claim and start looking for farming opportunities, which he was already skilled at and knew well. So, Ridenhour continued west, finally arriving in the Russian River area in 1852.
At the age of 27, Ridenhour married Mary Elizabeth Heald (under 14 years of age at the time) and sharecropped for his father-in-law. He quickly grew his property to over 960 acres. Living all alone on a farm in the wilderness the Ridenhour’s had ten children. Six made it through childhood. Louis Edwards (1861) was the builder of the Inn. However, the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake (epicentered in Santa Rosa) razed the original farmhouse built by Louis Edwards, and was rebuilt on the current site in 1906. The Ridenhour family were pillars of the community, financing and building the local school house. View photos of the original schoolhouse at the inn and visit the school bell which now hangs in the Korbel winery. The structure was converted to a Bed and Breakfast in 1967 by the Saterthwait family.
The Sonoma Orchid Inn believes in low carbon footprints and the history of farming. We have planted a fruit orchard, organic produce garden, a floral cutting garden and installed a greenhouse for the orchids. We provide our guests the freshest of breakfasts, using our own farm-raised chickens and eggs as well as produce from our gardens. Relax and enjoy yourself at this historic country Bed & Breakfast Inn. Tours to the hidden McPeak Cemetery are available upon request to study the founding family histories from the Gold Rush now etched in tombstones. Stay at Sonoma Orchid Inn and experience the rich history of the Russian River.
Bed and Breakfast Style
Country Bed and Breakfast in Russian River Wine Country. Ten elegant rooms next door to Korbel Winery and just across the street from the beautiful Russian River. Enjoy the personal side of Sonoma Country.
Breakfast Style Served
Seasons Open: Year round
Range of Rates: $140 to $245
ADA Accessibility Notes
Some of our rooms are ADA accessible. Please inquire when booking as to accessibility as the inn was built in 1906 and they were not thinking about accessibility . We will make every effort to make your stay enjoyable and comfortable.
We have our own orchard, flock of chickens for farm fresh eggs. Our organic garden supplies augments to our gourmet breakfasts. And, yes, we recycle everything. Compost. Compost. Compost.
Locally or Family Owned Business
Pet Friendly Notes
Some rooms are pet friendly. Some are pet free. Please ask if either are an issue. $30/night pet fee.
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