What if you could take the charmingly eclectic appeal of a 1950’s family-run resort and add modern luxuries like a gorgeous 25-meter outdoor heated pool with accompanying jacuzzi, in-room wet bars, a fully-equipped spa, and a customized yoga and cycling studio? Set in the midst of towering redwood trees in Santa Rosa in the heart of beautiful Sonoma wine country, the vintage-chic Flamingo Hotel And Resort manages to accomplish this feat with panache.

The Flamingo, which has been privately-owned and family-run for over thirty years, has effortlessly segued from 60’s Hollywood glamor days when Jayne Mansfield oiled her golden skin on a lounge chair at the hotel to current times when guests can dine al fresco under the sparkling Sonoma stars at the Terrace Grill, complete with creative vegan choices like a spinach lasagna made with tofu “ricotta”.

The Flamingo has modernized, but gracefully, with thoughtfully-renovated rooms and suites that manage to retain character and avoid the bland, flavorless sterility of corporate chains. A staff of smiling, approachable staff feels more 1957 than 2016, proving the Flamingo has a knack for knowing one thing that’s timeless in the accommodation industry—impeccable customer service.

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