Russian River Resort Area MOUNTAIN RETREAT Redwood guesthouse/studio: 1 queen-size bed/1 full bath with SpaShower; Large Screen TV/DVD, WiFi; kitchenette, full octagon deck with outdoor gas grill, patio, and hot tub on private lower deck with view.
Enjoy lounging on the sunny unique octagon deck in the 2 zero-gravity chairs, the rocker or either bistro set, as well as the privacy of your lower deck hot tub.
Welcome to your retreat to awe and wonder evoked by beautiful views and the great memories you'll create here! The radio show On Being, aired an interview with Esther Sternberg called "The Science of HEALING PLACES." In it, Esther Sternberg, an immunologist and pioneer in the field of environmental psychology, related her excitement about discovering that there are measurable physiological and neuroscientific bases to the feeling of AWE and WONDER evoked by BEAUTIFUL VIEWS or by places that trigger GOOD MEMORIES. "I firmly believe from what I have seen that this is the chosen spot of all the earth as far as nature is concerned," horticulturist Luther Burbank said of Sonoma County.
About 75 miles north of San Francisco lies the Russian River Valley, which was nominated as one of the Wine Regions of the Year by Wine Enthusiast magazine in 2011. In the heart of beautiful coastal Sonoma County Wine Country you’ll find The Sunrise Mountain Guest House Studio encircled by sun, stars, moon and massive redwoods.
“Few wine regions evoke more vivid impressions of great wine, stunning landscapes and friendly people than the Russian River Valley. World-class Zinfandels and Petite Sirahs abound, often from gnarled, centenarian vineyards. Rhône varieties, both red and white, as well as great Chardonnays join the valley’s crown jewel: Pinot Noir, now coming off a stellar string of vintages” (Wine Enthusiast magazine in 2011).
The Sunrise Studio, in its beautiful private Mountain Retreat setting, creates an ideal environment for writers/musicians, clergy/religious, health professionals, YOU, on retreat/getaway or for...
* Private intimate wedding, Vow renewal, (see (website hidden)) or honeymoon
* Times of reflection, indoors or while out “sunning” on the deck with cool mountain breezes with lots of privacy.
* Uninterrupted rest & relaxation or constant opportunities for vacation related activities in Wine Country & Sonoma Coast
* Hiking, walking or biking in the serenity of nature (ocean, river, mountain, valley...Redwoods!)
* Swimming, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, or lazy river tube floating and fishing (fly) in the near-by Russian River or walking in Austin Creek just down the hill!
* Concentrated reading or writing and reflection
* Extended solitude for contemplation
* Rejuvenate...with an invigorating on-site spa shower massage. Or massage (nearby or out-call) and on-site hot tub available to renew and revive. Although we offer a spectacular shower experience and on-site outdoor hot tub... we are happy to recommend...
--Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary - just 25 mins. away in (website hidden)(phone number hidden)
--The Spa at Applewood - just 5 miles east in (website hidden)(phone number hidden)
--Or enjoy a hot stone/deep tissue rhythm massage (Swedish/Thai) at Patte's Guerneville parlor or here at The Studio. (email hidden) (phone number hidden))
…..and We are Pet Friendly: Pets are welcomed (see pet fee policy under "House Rules" tab; pets must have own bedding & supplies!)
The kitchenette (NOT a full kitchen) has all the utensils you'll need for serving snacks/beverages, but NOT intended for cooking; including a refrigerator, microwave and toaster oven (no stove!), coffeemaker (filters provided), and outdoor gas grill. The kitchenette is NOT a kitchen and not intended for cooking meals: microwave and toaster oven only for warming or heating and enjoying previously prepared light snack-meals, etc.; cupboard has plates, glassware, flatware & cutlery.
You are NOT allowed to use your own camp-stove or burner. No extensive cooking or meal preparation on premises; "House Rules"
For your dining convenience, there’s a lap-tray and folding bistro table & chairs set for inside use as well as a rocking chair, if the weather prohibits enjoying your coffee/wine/meal on the front porch or deck. You're also welcome to patronize local organic grocery, a Safeway, coffee/cafes, bakeries, and restaurants; or you may prefer to "order-in".
Once your reservation is accepted/confirmed, I'd be happy to send you our "virtual web tour" email/attachment where you "click" your way through Sonoma Coast and Wine Country sites and dining.
Comforts of Home...Linens are provided;
* Bed linens, blankets and pillows are provided.
* Towels for kitchen and bath are also provided. BRING YOUR OWN BEACH TOWELS. Guest towels for on-site use only!
* Bring your own liquid bath soap, shampoo, toiletries.
* Ipod dock with speakers provided
* no early check-in; no luggage drop off
Sonoma Coast & Wine Country affords: Hiking, Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddle boarding, Horseback riding, Segway Touring, Wine tasting, Zipline through the Redwoods!
Birding, wildflowers, tide-pooling, fishing, and so much more!
Be sure to thoroughly read the rental policy /"HOUSE Rules" tab before booking. Guest will have access to all amenities listed pertaining to the unit itself.
Upon arrival/check-in, always need to greet my guest(s) and point out amenities; during your stay, total privacy, yet usually local and happy to be available/accessible for any guidance, questions or concerns; upon departure/check-out, prefer to "wish you well" .
There's bus transportation from Santa Rosa to Monte-Rio (#20). if you need a lift, I'd be happy to pick you up in Monte Rio, if I'm available. There is also a Monte Rio Taxi service always available.
Contact me for your on-site PRIVATE intimate Wedding/Renewal of Vows/Anniversary ceremony, then stay for your "honeymoon"! Come to the CA Redwoods to renew your vows or an anniversary GetAway (Sonoma Coast and Russian River Area) ... my intimate Wedding & Vow Renewal center (Additional Fees apply).
The Guesthouse is amazing, it sits right up in the trees and has a great view. When you combine that with a very comfortable studio and a hot tub(!!!) you get a pretty much perfect guest house! Dr. Joe is also a brilliant host, incredibly accommodating and kind. You're in very safe hands! Make sure to listen to his recommendations too, having not really planned anything before arrival they proved very useful and were always exactly what we were looking for :)
This is indeed a special place, and Dr. Joe goes to great lengths to make sure his guests are well taken care of. He was great to deal with and we had a wonderful experience. The hot tub and deck are fantastic outdoor living spaces, which balances the cozy indoor space. The studio is well-appointed, super clean and very workable for an intimate couple. Made me also yearn for a solo private retreat in the redwoods sometime in the future! Thank you Dr. Joe!
If I could rate the sunrise studio with 500 stars, I would! The space was amazing and the relentless rain seemed to add to the magical quality of this beautiful forest getaway. Everything about this space was so inviting and perfect. Of special note (and quality) was our ever-helpful and wonderfully delightful host, Dr. Joe! He is, without doubt, the kindest and most accommodating host I have ever met. He made sure every aspect of our "weekend getaway" was perfect. Every inch of the sunrise studio has been so meticulously organized to enhance your stay. His knowledge of the local businesses led to restaurant recommendations that were thoroughly enjoyed (we literally ordered half of the menu). Dr. Joe, thank you so much for making our anniversary our most special one yet!
While spending a weekend with my boyfriend, the Sunrise Studio provided the perfect oasis. Gazing up at the incredible starry sky while taking a dip in the hot tub, we literally saw the rotation of the earth. Waking up, we heard birds chirping amidst the towering canopy of redwoods.
The studio is beautifully designed, with everything you need in a cozy space. The structure provides privacy yet seamless integration with the surrounding nature.
The location is a perfect starting point for lots of exploration. We ventured off ziplining in Occidental, dining in Guerneville, chilling seaside in Jenner, and wine tasting in Healdsburg.
Rev Doc Joe was the most accommodating and friendly host. He provided the best tips for where to go in the surrounding area. We went everywhere he recommended, and it all proved amazing. He made the experience of getting away to his mountain-top redwood hideaway both seamless and special.
My stay at the Sunrise Mountain Studio was perfect! The studio was beautiful. It is hard to choose between my favorite parts of the studio but I'd have to say that the view from the deck is gorgeous. The bed was very comfortable and the hot tub was incredible after a long day of mountain biking.
Rev Dr. Joe is a phenomenal host. His knowledge of the area really helped when it came down to deciding where to eat or which road to take to get to our destination. He is very nice and gave us a lot of privacy. You can tell he is a good person.
The area is beautiful if you want to get away for some peace and quiet. Salt Point had a very short but fun loop for Mountain Biking.
You will not find a more caring and hospitable host. everything about my stay was wonderful. The space is very nice, the view gorgeous, and the hot tub a dream. Treat yourself to a stay here.
P.S. Ask Dr. Joe for directions; gps directions were far more complicated than they needed to be. Once I arrived, I realized how much simpler it could be.
The scenery in and surrounding Cazadero is breathtaking. We had such an amazing time relaxing in the studio after hiking and exploring each day and soaking in the hot tub under the stars. The quarters are very tight and there is no door on the bathroom, so make sure that you and your guest are ok with that before your visit. It wasn't a problem for us.
Dr. Joe was extremely kind to leave us a bottle of wine for our stay and walked us through how to use everything in the unit. The rain shower was also a real pleasure to experience with the forest view through the floor-to-ceiling windows. He's building a sauna now, so I'll have to back another time to experience that. This is a highly recommended location and home.
We really enjoyed staying here. What a special and lovely space. Thanks so much for everything
the sunrise mountain studio AND dr joe's retreat guidance were just what i needed.
the studio was cozy, warm upon arrival, with a beautiful view and surroundings. the bed was just right, the shower was awesome, and the hot tub was perfect under the night stars. the grill worked great for cooking my food that i'd prepped in advance. the deck had nice chairs to lounge, a table and chairs for dining, and plenty of room for my morning yoga.
dr joe guided me by phone after i got lost by turning on the wrong lane then greeted me outside upon arrival and was very hospitable for the entire stay. he had a lovely spread of cheeses, nuts, sliced meats and crackers along with wine to enjoy upon my arrival. we had four wonderful sessions to guide my renewal-focused retreat. i felt quite comfortable in his presence and can't wait to return again!
It was an excellent experience. We did early check in and he was super cool about it. Beautiful view, very clean and modern cabin. A bottle of wine and fresh pastries were waiting for us. I guess i cant say enough how much we loved about this place. You guys have to experience it your own. We would like thank to Dr. Joe for everything once again.