Treasured getaway spots, from the most intimate of inns to the most bustling of hotels, change a bit, or a lot, from time to time. And hearing of such changes can lead a regular, or an intrigued first-timer, to wonder if the jam on the breakfast table is now apple, instead of cherry, or if something more full-scale, and big-of-scope, and yet complementary to the existing property, has occurred. In the case of Gaige House, in Glen Ellen, a recent update was of the more full-scale variety, but one that's quite complementary to the Sonoma Valley property's exquisite nature-close setting.
The newly renamed Gaige House + Ryokan still sits where Gaige House once bloomed, of course, but now guests can look forward to "... an enhanced zen experience inspired by traditional Japanese ryokan inns." There are 23 rooms at the Four Sisters destination, and nine are Ryokan Zen Suites, complete with private rock gardens, king-sized beds, and "deep granite soaking tubs." Other details recalling the traditional inns are woven throughout, making for a contemplative setting created for relaxing and reconnecting.
Peek around the property now, and take in its handsome outdoor decks, the well-appointed suites, and the destination's fresh comfort-meets-nature-meets-tradition approach.