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El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen

What: El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen

Where: Sonoma

Cost: From $165 a night

Just off downtown Sonoma's charming Spanish-style plaza, each of the El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen's 27 rooms features French doors that lead to a private patio with plaza or courtyard views. The eco-friendly hotel also has a solar-heated saltwater pool (with cabanas), certified-organic bath amenities, and a comfort-food-driven menu at El Dorado Kitchen featuring dishes such as Petaluma-raised chicken.

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