A Day Trip: The Sandman Hotel, Santa Rosa's Best Kept Secret

24 hour getaways are like mini vacations for the mind and soul. They are like little tiny pockets to hide away in when the world is getting a little too rough on the edges. This year I didn’t travel as much as the previous years because I was knee deep leveling up in my career and getting my life coach certification and truthfully I’m feeling the pangs from it. Travel is one of those things that light my soul on fire and its honestly good for my personal wellbeing. This year instead of indulging on larger getaways I fed my hunger for travel with little 24 hour staycations.

Jonathan and I took a little mini getaway before the summer with the kids started to The Sandman Hotel for a small little overnight. It was short and sweet, but everything we needed to reset the mind and get us all prepped up for the kids being home for the summer invading our work space (we work from home).


The Sandman Hotel is truly Santa Rosa’s best kept secret. The moment we arrived I felt like I was transported back in time. The lobby is decorated with the cutest mid century decor. I could almost imagine being back in the 50s and 60s pulling up to a roadside inn for a little weekend away. I definitely wanted to take home ever piece of furniture in the space to decorate my home with it.

After leaving the lobby we wanted to check out the rest of the property including our room. It was the first time we brought our 7 year old boxer Zoey to a hotel and we were stoked that the Sandman Hotel offers pet friendly accommodations.

After we got Zoey all settled into the room we checked out the Pool House & Bar, the airy little lounge by the heated pool where you can order drinks and small bites. It’s a cute little space where you can sip on some frosé, read a book, or take a little break from the sun.

After a little time by the pool we decided to head off to dinner. We were craving some comfort food so we headed to this little place down the street called Raku Ramen & Rolls. One of the things I love when I’m needing to soothe my soul is soup and ramen is one of my favorites. Jon and I split a spicy miso ramen, mini chicken karaage don, and crispy rice - spicy tuna which are these deep fried rice squares topped with spicy ramen.

After dinner we headed back to do what I love doing in hotel rooms, watch TV! Something I rarely do at home. I think I may have lasted 20 minutes before I fell asleep.

Pro-tip: If you’re looking to take a quick little getaway just outside your city, choose a destination that’s just about 50 miles away.

The next morning we made our way down to downtown Santa Rosa to a cute little place called Perch + Plow. This cute little restaurant overlooks the historic Courthouse Square and it offers local farm to table dishes with ingredients purveyed from local farms and businesses. Their cocktail menu is also amazing! We ordered a cocktail flight which included the Seasonal Moscow Mule, Carbonated Paloma, Drop it Like its Hot, Gin Ne Sais Quoi, and The Smugglers Water. For $35 it’s such a great value and you have the ability to taste several different cocktails, its definitely best shared with a friend.

For our meal we ordered grilled octopus, sweet potato chips with caramelized onion dip, beet and citrus salad, and Crispy Stone Valley Farm pork belly. When that came out it reminded us instantly of Hawaiian Loco Mocos and when we mentioned that to the bartender he told us that the Chef spent some time in Hawaii which is where a lot of his inspiration comes from.

After lunch we headed back home to reality. It was a nice little 24 hours away, everything I needed before jumping back into the swing of life. I hope you all check them out if you are ever visiting wine country! Book a room at this link. 

I’m a huge fan of day trips. It’s a chance to get away to a destination that’s right in your backyard. Sometimes we don’t get to discover some of the hidden treasures just outside of our home city because we’re so busy planning out adventures that require extensive transport and advanced detailing. Everyone deserves a mini-break from their lives, even if it is only 24 hours.

Joanne E

I’m a mother of two beautiful daughters and married to a man who completes me. I started my fitness journey as a way to heal my soul and launched my blog in hopes to continue to inspire and empower women to use fitness as a tool to heal depression and find their self worth. I strongly believe that each woman deserves to be in love with herself just as much as her man does. I have an obsession with reusable water bottles, I enjoy action movies, and I’m in love with burpees.