POSTED ON December 15, 2007 | IN Russian River Wine Country - Sonoma Cty. | BY joe

Healdsburg’s Best Western Dry Creek Inn recently opened a completely new section to its inn. The section is Tuscan style and has 60 rooms that are quite a step up from the older rooms. The room we stayed in was spacious and equipped with a gas fireplace, flat screen TV, jetted tub, and wireless Internet access. Outside our sliding door were a patio, spa, and an outdoor fireplace. The weather was so cold we could not take advantage of the outdoors but we sure did love the gas fireplace.

The new section contains the Krug Event Center, a fitness room, and a large room where breakfast is served to guests. The Krug Event Center (no relation to the Charles Krug Winery) is a facility for business conferences, weddings, and the like.

Every thing was wonderful about our stay, especially the price. We paid $90 for our room. But, there is one major mistake in each room like ours that is sure to make guests unhappy. Our first thought was what a blunder, what a nightmare! The problem is there is no way to turn on the shower without getting sprayed with cold water. The shower is tiny by any standard but in order to turn on the hot and cold water you must be in the shower. Unless you have unusually long arms, there is no way around this. We asked the management about it and he said it would be taken care of soon. Wow, what a gaffe.

Healdsburg has become quite the popular wine town and you can bet that these rooms will be hard to come by on weekends beginning in the spring and through the fall months. Winter is a good time to find deals here. Lodging in Healdsburg is expensive and it is extremely hard to find a good value in this town. Perhaps the addition of this section to the Dry Creek Inn will ease the crunch and bring the prices back to a reasonable level. I am not holding my breath.

The Dry Creek Inn is located on Dry Creek Road just east of the Dry Creek Exit off Highway 101 in Healdsburg. It is one mile from the main part of town and there are many wineries within east driving distance.

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