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Cinnamon Bear Creekside Inn

What a wonderful surprise to find a bed and breakfast that is accessible! Cinnamon Bear Creekside Inn is a hundred-year-old home transformed into a charming seven-room bed and breakfast just a mile from Sonoma’s historic plaza, and on the main route to Sonoma Valley’s acclaimed wineries.

Cinnamon Bear Creekside Inn
19455 Sonoma Highway
Sonoma, CA 95476
877-935-8197
http://www.cinnamonbearcreeksideinn.com

One fully-accessible room:

  • Room #2 “Ms. Holiday”
    1 Queen with accessible tub, first floor

Two other rooms were not fully wheelchair-accessible, but had other accessibility features which will serve various mobility needs:

  • Room #1 “Ellington”
    1 King with step-in shower, first floor
  • Room #3 “The Suite”
    1 Queen with partially-accessible tub, first floor
 

The neatly manicured lawn and stately presence of Cinnamon Bear Creekside Inn Bed and Breakfast beckons the visitor.

 

Parking is conveniently located right beside the building.

 

The entrance ramp is tastefully disguised behind a low wall and is long enough to be a gentle slope. For those capable of using the stairs there are handrails.

The front door leads to a bright and cheery dining room, and just beyond, an inviting sitting area and check-in.

We stayed in Room #2, “Ms. Holiday” with 1 Queen and an accessible tub, on the first floor.

The room was charming, decorated with antiques, a brass bed, and feature molding. There was plenty of room on the accessible side of the bed which was also closest to the bathroom.

The closet had bi-fold doors, taking up less space in the room. The luggage rack was easily accessed.

Better than an ice bucket! One of the pleasures of a bed and breakfast is the personal service, and Cinnamon Bear met the mark. Kathy welcomed us with a carafe of ice cold water in the room.

 

The lavatory was easily accessible with great counter space for toiletries, a knee hole under the sink, and a wall-mounted hair dryer within reach. The tub had a grab bar and an easy to operate lever temperature control.

There was ample clearance between the toilet and sink for a transfer, with a grab bar on the left.

Another personal touch that seems inherent with a bed and breakfast is the opportunity to have real conversations. We joined this engaging couple from Sacramento in the large and accessible dining room while we were personally served a two-course hot breakfast.

We had the opportunity to view 2 other rooms, that had some accessibility features that would be helpful to many with mobility challenges.

Other rooms:

Room #1 “Ellington”: 1 King with step-in shower, first floor
Not designed for a person in a wheelchair or scooter, but has many other accessible features.

Ellington was right beside the check-in desk and looked quite inviting with a beautiful chandelier. This was a larger room with a king bed and plenty of space on both sides of the bed.

 

For those who prefer a shower stall and do not require grab bars and a roll-in feature, this may be a good choice.

 

There is no sink kneehole space or side transfer space at the toilet, making this room incompatible with wheelchair or scooter users.  For those who simply have mobility challenges, the configuration may work well.

Room #3 “The Suite”: 1 Queen with partially accessible tub, first floor

Not designed for a person in a wheelchair or scooter, but has many other accessible features.

Also on the first floor is this room with a huge sitting room. It’s actually more of a living room, with a full sized sofa, easy chairs, and a glass-topped table with 4 wicker chairs.

 

The adjoining bedroom had a queen bed with plenty of clearance on both sides.

 

There was a large closet with sliding glass doors.

 

The tub had a short grab bar as part of the fiberglass enclosure.

 

The lavatory had a large counter space and easy to operate lever handles at the sink. The toilet had a grab bar on the right but minimal lateral transfer space for a wheelchair or scooter. There was no kneehole space and the mirror was much too high for a seated person.

In this small 7-room bed and breakfast it was a delight to find an accessible room and 2 other rooms that are partially accessible. The staff was delightful and attentive without being obtrusive which can happen in a bed and breakfast environment. Personal service, comfortable rooms, and affordable rates make Cinnamon Bear an outstanding value.

An extra bonus that was most unexpected and the best deal in Wine Country was a Sonoma Valley Bed & Breakfast Association complimentary wine tasting card that was good at 28 different wineries. These were all great wineries! The savings on tasting room fees, whether over one day or several, could make a huge difference in the cost of a Sonoma getaway.

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