Ramekins Culinary School, Special Events, and Inn is a delightful mixture of all three. The culinary school is nationally acclaimed but the European six room inn perched atop the cooking school is somewhat of a best kept secret. Even less well known is that one of those 6 rooms is an accessible room with a roll-in shower. Cooking classes not required!
Antiqued stone walls surrounding a large courtyard creates the illusion of a French chateau.
Follow the courtyard wall to the back of the property to find van accessible parking and the entrance to the Inn.
The flat entrance leads to French doors and into the lobby for the inn and the culinary school.
Check-in is right inside the entrance and friendly staff ready to help.
Even the lobby restrooms have food art. The vessel sinks give a contemporary flair but would be difficult for someone in a wheelchair or scooter to use. Gratefully the center sink was lowered and there was ample kneehole space. The private accessible stall was outfitted with grab bars to the right and behind the toilet with a standard side transfer area.
Room # 4
2 Queen beds with roll-in shower, 2nd floor via elevator
The 6 upstairs rooms are quite convenient for anyone taking a cooking class or attending an event downstairs, or simply exploring the Sonoma Valley. The historic Sonoma Plaza is only a half mile away and the entire area is surrounded with wineries.
The elevator to the second floor is large enough for luggage and wheelchairs.
The room was quite large and tastefully decorated with European elegance.
The roll-in shower was equipped with a hand-held shower head, grab bars, and an easy to operate lever temperature control.
The toilet and sink were fully accessible with ample transfer space in between. The sink had sufficient counter space and a kneehole with plenty of room for a scooter to fit sideways. Here I’m enjoying the luxurious terry lined robe with my knees unobstructed. A mirror that reaches to the backsplash and easy to operate lever handles at the sink completes the accessibility needs.
The rammed earth construction of the building is quite evident in the bathroom, with deep windowsills and walls with an antique, old-world appearance.
The private patio terrace was large, and continued the European feel with the adjoining tile roof and view over the courtyard.
The terry-lined robes were hung in the closet where we found a surprise amenity, a floor fan. Yes, it’s air-conditioned but sometimes the gentle breeze of a fan on a warm summer’s night is more pleasant.
The large courtyard was draped in shade cloth with Parisian bistro tables and chairs scattered throughout. Lots of space for moving around here!
Our complimentary breakfast buffet was conveniently located just down the hall, also on the second floor.
By afternoon the same space was transformed into a wine and cheese table.
Ramekins Culinary School, Special Events, and Inn is a little bit of an escape into the French countryside. The extra bonus of finding an accessible room with a roll-in shower in this little enclave is a wonderful surprise. Whether coming to Sonoma for cooking classes or wine-tasting, or both, Ramekins Inn is a pleasant and luxurious place to stay.