Sonoma Mission Inn's historic roots honored: The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa has been awarded membership in the Historic Hotels of America organization.
Historic Hotels of America was founded in 1989 to preserve the authenticity of America's best destinations. It identifies quality hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance.
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa was considered a sacred healing ground by the Native Americans who discovered the hot mineral waters and built a sweathouse that stood for generations.
In 1840, San Francisco physician T.M. Leavenworth was the first to commercially develop the hot springs. In 1895, Captain H. E. Boyes bought the property and built the Boyes Hot Springs Hotel on the site.
In 1923, a disastrous fire struck the hotel, but the current resort rose from the ashes in 1927 as an architecturally accurate replica of a California Mission. The resort was closed during the Great Depression, but was reopened in 1933 by hotelier Emily Long. During World War II, the hotel became an “R & R” site for sailors and marines.
For more information, go to fairmont.com/Sonoma.
Spice up 2014 with culinary adventures: The Savory Spice Shop in Santa Rosa has a series of international cooking classes to look forward to in 2014.
Kicking off the global fun Jan. 12 is The Argentinian Parilla, featuring Grilled Chorizo with Chimichurri Sauce, Matambre (stuffed flank steak) and Humita (corn pudding.)
Chinese Favorites to celebrate the New Year will be held Jan. 26, with explosive flavors offered by Hot and Sour Soup, Pork and Ginger Pot Stickers and Kung Pao Chicken.
Students will learn about the foods of North, Central and Southern Chile on Feb. 9, with dishes ranging from Oven Baked Maduros (plantains) to Turrón de Vino (red wine mousse).