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Of Note: Hotels & Restaurants are Springing Up

by Trevor Felch

Designer Destination: Healdsburg is gaining another splashy boutique hotel this month with the opening of The Madrona. Celebrated designer Jay Jeffers is among the new co-owners of the historic property that dates back to the 19th century, and — no surprise — its 24 rooms and eight acres of grounds are spectacular. Chef Jesse Mallgren returns to anchor the all-day restaurant’s kitchen. |

Photo courtesy of Krescent Carasso.

Keep It Casual in Sonoma County: While in Healdsburg, if you’re desiring a break from upscale dining, check out Lo & Behold Bar and Kitchen. Laura Sanfilippo and Tara Heffernon (two cofounders of nearby Duke’s Spirited Cocktails) teamed up with chef Sean Raymond Kelley on the new concept, which merges relaxed eats and great cocktails. Bonus: The garden patio is magnificent. |

Drive-Worthy Dining in Monterey: Good news for diners bummed out by the departure of the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco’s talented chef, Michael Rotondo: He’s landed not too far away. Rotondo is now the executive chef for the Coastal Kitchen at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, where his tasting menu showcases dishes like wood-fire roasted local black cod with kohlrabi, bleeding heart radish and carrot juice vinaigrette. |

A Pasta Powerhouse Returns: Flour+Water, which debuted in 2009 and closed for a refresh last year, is back open. And, yes, the Italian- and NorCalinflected cuisine (above) still features amazing hand-crafted pastas, including a tasting menu with a variety of them. The walls of the revamped dining room, a collaboration with Lundberg Design, evoke the texture of a block of Parmigiano Reggiano. |

Luxe Silicon Valley Stay: The northern part of Sunnyvale, not far from Moffett Field, may not have a reputation for cool accommodations. But that changed with the recent opening of Tetra Hotel, which includes California-Asian restaurant Adrestia, Japanese whisky bar Nokori and Coffee Manufactory. The property, designed by Gabellini Sheppard, boasts 186 sleek rooms and an indoor/outdoor art space with sculptures by David Franklin. |

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