Outdoor Living Ideas from One of the Best Hotel Pools Around
Landscape architect Andrea Cochran transforms California’s Hotel Healdsburg into an endless-summer escape.
Anyone who is familiar with Sonoma County’s Healdsburg knows that the picturesque town embodies the best of California Wine Country: a sophisticated spin on the rural lifestyle. Right on the town plaza, Hotel Healdsburg has long been one of our go-to West Coast getaways. So when we heard that San Francisco–based Andrea Cochran—the Beyoncé of landscape architecture, as far as we’re concerned—had recently transformed the pool area, we knew it would be worth reporting on. And we weren’t disappointed.
The refreshed landscape is a Mediterranean-inspired wonderland of contemporary geometry and refined-meets-rustic materials. “Keeping core elements such as the woven willow fencing and the fig and heritage olive trees, we enhanced the pool garden space by adding luxury amenities—a custom pool bar and dining space,” says Cochran. “New landscaping elements, including boxwood globes and white roses, add lushness and tranquility while maintaining Healdsburg’s modern country aesthetic.”
THE POOL AND DINING AREA
Generous seating and shade help carve out separate functions. Teak-and-mesh chaises and side tables from Mamagreen line the pool, along with cantilevered square umbrellas from Tuuci; Fibonacci Alba Lounge Chairs by Janus et Cie form a row against a lushly landscaped wall.
One corner of the property is anchored by the David Baker Architects–designed concrete-and-zinc pool bar, which was fabricated by Berkeley’s Defauw Design+Fabrication. Shade sails create additional ambiance above a communal dining table surrounded by Janus et Cie’s Gigi Armchairs.
THE SEATING AREA
Separated from the pool by a low stacked-stone wall is an intimate conversation area in the shade of an olive grove. Gigi II Cocoon chairs by Janus et Cie, accented with plentiful cushions, are gathered around a live-edge wood table with enough room for those all-important Wine Country accessories—glasses and a bottle of an excellent vintage.