“We’re competing with international properties, not just local ones.”

Catherine Bartolomei

A member at Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club, Santa Rosa, Calif., since 2016

BY PAULA FELPS / PHOTO BY ERIK CASTRO — Fall 2016

Who she is: Co-owner (with brother Joe) of Farmhouse Inn, an award-winning 25-room boutique hotel in California’s Sonoma County.

Rebuilding history: When the siblings bought the property in 2001, it was a rundown bed and breakfast. But it also was familiar to them; their great-grandfather lived just 3 miles away from Farmhouse a century earlier. “This area had special meaning to us. We grew up here.”

Luxury touch: The Farmhouse Inn restaurant is locally sourced and includes a wine program, and the exclusive spa features a diverse service menu and handcrafted products. “The property has been many different things through the years, but this is what made sense to us.”

International appeal: The restaurant has earned one Michelin star every year since 2007 and was named Best Culinary Experience in the 2016 Best of the Best hotel awards given by Virtuoso, a network of international luxury travel advisers. Also this year, Travel + Leisure readers ranked the property the No. 12 Best Hotel in the World and No. 1 Best Resort Hotel in California. “We’re now the property we always aspired to be.”

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