Healdsburg California: The Only Guide You Need

Healdsburg tours-stay-eat- have fun There’s many reasons to choose Healdsburg, California as your next Wine Country destination. Learn about fun things to do in Healdsburg and get practical tips on where to stay and where to eat while visiting this small city located in northern Sonoma County.

Healdsburg offers the charms of a small town combined with incredible restaurants and world class wineries to please the most particular foodie and wine connoisseur. Drive the uncrowded country roads through breathtaking Wine Country scenery. Healdsburg is centrally located between three major wine regions: Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, and Alexander Valley


Healdsburg California: Where to Stay


DryCreekInnIf you are on a budget, stay at Dry Creek Inn. You can frequently find special deals on websites such as Travel Zoo and Groupon. This hotel is conveniently located just off of Highway 101 and just a short distance in every direction to wineries.

There’s two swimming pools, an outdoor jacuzzi tub, an outdoor fire pit, water fountains, as well as a sauna. Casa Siena are the standard rooms. They charge slightly more to upgrade to a Tuscan room, which includes a fireplace and spa tub. All of the rooms have very comfortable beds. Breakfast is complimentary and is better than most free breakfasts. If you plan on wine tasting at local wineries, ask at the lobby for free wine tasting coupons.


HonorMansionHonor Mansion is the place to go if you want to be spoiled. This is an upscale bed and breakfast located near downtown Healdsburg. Swim, play croquet, tennis, bocce, or basketball. Practice your putting. Arrange for a poolside massage. Listen to the sounds of the waterfall cascading into the koi pond. Gorgeous rooms, amazing happy hour with beverages and appetizers, and a delicious breakfast in the morning. Staff is friendly and they go out of their way to make sure you are enjoying your stay.


Healdsburg California: Where to Eat


Willi's Seafood
Willi’s Seafood and Raw Bar If you don’t care for raw seafood, don’t let the name scare you. Willi’s has an extensive menu that includes a variety of delicious small plates. Some of my favorites include raw oysters, hanger steak, minted lamb, fish tacos, and pan roasted Duncan’s mushrooms. They have the best sour dough bread, served warm with garlic parsley butter. Dine indoors or outside on the patio. Willi’s is located just north of the Healdsburg Plaza on Healdsburg Avenue.


Chicken - Barndiva

Crispy Free Range Chicken


Barndiva
This outstanding Healdsburg restaurant uses fresh local ingredients to create scrumptious seasonally inspired dishes. Barn diva is known for their creative cocktails as well as their delicious food. Treat yourself to lunch, dinner, or a Sunday brunch. Barn diva is located in downtown Healdsburg a few blocks south of Healdsburg Plaza.


Spaghetti

Tomasso’s Sugo Calabrese


Campo Fina
This restaurant is located on Healdsburg Avenue north of the Healdsburg Plaza. Enjoy lunch or dinner indoors or on the outside patio. This is the place to enjoy delicious Italian food in a casual atmosphere. Favorites here include Tomasso’s Sugo Calabrese and Nonna’s Chicken served with sauteed greens and soft polenta. Make reservations well in advance!


Baci Restaurant Healdsburg
Baci Cafe & Wine Bar
Baci’s is an incredible Italian restaurant located north of the Healdsburg Plaza on Healdsburg Avenue. Everything about this restaurant is amazing. The service is friendly and attentive. Waiters are knowledgeable about both the food and the wine. The food is full of fabulous flavors. Favorites at this restaurant include Stinco d’Agnello al Forno, a slow braised lamb shank and Pollo alla Livornese, pan sauteed chicken breast served with polenta and fresh vegetables. Don’t leave without trying the flourless chocolate cake topped with vanilla bean gelato!


Sonoma Chicken

Duck breast and confit of duck leg .


Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen has the perfect blend of wine country charm and elegance. Dine outdoors on the vine-covered terrace or indoors in their elegant dining room. Along with their delicious food, enjoy contemporary and classic jazz on Monday and Tuesday evenings featuring local Sonoma County musicians. As a bonus, the corkage fee is waived for your first two bottles of Sonoma County wines.

Dry Creek Kitchen is located just across the street from the tree-lined Healdsburg Plaza in downtown Healdsburg.


Healdsburg California: Fun Things to Do


Wine Tasting at Wineries

Truett Hurst Winery

Treat-Hurst Winery – Dry Creek Valley

Healdsburg is surrounded by some of the best wine regions: Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, and the Alexander Valley. It’s a short drive from Healdsburg to visit any of these wine regions. Click on each of these links to learn about the wineries in each region.

The Dry Creek Valley is northwest of Healdsburg. Some wineries, such as Truest-Hurst, have views of Dry Creek, a tributary of the Russian River. Dry Creek produces outstanding Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Russian River Valley is a scenic region well known for producing high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley, located north of Healdsburg, is recognized for producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. All are worth exploring!


Boy in Healdsburg Plaza

Healdsburg Plaza

Downtown Walking Wine Tour

More than a dozen wineries have wine tasting rooms located in downtown Healdsburg. Park near the Healdsburg Plaza and walk from winery to winery.

Located on Healdsburg Avenue:
Rockville Vineyards, GrapeSeed Wines, Hartford Family Wines, S, Stonestreet, La Creama, and Stephen & Walter.

Located on Center Street: Banshee Wines, Cartograph, JCB Tasting Lounge, Roadhouse Winery, and Selby Wines.

Located on Matheson Street: Thumbprint Cellars, Lioco Wine Company, and Williamson Wines. Plaza Street: Ferrari-Carano.


Canoe Down the Russian River

Canoe down the Russian RiverIt’s a blast to kayak or canoe down the Russian River. There are a number of businesses that offer rentals right on the river. Pack your lunch and you’re ready for a relaxing day on the river.

We booked a 10 mile self-guided trip through Burke’s Canoes. Burke’s has a shuttle that picked us up and returned us back to where we started. There a many beaches along the way. Sometimes we could park the canoes and take a break on the beach. What a great day we had outdoors on the river!


Ride a Segway

Ride a Segway
Tour Healdsburg on a segway. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as roll along the river and through vineyards. If you have not ridden a segway before, there’s time to practice before you start. There are different segway tours to choose from. Our tour took us to three different wineries where we stopped for wine tasting. Learn More


Visit Lake Sonoma

Lake Sonoma - Healdsburg
Visit Lake Sonoma for fishing, swimming, boating, kayaking, hiking, camping, horseback riding, mountain biking, and picnicking. This lake is just 10 miles west of downtown Healdsburg. Take time to visit the Fish Hatchery and Visitor’s Center, which are open throughout the year.

The Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival takes place every February. This annual event offers fun activities for the entire family. Learn More


Have you visited Healdsburg California? We would love to hear what you like to do in Healdsburg, where you like to stay and eat.
Please comment below.


January 2019 – Celebrate the New Year All Month

January 2019
January 2019 has started out with a bang. The fun continues throughout the month. There are many fun things happening throughout California that are sure to be loads of fun.

Attend special wine tastings and dinners, discover unique artwork, participate in a Champagne seminar, enjoy live music, go crab fishing, and more!

Make reservations soon as many of these events do sell out.


Top Ten Wine Events for January 2019


January 16: Bubbles for Every Occasion – Napa
Champagne Sparkling WineAttend a wine tasting class at the CIA at Copia where you explore sparkling wines from around the world. Taste the differences between Champagne and other wines made in the same style. Discover your favorites as you explore sparkling wines in a variety of price ranges.

The CIA at Copia is a branch campus of the Culinary Institute of America. Located in the Napa Valley, it’s the place to go for cooking classes, wine and beverage explorations, chef demonstrations, and wine tasting classes. Check out their schedule for a full list of upcoming events!



ZinfandelJanuary 17-19: Zinfandel Experience – San Francisco
If you love Zinfandel, you won’t want to miss this annual event. Imagine three days devoted entirely to Zinfandel. A variety of options are available including seminars, special dinners, auctions, and wine tastings. This is your chance to taste a wide variety of Zinfandel and experience delicious food in beautiful San Francisco.



January 17-20 Big Sur Foragers Festival – Carmel

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Attention all mushroom lovers! If you love mushrooms (or want to know more about them), this is the event you don’t want to miss.

This annual event benefits local healthcare services in the Big Sur area and focus on mushrooms. Plans for this January 2019 event include fund-raising dinners, a special raffle, a Fungus Face Off, Mushroom Walks, and seminars.


crab, beer & wine days
January 18-27: Crab Feast – Mendocino County
Head to beautiful Mendocino County for a ten day celebration of crab. Enjoy crab-themed dinners, crab and wine pairings, whale watching, and crab fishing. Participate in the Crab Cake Cook Off.

Mendocino offers spectacular scenery, world class wineries, uncrowded beaches, and charming towns to explore.


January 19-20: Winter Wineland – Healdsburg
January 2019 Wine EventsTravel from winery to winery tasting wine on Northern Sonoma County’s “WineRoad”. This popular event is in its 27th year. Wineries are in the Healdsburg/Geyserville area.

This is your chance to meet the winemakers, taste limited production wines, new releases or library wines. All participating wineries will highlight a Vintage, Varietal or Vertical tasting for the weekend.


Santa Cruz Mountains
January 19: Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Passport
Passport Days are held quarterly throughout the year at Santa Cruz wineries. January 2019 is a great time to go wine tasting in this beautiful region. Some wineries that are not normally open to the public will open their doors to visitors for passport days.

Special events are planned at participating wineries . Discover the great wine being produced here on the Central Coast! Click here to learn about Santa Cruz wineries.


January 19: Art & Wine With Something More – Placerville
Placerville, CaliforniaEnjoy tastes from 20 local wineries, breweries & distilleries with food from 20 of El Dorado Counties best restaurants & caterers. There’s also a raffle, live and silent auctions, music and the best part …. unique, original art pieces created by our talented artists. The artists are developmentally disabled adults and the proceeds go directly to the artists.

This event takes place in historic Placerville. A fun town to explore! There are many great wineries scattered in and around Placerville.


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January 25: Cambria Art and Wine Festival
Enjoy three full days of fun in the charming coastal village of Cambria. The activities are all about art and wine. There’s an art show, silent auction, and demonstrating artists spread throughout the village. Taste delicious wines while enjoying fabulous ocean views. Take a walk along the beach and visit the unique shops.

I always enjoy staying at the Blue Whale Inn when visiting Cambria. It’s right across from Moonstone Beach!


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January 26: Uncorked: LA Wine Festival
This is your opportunity to sample over 200 wines in one location. Dance to the music of a live band and a D.J. Gourmet food trucks will be on hand for an evening of fun.

Funds raised will benefit the Rose City Crystals Figure Skating Team of Pasadena. Tip: Use code WINE for $10 off the price of tickets.


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January 28-29: Annual Barrel Tasting – Temecula ValleyTour and taste wine at Temecula wineries at this once a year event. Each winery will provide food paired to go with their wines. You can purchase a single day or a two-day ticket. Visit participating wineries that you select and go at your own pace. A great way to explore the Temecula Valley!

Learn more about Temecula wineries!


If you attend any of these January 2019 events, please scroll down and leave a comment. Our visitors really would like to hear about your experiences!