131 North Street
Photo by Rachel Weill, AFAR Media
Sat, Sun 11:30am - 1pm
Sun - Sat 5:30pm - 9pm
SingleThreadFarm-to-table dining meets Eastern philosophy and culture at this unparalleled Michelin-starred restaurant and inn in downtown Healdsburg. The 52-seat restaurant prides itself on creating food that is as much about ancient Japanese technique as it is about fresh ingredients. Case in point: Chef Kyle Connaughton and his wife, Katina, run their own farm, and they have developed a system by which they manage 72 distinct microseasons to harvest the ripest items at any given time. Meals at SingleThread are served kaiseki-style. Without question, the most impressive course is the first one—a spread of tiny bites served in small plates and stand-alone spoons that have been laid out on a moss-covered stump. Kyle, who studied in Japan, also specializes in donabe, or clay pot cooking, and these soul-warming courses are especially memorable. Upstairs from the restaurant, SingleThread runs a five-room inn; accommodations are spacious and modern in all the right ways, with giant soaking tubs and fixtures that look like works of art. Guests at the inn enjoy a fridge stocked with artisanal products from around Sonoma county, as well as a sumptuous breakfast.