Collected by Andi Fisher, AFAR Local Expert
This is a charming town in wine country for the discerning traveler. Plenty of upscale hotels and fine dining mixed in with local bistros serving great food. There are hundreds of wineries in the area, a good chunk of them on Dry Creek Road - plenty to explore during the day and beautiful properties to come home to at night and enjoy the finer things in life.
219 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
H2hotel has a playful mix of modern rooms and overall architecture made with an earthy feel and natural materials. The crowning example is their living roof, which can be seen through the large, curving windows on the fourth floor. Each room has a...
7871 River Rd, Forestville, CA 95436, USA
A labor of love from local brother-and-sister owners Joe and Catherine Bartolomei, this six-acre, farmhouse-style resort in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley underwent an $8 million renovation in 2015, adding nine light-filled...
109 Plaza St, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
Sitting at the counter/bar at Bistro Ralph's serves up a great view of the chefs working their magic in the open kitchen. The waiters are delightfully entertaining characters, too. I return again and again for the Lamb Burger with Caramelized...
107 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
There are numerous wonderful wine tasting locations in Healdsburg. It is both possible and enjoyable to spend an afternoon walking around the square meandering from tasting to tasting. A small gem of a tasting room just a block off the square is...
214 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
After a day spent floating down the Russian River, happy hour at Mateo's hit the spot. We grabbed seats at the colorful bar and ordered tacones stuffed with olive oil guacamole and black bean puree with homemade chorizo. I paired the food with a...
20 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
The Russian River Valley in Sonoma County is a wonderful day trip from San Francisco. Pack a picnic and reserve a raft from SOAR Inflatables, and spend a summer day moseying down the river. Go early or late in the season to avoid crowds and have...
61 Front St, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
The pace is a little slower and the number of wineries hit in a day may not be all that's on the list, but biking around Sonoma wine country is a free-flowing, active way to wind through these Sonoma country roads and wineries. Start at Wine...
641 Limerick Ln, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
The tasting room is small, enough for a party of eight, but the diminutive space means more personal attention, which is kind and gracious. The pouring staff want you to enjoy and love the Zins, Chardonnays, and Syrahs as much as they do and will...
1023 Limerick Ln, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
The Limerick Lane Winery has a pretty pedestrian name - it is actually on Limerick Lane, which just outside of Healdsburg. What makes this winery special (in addition to the beautiful French country tasting room) are the "Block" Zinfandels are...
4900 W Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
Beautiful morning walk during our stay in Healdsburg, CA. Healdsburg is a part of Sonoma Wine Country. You can stay in a lovely vineyard B&B, tour wineries in the area or just stroll along the acres of vines to take in the sights. There are many...
Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
Just outside of Healdsburg, California, there are numerous great drop in points for the Russian River- perfect for a day of floating, no matter what your adventure preference :) Plus afterward you can pop into Healdsburg for some awesome dinner...
11447 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
Inside J Winery in Healdsburg is a special dining room, called the Bubble Room, where former Meadowood sous-chef Jason LaBue builds a tasting menu around the winery's wine cellar from sparking (my favorite) to whites and reds. The dining room is...
22 Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
Forget Chicago or New York the best dog in the world maybe from the Motor City...but you can get it in Healdsburg. That's right, Detroit native Charles Bell moved his successful The Wurst restaurant to sunny California, wine country and has been...
Alexander Valley, California 95448, USA
Head north through Napa Valley’s Calistoga, past Buster’s Barbeque, and just keep going. Have a convertible? All the better. The drive along Highway 128 meanders through the rolling hills and sprawling vineyards of Knight’s Valley and Alexander...
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