Healdsburg Travel Guide

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Healdsburg Things to Do

  • Chateau Souverain

    By now, I'm ready for lunch so this is my next stop. This is a big beautiful place, built in the style of the French Chateau, with gorgeous gardens and fountains, fabulous views of the valley, a very commercial tasting room, and a great restaurant (which they call a cafe). Meals here can be on the pricey side but everything I've had has been...

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  • Zichichi Family Vineyard

    Now, this was a gem! Not a fancy place, just something along the way. We stopped into a not so big tasting room and tasted some decent wines. They took us to the back for a barrel tasting and OMG! had a taste of the most amazing Zinfandel with huge vanilla/creme brulee flavors. They were selling futures so my boyfriend purchased a 1/2 case to be...

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  • Healdsburg Plaza

    The town plaza is at the heart of downtown and is hard to miss. But, it's a beautiful park that is a nice place to relax, it is surrounded by the core of Healdsburg's stores, eateries, and attractions, and it sometimes has events going on.

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  • Bella Vineyards

    This was quite a nice winery. The grounds accomodate lots of visitors including these long limosines for wine tours. We started our tasting in the "barn". They gave us a ticket and proceeded to the "caves" for more tastings. A small area with some gift type items were for sale. We tasted another wine and a 3 piece acoustic band played some music....

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  • Preston Vineyards

    As you can see, we stopped off at quite a few wineries. This one is on short dirt road that winds around the vineyards until you get to the tasting room. They have a small picnic area that you can use. Some of the wines are great. I bought a couple bottles to bring home. Opened daily 11am-4:30pm.

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  • Martorana Family Winery

    Gio will greet you as you walk into a work room area of the winery. It's definitely not fancy but he's set up to let you try a couple of wines. He also has an amazing olive oil that you can purchase (and you should) that goes well with bread as a dipping oil. They haven't been making wine for very long at this location but the family has a history...

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  • Yoakim Bridge Vineyards

    This was a very nice surprise! I'm a little skeptical about taking the time to stop by places that perhaps don't look all too successful thinking the wine isn't making them any money. But I guess you just never know. The wine here was pretty good. The Zinfandel vines on the premises were thick and gnarly. They are not watered to stress the plants...

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  • Farmer's Market

    Every Saturday during the season the market is open. We happen to be there the last day of the season with was the Saturday of Thanksgiving. Here you will find bread, cheese, chocolate, etc.

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  • Dutcher Crossing Winery

    A winery we saw along the way. We stopped in and was pleasantly surprised the wine was great. We bought 4 bottles to take home. Open daily from 11am-5pm.

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Healdsburg Restaurants

  • Fresh Local Ingredients

    RESTAURANT IS NOW CLOSED AS OF MAY 20, 2013.If you've looked at my Healdsburg Hotel page before you came here, you'll know we arrived a little earlier then expected because of the power outage the town had experienced earlier in the evening. We called from the hotel just to make sure they were open. I'm sure that because of the power outage that...

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  • Fresh Local Ingredients

    Continuation of story and food we ate from Part 1 Need to find receipt to remember exactly what we had. Check back tomorrow.

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  • General Info

    The Dry Creek Kitchen is one of the creations of Charlie Palmer. The DCK is located in the Hotel Healdsburg which is where we stayed. We had reservation but never made it. Not as expensive as Cyrus, but the food I heard is amazing here.

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  • The Food

    The food is truly excellent here. I had some chicken wings, a burger and some beer. My girlfriend had a salad.

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  • General Info

    The HBG is right across the street from Hotel Healdsburg. The manager at Cyrus also works at HBG during the day. The HBG is the perfect spot to have burger and a beer, and if the weather is nice make sure to seat in the large patio.

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  • 5 course meal with wine pairing

    We chose to have the five course meal with wine pairing. The first dish was seafood, I then had some risoto with black trouffles. For a detail menu take a look at their website.

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Healdsburg Transportation

  • Going north on Highway 1

    As I said we hired a car and drove up. I chose highway one to enjoy the coastal views but virtually all we saw was fog! We did see a wolf on the road just after we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge. Still was an interesting drive. Trip took a steady couple of hours. The return journey a similar time going straight down the 101.

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  • Helpful Signposted Roads in the Wine...

    One of the really helpful thing the folks in the Sonoma Wine Country do is make it easy to find where you're going. At every intersection, visitors will find signposts directing them to the various wineries. At the top of the signpost is a designation of the specific varietal the area is known for. There are literally dozens (if not hundreds) of...

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Healdsburg Shopping

  • General Info

    The shop is located in the Healdsburg square next to Hotel Healdsburg. The sell everything the Hotel Healdsburg offers...such as soaps, towels, etc. It also offers Dry Creek Kitchen recipes, books, etc. Little more expensive than usual.

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  • Healdsburg Square

    A fantastic, hometown feel shopping area with wonderful clothing and jewelry shops. Bookstores, wine tasting rooms, restaurants, specialty stores and a small park in the middle of it. One one occasion when we visited, there was an antique flea market in the park. It's just a wonderful place. You shouldn't miss out on stopping by here.

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  • Candy

    This is a neat local candy store that started in nearby Windsor. There are now several in Sonoma County and it has started to spread in small numbers around California. It sells home-made type candy (chocolate, etc.), ice cream, plus an array of other brands, a wide range of bulk licorice, a lot of novelty or gag candies and gums, as well as older...

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Healdsburg Local Customs

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    by karenincalifornia Updated Jun 8, 2005

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    Maybe this is a good time to go through the Do's and Don't's of wine tasting:

    Don't sidle up to someone standing at the counter and say "Haven't I seen you here before" or "Do you come here often" or "Haven't I seen you in the movies?" On the other hand, it is ok to be original and say "We'll be fine as frog's hair."

    Don't slap your wine glass back down on the counter and say "Hit me again!"

    No matter how slow that guy is behind the counter, don't reach over and help yourself.

    Don't snap your fingers and say "Hey Nurse" or "Hey Barkeep" when you are ready to go to the next wine on the list.

    Don't say "What? No Rose? Hey no prob - just mix together some of that there reserve chardonnay and some of that Library Collection cabernet sauvignon."

    Don't say "This wine tastes kind of bland. How about a shot of club soda and fixing up one of them wine spritzer things?"

    Do buy a bottle of wine, if you like it, and carry it home or have it shipped. Pick a wine you are unlikely to find at home. Shipping laws in the US were recently loosened, thanks to one of the rare very well thought out decisions of our US Supreme Court. California wineries can now ship to more US states than ever before, including New York and Florida, both of which had previously prohibited internet sales from California.

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Healdsburg Warnings and Dangers

  • Brushfires

    We are no strangers to 'Bush'fires in Australia and we followed the news of one in the Healdsburg area during our stay. We wouldn't have gone anywhere near it had there been any danger-no place for tourists but we were perfectly safe especially since the firefighters seemed to be staying at our motel! We counted 30 plus trucks.

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  • Avoid winery overkill!

    I recommend that when you go to the wine country, you pick no more than 5 wineries to visit in one day. Pace yourself. If you visit 5 wineries, spread those visits over a 4 hours period. Also pack lunch and bring water. Plan your trip so you get to the first winery at around 11 am or so. That way you won't be rushed, you can linger over lunch, and...

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Healdsburg Off The Beaten Path

  • Not far to the coast

    We turned off just before Jenner onto the 116 to Healdsburg after having a quick look at the Coastline that had finally appeared from the fog. It is less than an hour from Healdsburg to the Coast and quite a relaxing drive through the big tall trees along the Russian River.

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  • Canoeing on the Russian River

    One of our annual family events has always been the summer canoe trip on the Russian River. Several times we have added a camping/B&B element and done some of our favorite wineries at the same time. Since it is so convenient to this region, it is appropriate to add it to this journal for the active wine enthusiast. There are actually several places...

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  • Smooth Jazz in the Vineyards

    Rodney Strong Winery holds several outdoor concerts each summer. So far I've been to two and plan to be sure to get to another this summer.My first experience was to see Rick Braun and Peter White (both favorites of mine). It was an evening concert on a perfect summer evening, beginning at 5. We left at 8 because we had dinner reservations at...

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Healdsburg Sports & Outdoors

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    by karenincalifornia Updated Jun 8, 2005

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    Sonoma County is a perfect place for bicycling. Some roads like West Dry Creek have little or no shoulders, making them somewhat unsafe. Try to stick to the roads with decent shoulders, like Dry Creek Road.

    The weather is usually perfect for bicycling. It is generally balmy year-round, except for a couple of hot months in summer and some rain in the winter. Humidity is low. The scenery is fabulous. The best part about bicycling here is the ability to stop at a winery for wine tasting enroute!

    Little known fact: In California, it is a misdemeanor to operate a bicycle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Having said that, I don't know of a single person who has ever been arrested for DUI on a bicycle. Nonetheless, please exercise caution. Sometimes, the drivers in cars can be very unaware or just plain reckless. And keep in mind - this is the wine country, so some of those drivers will be over the legal limit for alcohol. As a bicyclist, you just need to be on guard at all times, tipsy or not.

    Equipment: Either a mountain bike or road or racing bike will work. There are not a lot of unpaved roads - most routes are on the paved roads with shoulders. Some wineries (but not many in Sonoma) have unpaved roads to their tasting rooms, which is why, between my mountain or road bike, I'll usually take the mountain bike.

    The California Bicycle Helmet Law applies only to people 18 years and younger. Personally, I think it is insane to ride a bicycle on any California road without a helmet, particularly if you are sharing the road with automobiles and trucks.

    Dry Creek vineyard in Sonoma County, CA
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Healdsburg Favorites

  • The Russian River and its Valleys

    The Russian River wanders through Cloverdale to Santa Rosa, then flows out to the Sonoma Coast and the Pacific Ocean.This is a lush, fertile grape growing area containing 100 wineries and three wine districts: Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley.A route known as the Russian River Wine Road takes you to all three districts,...

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  • Sonoma County Wine Country

    Our road trip took us from the lively streets of San Francisco to the quiet beauty of Bodega Bay. We traveled the winding Russian River Wine Road from Healdsburg to Guerneville. Three separate wine districts sit in the northwest corner of Sonoma County:The Dry Creek Valley, which contains 10,000 acres devoted to vineyards and runs parallel to and...

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  • Napa vs. Sonoma?

    Both Sonoma and Napa Counties produce many world class wines. Most Californians who are familiar with California wines know that there is no difference in general quality between the two counties. There are fabulous wineries in both counties. The difference in quality is found from winery to winery within each County, but it is not accurate to say...

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