Like A Local: Healdsburg, Sonoma County, California

Dreaming of a relaxing getaway? Look no further than the tiny and charming town of Healdsburg, located in Sonoma County. Beloved for its scenic vistas, world-class restaurants and serene vibe (oh, and all that delicious wine), this NorCal gem of a destination is well worth a visit. Here’s how we recommend you spend the weekend.

Where To Stay

Photo: Hotel Healdsburg

Check in to H2, Hotel Healdsburg or Hotel Les Mars. For a more budget-friendly yet charming option, try one of the many B&Bs in the area.

If you're traveling with a group, consider renting a house with a pool in one of the nearby towns.

Where To Brunch

Coffee Stand at SHED

For breakfast, keep it simple with coffee and a pastry from Costeaux French Bakery & Cafe or Flying Goat Coffee. For a more leisurely brunch head to SHED, which combines a Scandanavian aesthetic with Sonoma's small-town charm.

Must-Visit Vineyards

Arista Winery

Wine-tasting is obviously the main reason you're here, so make sure to carefully plan which vineyards you want to experience. We suggest heading to the Dry Creek region—just a short drive from Healdsburg—to visit Quivira, Preston and Arista. All boast delicious varietals and beautiful scenery.


Get Cultured

Paul Mahder Gallery

Visit the new Paul Mahder Gallery which features an ambitious range of paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture and mixed media.

Head to the Healdsburg Farmers' Market for locally sourced picnic essentials.

Where To Have Dinner

Picnic at Quivira Vineyards

Have dinner on the back patio at Campo Fina and make sure to indulge in their antipasti and wood-fired pizzas. For dessert, order an espresso and play a round of bocce on the restaurant's court.

For Cocktail Hour

Photo: Spoonbar

Finish the night with drinks at Spoonbar, located in H2, which boasts a great indoor-outdoor scene.

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