Visitors to Dry Creek Valley can find a complementary mix of wine country history and modern luxury in nearby Healdsburg. This charming town located in the heart of Sonoma County, California, is a destination that effortlessly marries small-town allure with a cosmopolitan flair. This picturesque town, framed by the Russian River, rolling vineyards, and a lush landscape, is a haven for wine lovers, food connoisseurs, and art enthusiasts. Healdsburg boasts a vibrant and walkable downtown, filled with boutique shops, art galleries, and world-class restaurants. With a rich history rooted in agriculture and a strong commitment to sustainable living, Healdsburg offers a unique blend of cultural richness, culinary delights, and a deep connection to nature.
Where to Stay: Healdsburg offers a broad range of accommodations – from luxury hotels to rustic inns, cozy B&Bs and vineyard vacation rentals. Whether you’re seeking a romantic weekend getaway, a family retreat, or a solo adventure, Healdsburg offers an array of accommodations to suit every traveler’s needs. For local lodging, visit Stay Healdsburg.
Where to Eat & Drink: Delicious food and wine are integral to the Healdsburg culture. It’s difficult to walk a step around the Plaza without running into one of many tasting rooms and world-class dining. Visitors can select from Michelin-starred, renowned restaurants or acclaimed local bistros, where locally-sourced ingredients and local wines are the centerpiece of every meal. Pick up fresh bread, pastries and sandwiches for a picnic in the vineyard. Enjoy a farm fresh cocktail before dinner. Check out some local restaurants and bakeries!
What to Do: In addition to discovering a favorite new winery and wine in Dry Creek Valley, the Healdsburg area offers a rich diversity of activities:
- Explore Dry Creek Valley by car or bicycle, which can be rented in town at Wine Country Bikes or Spoke Folk Cyclery.
- Around the Healdsburg Plaza, enjoy over 20 art galleries and a wide array of boutiques selling everything from food to jewelry and clothes.
- Cool off with a dip in Lake Sonoma or a kayak down the Russian River.
- Visit one for the most comprehensive wine libraries (over 5,000 volumes, oral histories, rare books dating back to 1512) in North America at the Sonoma County Wine Library
For more exciting things to do during your stay, head over to Healdsburg is Heavenly and check out their list!