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Who doesn’t love a small town? When you’re planning your vacations for the coming year, big cities will be alluring, as they always are, and they’ll be worth it. But whether it’s the cozy mom-and-pop shops, locally-foraged cuisine, easy access to wilderness or quaint galleries featuring up-and-coming artists, America’s small towns are just as worthy of your precious vacation days — you just need to know where to look.

Healdsburg, California

Sonoma County is already a worthwhile stop for fine dining, farmer’s markets and some of the best chardonnay and pinot noir in the country, but downtown Healdsburg has repositioned the wine region as one of the most sought-after destinations in the world. The approachable yet flourishing city is home to boutique hotels, award-winning restaurants and a bevy of art galleries, making it an ideal respite after a day of hopping from tasting room to tasting room. Consider checking out the Healdsburg Food & Wine Experience in May for a perfect introduction to the trendy burb that Northern Californians now find themselves regularly visiting on weekends.

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