by Janet O’Grady (Photo by Emma K. Morris)
In Sonoma County’s most charming town, an easygoing escape for wine aficionados and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
Once a sleepy hamlet in the heart of northern Sonoma County, Healdsburg is now a booming culinary and wine capital. Despite several splashy restaurant and hotel openings in the past year, however, it maintains a breezy vibe that makes for relaxed weekends in wine country. More rustic than its glitzy neighbor Napa Valley, this pretty town of over 11,000 is recognizable for its restored Queen Anne homes and California farm houses. Equally charming is the walkable downtown and historic plaza, lined with galleries, shops, restaurants, and wine-tasting rooms.
Most everything you’ll eat and drink here comes from surrounding Sonoma County, including halibut and Dungeness crab caught off the Pacific Coast and produce from numerous small farms. For some real local flavor, hit the Healdsburg Farmers’ Market, held on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Whatever you decide to do, here’s everything you need to know about Healdsburg, including the best restaurants, places to stay, and ways to spend your time.