Things to Do in Healdsburg & Wine Country
OUR TOWN OF HEALDSBURG
Walk to the town plaza for a Tuesday evening concert from May through August. In fact, we will save you a place at the Plaza on Tuesdays during the summer! Fresh fruit and vegetables abound at our Farmers’ Market every Saturday morning and Wednesday afternoon, May through November. Had enough wine for the day? Why don’t you try a local beer tasting, or visit the charming local antique stores. Stroll through the unique shops, or visit wonderful art galleries and mouthwatering restaurants. Enjoy homemade ice cream, gelato or sorbet, or simply sit and relax by the fountain in the Plaza. Perhaps it’s coffee you need…have a cuppa joe from one of our local coffee roasters.
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Historical Homes Walk
Following our simple walking guide, discover the Healdsburg of yesteryear. Find houses from the turn of the century and enjoy the historical facts as researched from our local Historical Museum. The museum is open every day except Mondays and has some wonderful exhibits about Sonoma County, historical Healdsburg and rotating special interest shows.
If it’s pampering you need, we can make an appointment for a wonderful, relaxing IN-ROOM massage (Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone) with a certified massage therapist. Or try one of the fantastic spas nearby: Spa Dolce, Elements on the Plaza Day Spa, Spa at Hotel Healdsburg, or Simple Touch Spa … all just a short walk from the inn. If you would like us to make your appointment, please give us at least 48 hours advanced notice.
For more pampering, how about a romantic dinner in one of our fine restaurants, just a short stroll away. We would be glad to help you make a reservation.
After a busy day, bring a refreshing drink and relax in the garden or snuggle between the luxurious linens for a quick nap before wine hour!
Dry Creek Valley Tour
Dry Creek is one of the prime growing regions for Zinfandel and Cabernet. You might try some of the following wineires:
- Sbragia Winery (killer zins and cabs) and a beautiful overlook.
- Family Vineyards (everything from A-Zin)
- Peterson Winery
- Ferrari-Carano Winery–their gardens are incredible and definitely worth a stop.
- Bella Vineyard — don’t miss their tasting in their wine cave
- Quivira – organic and bio-dynamic vineyard and garden, and a solar-powered facility.
- Michel-Schlumberger – great tour, beautiful property
- Raymond Burr Vineyards – wonderful memorabilia in tribute to the late actor, yummy cabernets.
- Other stops include Lambert Bridge and Mill Creek.
- For lunch, try the Dry Creek General Store.
Alexander Valley Tour
Healdsburg’s largest and warmest wine valley.
- Trentadue – delicious port tasting
- Trione (love the bordeaux blend)
- White Oak Winery – great sauvignon blanc, chard, cab, merlot, zin, pinot
- Hawkes Winery– great cabernets
- Fieldstone Winery – don’t miss their sangiovese and port
- Alexander Valley Vineyards (home of Cyrus Alexander, the founder of the Valley)
- Stonestreet (big cabs here)
- Stuhlmuller Vineyards – delicious cabernet and chardonnay.
- For lunch try Diavola or Catelli’s in Geyserville, or the Jimtown Store.
Russian River Valley Tour
Leaving town on Old Redwood Highway, you’ll want to stop at:
- Foppiano (great petite sirah)
- Limerick Lane Winery
- Acorn Winery – call ahead for an appointment
- J Winery – for sparkling wine
- Rodney Strong – great cabs
- Copain – call for an appointment
- Dutton Goldfield Winery – delicious pinots and chardonnays
- Martin Ray Winery – great cabs and a little bit of everything else
- Moshin Vineyards – family owned, pinots
- Arista – beautiful Japanese gardens
- Or try Rochioli, or Fog Crest
Want to stay in town?
Right in Healdsburg, we have:
FOR THE ENERGETIC
Walks and Jogs
Take a healthy hike along our Healdsburg Ridge, jog around the town, or around our famous Fitch Mountain (a 6 mile loop that follows the Russian River, through redwoods, past summer cottages and skirting the mountain that is the focal point of Healdsburg). It’s a challenge with some decent ups and downs. Or perhaps a flatter jog is for you. The Magnolia Loop is a paved 4 mile loop (from door back to door), past a lovely winery, and through the farm fields and vineyards. The backdrop of the Mayacamas mountain ridge is always a vision to behold.
A bike/picnic to one of the wineries in Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley or Alexander Valley can be a special day. Bike rentals at Wine Country Bikes are only two blocks away, or you may store your own bikes in our garage. On a first-come, first-served basis, we have two hybrid bikes that our guests may borrow. We also have picnic coolers available for use, and you’re welcome to borrow our binoculars. For the advanced cyclists, the cycle to Armstrong Woods State Park and its magnificent redwoods is a real treat. Here are some recommended cycling routes.
Golf is indeed alive and well in our area. Not only do we have nine and eighteen hole courses, many have driving ranges for those guests in need of just a little practice. Healdsburg Golf Club, a challenging 9-hole, is a mile from the inn and fun to play. If it’s 18 holes you need, the beautiful Windsor Golf Club is just a few miles away.
On the River
The River is a great way to spend the day in the summer. How about a lazy canoe trip or kayak drift down the Russian River? The kayak/canoe rentals are a short walk from the inn, where you will be bussed up river for the ride back down. Or float on an inflatable raft down the river, and get picked up and returned to your starting point. Summer promises a calm, peaceful current to carry you along with many deeper pools for a swim or beaches for a picnic. We’ll provide the beach towels!
Bird’s eye view! That’s what you get when you go up, up and away in a hot air balloon! These dawn excursions are breathtaking and well worth the trip. Up and Away Ballooning lifts off a short three miles away at the Sonoma County Airport.
For those that need a rush, you can try skydiving. NorCal Skydiving.
Fly 800 feet above the ground, at speeds up to 25 mph, through the tops of the redwoods with Sonoma Canopy Tours. Day and night tours. Eleven platforms including two sky bridges, finishing with a rappel down to the forest floor.
Full day trips abound from the Haydon Street Inn.
A drive to Calistoga at the top of the Napa Valley is only 45 minutes, passing through the Knight’s Valley with its golden hills dotted with live oaks. The city of Napa at the southern end of the valley is a bit farther, but offers a fine day of Napa wine tasting.
One Hour Drive:
The historic town of Sonoma offers a rich historical view of the county. Dubbed as a “bigger” Healdsburg, Sonoma’s large town plaza boasts a city hall in the middle, surrounded by shops and restaurants. Along the drive there are wineries galore, some with such unique features as lavender fields (Matanzas Creek), caves (Kunde), or tram rides into the vineyards (Benzinger). Jack London State Park in Glenn Ellen is a favorite day trip hike as well.
A day trip to San Francisco, a one-hour drive south, is a way to see the city without the city hassles. Often guests will take the ferry into the city from the Marin County ferry terminal, further making this day trip hassle free.
Three Hour Drive:
The picturesque coastal town of Mendocino is a lovely 3-hour drive away, through the Anderson Valley wine region.
We suggest staying with us long enough to experience these wonderful side trips, along with our local activities and wineries.
THE MIGHTY PACIFIC COAST
A day along the mighty Pacific coast is a treat in all seasons. Drive along Westside Road that hugs the Russian River as it meanders past wineries and vineyards. Be sure to stop at the Armstrong Redwoods State Park for a hike or horse ride through the awesome redwoods. Wander through the historical towns of Guerneville and Duncans Mills to the ocean.
Stop for a leisurely lunch in Jenner at the mouth of the Russian River, or drive south, taking in the vistas of the rugged Sonoma County coastline. Hike the wonderful trails along the coast or picnic on a driftwood-filled beach. Or save your appetite for fresh clam chowder at one of the fun restaurants in Bodega Bay.
Whale watching at the appropriate seasons is a favorite pastime at Bodega Head, just west of the Bay. We’ll loan you binoculars, and the docents on the Head will give you instructions on sighting and understanding these magnificent creatures.
Complete the “loop”, by driving back through the hills of West County through the apple-growing region of Sebastopol or the quaint village of Occidental.
A full day of Sonoma County awaits you!
2018 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
January 13-14: Winter Wineland
February 2: Pliny the Younger Release
February 10: Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival
February 16: Valentine’s Day Dinner at White Oak Winery
February 24: Underground Wine Event
March 2-4, 9-11: Barrel Tasting Weekends
March 5-11: Sonoma County Restaurant Week
March 15-17: Healdsburg Sidewalk Sale
March 21: Jazz on the Menu
April 28-29: Passport to Dry Creek Valley
May 5: Healdsburg Farmers’ Market Begins, 9-12
May 18-19: Esprit du Rhone
May 24: Healdsburg FFA Twilight Parade, 6 pm
May 29: First Concert on the Plaza, 6-8 pm
June 1-10: Healdsburg Jazz Festival
June 3: Healdsburg Antiques and Arts Fair, 9 am – 4 pm
July 4: Fireworks at the High School, sundown
August 26: Healdsburg Antiques and Arts Fair, 9 am – 4 pm
October 18-21: Alexander Valley Film Festival
November 3-4: Wine and Food Affair
November 23: Healdsburg Downtown Holiday Party
December (TBD): Healdsburg Dine Around
Birding with a Ranger Every Sunday at Lake Sonoma. Call 707 431 4535 for more information.
Ongoing at Healdsburg Museum – Historic Exhibits
Seasonal LIOCO Lunches at Barn Diva – 2/16, 5/18, 8/31, 10/19
Taft Street Winery Free Sunday Concerts – 3-6 pm.
Relish Culinary School Cooking Classes
Rodney Strong Concert Series – June – September
Oyster Girls at Iron Horse Vineyards – Every Sunday, April -October (now by appointment only)
Summer Nights at Hawkes Winery, First Saturday, June-October.
Dry Creek Peach Farm Stand: Wednesdays, Fri.-Sun., 12-5 pm
In Santa Rosa: Exhibits at the Charles Schulz and Luther Burbank Museums
March-Sept.: View Harbor Seals at Goat Rock State Beach
May-Nov: Healdsburg Farmers Market-Every Saturday at North and Vine Street, 9 am-Noon; and Wednesdays from 3:30 – 6 pm at the Cerri Building
June-August: Tuesday Concert on the Plaza 6 – 8 pm
LINKS WE RECOMMEND
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