Food and Wine Lover's Trip to Healdsburg, CA

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  • Healdsburg

  • Babymoons

  • Honeymoons

  • Food & Wine

  • Solo Travel

  • California

  • Outdoor

  • Vineyard

  • Local Food

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Curator’s statement

Healdsburg, located in Sonoma County, California, is renowned for its vibrant food and wine scene. With its picturesque vineyards, award-winning wineries and farm-to-table dining options, Healdsburg offers a delightful experience for food and wine enthusiasts.

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Where to stay in Healdsburg, CA

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Things to do in Healdsburg, CA

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Healdsburg boasts an impressive selection of wines, particularly focusing on the famous varietals of Sonoma County. From Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc to Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon, you'll find exceptional wineries producing top-quality wines in the region. Healdsburg's winemakers are known for their commitment to sustainable and organic practices, resulting in wines that reflect the unique terroir of the area.

Favorite Tasting Experiences

Bella Winery: Visit the Caves at Bella or grab a picnic table and enjoy Ru’s Sauvignon Blancs, Ten Acre Pinots and Bella’s silky Zinfandels. Make sure to Check out the Events Calendar for live music events, food and wine pairings.

Reeve Wines: Enjoy a picturesque setting, vineyard views along with fantastic Pinot Noirs and wood fired pizzas

ARafanelli: Book ahead for a tasting at this iconic winery, arguably some of the best Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignons consistently produced in the Russian River Valley since the early 1900’s.

On the quaint Healdsburg Plaza don’t miss

Lioco Wines: The perfect people watching spot and a favorite of the locals, always a great play list with a glass of wine coupled with a cheese plate.

Marine Layer Wines: Cozy up by the fireplace with a glass of Pinot on a foggy day overlooking the Plaza in this stunning tasting room.

Day Trips

For a beautiful day trip, drive out Highway 128 into the Anderson Valley. Worthy stops are Goldeneye Winery, Toulouse for a sampling of Alsatian Whites and a cheese sampling at Pennyroyal Farms. Grab a growler at Anderson Valley Brewing Company while you're there !

Places to eat & drink in Healdsburg, CA

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Farm-to-Table Cuisine

Healdsburg's culinary scene emphasizes the use of fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The region's fertile soil and favorable climate contribute to the abundance of farm-fresh produce, which is often showcased in the city's restaurants. From upscale dining establishments to cozy cafes and bistros, Healdsburg offers a wide range of culinary options to satisfy any palate.

Enjoy the handmade pastas, pizza, gorgeous salads and refreshing cocktails on the outdoor patio at Molti Amici.

Don’t miss the famous Dayboat Scallops en Croute at Valette!

Make sure to plan a visit to the Wine Wall at The Matheson where you can sample sips from exceptional wines from around the world. Craving the perfect margarita? Head upstairs to Rooftop 106 for the “Modern Margarita” and their pepperoni pizza made with just a touch of honey.

In the mood for the perfect sandwich in between wine tastings? Grab a Ham and Brie on baguette from Troubador, also worth a visit for Egg Salad on Fridays.

The outdoor patio at Brava’s Bar de Tapas can’t be beat enjoy tapas, paella and the perfect gin and tonic amongst the orange trees. Favorites are Original BFC Fried Chicken and Dungeness Crab Stuffed Piquillo Peppers.

While most consider The Madrona for fine dining, the best burger in town can also bee found on the menu!

Healdsburg is home to several Michelin-starred restaurants, attracting food enthusiasts from around the world. These establishments showcase innovative and refined dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients, paired with exceptional wine lists. A visit to one of these renowned restaurants promises an unforgettable gastronomic experience.

Plan in advance for a truly exceptional three Michelin Star dining experience at Single Thread Farms. Included on The World’s Best 50 restaurants List

Plan ahead visit nearby Geyserville for a gastronomic delight at Cyrus, or walk in for drinks and small bites at the Bubble Lounge.

The perfect omelet awaits you for brunch at Barn Diva. Make sure to try one of Scott Beatie’s beautiful cocktails. Pro tip: Learn how to make exceptional cocktails with Scott! Contact Scott, author of Artisanal Cocktails.

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