Healdsburg, CA

We're almost tempted not to write about Healdsburg. It's such a sweet spot, and we don't want it flooded with more visitors - like us. Located 30 miles north of Sonoma in the Dry Creek Valley, we spent a full week in Healdsburg. It has everything we could ever want in a summer trip: lots to do outside, awe-inspiring sites, incredible food and drinks, amazing hot weather, good people and gorgeous hotels. Our days were spent biking to restaurants and wineries, visiting nearby towns like Sebastopol (such a cool spot built up in apple orchard warehouses), hiking among the redwoods, and kayaking down the Russian River. We also managed to squeeze in a couple jogs and yoga classes, not to mention a World Cup game at the Bergamot Alley bar - Campo Fina next door delivered an insane lunch to our table. At night, we indulged in incredible farm-fresh foods, wines and cocktails, walks and shopping in the tiny town. We ate up artisanal ice cream from Noble Folk, candy from the General Store and the people-watching scene in the Town Plaza - then crashed in our beautiful room on the top floor at the Hotel Healdsburg. Even watched the 4th of July fireworks from our balcony. We fell in love with The Shed (they serve Kombucha on tap and have tons of fresh local produce, a large larder counter and great cookware to whip up some healthy real food recipes at home) and let ourselves dream about living in Healdsburg one day. Yes, we even checked out some real estate. We arrived around July 4th, so the weather topped about 100º each day (just threw that in to scare a couple of you off!). 

Hotels

Hotel Healdsburg

H2hotel Healdsburg

 

Restaurants

Chalkboard

Scopa

Barndiva

Bravas Bar de Tapas

Partake by KJ

Dry Creek Kitchen

Campo Fina - lunch

The Shed - lunch

Dry Creek General Store - lunch

Diavola Pizzeria and Salumeria - lunch

Zazu Kitchen+Farm - in Sebastopol

 

Cocktails

Spoonbar

Bergamot Alley

 

Sweets

Moustache Baked Goods

Noble Folk Ice Cream and Pie Bar

Healdsburg General Store

 
Hikes

Armstrong Redwoods State Park

Annadel State Park

 

Day Trips

Kayak the Russian River

Sebastopol

Geyserville

 

Yoga

Yoga on Center

 

Bike Shop

Spoke Folk Cyclery

 

Bike Rides

To Geyserville: West Dry Creek Road-Dry Creek Rd-Canyon Road-Geyserville Ave. for lunch at Diavola-to Copolla Winery-to Healdsburg Ave.

 

To Dry Creek General Store: West Dry Creek Road-stop at Lambert Bridge Winery-Lambert Bridge Rd-stop at Dry Creek General Store for sandwiches (and flies)-Dry Creek Road-Healdsburg Ave.

 

Eye Candy

Town Plaza

 

Wineries - hit them all on bike

Lambert Bridge

Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Geyser Peak

 

Jogging Trail

Magnolia Drive Loop

 

West Dry Creek Road
West Dry Creek Road

Bike Ride. On our way to Dry Creek General Store.

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Barndiva
Barndiva

Cool spot. Delicious food.

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Armstrong Redwoods State Park
Armstrong Redwoods State Park

A big ass old tree!

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Armstrong Redwood State Park
Armstrong Redwood State Park

Mark and a view

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Bravas Bar de Tapas
Bravas Bar de Tapas

Outrageous baby octopus

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Barndiva
Barndiva

Too pretty to slurp soup

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Barndiva
Barndiva

Serious chicken of the sea

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Bergamot Alley
Bergamot Alley

While it's wine city here, I went for the beer!

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The Shed!
The Shed!

Our hearts ache a little when we think about how far away we are from The Shed! :(

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4th of July from Healdsburg Hotel
4th of July from Healdsburg Hotel

Fireworks from our balcony!

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Healdsburg Hotel Room
Healdsburg Hotel Room

Our sweet room!

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Moustache Baked Goods
Moustache Baked Goods

While I wouldn't want anyone's moustache near my baked goods, I was willing to take a chance for this whoopie pie.

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The Shed
The Shed

Oh, how we miss The Shed.

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Annadel State Park
Annadel State Park

We made it to the lake!

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Bike Trip
Bike Trip

Vineyard after vineyard, so beautiful in the ol' USA.

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