Healdsburg Wineries + City Guide
Healdsburg is a small city known for four things; eat, sip, sleep and repeat. Located an hour away from Golden Gate Bridge in Sonoma County, with Russian River and Lake Sonoma in its outskirts, it is sometimes referred to as the ‘wine-county’.
This small city offers number to-do things including fine eateries, art galleries, casinos, antiques, kayak trips but the sipping overtakes them all. It’s the flagship service of the ‘wine-country’.
Healdsburg Wineries You Must Check Out:
Healdsburg comprised of three wine valleys namely Alexender, Dry Creek, and Russian River. It does not offer wine as a drink but as an experience. Just as fruit tastes more delicious if it is plucked by yourself, wine tastes more delicious if it comes straight from the yards. Here are some of the ‘must go’ Healdsburg wineries you shouldn’t miss:
Rodney Strong Wineries – They are not content with just ‘good wine’ but offer a premium experience of small-lot wines. They also hold an annual summer concert series where you can be in the middle of the action.
Matanzas Creek Winery, Santa Rosa – It is an out-of-the-way winery, located in the middle of Bennet Valley, surrounded by oaks, olive trees, and native grass. Its flagship offering is Sauvignon Blanc.
Ram’s Gate Winery, Sonoma – It resembles the weathered farmsteads that existed 100 years ago and crafts every wine from locally sources grapes with the essence of the soil.
Korbel Champagne Cellars, Guerneville – It is the oldest, continually running champagne house in North America that dates back to 1882. It offers champagne along with its rich history which offers an antique experience as a whole.
Fort Ross Vineyard and Tasting Room, Jenner – It is the closest winery to the Pacific Ocean and offers the view of the sea and hill simultaneously. Their best offerings include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinotage.
Twomey Cellars – It provides its customers with delicious, food-friendly wines and a chance to amalgamate these exceptional wines with the impressive beauty of Healdsburg.
Blanchard Family Wines – Founded by two brothers with their vision of uniqueness in wine tastings. They offer personal tastings of their flagship wines, barrel samples, and a tour of production space. It offers handcrafted wines and a familial experience.
Things to do in Healdsburg:
Located in the vicinity of the Russian River and Lake Sonoma and being home to hundreds of wineries, Healdsburg offers a scenic experience with its lush green wine yards, hills, oaks, and olive trees. It offers Free Vineyard Walking Tours, Unique Sonoma County Garden Tours, and Tasting by bike in wine country. You can also see parks and hiking trails in Healdsburg including Andy Lopez Unity Park, Colgan Creek Trail, Crane Creek Regional Park.
Shopping and Lifestyle
Healdsburg offers a shopping experience varying from large outlets to small boutiques, winery gift shops, and country stores. It offers gifts and souvenirs for your special ones. Some of the best markets include Big John’s Market, Powell’s Sweet Shoppe and, Jimtown Store.
Arts and Culture
Healdsburg is not just a wine city but also a hub for culture, music, and performing arts. It has a number of Art galleries including Paul Mahder Gallery, AERNA Galleries and Gardens, and Healdsburg Centre for Arts. It also offers outdoor music concerts and summer festivals as well as a platform for performing arts and artists.
Healdsburg offers a number of fine dining experiences with a diverse choice of tastes in the menu. Some of the renowned eateries include 8 Dragons Restaurant, Agave Healdsburg, Amy’s Wicked Slush, BACI CAFÉ & WINE BAR, Barndiva, Big John’s Market, Campo Fina.
Horseback Riding Tour
Apart from its vineyards, Healdsburg has rolling hills and abundant sunshine, making it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts who love a good horseback riding adventure. You can ride horses through the breathtaking Southlake Trail or enjoy the amazing views of Skaggs Vista.
Hot Air Balloon
This cozy town offers daily scenic hot air balloon flights over Sonoma County, California’s famous Healdsburg wineries.
Eat, drink, and bike your way through the charming town of Healdsburg, located in Sonoma County’s wine country, on a party bike tour your closest friends. Bikes are a means of recreation, exercise, and sport, as well as a valid and important means of transportation.
Healdsburg is home to a number of museums preserving the rich history of the town. These museums include Pacific Coast Air Museum, Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center, and Healdsburg Museum & Historical Society. These museums offer free, changing exhibits that trace the rich history of Healdsburg and the surrounding area.
Canoe and Kayak Trips
Russian River, on the outskirts of Healdsburg, offers a ten-mile self-guided canoe or kayak trip, with Picnic, swim, and sunbath at beautiful beaches along the canoe trip. One can also enjoy the great blues herons, river otters, egrets, turtles, and more.
River Rock Casino in Healdsburg offers somewhat similar to the sin capital in Nevada- Las Vegas. But unlike Vegas, what happens in Healdsburg stays with you.
Healdsburg offers In-town and surrounding area lodging experience. The surrounding lodging offers the experience of farm and animals, and a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture, nutrition, and wellness.
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