Things to do in Healdsburg

Things to do in  Healdsburg

Heard it through the grapevine

Striking the perfect balance of modern amenities and down-to-earth charm, Healdsburg defines the spirit of Sonoma wine country. Gourmands and wine lovers will find it a feast for the senses, as acclaimed restaurants serve up farm-to-table cuisine and dozens of wineries welcome with fuss-free tasting rooms. Beyond enjoying great flavor, there are plenty of other things to do in Healdsburg, from kayaking on the Russian River to cycling or horseback riding through rolling vineyards.

Top 5 attractions in Healdsburg

Williamson Wines

Australian natives and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Bill and Dawn Williamson create their award-winning Sonoma County wines from a dozen of their own sustainably farmed vineyards strung along the Dry Creek Valley, which is famed for it’s wine friendly conditions. With vineyards across three different microclimates, Williamson Wines specializes in many varietals, including Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone style wines. Visitors looking to sample their wines don’t need to venture outside of Healdsburg however, as the winery’s tasting room is located downtown, where tasters can enjoy a complimentary wine sample, or reserve a table to try a more immersive experience, with artfully prepared food and wine pairings, including cheese plates dusted with Williamson’s famous truffle salt.More
Soda Rock Winery

Soda Rock Winery

Tucked into the Alexander Valley, Soda Rock Winery offers a great place to enjoy Sonoma County wines alongside incredible scenery. The winery occupies historic buildings restored with recycled materials, like rock wall that was formerly part of a rural schoolhouse, and the tasting room bar that was salvaged from a local tavern. Current owners Ken and Diane Wilson bought the property in 2000, and create the wines from grapes they source from their vineyards throughout the Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys, specializing in Bordeaux varietals like Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.More

Russian River

California's Russian River is one of the longest rivers in the San Francisco Bay Area, beginning in Mendocino County and cutting through Sonoma County on its way to the ocean. The area is famous for its wine and farm-to-table cuisine, and in warm weather the river is a hotspot for outdoor adventures like canoeing, swimming, and fishing.More
Gracianna Winery

Gracianna Winery

The Westside Road slices its way through the temperate Russian River Valley, and a stretch that runs parallel to the river is so valued for its grape-growing conditions that it has become known as the Miracle Mile. Make the drive here to find Gracianna Winery, a family-owned vineyard that produces some of the region’s best Pinot Noir. Owned and operated by the Amanda family, the winery produces a handful of award-winning varieties, including Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, however, the Pinot Noirs are a consistent favorite with wine critics and visitors alike.More

Alexander Valley

Stretching between the Russian River to the west and the Mayacamas Mountains to the east, Alexander Valley is a key wine-growing region in Sonoma Valley, featuring over 40 wineries and about 15,000 acres (6,070 hectares) planted to grapevines. Stretching for 22 miles, it includes the towns of Healdsburg, Geyserville, and Cloverdale.More
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All about Healdsburg

When to visit

Healdsburg’s mild Mediterranean climate makes it a genuine year-round destination. The weather is at its finest, however, in late spring and early fall, when it’s sunny, warm, and temperate. Summers are hot and swell with wine tasting groups, but also offer visitors a chance to see the Healdsburg Art Festival and seasonal Sunday farmers markets—a shining example of the region’s farm-to-table foodie movement.

Getting around

Healdsburg is built for walking, with a small central square surrounded by side streets brimming with restaurants, art galleries, and boutique shops. Public transportation options are limited, but bus line No. 67, also called the Healdsburg Shuttle, takes riders around town for free. Travelers wanting to explore Sonoma County are best served by driving, while those staying local should take advantage of the local bike share—Healdsburg’s roads are leafy and flat, and many include bike lanes.

Traveler tips

Locals and tourists flock to Healdsburg for dips in the Russian River, especially in summer. Beach access, however, is nearly impossible for drivers coming from town, as there is nowhere to legally park along South Fitch Mountain Road. If you’re driving, head to Del Rio Woods Regional Park, where there’s a small parking lot—arrive early, pay a small parking fee, and take about a dozen steps down to the riverbank.

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How do I spend a day in Healdsburg?

Start your day off by exploring the main plaza in Healdsburg, which features unique stores and eateries. A few blocks away, the Riverfront Park has beautiful gardens and a riverfront promenade. For lunch, try one of the delicious local restaurants, before spending the afternoon among nature at Fitch Mountain.

What is Healdsburg famous for?

It’s all about the food and wine in Healdsburg. The city is particularly known for its award-winning wineries and breweries, as well as its charming downtown plaza overflowing with tasting rooms and boutiques. It’s recognized as one of the best wine regions in the world, with year-round activities including cultural festivals, farmers markets, and more.

Does Healdsburg have a downtown?

Healdsburg’s beauty isn’t limited to the surrounding wineries— it also has its own unique downtown worth exploring. The central streets are dotted with art galleries, boutique stores, and historic theaters, plus plenty of cozy cafés and wine bars serving local dishes crafted from ingredients grown and produced nearby.

Is Healdsburg walkable?

Yes, Healdsburg is ideal for exploring on foot. The downtown is quaint enough that you can reach the many restaurants, boutiques, and wine tasting rooms within a short walk. Additionally, Healdsburg features excellent trails that wind through stunning vineyards and the Russian River Valley, from easy strolls to invigorating hikes.

Why visit Healdsburg?

From visiting world-famous wineries to kayaking the Russian River, what’s not to love? There are endless activities and ways to explore the surrounding wine region and stunning landscapes of Healdsburg. From romantic picnics in a park to cycling between local vineyards and exploring the eclectic downtown boutiques, Healdsburg is the perfect weekend escape.

Is Healdsburg pretty?

Yes, Healdsburg is truly a gorgeous place. Not only can you enjoy the breathtaking landscape of rolling vineyards and towering redwood trees, but the town itself is full of wonderful architectural finds. The historic plaza features California Mission architecture combined with modern brick buildings to create a unique atmosphere.

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