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Spend a Weekend in California Wine Country

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Specifically, in Healdsburg, Sonoma County’s coolest town. Consider the evidence: Banshee Wines has much more going for it than its stylish rustic-meets-luxe, loungelike tasting room; the label is renowned for its Pinot Noir, including just-released 2012 vintages. Piping-hot beignets and nine types of po’boys are the draws at Parish Café, set in a yellow 1860s cottage with a broad porch. Inside Shed’s soaring, glass-walled barn, you’ll find kitchen supplies; a café with a wood oven; and a “fermentation bar,” where beer, natural soda, and house-made kombucha are on tap. In the old Cyrus space, Chalkboard serves a small-plates menu highlighting what’s growing in the Chalk Hill winery garden. Don’t miss the buttermilk-fried quail. Hotel Healdsburg remains fresh, thanks to its remodeled lobby and new wood-oven-pizza spot, Pizzando, while sister property H2 Hotel—home to the hip Spoonbar restaurant—sets the standard for eco-chic style. Nearby, H3 Hotel is currently in the works.

25 Ideas for Your Best Summer Ever

Spend a Weekend in California Wine Country

Specifically, in Healdsburg, Sonoma County’s coolest town. Consider the evidence: Banshee Wines has much more going for it than its stylish rustic-meets-luxe, loungelike tasting room; the label is renowned for its Pinot Noir, including just-released 2012 vintages. Piping-hot beignets and nine types of po’boys are the draws at Parish Café, set in a yellow 1860s cottage with a broad porch. Inside Shed’s soaring, glass-walled barn, you’ll find kitchen supplies; a café with a wood oven; and a “fermentation bar,” where beer, natural soda, and house-made kombucha are on tap. In the old Cyrus space, Chalkboard serves a small-plates menu highlighting what’s growing in the Chalk Hill winery garden. Don’t miss the buttermilk-fried quail. Hotel Healdsburg remains fresh, thanks to its remodeled lobby and new wood-oven-pizza spot, Pizzando, while sister property H2 Hotel—home to the hip Spoonbar restaurant—sets the standard for eco-chic style. Nearby, H3 Hotel is currently in the works.

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