Healdsburg

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries are, unquestionably, the first thing on visitors’ lists of what to do in Healdsburg. A winery tour lets visitors see the incredibly beautiful natural landscape, while enjoying samples of the winery’s wines and learning about how the grapes are grown, and the vino is made. You can join a tour to visit a few of the wineries or rent a car and get the double enjoyment of driving along Northern California’s beautiful roads.

Because of the city’s abundance of wineries, you probably have not even wondered what else to do in Healdsburg on your visit, but there are plenty of other things to round out your trip. Outdoor activities, such as kayaking, canoeing, hiking, fishing, and golfing are also fun things to do in Healdsburg. Unique options include skydiving or a hot air balloon ride to see the wineries from a totally different perspective. Many guests also include trips to the city’s boutiques among their favorite things to do in Healdsburg during their vacation.

Affiliated with Barndiva, Artists & Farmers carries artisan-made objets such as quilts stitched from antique saris and burled-wood bowls.

This landmark brewpub from the Norgrove family dates to 1995 and produced all the craft beer for Bear Republic until 2006, at which point they increased production in Cloverdale.

Independent and locally owned, this tiny coffee shop has now expanded to three locations, but the one just off the plaza in Healdsburg is the original. Inside the small space, tables are often filled with locals who come to sample the day's offerings, which are posted on a chalkboard.

Toad Hollow's tasting room boasts an unstuffy atmosphere and intriguing no-oak Chardonnay.

Opened in 1987, Downtown Bakery & Creamery is the product of three original partners who were colleagues at Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley. Today, the store continues to use local, organic, and seasonal ingredients to make all of its food.

A yellow building with a green trim, located among the vineyards of Alexander Valley, Jimtown Store sells fresh, made-to-order soups, salads, entrees, sandwiches, and desserts. Chef Peter Brown uses local California ingredients, along with Mediterranean and Meso-American influences, to make such

The tasting room at Thumbprint Cellars is a favorite for its loungelike ambience and small-lot wines.

The most fashion-forward boutique in town specializes in stylish, sustainable attire for men and women—from organic cotton T-shirts by Turk + Taylor to an Edun dress in sapphire silk.

Scoop up Sonoma County's best artisanal goodies like DaVero's Meyer-lemon olive oil, sheep's-milk cheese from Bellwether Artisan Creamery, and homemade salumi from Bovolo.

M Clothing is stocked with women's designs from both established and emerging labels.

Vintage furnishings with an industrial-meets-schoolhouse bent (drafting tables, Thonet chairs) are arranged into photo-ready vignettes.

The shop is a mash-up of beach cottage and kaleidoscope, where gingerbread- trimmed shelves brim with kids' clothes in a riot of colors and patterns.

Baksheesh focuses on fair-trade, handcrafted gifts from the developing world, including carved beechwood bowls from Haiti and djembe drums from Burkina Faso.

The shop provides rentals, maps of bikeable wine routes, and sage advice about getting around the region on two wheels.

 

Specializing in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and sparkling wines, J Vineyards and Winery sources its grapes from 274 vineyard acres across the Russian River Valley. The winery, located just outside of Healdsburg, includes two tasting rooms and a large terrace.