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.

After farming in the Russian River Valley for many years, Joe Rochioli Sr. bought 160 acres of land to establish this now-acclaimed family winery. Taking advantage of the valley’s cool, foggy climate, the company produces Chardonnays, Sauvignons Blancs, and nationally renowned Pinot Noirs.

Located atop Bell Mountain, this 335-acre winery is the creation of two lifelong friends: Christopher Medlock James and Ames Morison.

Set on a hillside in the Russian River Valley, Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery was launched in 1982 and now produces mostly Pinot Noir, as well as Chardonnay, Syrah, and Sauvignon Blanc.

Marked by an impressive entry gate, this family-owned winery is built on a hillside in Alexander Valley, where the Chalk Hill and Knights Valley appellations meet.

In 1984, former garden designer and landscape design lecturer Alta Tingle opened her first shop, The Gardener, in Berkeley, California. She opened this second location in wine country in 1998 inside a corrugated metal barn that is surrounded by a large garden.

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.