Healdsburg

Healdsburg Travel Guide

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

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.

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.

 

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.

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

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.

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.

The pea-sized 21 Arrondissement showcases interior designer Myra Hoefer's best French flea-market and estate-sale finds: a pair of gilt-and-velvet armchairs, a giant papier-mâché pinecone (formerly a Paris Opéra prop), and jewel-toned silk-screened pillows.

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

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

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.

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

With 85 acres of vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley, this small production winery has been family owned and operated for four generations.