Healdsburg Travel Guide
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.
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.
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.
Overseen by Lisa Palmer, wife of Dry Creek Kitchen chef, Charlie Palmer, Lime Stone sells restaurant-quality dining furniture and tabletop accessories (durable slipcovered chairs, affordable crystal stemware) alongside a global assortment of antiques.