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Trip Guide to Healdsburg in Sonoma Valley, CA

Thayer Allyson Gowdy Barndiva's general manager, Lukka Feldman, behind the bar.

Photo: Thayer Allyson Gowdy

With a mix of chic hotels, creative chefs, and stylish boutiques, Healdsburg, California, has emerged as a cosmopolitan hub that still pays homage to its rural Sonoma roots. For a scenic drive through hillside vineyards and wineries, head west out of town on Dry Creek Road. Double back when you hit Lake Sonoma and return south on Yoakim Bridge Road, to link up with the winding West Dry Creek Road, peppered with a handful of small family-owned wineries. Read the article

Destinations: Healdsburg

Inspired by: Healdsburg: Sonoma's New Star — by Jaime Gross, Published Jun. 2006

Hotels (4)

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    Healdsburg Inn on the Plaza

    This airy inn on Healdsburg’s plaza dates to 1901. Many rooms have canary yellow walls, curtained windows, and contain gas fireplaces and a jetted

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    Les Mars Hôtel

    Hotel Les Mars, an intimate 16-room hotel, evokes a French maison, complete with hand-hewn-walnut wood in the library, as well as fireplaces, four-... More
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    Hotel Healdsburg

    Healdsburg’s historic downtown got a big dose of modern chic when this hotel opened in 2002, right on the main square. The property has a sophistic

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    Duchamp Hotel, Healdsburg

    Urbanites who prefer sleek, self-serve apartments to homey, antiques-filled B&Bs will appreciate the Duchamp, just two blocks off Healdsburg’s main

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Restaurants (4)

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    Oakville Grocery

    This spin-off of a Napa Valley original is located in Healdsburg’s bustling town square. Staffers line shelves with local specialty foods like oliv

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    Barndiva

    A locavore’s paradise, this all–regionally sourced, all-sustainable restaurant (set in a soaring, modern version of a red barn) takes haute farmyar

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    Cyrus

    Sonoma Valley dining doesn’t get any finer than it does here, at this two-Michelin-starred restaurant set in Healdsburg’s Hotel Le Mars. The dining

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    Dry Creek Kitchen

    Chef Charlie Palmer has been a busy fellow since he first opened his landmark NYC restaurant, Aureole, back in 1988. Over the past two decades, he’

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Activities (8)

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    Plaza Farms

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

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    Scout, Healdsburg

    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 pattern

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    Toad Hollow Vineyards

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

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    Thumbprint Cellars

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

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    M Clothing

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

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    Baksheesh

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

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    21 Arrondissement

    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

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    Lime Stone

    Overseen by Lisa Palmer, wife of Dry Creek Kitchen chef, Charlie Palmer, Lime Stone sells restaurant-quality dining furniture and tabletop accesso

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    Swanky digs, just-pressed grape juice, and gorgeous countryside—Healdsburg shows all ages a good time. There are more than 100 vineyards and pick-your-own enterprises within striking distance, plus

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