Healdsburg is a wonderful Bay Area wine weekend getaway. It’s not too far, so even coming for a day trip is very doable. We came for the wine, but discovered all of the other great agriculture practices happening in the area. It is truly a farming community. Healdsburg has a vast variety of food and drink options ranging from quick and casual, to a slow and relaxing meal.
We had a great weekend away with friends and can’t wait to return to see more of what this great town has to offer! Below is a list of what we experienced on our trip. Let us know your Healdsburg favorites in the comments below.
Two Thirty-Five Luxury Suites is an amazing boutique luxury suites hotel in Healdsburg. It is the ideal place to stay if you have a large group. All of their suites have three master bedrooms so everyone gets their privacy, including their own (very large) bathroom. The suites are well maintained, modern, and have all of the amenities including a full kitchen, tv’s in all rooms, and more. It’s also conveniently located right smack in downtown Healdsburg. You can’t ask for much more than this when booking a weekend getaway.
Three Valley Adventures Tour
If you want to make the most of Healdsburg’s wine region without putting too much effort and time into researching, try the Three Valley Adventure Tour. This tour includes three diverse wineries that each have their own uniqueness about them. Have a meal on the winery owner’s private estate in secluded garden, a tasting in a beautiful wine cave surrounded by vintage bottles, and check out views while sipping on delicious Pinot. See below for more details about the wineries included in this tour. You can book your tour through any of the wineries included on the tour.
Gary Farrell (stop 1 on Three Valley Adventures) is synonymous with Pinot in Healdsburg…and we sure do love a great glass of Pinot Noir! Their tasting room is located atop a hill with gorgeous views. Tastings are by appointment early, so call ahead of time. They have a few choices for tasting experiences. We enjoyed the “Sense of Place Terroir Tasting” and were treated to a curated flight of current release wines as well as library vintages in their private tasting salon.
Da Vero (stop 2 on Three Valley Adventures) is not only a winery, but they also have olive groves, animals, fruits and veggies. Their whole farm is biodynamic, which means no chemicals and a very diverse range of plants and animals. Their grounds are spectacular, so make sure you have time to wander around, see their impressive willow circle, and perhaps even enjoy a picnic. For special tastings, call to make a reservation ahead of time, but casual walk-ins are also welcome. Don’t forget to taste their olive oil, we couldn’t help but buy ourselves a bottle.
Lancaster Estate (stop 3 on Three Valley Adventures) is a beautiful property with divine wines! We especially enjoyed their wine cave which was a great escape from the heat outside. The Alexander Valley is emerging as a leading location for producing Bordeaux style Cabernet-based blends and Lancaster Estate’s wine fits the bill. We enjoyed a private tasting in the wine cave among bottles from their vintage collection. Lancaster Estate wines are great for aging and are always changing in taste and complexity. Lancaster Estate also has a giant mansion on site that can be used as rental for big parties or family gatherings.
Medlock Ames is a boutique winery located on a beautiful piece of land hidden away from the main roads of Healdsburg. Medlock Ames was one of the first wineries really dedicated to keeping the land organic and healthy. Only 55 of their 338 acres are farmed. They chose to leave the majority of the land in it’s natural state – leaving acreage for oaks and wildflowers to grow and plenty of room for wildlife to roam free. All of the water used on the farm comes from ponds located on site. They’ve also placed many owl boxes throughout the vineyard and use the owls as a natural way of keeping pests away. On our tour we learned about all of the very cool ways Medlock Ames strives to keep the land natural and happy, all while producing unique and delicious wines!
Costeaux is a classic French Bakery located in downtown Healdsburg. They have the best brunch and cases full of breads, cookies, cakes, and other treats. We enjoyed a lovely Sunday brunch here. It gets quite busy, so we suggest going early and snagging a table if you have a larger party. There is something on the menu for everyone; popular benedicts, omelettes, or go sweet and try their cinnamon walnut bread french toast. You can’t leave without snagging something from their sweets case for later. Their filled florentines are to-die-for!
Moustache Baked Goods is the perfect stop for a sweet treat. Cupcakes are their specialty and we love that they even have gluten free options for those with dietary restrictions. It would be hard to pick a favorite flavor, but if we had to choose it would be the Carrot Cake. Who can resist a delicious cream cheese frosting? Not me!
Taste of Tea is the perfect place to wind down after a day of wine tasting. They offer an exquisite menu of unique crafted teas and tea cocktails (non-alcoholic). They also have a great lunch menu including tasty chashu ramen, curries, sobas, and our favorite, the green tea soba salad. If you are a dessert person you will love it here. We can never say no to a green tea sundae, or mochi ice cream.
For a more in depth tea experience visit their relaxation room where you will be guided through a tea tasting and also enjoy a green tea foot soak, facial mask, hand and nail towel and warm herbal neck wrap. Taste of Tea is truly a special place, we can’t wait to go back and check out the relaxation room!
Lucia is a New Portuguese restaurant located in downtown Healdsburg. They have a cozy patio and comfortable indoor seating. Chef Manuel and Lucia are a brother and sister team who opened this restaurant a few years ago. The menu is a wonderful blend of traditional Portuguese dishes with a little twist to keep things interesting. Lucia is open daily for lunch, dinner, and happy hour. We enjoyed our dinner there and highly recommend any seafood dish! The mac and cheese, although unexpected was a highlight as well.
The Wurst is just as fun as its namesake. This restaurant is kick back and perfect for a quick snack or a break from wine tasting and walking about downtown. The menu includes a variety of sausages, burgers, fries, and custards to finish up the meal. They also have a variety of rotating beers on tap and live music on the patio. Grab a beer and stuff your face with the “wurst” while you enjoy your time in beautiful wine country. The Jalapeño Cheddar Brat was definitely our favorite here!
The Shed is a beautiful sun lit building in downtown Healdsburg. Eat, buy, shop, or browse this hustling and bustling place filled with delicious bites, fresh produce and flowers. Almost everything is made fresh from local from farms by local cooks. You can watch them preparing your food in the open kitchen cafe. They are also also constantly refilling the aisles with fruit, usually picked the morning of. The Shed has many educational classes and sessions that will teach you how to grow your own garden and eat healthy too. Make sure to stop by and take a peek- you’ll probably end up staying longer than you intended!
Healdsburg’s Town Square is where it’s happening. Here you’ll find plenty of restaurants, shops, tasting rooms and galleries to spend a whole afternoon perusing. Take a rest on a bench or in the gazebo of the centrally located park.
The Healdsburg Farmer’s Market is worth a stop if you are in town for the weekend. It’s located downtown and most of the sustainable produce comes from within 10 miles! In addition to fresh, seasonal produce, meats, fish, cheeses, eggs, bread, and flowers, there are also many local food vendors so you can grab a quick breakfast or lunch. Check out their website for up to date locations and hours.