Savor The Chic & Charming Gateway to Sonoma's Wine Country

  • Small-Town Ambiance with Big City Amenities

    Healdsburg's ambiance is quaint and small-town, but don't let its laid-back atmosphere fool you. The town offers indulgent but approachable luxury: world-class shopping, accommodations that range from intimate bed and breakfasts to five-star hotels, an eclectic mix of restaurants that embrace farm-to-table and sustainable cuisine, historic architecture in a delightful town center, renowned art and sculpture galleries, and treasure troves of antiquing. It is a perfect destination to begin your discovery of Sonoma's celebrated wine country.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Healdsburg Tourism

  • Tuscany in Sonoma Valley

    If a trip to Italy isn't in your future, the next best thing is a visit to the Ferrari-Carano Winery, a short drive outside of Healdsburg. Built in 1981, this Italianate estate is known for its award-winning wines and spectacular scenery. Enjoy wine tasting overlooking the vineyards daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or at the Enoteca Wine Bar in the underground cellar. Pro tip: Don't miss the lush gardens and koi ponds surrounding the estate. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Ferrari-Carano Winery

  • Back to Nature at Dry Creek's Quivira Winery

    Not only can you taste Quivira Winery's award-winning organic wines in a delightfully bucolic atmosphere, you can also enjoy tours of the winery's colorful garden, a walk along the creek that gives the valley its name, and a view of the vineyards (grown biodynamically with no pesticides or chemical fertilizers) as far as the eye can see. Sip an award-winning rosé as you take in the breathtaking views over the vineyards to the rolling hills of Dry Creek Valley.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Quivira Winery

  • French Luxury in the Heart of Healdsburg

    You may feel like you are in a villa in Burgundy, but the classic Hotel Les Mars is just steps away from the Healdsburg's historic town square. This Relais & Chateaux-designated hotel offers elegant decor, a peaceful environment, and exceptional service, which includes a French continental breakfast served in your room and afternoon wine and cheese receptions. Light up the in-room fireplace, pop open a bottle of Sonoma champagne, and enjoy a romantic evening in your luxurious canopy bed. 

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona/Hotel Les Mars

  • This is One Bike Ride You Won't Forget

    To immerse yourself completely in the beauty of Dry Creek Valley, hop on a bike. The knowledgeable and patient guides of Wine Country Bikes make this adventure accessible to people of all ages and biking abilities. Pedal along the backroads of Dry Creek Valley and past picturesque vineyards, on a casual ride that visits a few wineries for tastings and ends with a rustically romantic picnic lunch in the vineyards.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Wine Country Bikes

  • Celebrity Chef Cuisine in the Heart of Healdsburg

    Healdsburg may be a small town, but it definitely boasts big-city cuisine. Celebrity chef Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen specializes in innovative American cuisine coupled with local and international bottlings. Enjoy a drink at the colorful bar, or a dinner in the expansive dining room or al fresco on a garden terrace.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Dry Creek Kitchen

  • Sonoma's Glorious Wine Country, Right Outside Healdsburg's Door

    There is no "best" season for a visit to Healdsburg and the surrounding beauty of the Sonoma Valley. It's always superb. Even in late fall, the vineyards are ablaze with color at Trattore Farms, located a few miles outside of Healdsburg in the celebrated wine-growing region of Dry Creek Valley. Trattore Farms is also the home ranch of Dry Creek Olive Company, which has been producing olive oil through traditional Perugian methods since the mid-1800s. Both the winery's Pinot Noir and their California Tuscan and Spanish olive oils are gold award winners.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona/Trattore Farms

  • Rodeo Drive in Downtown Healdsburg

    If you think small towns can't offer designer shopping opportunities, think again. A wide variety of high-end boutiques line the streets of Healdsburg, offering something for every taste. And it doesn't stop there. You'll find a treasure trove of specialty stores selling antiques, art and sculpture, one-of-a kind handmade artifacts, designer jewelry and clothing, and many other unique items you can find only in Sonoma Valley.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Healdsburg Tourism

  • Giant Redwoods: A Nature Lover's Dream

    Get up close to ancient coastal redwood trees at the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, located 30 minutes from Healdsburg. The reserve features 805 acres of well-preserved redwood forest as well as a variety of nature and hiking trails designed for all levels. Don't miss the Parson Jones Tree, towering at 310 feet in height - nearly the length of a football field.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Raise a Glass Surrounded by History

    The Soda Rock Winery building goes back to 1870, and is steeped in local Alexander Valley history. Over its life it's served as a general store, a post office, and unofficial central hub of activity for the entire valley. Over the decades, the splendid old buildings fell into disrepair. In 2000, vintners and entrepreneurs Ken and Diane Wilson purchased the property and began a decade of carefully planned restoration using recycled and green materials whenever possible. Wine tasting in these historical buildings is a delightfully unique experience.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Soda Rock Winery

  • A Taste of Portugal in the Heart of Healdsburg

    You don't have to travel as far as Portugal to enjoy authentic Portuguese cuisine - it's available right in the heart of Healdsburg. Brother and sister team Chef Manuel and Lucia, children of immigrant parents, combine their talents to offer creative dishes using recipes from their parent's homeland. Café Lucia's menu reflects the complex flavors of Portugal, adapted to the immense offerings of top-quality ingredients fresh from Sonoma County.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona/ Café Lucia

  • Explore the Hills and Dales of Sonoma County

    Healdsburg offers a wide variety of activities, and one of the most popular is wine tours and tasting. While on your adventure, you will be rewarded with bucolic views of the glorious hills and valleys of Sonoma. Bring your camera and be prepared for some spectacular vistas over the rolling countryside.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona/Healdsburg Tourism

  • Keeping Things Local - Even the Cocktails

    Spoonbar!, the trendy bar and eatery in the heart of Healdsburg, likes to keep things local. They spotlight locally produced spirits and organic herbs, fruits and vegetables grown by neighbors to create true farm-to-table cocktails. Their eclectic menu reflects the same dedication to local and sustainable ingredients. Check out the daily Happy Hour menu and libations, Mon-Thurs, 5-6 pm.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Spoonbar!

  • Sip Big, Bold Reds at Sbragia Family Vineyards

    The Sbragia Family has deep roots in historic Dry Creek Valley. Founded in 1904 by the Sbragia grandfather, an immigrant from Tuscany, the family winery has flourished over the decades. The winery focuses on making limited, individual lots of wine from grapes grown in select blocks in Dry Creek and Sonoma valleys. Red wine lovers will enjoy the winery's red selections: big, rich, balanced and polished.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Sbragia Family Winery

  • Any Season is a Perfect Season in Sonoma

    It doesn't matter when you visit Sonoma Valley. You will find beauty in every season's landscape. In winter, mustard greens, which are used as a natural fertilizer for the vines, burst into glorious orange, gold and red bloom. Come in spring to see the grape vines begin to bud, in summer to savor a view of the verdant vineyards, and in autumn to admire the fall foliage and watch the preparation for the grape harvest.  

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona/Healdsburg Tourism