Healdsburg, a beautiful town nestled between small wineries and green rolling hills is just an hour and a half north of San Francisco, but feels like a world away. It was not affected by the recent fires and the region is as beautiful as ever. You and your family will fall in love with the quaint and picturesque downtown, filled with farm-to-table restaurants, family owned shops, and of course tasting rooms of locally-produced wine. Here are a few of our favorite Healdsburg destinations, hope you like them as much as we do!
The Dry Creek Inn
This hotel feels like a Tuscan-inspired villa, filled with lovely gardens and courtyards, two new heated pools, a large hot tub and a modern gym. Enjoy the complimentary breakfast inside the cafe or by the fire pit or courtyard, and don’t forget to check out the complimentary wine tasting after you check in. The Dry Creek Inn is not only super kid friendly, but you can also bring your pets, making it easy for all members of your family to enjoy their stay.
Tip: Bring bathing suits as their heated pools are open year round and ask about the complimentary yoga classes!
Best Western Dry Creek Inn
198 Dry Creek Road
Vero Farms & Winery
This beautiful, certified biodynamic farm and winery is home to olive groves, a vineyard, fruit trees, an expansive vegetable garden, as well as chickens, sheep and pigs. Vero focuses exclusively on Italian grape and olive varietals that are best suited for California’s Mediterranean climate and the results are delicious. Stop over for a wine and olive oil tasting and bring your kids along as they can play in the garden or check out the animals while you sip on some of the best wines of the region.
Vero Farms and Winery
1766 Westside Road
photo: River’s Edge Kayak Trips
River’s Edge Kayak & Canoe Trips
Kayaking or canoeing in the Russian River is of the the most fun activities around but probably best for older kids (and their parents!). You can rent kayaks, canoes and SUP or go on guided trips of the gorgeous upper Russian River.
Tip: No children under 4 years old are allowed. Check the shuttle times as you will park your car 5 miles from where you’ll start to descended the river.
Eat & Drink
This hip cidery can not get any more child friendly. The gorgeous light-filled restaurant is an open space concept with an area filled with giant versions of classic games such as Connect Four, Jenga and a regular-sized soccer table game. They also boast an awesome stage where local bands play some nights. The food is fresh and delicious and their house-made cider selection is outstanding. Sonoma Cider is a must for families wanting to eat lunch or dinner in the area.
Tip: If you can’t decide which of their amazing ciders to try, order the flight!
44F Mill St.
The Wurst Restaurant
The Wurst has some of the best sausages in the region and there’s one (or two) for every member of the family—even the veggie-only eaters. They are served with fresh-cut fries, sweet potato fries or onion rings. They also make amazing burgers and salads if you are not in a sausage mood.
Tip: Check out their extensive mustard selection before heading to your table!
22 Matheson St
Bravas has consistently been rated as one of the best tapas restaurants in the country (even those hailing from Spain will agree). The restaurant features a stunning patio (for lunch or dinner) and a beautiful menu featuring tapas and other Spanish-typical dishes like tortilla de patata (Spanish potato omelette) and Paella.
Tip: The kids will love the jamón serrano and manchego cheese sandwich and you will fall in love with the Barcelona martini.
420 Center St
What are your favorite spots in Healdsburg? Please let us know in the comment section!
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