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Canoe along the rippling surface of beautiful Russian River, soar above verdant vineyards on dawn hot air balloon rides, and shop in chic galleries and trendy fashion stores in this affluent wine-producing town. Healdsburg has a reputation for enjoying an upmarket lifestyle, from its annual public events to its high-class hotels. Local wineries compete for popular awards, and stylish restaurants show off the best of Californian cuisine with their tempting seasonal menus.

Things to see

Life in California revolves around the growing season – the grape growing season that is – and with such lush and fertile land here, it’s hardly surprising there are plenty of award winning wineries to visit. The idyllic landscape of the Dry Creek Vineyard provides the perfect setting for discovering a new taste of California, amid undulating fields of vibrant vines and within the walls of ivy-covered homesteads. Nearby, and on the hills that overlook Healdsburg, you can sip a fabulous Zinfandel at the Wilson Winery while you gaze across the valley. You don’t have to travel outside the town to taste its local produce, though. Around the side of the landscaped Healdsburg Plaza, home of many local fairs and events, a selection of quaint cafes and elegant restaurants are shaded by colorful, striped awnings. You can enjoy a stroll along here on balmy summer nights, shopping in tempting boutiques or pausing at bars to relax as evening draws in around you.

Hotels in Healdsburg

Hotels in Healdsburg are mostly clustered around its main avenue, within easy walking distance of the city center. They’re a mix of top-class hotels and pretty local inns, with some comfortable guest houses thrown in as well. Luxury hotels in Healdsburg have the added benefit of spa facilities, delicious restaurants with fine-dining cuisine, and beautifully decorated bedrooms with designer linens and unique pieces of furniture. When you’re traveling on a set budget, there’s no need to sacrifice quality. There are some excellent motels and discount hotels with great facilities, including contemporary en-suite bedrooms, outdoor swimming pools, saunas, and free WiFi. You might find you’re a little further out from the town center but it’s a small sacrifice in a town this compact.

Where to stay

Healdsburg sits on the convergence of three wine-growing regions, putting it at the heart of Californian production. It’s a big tourist industry, and everywhere you wander through its unhurried streets, there are references to local wine producers and products. Its bars are always busy, crowded with locals and tourists alike, and along the broad section of Healdsburg Avenue, elegant ethnic restaurants are sandwiched between realty shops, designer fashion boutiques, and tempting tasting rooms. There are some hotels in Healdsburg that sit outside the city boundaries, enjoying the idyllic valley views – definitely the best of both worlds.

How to get to Healdsburg

The closest entry port for foreign travelers is San Francisco International Airport in the south, and since onward travel to Healdsburg usually means crossing the famous Golden Gate Bridge, there’s more than one reason to choose this route. The Greyhound bus service passes through Healdsburg, as well as the Amtrak railway line, and for inter-county travel, the Sonoma County Transit Line runs throughout the week. While you’re in Healdsburg, you really won’t need transport of your own. The few sights outside the city can all be reached by local taxi.