Healdsburg Highlights

If you haven’t heard of Healdsburg, you’re in good company! I had not heard about this place until my wine-loving bestie suggested it for my Bachelorette party.

The cliff notes:

  • It’s located in Sonoma County, about 1.5 hours by car north of San Francisco
  • It’s a food and wine lover’s paradise!
  • It’s an adorable town and there are a ton of super cute boutiques and antique shops — fun fact, it was named as one of “America’s Most Beautiful Town Squares” by Travel + Leisure Magazine

Here are some of my favorite spots if you’re planning a trip to Healdsburg.

Wine Tasting

Blanchard Family Wines

I thoroughly enjoyed our seated and private tasting with the owner! We got to try so many different kinds of wine and take a quick tour of their facility. It really felt like a “start-up” winery that you wanted to root for, especially after trying their wine!

J. Vineyards

If you’re looking for something upscale and you’re a lover of bubbles or Pinot Noir then this is the spot for you. Their flights have quite generous pours and their cheese pairing is really fantastic!

Food

Costeaux French Bakery

This place is an absolutely adorable French cafe and bakery – and it’s been in Healdsburg since 1923! It’s truly a gem – and bonus: they have delicious espresso if you’re starting to drag from all that wine!

Bravas Bar de Tapas

Who doesn’t love Spanish tapas? Need I really say more? This spot hit it all for me, especially the paella.

Single Thread

Warning: This place is a total splurge! It’s a 3-star Michelin restaurant (actually upgraded from 2 to 3 stars in 2019). What they can do with food here is truly remarkable, especially since they are also local growers.

What’s Next?

I really just scratched the surface in Healdsburg and there are so many places that I am itching to go back and try. So, even though I haven’t been to these next few spots to actually be able to endorse them, I am sharing my list of “everything I want to do, eat and drink on my next trip to Healdsburg”. If you have been or end up going to one of these spots, please let me know your thoughts!

If you’re looking for even more recommendations for California wine country, please check out my blog posts on the Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley!

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