Sonoma County’s magnificent vineyards are calling. This short and sweet guide will help you plan your next trip to Wine Country.
The best time to visit
The mild weather and lower rental fees make mid-spring a good time to visit for budget-conscious travelers who don’t want to compromise on comfort and style.
Peak season starts in late spring and lasts until early summer, during which time you can expect a swell in the population and uptick in business activity and community events. The glorious weather allows you to enjoy Wine Country’s fantastic vineyards.
Passport Week in late April and Memorial Day Week in late May also tend to be busy, with hotel rates being higher than usual.
Expect some rain during wintertime, with more space to roam – the drove of tourists winds down to a fraction, and it’s easier to book a hotel or table.
February is the best time to avoid crowds. The weather is chillier during this season and prices are at their lowest, but the city itself is no less beautiful.
There’s no shortage of luxury accommodations in Healdsburg. Take your pick from an impressive selection of boutique hotels:
- The Duchamp – Known for its sleek bungalows, the hotel’s six private suites feature clean lines, subway tiles, brushed metal, and a balanced palette of neutral and bright colors. Duchamp boasts a resort-style pool and is just a stone’s throw from the main plaza.
- Bella Villa Messina – Nestled in the heart of Wine Country, the hotel has five plush suites with oversized beds, Jacuzzis, wood burning fireplaces, and fantastic views of the surrounding vineyards.
- Healdsburg Inn – This bed and breakfast offers elegant interiors with exposed brick walls, plush carpeting, and a gorgeous staircase. Enjoy a hearty breakfast of spinach and mushroom quiche, and savor a cool glass of wine in the afternoon.
- Hotel Les Mars – Tucked away in the Russian River Valley, this hotel brings you French living with gorgeous interiors and delicious food just one block from the city’s historic town square.
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Healdsburg’s famous vineyards
A trip to Healdsburg isn’t complete without a visit to the sun-drenched vineyards that the city is known for:
- Seghieso Family Vineyards has been around since 1895. Specializing in zinfandel and Italians reds and whites, the scenic vineyard estate is populated by mature oaks.
- Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery features exquisite gardens and a variety of handcrafted award winning wines, including their specialty fumé blanc from Sonoma County, to their distinguished pinot noir made from mountain-grown grapes in Alexander Valley.
- J Vineyards and Winery lets you experience an assortment of sparkling wines.
The downtown area is lined with tasting rooms that offer an amazing selection of California’s best wines:
- Enjoy some chardonnay and pinot noir from the Sonoma Coast at Banshee Wines, which features a cozy bohemian interior.
- Owner-winemaker Susie Selby brings you small production wines sourced from Russian River Valley and Dry Creek Valley at Selby Winery, which serves everything from rosé to sauvignon blanc. The winery boasts the oldest pet-friendly tasting room in the city.
- Have a taste of award winning wines sourced from Russian River Valley at Mueller Wine. The establishment is known for its fantastic and exclusive pinot noir, which is only available at their tasting room and a handful of restaurants in the city.
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