10 Things to Do in Healdsburg That You Shouldn't Miss

December 7, 2017 Alida England

Beautiful Northern California has many fabulous destinations, and the town of Healdsburg in Sonoma County is at the top of the list. Small town charm, beautiful landscapes and outstanding weather are just a few of the trademark qualities that make Healdsburg so popular. Healdsburg combines five-star cuisine, rolling hills and world-acclaimed wine growing appellations for an experience you will never forget. If you love the vibrant outdoors and colorful festivals, you will love Healdsburg. In April, you can help harvest roses and distill them into fragrant rose oil and rosewater as part of the Classic Perfume Rose Harvest & Distillation Tours. An annual sea food dinner at the Healdsburg Fire Department is also in April. From February to June, enjoy the "Russian River Good Old Days" exhibit at the Healdsburg Museum. And on the first Friday of the month, Williamson Wines sponsors an Epicurean Dinner at the Dry Creek Kitchen at Hotel Healdsburg.
Restaurants in Healdsburg

1. Sapphire Hill Winery

55 Front St, Healdsburg, CA 95448-4437 +1 707-431-1888
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5 based on 119 reviews

Sapphire Hill Winery

SAPPHIRE HILL WINERY AND TASTING ROOM, IN THE HEART OF SONOMA WINE COUNTRY, HEALDSBURG CALIFORNIA. Small lot producers of Dry Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah, Merlot and specialty Blends like our signature wine Cinque Gemma and Cabochon. Wines from Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley and Rockpile. Please visit our tasting room to sample our wines and call ahead to reserve for private tastings in our barrel room, the ultimate food and wine experience on weekends.

Reviewed By wmsjr44 - San Rafael, California

My husband and I had such a nice time at Sapphire Hill's pick up party yesterday. We brought another couple and were treated like royalty. We've been members for about 5 years and were happy to meet (in addition to seeing the same employees we've gotten to know over the years) a couple of new ones, so the winery is growing. Check it out, you will enjoy the wine and any food served is always yummy. Thank you, Lisa!

2. Stephen & Walker Winery

243 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448-4103 +1 707-431-8749
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5 based on 103 reviews

Stephen & Walker Winery

Woman Winemaker producing gold medal wines. Currently 47 GOLD Medals, & Best of CLASS and 2 Best of SHOW wines poured. Located in Downtown Healdsburg, CA. Join us for food & wine pairing daily from 11AM - 7PM.

Reviewed By Janet P - Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

You will be well taken care of here! Great wines, wonderful hosts, comfortable surroundings. Always enjoy our time here!Janet! Thank you for your visit, we always look forward to serving you. Thank you for letting us know we are doing a great job for you! Hope to see you again soon! - Nancy Walker, Owner

3. Gracianna Winery

6914 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448-8354 +1 707-486-3771
Excellent
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5 based on 200 reviews

Gracianna Winery

Gracianna Winery is a family-owned business that symbolizes everyday gratitudes and graciousness in entertaining because our belief is that successfully hosting a special meal with friends and family is an everlasting circle that fills all our lives. Visit our vineyard tasting room to sample our award-winning wines, and see the only vineyard in the world where the vines wear jewels -- medallions featuring the names of Gracianna Medallion Wine Club™ members. Please note the vineyard tasting room is subject to a seasonal closure from December 1, 2017 to March 30, 2018. We are open year round for wine purchase and pick ups; please call or write.

Reviewed By winetravelers2014 - Erie, Pennsylvania

When we made our tasting appointment , we knew we were visiting a small winery with a simple tasting room and pleasant patio area. We were pleasantly surprised by the lovely confirmation letter which was very welcoming, listed the several wines we would try and encourage us to bring some snacks to enjoy with the wines on the patio overlooking the vineyard.
Our host, Cyndee, could not have been more welcoming and enjoyable. We tried a range of wines from a sparking cuvee , sauv. blanc , some chards and pinot niors ending with a zin. All were very nice.
Overall a very enjoyable, casual afternoon experience and a pleasant surprise.

4. Gary Farrell Winery

10701 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448-8355 +1 707-473-2909
Excellent
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4.5 based on 427 reviews

Gary Farrell Winery

Open By Appointment Only. In the heart of the beautiful Russian River Valley, Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery offers a proud 35-year winemaking history and a unique sense of place. Perched atop a ridge along winding Westside Road, the winery offers a spectacular view of the sweeping valley below. Gary Farrell Winery benefits immeasurably from its long-term relationships with many of the Russian River Valley's most celebrated and sought-after vineyards including Rochioli, Allen, and Hallberg to name a few. Gary Farrell Winery helped put Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on the world stage, and the hallmark Gary Farrell wine style remains one of balance, elegance, texture and sense of place. Today these acclaimed wines can be enjoyed in their newly renovated Salon or upon the casual terrace and the view from the winery completes the picture.

Reviewed By opinicon4227 - Danville, California

We were driving first time in the area and randomly came across this gem. We arrived with no reservation but graciously accommodated us by offering a modified wine tasting experience on the patio. This was perfect considering the beautiful views and great wines. They provided top notch service and we became members as a result. Looking forward to our next visit!

5. Dry Creek Vineyard

3770 Lambert Bridge Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448-9713 +1 707-433-1000
Excellent
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5 based on 606 reviews

Dry Creek Vineyard

Award Winning Family Owned Winery: beautiful picnic grounds, tasting room, private tastings, free Wi-Fi, a wide selection of wines including rare single-vineyard wines. David Stare founded Dry Creek Vineyard in 1972. Winemaking emphasis is on grapes from select Sonoma County vineyards, chosen for quality and character. Fume Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Dry Chenin Blanc, Reserve Chardonnay and Meritage are produced. Dry Creek has received over 1,000 medals for wines in 40 years.

Reviewed By Tiffanie P - Cincinnati, Ohio

We had an excellent visit to Dry Creek. Marc who was helping us was terrific and had alot of information on wine and things to do in Healdsburg. We enjoyed the wines, particularly the Fume, Malbec and the Endevour Cab. The tasting room was very...MoreIt's good to hear you enjoyed your visit & that Marc was an engaging and informative host. Our wines and a sandwich from the General Store are always a great combination!

6. Jordan Vineyard & Winery

1474 Alexander Valley Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448-9003 +1 707-431-5250
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5 based on 213 reviews

Jordan Vineyard & Winery

Tucked into the hills of Sonoma County's Alexander Valley, Jordan Vineyard & Winery welcomes guests by appointment for four unique tours and tastings. From perennial gourmet wine tastings with food pairing in our cellar room and walking tours through our iconic chateau, to epicurean excursions across our scenic property and festive holiday celebrations offered seasonally, there is something for everyone to enjoy. All tours include both walking and seated tastings, each featuring seasonal tastes from the Jordan chef paired with vintages of Jordan Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Jordan's Estate Tour & Tasting also includes driving. Advance reservations are required due to the intimacy of tastings. Inspired by the timeless elegance of French wine and food, Tom and Sally Jordan founded Jordan Vineyard & Winery in 1972. Their vision was to create a wine estate that produced food-friendly Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay to rival the finest in France--and to capture the essence of gracious hospitality. Today their son, John, builds upon their legacy. Library Tasting Mon-Sun: 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. (closed Sundays, December-March) Winery Tour & Library Tasting Mon-Sun: 11 a.m. (closed Sundays, December-March) Estate Tour & Tasting Thurs-Mon: 9:45 a.m. (May-October only) Holiday Tour & Tasting Mon-Fri: 2 p.m. (select dates in December)

Reviewed By faye f

Very slick but guide was unf v rehearsed and working to a script. Wines were good but this isn’t the boutique personalized experience sadly lovely grounds

7. Williamson Wines Tasting Room

134 Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA 95448-4118 +1 707-433-1500
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5 based on 231 reviews

Williamson Wines Tasting Room

Situated within beautiful Healdsburg and featuring fantastic food, superb award-winning wines with knowledgeable, friendly staff, a couple of hours at Williamson Wines gives every visitor a lasting memory of the people, stories and wines that make this area famous. Come on in. Enjoy . . .Join us any day from 11am through 7pm. Walk-ins are welcome at the bar or call to reserve a table

Reviewed By Mike D - Tampa, Florida

My wife and I stumbled upon their tasting room by accident. My wife had trouble getting out of the rental car due to the height of the curb. A woman, with an Australian accent, who just left the tasting room, assisted my wife and welcomed us to Healdsburg and Williamson. We just had to try. Suffice it to say, we joined their wine club and purchased a jar of truffle salt and other delightful accompaniments (which were served with the complimentary tasting). As we were about to leave, we discovered that the woman who assisted my wife was Dawn Williamson, the proprietor!!!

8. Truett Hurst Winery

5610 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448-8210 +1 707-433-9545
Excellent
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4.5 based on 159 reviews

Truett Hurst Winery

Reviewed By minnesotans4 - Saint Paul, Minnesota

This was our favorite winery in this area. It was so peaceful to see the Dry Creek River which had salmon. Goats, sheep and chickens were also on property. There were outside tables to enjoy the surroundings and also sip on some amazing red wines. So many people were carrying out boxes of wine so we knew that this was a great place. The staff was very informative and took time to explain the different wines. My husband bought the 2014 Dragonfly Red Field blend which was billed as a big and intense red blend of Syrah and Zinfandel and also the 2014 Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines were $39-$45 and normally more expensive than we would buy but they were simply that good. The wine tasting was complimentary when buying wine which was appreciated. I would highly recommend visiting this winery.

9. Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves

9711 W Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448-8113 +1 707-473-9171
Excellent
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4.5 based on 215 reviews

Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves

Reviewed By CurlyGirl19 - Itasca, Illinois

We had a lovely private tour and tasting with Lucy on a hot day. The cave was a cool escape from the heat. Interesting history and tour, followed by a quality seated tasting in their cave room. Not too crowded, which was nice for a Friday afternoon. The wines didn't blow us away, but they were quite nice and we did buy a couple of bottles.

10. Healdsburg Plaza

Healdsburg, California Plaza, Healdsburg, CA +1 707-431-3301
Excellent
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4.5 based on 455 reviews

Healdsburg Plaza

Reviewed By oenothene64 - Leiwen

Spent part of an afternoon here with my wife and wow has this town changed. Like a lot of wine country towns Healdsburg has changed dramatically over the last several years. Lots of interesting stores and places to sit and enjoy a flight of wines. We also had a very nice meal at Camp Forina which looks like a local hangout and worth the effort to find.

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