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5 MUST DO’S IN HEALDSBURG, CALIFORNIA

August 14, 2017
5 MUST DO'S IN HEALDSBURG, CALIFORNIA

Healdsburg, a quaint and idyllic village among vineyards, lies about an hour north of both Napa and Sonoma. Dubbed one of the Nation’s Most Romantic Small Towns by CNNTravel, it is one of California wine country’s best hidden gems. And here are 5 things you must do in Healdsburg, California!

5 MUST DO'S IN HEALDSBURG, CALIFORNIA

1. GO WINE TASTING!

Healdsburg is placed perfectly at the meeting point of viticulture-famed Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys, and just down the road from the Russian River Valley. In other words: It’s wine country paradise.

Jordan Winery

Tucked into the hills of Alexander Valley, you’ll find the beautiful French-countryside-inspired Jordan chateau. The gorgeous estate overlooks 1200 acres of rolling hills and vineyards and is home to the Jordan family. Jordan welcomes guests by appointment for their 90 minute estate tour and tasting of gourmet food and wine pairings in their stunning cellar room. They only make three wines here, an esteemed cabernet, chardonnay, and a new sparkling wine.

Verite Wines

For those who truly appreciate good wine, Verite is a must-stop on your trip to Healdsburg. Famed wine critic Robert Parker, Jr., of The Wine Advocate recently announced twelve 100-point scores for Vérité’s three blends, Le Désir, La Joie and La Muse (the first time a Sonoma County winery has received this many perfect scores!) And they are just as incredible as you can possibly imagine. The beautiful Verite estate hosts tastings by appointment only.

Lancaster Estate 

Lancaster Winery is set in Alexander Valley and their private tasting is hosted in their stunning 9000 square foot caves, accessible through a Game-of-Thrones-esque door. The beautiful estate is located at the southernmost tip of Alexander Valley and includes 53 hillside acres of 24 vineyard blocks. The vineyard is dedicated exclusively to the classic Bordeaux varieties—Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. Tastings are $25 per person.

Lambert Bridge Winery 

Lambert Bridge, located in the Alexander Valley, is famous for their excellent Cabernet, Cab Franc and Merlot, among other varietals. Their tasting room is their barn-like barrel room which is just beautiful. Lambert Bridge describes their wine style as offering European elegance and refinement, coupled with the intense flavor and bright aromatics that are found only in Sonoma County fruit.

5 MUST DO'S IN HEALDSBURG, CALIFORNIA

2. RELAX IN LUXURY AT HOTEL LES MARS 

Fresh out of the French countryside, this luxurious 16-room boutique hotel is located in the heart of the Healdsburg Square. The rooms at Hotel Les Mars feature baroque canopied four-poster beds with fresh Italian linens and the most comfortable mattress and pillows imaginable, as well as a spacious marble bathroom and unbelievably-soft robes. Each morning breakfast is served in your room on silver platters, with french-pressed coffee and fresh croissants.

5 MUST DO'S IN HEALDSBURG, CALIFORNIA

3. EAT AT BARNDIVA 

Barndiva, with its beautiful patio and all-sustainable restaurant, takes haute farm-to-table cuisine to a whole new level. It’s casual yet hip, and its inventive modern-American menu is everything you want and need after a long day wine tasting.

What to order: The crispy pork belly and the kale caesar with a poached fresh farm egg. And definitely explore their cocktail list for awesomely creative cocktails that are the perfect answer when all the wine starts to taste the same!

5 MUST DO'S IN HEALDSBURG, CALIFORNIA

4. GO ON SAFARI… IN CALIFORNIA

Built in 1993 by animal care experts and conservationists Peter and Nancy Lang, Safari West, a 400-acre African game animal preserve offers one of the best venues on the planet for getting up close and personal with some animals from all over Africa, from rhinos to giraffes to zebras, monkeys, cheetahs, antelopes and wildebeests.

Safari West has over 900 animals (around 100 different species), and offers once-in-a-lifetime overnight lodging, customized guided tours, and amazing animal experiences. Even if you don’t stay over night, the daytime experience of a jeep safari (or a winos and rhinos safari, if you want to keep your wine tasting buzz going) is an incredible experience. In addition, the impeccably trained staff offer private and intimate behind-the-scenes tours of animal enclosures and holding areas (yes, you can feed the giraffes).

5 MUST DO'S IN HEALDSBURG, CALIFORNIA

5. FLOAT DOWN THE RUSSIAN RIVER

A popular day trip for San Francisco locals, floating down the Russian River has become one of the most sought-after summertime Healdsburg activities. The lazy current and summer sunshine is perfect for floating with friends and a cooler full of beers.

There are no fees, no lines, and no guides necessary, you just show up with a raft or inner tube (which you can get on amazon for around $20) at Steelhead Beach, and plan to disembark at Sunset Beach, which will take a group about 4 hours.

5 MUST DO'S IN HEALDSBURG, CALIFORNIA

Have you been to Healdsburg? Please share your own tips with our readers in the comments below. Read Next > Death Valley California: A Photographers Paradise

By We Are Travel Girls Contributor Christina Vidal of JetsetChristina.com
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MUST DO'S IN HEALDSBURG, CALIFORNIA

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5 Comments

  • Reply Zhanna August 15, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Oh wow, I live in California, but haven’t heard about this place. It looks like a nice place to visit and have good time. I think I need to start planning my next trip 🙂

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls August 15, 2017 at 11:26 am

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting Zhanna! Glad you enjoyed this post and have some new California inspiration! Becky x

  • Reply thepetiteexplorer August 15, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Safari in California has blown my mind. Anywhere that offers vineyards AND safari is on my list

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls August 16, 2017 at 2:19 am

      Me too! I definitely want to visit this area after publishing this post! Becky x

  • Reply A Weekend Wine Tasting Guide to Healdsburg, California – JetsetChristina August 15, 2017 at 7:26 pm

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