I love finding new gems and Healdsburg has skyrocketed to the top of my favorites list. We only spent 24 hours in town, and I can’t wait to fully enjoy all that this amazing town has to offer. In the mean time, here were the highlights of a quick (but eventful stay):
Where to Stay: Hotel Healdsburg
- This is definitely an indulgent spot, but well worth it in my opinion. From free rental bikes, floor to ceiling glass windows throughout the premises, charming gardens decorated with string lights, a gorgeous spa, a delicious complimentary breakfast (complete with lox and bagels, omelet bar, and waffles), and my favorite – the most comfortably luxurious bed, this is a spot I could DEFINITELY get used to. Also, did I mention that it’s located in the heart of Healdsburg? Walking distance to every possible shop, restaurant and wine tasting room, this really is the place to be.
Where to Eat: Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar
- I was lucky enough to have our awesome friends fill us in on this hot spot. Complete with an impressive oyster bar, super personable staff and one of the best lobster rolls I’ve ever had, this definitely is a necessary lunch spot for anyone in the area. The charred ahi with avocado puree and truffled soy, and the pork belly sliders are not to be missed!
- We enjoyed an early lunch at this spot and love Healdsburg’s obsession with small plates. We were able to try the hamachi crudo, warm pretzels with house made sauces, fried chicken with yogurt and basil, and lamb barbacoa tacos – all equally delicious. I enjoyed it with the Sauv Blanc wine flight (had to get a little wine tasting in while in wine country right!) and enjoyed the super cool vibe and awesome decor.
Where to Play: Shed
- Similar to my love for The Makery, Shed has a very similar vibe but really takes it to a new level. Just when I thought I’d seen every artisan food product available, Shed introduced me to rows and rows of sauces, spices, jams, syrups, etc. that I never heard of! I would list some of my favorites – but we did a lot of Christmas shopping (so my secrets will have to wait). If you are looking for gorgeous home goods this is your one stop shop.
- I’m on a home goods kick (sorry I’m not sorry), and this shop was like walking into my dream home… think cowhide rugs, vintage Hermes serving trays and beautiful stemware. Out of my price range… but a girl can dream!
While our trip was too short, I definitely can’t wait to add more must see spots to this list for next time. I’d love any suggestions anyone has to share!