Wine country getaway

Find great wines, dining, lodging and more in Sonoma County's Healdsburg
Amy McConnell

From U.S. 101, take the Central Healdsburg exit. June weather is ideal, with warm days (around 74°) and cool nights (to 49°). Bring some warm clothes, since mornings and evenings are often foggy.

For more information, contact the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau (707/433-6935 or www.sonomacounty.com).

Wineries
With more than 60 wineries within a 20-minute radius of Healdsburg, deciding where to go can be overwhelming. Below are a few favorites. For more on wineries, contact the Sonoma County Wineries Association (707/586-3795).

Hanna Winery. Family winery, founded by a cardiac surgeon from San Francisco and now managed by his daughter, Christine Hanna. Phenomenal views from the tasting room; excellent Sauvignon Blanc. 9280 State 128; (707) 431-4310.

J Wine Company. Best known for its sparkling wine, J also produces great Pinot Noir. At this elegant new tasting room, wines are matched with mouthwatering appetizers. Tastings from $5. 11447 Old Redwood Hwy.; (888) 594-6326.

Roshambo Winery. The spectacular concrete-and-glass design alone makes this tasting room worth a visit. Closed Tue-Wed. 3000 Westside Rd.; (707) 431-2051.

Stryker Sonoma. Big, spicy Zinfandel; great views from the airy tasting room. Closed Sat-Wed. 5110 State 128; (707) 433-1944.

 

Dining
Dry Creek Kitchen.
Don't miss the walk-up window around the corner from the dining room; here at the deli you can buy gourmet products as well as sandwiches and snacks. 317 Healdsburg Ave.; (707) 431-0330.

Manzanita. It's hard to go wrong at this high-style newcomer: Try any of the daily changing wood-fired pizzas or the grilled rabbit stuffed with polenta ― and save room for dessert. Closed Mon-Tue. 336 Healdsburg; (707) 433-8111.

Ravenous. Simple but delicious seasonal food, generous portions, and an intimate, inviting atmosphere make this the local favorite, hands down. The original eight-table restaurant, called Ravenette, now serves lunch. Both closed Mon-Tue. Ravenous: 420 Center St.; (707) 431-1302. Ravenette: 117 North St.; (707) 431-1770.

Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar. Casual restaurant and wine bar with straightforward but tasty blue plate-style dishes that go well with Zinfandel. Closed Tue-Wed. 344 Center; (707) 473-0946.

Foodies' favorites
The Cheese Course.
Local artisan and imported cheeses. Ask about scheduled cheese tastings and classes. Closed Tue. 423 Center; (707) 433-4998.

Downtown Bakery & Creamery. Head baker and owner Kathleen Stewart is a Chez Panisse disciple. 308-A Center; (707) 431-2719.

Flying Goat Coffee. Fondly referred to as "the Goat" by locals. Excellent coffee and pastries; hip, modern design. 324 Center; (707) 433-3599.

Jimtown Store. Old-fashioned country store with excellent deli foods. Convenient stop on your way to Alexander Valley wineries. 6706 State 128; (707) 433-1212.

Lodging
Grape Leaf Inn. Restored 102-year-old Queen Anne has 12 rooms, 5 with fireplaces. An elaborate breakfast is served on china and white linen tablecloths; there's also nightly wine tasting. From $185. 539 Johnson St.; (707) 433-8140.

Hotel Duchamp. Witty, whimsical, and ultramodern art-themed villas―you might even find neon lips over your fireplace. Extras: a wonderful, wholesome breakfast (included) and a lap pool. From $225. 421 Foss St.; (800) 431-9341, (707) 431-1300.

Hotel Healdsburg. This newcomer has 55 rooms; request one that faces the town plaza. Breakfast is included. From $205. 25 Matheson St.; (800) 889-7188, (707) 431-2800.