Wine Counrty Living

Healdsburg, California

Our Premier Vacation Homes are located in and around Idyllic Healdsburg, CA next to vineyards and along the Russian Riverfront. Recognized as a World Renowned Wine Producing Region, and graced with a temperate Mediterranean climate and scenery reminiscent of Tuscany and/or the French Countryside. Healdsburg is surrounded by world class vineyards and award-winning wineries, interconnected by scenic country byways. View the Healdsburg Town Map.

The historic, Spanish-American style town square is at the center of it all. Within a few blocks in any direction you have a host of casual & fine dining, specialty and boutique shopping, wine tasting, arts & entertainment opportunities. Free Wireless Access Internet is available from anywhere on Healdsburg’s Central Park Plaza.

Healdsburg is just a short getaway from the Bay Area as it is only 70 miles north of San Francisco, via the Golden Gate Bridge on Highway 101. Our lodges provide a convenient and relaxing Weekend Getaway for visitors from the bay area and beyond! The towns of Sonoma and Napa are to the southeast (about 30 and 50 miles, respectively) via the scenic Valley of the Moon; the charming town of Calistoga is just a 30 minute drive East, and to the West about 30 miles is the Pacific Ocean and the scenic towns of Jenner and Bodega Bay.

Located in Northwest Sonoma County between the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys, Healdsburg is in the center of the most picturesque grape-growing region in California. The area’s 300 plus wineries are located in one of the premium growing regions of the world.

Please see Healdsburg History for an in-depth look at the evolution of Healdsburg, CA.

The Wonder of Sonoma County

Sonoma County is an area rich in natural beauty, history, and variety. Its sightseeing venues extend from its western reaches with coastal beaches, tide pools, and whale watching to its scenic highways leading eastward to the neighboring wine regions of Napa, Calistoga and St. Helena. San Francisco is only 70 miles to the South.

To the north, Sonoma County (known also as the Redwood Empire) is bordered by groves of giant Redwoods. Just a short scenic drive southwest of Healdsburg is the beautiful, old growth redwood forest preserve, Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve, where you can picnic, walk, and hike among towering trees… highly recommended!

In a wooded area, 1-3 miles from Healdsburg's plaza, our homes rest along the banks of a particularly scenic portion of the Russian River. While lounging on the decks, guests enjoy clear views of the river’s natural setting and wildlife viewing opportunities abound. In warmer months, typically May-October, canoe traffic glides by.

Lake Sonoma, Warm Springs Dam & Recreation Area with boating, water skiing, jet ski rentals, fish hatchery, picnicking & swimming is just a 15-20 minute drive North on Dry Creek Road…Cycling our country roads is great way to get around and see the countryside. Be sure to stop by the Dry Creek General Store along the way for a step back in time, as well as for a refreshing rest stop.

Local Climate

SPRING: The signs of spring arrive early with tender blades of new grass appearing shortly after the new year. Spring can be beautiful and balmy. By May, the river has usually become suitable for kayaking, canoeing, and other activities.

SUMMER: Healdsburg’s Mediterranean climate is mild year round. It is dry (semi-arid) in the summer, with summer temperatures ranging between 70 and 95 degrees, usually cooling to the 50’s overnight. Year ’round it is smog-free and mosquitoes are scarce. Summer is the high season for water sports, with swimming, boating, and lots of ways to enjoy aquatic fun!

FALL: In the fall, our weather is typically warm, clear, sunny and summer-like. Swimming and boating are usually possible until November.

WINTER: The average rainfall is forty inches with temperatures ranging from 28 degrees in the overnight to 60 degrees during the day, December through February. We are 30 miles from the Pacific Coast, and the relatively warm Humboldt Current keeps us temperate and free of snowy conditions. Native steelhead and salmon swim upstream to spawn during the winter months and provide exciting fishing opportunities.

There are many special events and local festivals scheduled throughout the year. We provide a basket of local information, event calendars, and maps for our guests' convenience. Most of this information is also available online. Below is an alphabetic list of many of the activities and business in our area to serve your interests and needs… Have Fun!

Cycling

Healdsburg (and Sonoma County) was named one of the world’s top 10 places for scenic cycling.

Business Name Description Phone
Business Name Description Phone
Sonoma County Bike Guides Cycle the Wine Country with a professional guide! 707-583-1818
BikeSonoma (Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition) Rides and Maps Resources. 707-545-0153
Getaway Adventures – Wine Country Bike Tours Guide to Biking in Sonoma County – Everything from family friendly “leisure” rides to those offering serious climbs and/or distance and endurance. 800-499-BIKE
Santa Rosa Cycling Club Links to Maps & Info for the best rides in Healdsburg, surrounding vineyards and even the coast. N/A
Sonoma County Transportation Authority Healdsburg Bike & Pedestrian Map. N/A
Spoke Folk Cyclery Rent a bicycle at Healdsburg Bike Rentals. 707-433-7171
Wine Country Bikes Healdsburg Bike Rentals & Bike Tours. 866-922-4537

Canoeing & Kayaking

Business Name Description Phone
Business Name Description Phone
River’s Edge Kayak & Canoe Trips For rentals of canoes, kayaks, and rafts. Also guided trips, river day trips and transportation. 707-433-7247
SOAR Inflatables, Inc. Thousands of SOAR owners have told us that the SOAR brand of boats inspire them to dream and to connect with what they love: being Somewhere On A River. 707-433-5599

Golf Courses

Business Name Description Phone
Business Name Description Phone
Healdsburg Golf Club at Tayman Park Healdsburg Golf Club at Tayman Park – Located at the base of Fitch Mountain, just 1 mile from many of our homes. 707-433-4275
Windsor Golf Club A par-72 championship course that has played host to six PGA Nike Tour events, giving the course a unique cachet that lets golfers follow in the footsteps of the pros – just 8 miles from our homes. 707-838-7888
Oakmont Golf Club Features two courses (west and east) on the north side of Santa Rosa and is just 20 minutes from our homes. 707-539-0415
Foxtail Golf Club Is two courses in one, in Rohnert Park, just 20 minutes south of Healdsburg. 707-584-7766
Northwood Golf Club Is an Alister MacKenzie design amidst the Redwoods in Monte Rio and is just a 20 minute scenic drive from our homes. 707-865-1116
The Links at Bodega Harbour Offes award-winning “Scottish style” designed course with Pacific North Coast views and is just 35 minutes from our homes. 707-875-3538

Hiking

Business Name Description Phone
Business Name Description Phone
Hiker’s Guide to Sonoma County Adventures you can have in the great outdoors of Healdsburg, Sonoma County. 707-433-6935

Hot Air Balloon Excursions

Business Name Description Phone
Business Name Description Phone
Up & Away Ballooning, Inc. Offers hot air balloon rides and champagne brunch. 800-711-2998

Lake Sonoma

Business Name Description Phone
Business Name Description Phone
Lake Sonoma, Warm Springs Dam & Recreation Area With boating, water skiing, jet ski rentals, fish hatchery, picnicking & swimming Lake Sonoma is just a 15-20 minute drive North on Dry Creek Road. Cycling our country roads is great way to get around and see the countryside – and this area was recently named one of the top places in the world for scenic cycling. Be sure to stop by the Dry Creek General Store along the way for a step back in time, as well as for a refreshing rest stop. 707-431-4590

Libraries

Business Name Description Phone
Business Name Description Phone
Healdsburg Public Library and Wine Library There were several libraries in Healdsburg before the City of Healdsburg took over control of the library and made it part of the City Hall in 1896. The Russian River Institute, the Sotoyome Literary Society, The Public Library Association (a subscription library run by Masonic Lodge) all attest to Healdsburg’s need and determination to have a library. However, the wonderful brick building that was Healdsburg’s City Hall finally gave the library a proud, tax-supported home. This building was where the Oakville Grocery is today. Despite having survived the 1906 earthquake, this building was torn down in 1960. 707-433-3772

Museums

Business Name Description Phone
Business Name Description Phone
Charles M. Schultz Museum Located at 2301 Hardies Ln., Santa Rosa, Ca. Celebrates the life of Charles Schultz and the Peanuts characters. Includes exhibits, films, cartooning classroom where you can draw, write and learn about cartooning.

The Redwood Empire Ice Arena (Snoopy’s Home Ice) is across the street. Family indoor ice skating year round in one of the most beautiful ice arenas in the world. Ice Arena Phone Number: 707-546-7147.
707-579-4452
Hand Fan Museum Located adjacent to the Hotel Healdsburg and is packed with displays of fancy, historical hand fans of various national origins and eras. The Museum is free, but donations are accepted. Museum hours: Wed-Sun 11AM – 4PM and is located at 219 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448. 707-431-2500
Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society – exhibits feature antique clothing, firearms, Pomo basketry, a Christmas toy exhibit and other rotating exhibits. There is an extensive photo archive, and they offer historical research services. The Museum is free, but donations are accepted and is open: Wednesday through Sunday 11 am – 4 pm and is located at 221 Matheson Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448. There is also a Museum Store with books and things for sale. 707-431-3325
Pacific Coast Air Museum Is located near the Sonoma County Airport features local aviation heritage and history. 707-575-7900

Nature Related Activities

Business Name Description Phone
Business Name Description Phone
Adventures Outdoors Looking for Outdoor Activities? See all of the exciting adventures you can have in the great outdoors of Healdsburg, Sonoma County. N/A
Sonoma Canopy Tours Zip the Redwoods! – Guided Tour includes 7 ziplines, 2 sky bridges, a dramatic spiral staircase & an 80 foot rappel. Once in a lifetime mix of adrenaline & family friendly entertainment! (2.5 hours of thrills in the Coastal Redwoods of Occidental and just 30 minutes from Healdsburg!) 888-494-7868
Petrified Forest Come join us for a walk in this crisp autumn weather with all the breathtaking fall colors. The Naturalist Educator will be doing tours at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to inform you about the petrified trees, geology and plant life of the area or you can go it alone. In any case, looking forward to seeing you! 707-942-6667

State Parks

Shopping

Business Name Description Phone
Business Name Description Phone
Healdsburg Shopping Healdsburg Shopping offers antiques, upscale boutiques, art galleries, farm trails. N/A
Petaluma Village Premium Outlets Petaluma Village Premium Outletsare just 20 minutes south on Hwy 101. 317-636-1600

Theater

Business Name Description Phone
Business Name Description Phone
Raven Performing Arts Theater Performing arts are more than a momentary distraction; they reflect our dreams, expand our world, offer respite from our troubles, fill us with wonder and joy, and make us laugh out loud. 707-433-6335

Kennel

Business Name Description Phone
Business Name Description Phone
Memorial Beach Veterinary Hospital Their goal is to provide excellence in veterinary care. We wish to offer a friendly "low key" environment conducive to good communication about special concerns you may have about your pets. 707-433-6916

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