The city of Healdsburg is nestled into the Northern part of Sonoma at the convergence of the vineyard and winery rich Dry Creek, Alexander and Russian River Valleys. It offers a picturesque location, just 65 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, and surrounded by more than 60 wineries and hundreds of acres of premium vineyards. The city is larger than many others in the region with 11,000 people calling it home. Offering a lot of historic charm, properties range from modest cottages and bungalows, to beautifully restored late 19thcentury Victorians. Luxury and vineyard estates can be found in the surrounding areas.
First settled by Native Americans of the Pomo people, this idyllic wine country community was founded in 1857 and incorporated nearly a decade later. The extension of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad into Healdsburg in 1872 was a game changer that brought commerce, agriculture and visitors. The Healdsburg of today was built around the 19th century town square, complete with a park and bandstand.
Visitors and residents enjoy the Healdsburg community for its a vibrant jazz scene, fine restaurants, inns and spas, upscale boutiques, and art galleries that border around the town square. The Healdsburg community prides itself in offering a bevy of local produce, breads, and cheeses to go with the local wine. The area directly surrounding Healdsburg is famous for its Zinfandels, though you will find a variety of specialties at the wineries throughout. Many of Healdsburg wineries have unique blends as a result of the city’s location at the convergence of the Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, and the Russian River Valley.
Healdsburg has and continues to undergo additions of new restaurants, hotels and boutiques. This modernization has created a unique blend to go along with the historic charm of Healdsburg’s past. At the town’s plaza, you’ll find that Healdsburg has a popular restaurant scene. Celebrity Chef Charlie Palmer owns Dry Creek Kitchen located inside the Healdsburg Hotel. Other fantastic dining options include Barndiva and Partake by K-J. tasting. Beyond town square, culinary and wine scene, there are a number of excellent opportunities for biking, hiking, camping and even hot air balloon rides to take in the breath-taking views.