How did I go to Napa Valley and almost miss this adorably quaint, sweet town? This is the question I ask myself everytime I look at these pictures. The Healdsburg Shed would be enough of a draw, but add in the amazing coffee shops, lovely town square and beautiful, rolling drive to or from Napa Valley? It’s the kind of town that makes you want to put down roots and bask in small town living.
Healdsburg is technically located in Sonoma Wine Country, and there are some fantastic vineyards in the area- but I think vineyards are a rather personal choice so I’ll leave them out here and instead share the best of Healdsburg the town:
FLYING GOAT COFFEE
Start your day here by ordering up your favorite caffeinated beverage and maybe grab a muffin to go with that meets your dietary preferences [a few delicious gluten, dairy free options] Then take a seat and take it all in as the locals filter in and out and the little town center comes alive.
So many wonderful things to say about this unique spot that is clearly a meeting place in the community. The have a collection of beautifully curated housewares, culinary finds, a fresh cut flower market, outdoor spaces and I certainly can’t leave off the restaurant. Their locally small-farm sourced, fresh and seasonal menu was a true highlight of the trip. We ate here for lunch and ordered a few things to share. Every last thing was absolutely amazing. This is a place to enjoy yourself for a little mid-afternoon break.
TAKE A SPIN AROUND TOWN
I noticed many hotels in Healdsburg offered bikes for their guests. The quaint neighborhood streets lined with early Californian bungalows, carefully curated shops, romantic corners like that of the Barndiva Restaurant and more fun finds at the Dry Creek General Store. The middle of Healdsburg is designated by its large park and there seemed to be something going on there all hours of the day – music, lawn games, interest group meet-ups- its a location worthy of a few minutes of your time.
POP INTO A TASTING ROOM
There were many, many tasting rooms in Healdsburg [several recognizable names] and each day around happy hour they would begin to fill up with people just looking to ease into the evening. It seemed like an enjoyable thing to do and get a taste of the local wines – a good way to decide if you want to visit their vineyards!
GRAB A SLICE OF PIE AT NOBLE FOLK
We wandered into Noble Folk just before they closed one evening and it kinda felt like winning the lottery. Mississippi Mud Slide pie, anyone? They house-made pies we can vouch for- it was maybe one of the best slices of pie I’ve ever had and their ice creams didn’t look so bad either. Their simplistic modern farmhouse interior styling made this even more of a draw for me!