Services Available to Our Guests:
Service / Extra Cleaning:"To
Your Door" Laundry Service:
We can offer on-demand or daily maid service for an additional fee of
$30/hr. Arrangements must be made in advance.
We can provide a wash and fold laundry service (delivered to your door)
for $2 per pound for larger loads (an additional $10 surcharge is added
for smaller loads). For
Firefly Lodge and The Old River Lodge (our two homes without washer &
dryers) we offer a wash and fold laundry service free for stays of 4 nights
or longer, please inquire. You may also call us to request fresh
sheets, additional towels, etc. We will also be glad to see if one of
our homes with laundry facilities might be available for your self-service.
and Drop-Off Laundry Service:
Healdsburg, the Dry Creek Laundry, is located in the parking lot across
from Big John's Market, at 1357 Healdsburg Ave., and is open daily from
6am to 10pm, for self-service laundering. If you arrive at the Dry Creek
Laundry before 10am, you may leave your laundry with the attendant, and
they will provide a wash and fold service. They can have your laundry
clean and folded and ready for your pick up the next morning, in most
cases. The phone number for the laundry is 707-433-5723.
Lastly, you may call us and we'll be glad to see if one of our homes with
laundry facilities might be available for your self-service.
passes to Healdsburg's
Park Point Health & Swim Club are available for $15. Ask us for details.
The closest major airports are San Francisco
and Oakland. However, our local Sonoma County Airport (just 15 minutes
from Healdsburg, via Hwy 101) has
flights directly from a few major cities.
are some links to flight and ground transportation information:
County Airport Express -
Charter Bus Transportation to and from San Francisco and Oakland Airports
(last stop is Sonoma County Airport, a 15 minute drive from Healdsburg).
County Airport - 707-565-7243) - Information about flying directly to Wine Country via
Sonoma County Airport
to Rental Car Agencies at the Sonoma County Airport
Taxi Cab & Car Service Company - 707-433-7088
In or Out:
We have a lot of incredible restaurants here in Healdsburg, many offer
delivery, pick-up or catering if you prefer to eat-in. Or, try our local
produce and products for some gourmet cooking of your own. Some of our
recommendations are below. For a full listing of restaurants, see:
Chamber of Commerce Restaurant Listings
About 90 minutes north of San Francisco, Healdsburg has become a popular
jumping off point for visitors to Sonoma County's Wine Country. In addition
to boutiques, tasting rooms and upscale shopping, this bustling town has
some of the area's most unique restaurants.
Surrounded on nearly all sides by vineyards, the small town of Healdsburg
has quickly become the unofficial heart of much of Sonoma's Wine Country.
With the Dry Creek Valley to the west, Russian River Valley to the South,
and the Alexander Valley and Chalk Hill to the east, it's a hub for vintners,
winery staff and locals who work in the industry-as well as Wine Country
visitors. With so much wine flowing in the hills and valleys, it's hardly
surprising that good food and excellent restaurants are easy to find in
this small northern California town.
And though couture fashion boutiques, expensive cars and modern luxury
hotels have replaced much of the older agricultural way of life here,
there are still many locals who sit and eat lunch around the plaza, stop
in for a drink at the local bars and congregate at the local post office
and coffee houses to chat.
Restaurants follow suit-with a number of luxurious, high-end dining experiences;
mid-priced casual eateries that feature fresh, local foods and even inexpensive
nosheries that are perfect for a quick bite. Here are some favorites:
Cyrus Restaurant, located in the Le Mars Hotel near downtown,
is arguably Sonoma County's most opulent eatery. Offering luxury cuisine
including caviar by the ounce, an impressive cheese cart, stellar wine
selection and five-star service, along with refined French/California
dining, it is the best choice for intimate dinners and exacting palates.
It has been highly reviewed and compared to the 5-star "French Laundry"
in Napa. (Advance reservations required). It has now been included on
a list of the 50 best restaurants in the U.S. As you would expect, it
is rather expensive, but the service is incredible, and the food is very
A note from Wine Country Lodges: The owner,
Lisa, took her parents to Cyrus for dinner in early 2008,
and for the three of them the bill was under $200, (but they didn't order
the optional caviars, or taste the rare wines, etc.). Cyrus
is located at 29 North St., Healdsburg, 707.433.3311.
The Dry Creek Kitchen, located inside the Hotel Healdsburg,
is well regarded as it was founded by the famous New York chef, Charlie
Palmer. For sushi, we have a very upscale and special place called Willi's
Seafood and Raw Bar (located at 403 Healdsburg Ave) that many
people really enjoy (and we've gotten good consistent reviews from Wine
Country Lodges' guests as well). The restaurant, Zin
(located at 344 Center Street) was featured on a Rachel Ray cooking show
on TV, and has great food, as do almost all the rest of the restaurants
in Healdsburg. Barn Diva (located at 231 Center Street),
for which we have read good press (and have heard good things about as
well), has an eclectic menu and a unique dining environment. Close to
downtown, Barn Diva has a high fence around its courtyard
dining providing guests a more private setting for small parties. When
walking by you can see twinkling lights and the sound of laughter and
a great time being had by all... Restaurant Charcuterie
at 335 Healdsburg Avenue has recently been getting a lot of buzz and being
a spot with great food at a great price (average dinner entree $18) -
French mediterranean fare in a "fun, relaxed setting". There
are a number of others restaurants that have good "buzz", including Cena
Luna (241 Healdsburg Avenue), and Ravenous Cafe
(420 Center Street).
amidst the vineyards just outside of town, Madrona Manor
is a Victorian Inn that's a favorite of wedding parties and romantic couples.
Though you'll find plenty of locals, as well, the restaurant at Madrona
Manor is the kind of place best enjoyed while on vacation: cares
slip away, elegant plates are brought forth, the food is simple, yet well-crafted,
and the environment plush. Located at 1001 Westside Road, Healdsburg,
At the other end of the design spectrum, Dry Creek Kitchen,
in the similarly stark Healdsburg Hotel, is a minimal and cleanly executed
space that features regional foods and cooking. From Pt. Reyes' Cowgirl
Creamery to Liberty Ducks and local produce, the menu is careful to point
out its local sources, so diners really understand the sense of place
they're eating in. The menu changes frequently, so don't get too attached
to a meal you had last week-chances are it will soon be replaced. Located
at 317 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, 707.431.0330.
For something more everyday, local people have some favorites like El
Farolito, or El Sombrero, hole in the wall places,
each a half block from the plaza, with great authentic Mexican food. Next
to a brewery by the same name is The Bear Republic Cafe,
which is an upscale hamburger and chilli sort of a place with things like
burgers, chili, and rootbeer, just off the side alley of the Hotel Healdsburg;
or diVine Pizza, a very popular spot (next to Big John's
Market at Healdsburg Avenue and Dry Creek Road) with great gourmet pizza,
and eating at tables outdoors, or inside. At mid-day, eating at the Oakville
Grocery on the corner of the plaza square is something that almost
every tourist does. They have tables outdoors for eating, and lots of
deli things to choose from, salads, sandwiches, hot things, unusual things,
absolutely fantastic cookies, etc! Just outside of town is Giorgio's
with family style Italian food (nothing to write home about, but decent
food at a decent price) - we all agreed that the big, thick crust style
pizzas were pretty good. Sizzling Tandoor offers Indian
fare at the corner of Dry Creek Road and Healdsburg Avenue. There's lots
more to great places to choose from, but maybe this will get you started.
At each of our homes there is a binder with a section devoted to restaurants.
Lunch With The Locals:
On the "Best" list almost every year in the last decade, tiny,
narrow and always packed, Bistro Ralph is where you'll
often find local winemakers opening a bottle or two of their latest vintage
with friends. The bar is a great place to see the action, nibble on tasty
rolls, and wait for a plate of chicken livers or a Hangar steak with fries.
Zin Restaurant is another favorite local lunch spot.
Bistro Ralph is located at 109 Plaza St., Healdsburg,
707.433.1380. Zin Restaurant is located at 344 Center
St., Healdsburg, 707.473.0946.
A cross between gourmet grocery store and gourmet deli, the Oakville
Grocery store has make-it-yourself provisions like cheese, bread,
lunchmeat and upscale pre-made deli items including polenta and crabcakes
along with some of the tastiest sandwiches in town. If you're willing
to wait 20 minutes or so, the Club Mezaluna is a crispy pizza crust filled
with chicken, bacon, tomatoes and Caesar salad. Budget a little tight?
Big John's Market, north of town is where locals go for
inexpensive sub sandwiches, soup and other gourmet goodies. Oakville
Grocery is located at 124 Matheson St., Healdsburg, 707.433.3200.
Big John's Market is located at 1345 Healdsburg Ave.,
The Ravenette, located just off the square next to the
Raven theater, is a cozy spot for Sunday brunch. With a mostly local clientele,
it's also open for dinner Thursday through Sunday. Located at 117 North
Plaza Farms market hosts several local wineries, Bellwether
Farms cheeses and Bovolo, an Italian deli (California-style) offering
gourmet pizza, salads made with locally sourced greens, beans and whole
grains and house-made gelato. Located at 106 Matheson St., Healdsburg,
707.433.2345. diVine Pizza is a very popular spot (next
to Big John's Market at Healdsburg Avenue and Dry Creek Road) with great
gourmet pizza, and eating at tables outdoors, or inside. And, Giorgio's
has a big, thick crust style pizza that is pretty good (although we didn't
find the rest of their family style Italian food to be anything noteworthy).
You don't need your own chopsticks (though many locals have a set on hand)
at Sake'O, one of the best sushi restaurants in the North
Bay. The restaurant is tiny, and there are only a few seats at the sushi
bar, so it's best to come early. Closer to the center of town, Willi's
Seafood is a hip restaurant with great outdoor seating, a nice
by-the-glass winelist and a full bar. And for fish tacos, there's no shortage
of Mexican restaurants, like El Farolito, located at
128 Plaza St. (phone 707.433.2807) just behind the Gallo tasting room
(which fronts Center Street). Sake'O is located at 505
Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, 707.433.2669. Willi's Seafood
is located at 403 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, 707.433.9191.
Something Other Than, Er, Wine?:
It seems a little bit odd to smell hops and barley along the streets of
Healdsburg, but on a warm day, the waft of brewing beer will guide you
right to the Bear Republic Brewing Company located at
345 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, 707.431.7258, for salads, burgers and
worth the drive:
20 minutes drive south of Healdsburg you will find Graton (between Forestville
and Sebastopol on Gravenstein Highway - Hwy 116) and the Underwood Bar
and Bistro. Guests of ours went there by default one night years ago and
found the Underwood a favorite of the locals and vintners alike: "The
atmosphere is loads of fun, the food somewhat eclectic but absolutely
fabulous. It has very fun drinks, and the servers are often a bit funky
and very helpful in selection. Reservations are practically a 'must' because
it is so popular. We also like the fact that they have quite a few 'small
plates' that are quite reasonable in price. We often just get a few small
plates and all eat off of them. By the way, their Harisa Fries are to
die for. We always start with a big plate of those for the table".
/ Food Delivery / Personal Chef:
Many of the restaurants in town offer food pick-up or delivery and some
offer on-site catering (including Costeaux French Bakery).
Healdsburg restaurant menus (Healdsburg
are available online and may indicate some of these options.
For Catering and/or Personal Chef options, try some of these:
- Personal chef services, daily meal service, special occasion chef services
for dinner parties. And, in combination with Refresh Event Massage Services
they offer Romantic Dinner and Massage Packages for two and Spa Party
Packages for a unique and luxurious way to entertain and relax while in
the comfort of your vacation home!
David Gish -
510-547-4881 - provides custom
designed experiences accommodating the culinary and wine related desires
of vacationing groups.
Multi Regional Cuisine - 707.546.3293 - Personal chef services,
catering & events, cooking classes, a variety of cuisines. Mateo
We've heard good things about these folks for private cooking classes
(which guests have held at our houses) and they should be a good resource
through which to hire a private chef.
There are two main grocery stores in town. There is a Safeway
on Vine Street at Matheson (there is a Sonoma National Bank
and a Wells Fargo Bank in this plaza as well). Safeway
is a long block West of the plaza (which is on Healdsburg Avenue and Matheson
The other grocery is Big
John's Market at 1345 Healdsburg Avenue (at the corner of
Dry Creek Road) about a half mile north of the plaza (on the left). Big
John's "offers a full range of traditional natural and organic
grocery item, a full service deli, meat, bakery and produce departments
and an expansive selection of local wines". You can find gluten-free options
here as well.
There are a few other smaller specialty stores such as Shelton's
Market that has some more organic and gluter-free optons. Shelton's
is located at 428 Center Street a couple blocks north of the plaza (North
of the Post Office).
Grocery is at 124 Matheson Street (at the corner of Center
Street on the plaza). Oakville has "regional and selective
gourmet products, there is an alfresco cafe style seating terrace featuring
a freestanding wood burning fireplace. The outside terrace is a place
for customers to enjoy a wide variety of menu items from our kitchen,
pizza ovens, sandwich bar, and rotisserie as well as wines by the glass
from our wine tasting bar". The store highlights Sonoma County producers
in the selection of specialty grocery, farmstead cheeses, charcuterie,
baked goods, wines, and produce.
Further away in Windsor (South 10 minutes on Hwy 101) there is a Raley's
grocery and a Super Walmart with grocery items. Santa
Rosa (15 miles to the south) has a Trader Joe's and a
number of local and national chain groceries.
Healdsburg Info & Maps:
Chamber of Commerce & Visitor's Bureau - 800-648-9922 (CA only) or
of Downtown Healdsburg
are some alternative event location ideas that are a bit lower cost than
most and are not too far from our homes:
Golf Club at Tayman Park: has a Wedding and Event Center that provides
a picturesque location for the perfect Wine Country Wedding, Meeting or
Corporate Event. Presenting visitors with spectacular views of the Sonoma
County Wine Country, the Clubhouse offers a unique blend of timeless Wine
Country sophistication and convenient amenities. Capacity: 150 Guests.
Note from Wine Country Lodges: They have nice facilities there, nice chairs,
etc., bar service, and a kitchen that can be used, and they charge $150/hour
for use of the facilities for picnics, family reunions, and other events.
It is very close to all of our homes (a half mile to 2 miles away from
all of our properties).
Chanticleer - Weddings, Special Events, Conferences - less than a
mile to Firefly and Northwoods Lodges (and another 1/2 to 1 mile to our
other homes).. Capacity: 350 Inside / 150 Outside.
Valley Community Hall - Enjoy the "Wine Country" elegance of our charming
hall nestled in the middle of the lush vineyards and premier wineries
of the Alexander Valley. Capacity: 200 Guests.
Ranch - Weddings and Receptions, Compancy Events, Picnics & Family
Reunions. Tucked away in the heart of the wine country, Thunderbird Ranch
is surrounded by the lush green vineyards and picturesque rolling hills
of Alexander Valley. Capacity: 300 Guests.
Park - This large group picnic area is nestled in a grove of old Redwood
trees, and features an extra large BBQ and a volleyball area. It is disabled
accessible and has two chemical toilets. There are also multiple first-come,
first-served secluded picnic tables. The park has a two mile gravel path
that circles Lake Benoist. The lake has great fishing access and allows
non-motorized boating (electric OK). There is abundant wildlife and bird
watching. Picnic Area Capacity: 75.
One of the wineries we think have the prettiest grounds to walk around
is Ferrari-Carrano on Dry Creek Road. If you wander as far as the Guerneville
area (to the south west of Healdsburg about 45 minutes), there is Korbel
Champagne Cellars. (It is very close to Armstrong State Redwoods which
we highly recommend you go see, and is also on the way to the ocean beaches)..
Korbel has been voted the best tour in the area. Korbel produces champagne,
and has done so for about a century. Their buildings are old and walking
around there is like walking around an old world little city. The tour
is very interesting, with a lot of historical content. They show how champagne
was made in the old fashioned, very labor intensive way long go, and then
show you how it's done now. You see old hand carved decorated barrels,
and old equipment, and old bottles. Lots of education with this tour,
and it's pretty there. You can go on a garden tour of their home next
to the winery, too, if you like and thats very nice also.
Wineries - Links to some of the many wineries in and around Healdsburg
River Wine Road - Local winery & event information including maps
to the many local wineries and special event weekends including: Winter
Wineland, Barrel Tasting, Passport and Wine & Food Affair.
Sonoma County Online - Map
Tour - 707-224-2265 / 888-411-TOUR - Offering Private, Customized
Wine Tours. Highly recommended by a previous guest. (Based in Napa, but
will come to Healdsburg).
Tours - 707-694-5580
- owner/operator Jonathan has
been highly recommended by many of our guests, including a recent comment
calling him a "gem". Personalized wine tours in a custom built
flat screen TV and more.
special attention, including behind the scenes tours, and special tastings
on your customized tour. Owner
operated and offer flex
pricing (per hour or flat rate) for couples or groups of
Also offer transportation for clients to and from county airport and restaurant
and other destinations.
Wine Tour - 707-849-0503
County Tours - 707-824-1304
Wine Tours - 707-486-0377
Soussan offers private
Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino wine country. Please contact us on www.sonomawinetours.com
or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rover Tours (Range Rovers) - 707-838-1405
Road Tours - 707-548-4421
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
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
the fall, our weather is typically warm, clear, sunny and summer-like.
Swimming and boating are usually possible until November.
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.