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This wine country trip it’s time to hit up Healdsburg in Northern
Sonoma County. This hip town square and its surrounding areas are jammed
packed with hot dining spots, wine tasting lounges and unique experiences.
It’s the place to be when you seek a modern, sophisticated setting for your
next excursion to wine country. WineCountry.com recommends some of these
finds for an afternoon around Healdsburg.
Dry Creek Kitchen
Charlie Palmer, one of America’s leading chefs went directly to the source –
Northern Sonoma County – for the finest fresh seasonal produce, gourmet food
purveyors, and fine wines, to form Dry Creek Kitchen. Dry Creek Kitchen, located
at the posh Hotel Healdsburg sits right on the square for a leisurely lunch
or extravagant dinner following your day of wine tasting. The focus is on great
and simple foods highlighting Sonoma County’s fresh ingredients like incredible
products from local purveyors such as CK Lamb and Liberty Duck, plus numerous
artisan cheeses from Redwood Hills and Cowgirl Creamery, among others, are
key to the restaurant’s success. Wine, dine and stay at the Hotel Healdsburg
in this Exclusive Experience travel package.
Enoteca Reserve Tasting Bar Ferrari-Carano's recently opened "Enoteca" Reserve
Tasting Bar is the perfect place to relax and enjoy delicious wine flights
and private tastings in a beautiful setting. "Enoteca," which
means "wine library" in Italian, is located in the underground
cellar of Villa Fiore, Ferrari-Carano's Visitor Center, located in picturesque
Dry Creek Valley. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The WineCountry.com
Exclusive Experience package includes their tour and a special reserve
Chalk Hill Estate Winery
Reserve an afternoon Culinary Tour at the Chalk Hill Estates Vineyard and Winery,
located on Chalk Hill Road in Healdsburg, CA. Your afternoon will begin by
touring the Furth family’s private culinary garden where organically-farmed
produce is the inspiration for Executive Chef Didier Ageorges’ culinary artistry.
Following a brief excursion through the vineyards, you will arrive at the Pavilion
- a conservatory center with panoramic views of the Chalk Hill valley. There,
you will enjoy a sit-down tasting of our wines paired with several small plates
prepared by Chef Didier. Tour is 2.5 hours.
The Spa at Hotel Healdsburg
Why not end your day of wine tasting around the square with a little mani – pedi
or body wrap? Wine country is not only the expert destination for wine and food
but also for deliciously-infused spa treatments. The Spa at Hotel Healdsburg
focuses on simple, conscious care in tranquil surroundings using only 100% natural
products. Step in for a refreshing cucumber and mint manicure and pedicure or
champagne body wrap.
LongBoard Tasting Room
Longboard Vineyards started as the journey of a surfer who stumbled into a winemaking
career and wished to close a circle and pay homage to what he finds important
in life. This little wine producer has evolved, growing organically, and in
2006 became a partnership between three individuals who, between them, have
close to 60 years of experience with the premium wine industry. Go hang out
in their wine tasting lounge just off the Healdsburg Plaza for “longboard”
or “shortboard” taste. It’s a wine tasting room until 5 p.m., then magically
transforms into a hangout for locals in the evening!
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