Hit The Road To Healdsburg With Our Must-Read Guide!

Sure, the rolling hills of Napa and Sonoma are super romantic and all, but sometimes a getaway with your best girlfriends seems more essential than one with your partner (sorry, boo!). Got a few buddies who you can tolerate on the road? If so, call them up and tempt them out with our action-packed all-girls' roadtrip guide to one of Sonoma's most quaint destinations: Healdsburg.
Home to one of the country's premiere green hotels, plus a dreamy mansion or two, the sleepy little wine village is also an ideal spot for long bike rides and a gossip-laced picnic in one of the Bay's most jaw-droppingly beautiful wineries. Don't believe us? Just check out our scrapbook of the best country-cool venues for a perfect 48 hours with your gal pals, pack your version of a road soda (we opted for Girl Scout Cookies), and we'll see you on the 1.
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Stay: Madrona Manor
Hello, old-school elegance. It doesn’t get much cozier or more indulgent than this stately inn and award-winning restaurant (and by that, we’re talking three-time Michelin Star ratings). Hotel guests are treated to a fab free breakfast, complete with plenty of fresh-squeezed juices and a yummy spread of flaky croissants, jams, cheeses, and a to-die-for quiche. And, if you’re looking for winery recommendations, the concierge is also super helpful in making suggestions based on your taste. The best part yet? Through May 31, the luxe spot is offering a special Girls Getaway Package filled with BFF-friendly goodies (read: massages, four-course meals, deluxe digs, etc.).
Madrona Manor, 1001 Westside Road (at West Dry Creek Road); 800-258-4003.

Photo: Courtesy of Madrona Manor (left); Courtesy of Joanna Riedl (right).
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Stay: h2 Hotel
If old school isn't your thing, another lodging option is the sleek and super-green (it's LEED Gold-certified) h2 Hotel, smack in the middle of downtown Healdsburg. Filled with loads of reclaimed wood, pricey art, and name-brand Heath-ceramic tiles, this earthy luxe space includes a buzzy restaurant and bar scene, balconies in each room, artwork curated by Oakland’s Swarm Gallery, free yoga on the weekend, and gratis PUBLIC bike rentals for all guests.
h2 Hotel, 219 Healdsburg Avenue (between Mill and Matheson streets); 707-922-5251.

Photo: Courtesy of H2 Hotel.
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Do: Bike Ride
An absolute must. Aside from sipping vino, this may just be our favorite Healdsburg activity. There’s no better way to experience the city’s stunning scenery than pedaling around town. The vines, the barns, the farm animals, and even the signs have charm! Like we mentioned, guests at the ever-so-hip h2 Hotel get sweet and free PUBLIC bike rentals, along with helpful trail suggestions from the staff. Those who opt to stay elsewhere can rent wheels from Wine Country Bikes starting at $35 a day.
h2 Hotel, 219 Healdsburg Avenue (between Mill and Matheson streets); 707-922-5251.

Photo: Courtesy of Joanna Riedl (left and right); Courtesy of Katie Hintz-Zambrano (bottom).
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Drink: Dutcher Crossing Winery
It’s totally worth venturing outside of Healdsburg proper to do a few wine tastings. Case in point: this Dry Creek venue that has lovely wines and some of the most incredible views of any tasting grounds around. Trust us, that's no simple feat in an area this pretty. Some other great spots are A. Rafanelli, known for its zins (but call first, as it’s by appointment only), Silver Oak for sauvignon blanc and reds, and John Tyler for pinot noir. However, if you’re looking for great service and picturesque places, you really can’t go wrong at any of the local HB spots.
Dutcher Crossing Winery, 8533 Dry Creek Road (at Yoakim Bridge Road); 866-431-2711.

Photo: Courtesy of Katie Hintz-Zambrano (left); Courtesy of Joanna Riedl (top); Courtesy of Natalie Goel (right).
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Eat: Barndiva
For one of the prettiest and tastiest meals around town, we suggest you treat your girls and yourself to an evening at Barndiva. Don't let the chick-lit-y name fool you, this place is serious about farm-to-table food, sourcing its ingredients from over 30 of the finest farmers in North Bay. Creamy lobster risotto with crispy garlic chips, tarragon, celery root, watercress, and crème fraîche nage? Yeah, we thought so. All of that and more, plus a whole lotta rustic-chic ambiance is there for the taking.
Barndiva, 231 Center Street (between Mill and Matheson streets); 707-431-0100.

Photo: Courtesy of Barndiva.
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Eat: Moustache Baked Goods
Pop into this sweet little spot to satisfy that mid-afternoon cupcake craving. The desserts are delish and as for the ambiance, it’s both adorable and yuppie-hipster to a T. The ‘stache-plus-cupcake motif is just the tip of the iceberg! Other utterly on-trend elements include exposed light bulbs, succulents and billy button bouquets, faux moose-head taxidermy, vintage typewriters, stripey straws, bundles of Four Barrel coffee beans, and the list goes on. Our favorite decorative touch? The cool mustachioed mirror in the bathroom. It provides endless photo opp fun.
Moustache Baked Goods, 381 Headsburg Avenue (at West North Street); 707-395-4111.

Photo: Courtesy of Katie Hintz-Zambrano (top); Courtesy of Mustache Baking Co. (bottom and right).
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Relax: The Spa at Hotel Healdsburg
And what better way to top off all that eating, drinking, and biking, than a good ole rubdown. The Spa at Hotel Healdsburg gives you an extensive list of options to choose from (we can personally vouch for the Lavender Peppermint Restorative Massage), plus facials, extra-indulgent mani-pedi's, and a pool and jacuzzi area to soak and — more importantly — gossip.
The Spa at Hotel Healdsburg, 25 Matheson Street (at Healdsburg Avenue); 707-431-2800.

Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Healdsburg (left and right); Courtesy of Joanna Riedl (bottom).
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Drink: Spoonbar
The wineries close at 4:30 p.m., so for after-hours bites or beverages, Spoonbar at the h2 Hotel is a sure bet. The eatery’s famed cocktail menu was dreamt up by master mixologist Scott Beattie and are measured right down to the ounce (and then some), and infused with super-fresh organic fruits and herbs. The Scotty B. creations, coupled with the comfy lounge area, make this resto a great place to unwind after a *cough cough* tough day of wine, sun, and spa.
Spoonbar, 219 Healdsburg Avenue (between Mill and Matheson streets); 707-433-7222.

Photo: Courtesy of Spoonbar.
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