Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Top Places to Visit In and Around Healdsburg, CA

Healdsburg is a small California town in Sonoma County which is indisputably known for its vineyards and wineries. Besides being the growing grounds of the county's famous grapes, the area's rolling hills and lush vegetation add to the town's great beauty. However, there are plenty of other things to do in and around Healdsburg besides winery hopping, and here are some of the city's top attractions and activities. 

Local vendors provide distinctive home furnishing, collectibles, antiques and clothing items through Healdsburg's delightful boutique shops that are located in its Town Plaza. The town is a hub for artisans of all types that tastefully display items like hand crafted jewelry and naturally derived, aromatherapy bath products in shops that line Healdsburg Avenue and Matheson Street. Quaint cafes are sprinkled among the stores that line many of Healdsburg's streets, and visitors can even take a break and have afternoon tea for refreshment at the Asian inspired tea lounge called Taste of Tea. 

Hiking Through the Redwoods

The famous California redwood forests are a must see for visitors who are planning a tour of Healdsburg and the surrounding area. Approximately nine miles south of Healdsburg is the Armstrong State Natural Reserve where one can hike the mile and a half Pioneer Trail through the old growth redwood forest. 

Touring Historic Homes

One way that Healdsburg visitors can appreciate the area's past as well as contribute to its future is by participating in the city's historic home walking tours. A series of homes that feature an eclectic blend of 19th century and turn of the 20th century styles are included on the tour, and information about the homes' original owners and architecture are given during the excursions. The proceeds from the tours are used for college scholarships for the area's students. 

A memorable way to see a great deal of Healdsburg and the surrounding county is to take a hot air balloon ride with one of the local providers like Up and Away Hot Air Ballooning. Balloon passengers get astounding views of the rivers, valleys and hills that make the area special. Up and Away also provides passengers with brunch in a scenic area after landing. 

Visiting Sustainable Farms and Sampling Locally Grown Organic Produce

The temperate climate of Northern California and its fertile soil make it an ideal spot for farming, and much of the nation's fruits and vegetables are grown there. Visitors to Healdsburg can see how their food is planted, cultivated and harvested at farms like Tierra Vegetables and Love Farms which is certified organic. The farms' produce include tomatoes, strawberries, cabbage, kale, garlic, red onions, broccoli and variety of chilies and beans when in season.

About the Author: Kendra is guest contributor from Honor Mansion, a beautiful Healdsburg bed and breakfast.

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