Northern Sonoma County

Northern Sonoma County is warm, sunny, and dry, which creates the perfect conditions to grow the densely structured wines that this region has become known for. Home to Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Knights Valley, Northern Sonoma County specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, with many other excellent varieties being grown as well. Life centers around the classic wine country town of Healdsburg, a mecca for farm to table food and local wine.

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Healdsburg is a one-stop-shop for everything fun and delicious in Northern Sonoma County. Life revolves around tree-lined Healdsburg Plaza, which is surrounded by dozens of boutiques, restaurants, wine bars, and quirky shops. Check out Partake by KJ, Kendall Jackson’s urban tasting room where you can taste through flights of KJ or enjoy a paired meal with local ingredients. When it’s time for dinner, try Dry Creek Kitchen for classic California cuisine in a setting that captures the laid back authenticity of Healdsburg. Mateo’s Cocina Latina offers a different nod to California cuisine’s history, featuring exquisitely prepared Mexican-inspired dishes like ancho chile lamb enchiladas.

Explore the Healdsburg countryside at surrounding wineries. Get your bubbly on at J Vineyards or taste the food-friendly wines of Ferrari-Carano. For after-hours libations, head over to the Medlock Ames’ Alexander Valley Bar, where the music is hot and the drinks are cold. Jimtown Store is an unassuming roadside country store and café which, like much of Sonoma County, delivers more than it promises. The soups and sandwiches served here are some of the best in the county, and it’s a go-to for locals and visitors alike for the latest news and best travel tips. There’s a world beyond Healdsburg, including the lush Chardonnays of Sonoma-Cutrer near Windsor, and delicious pizzas at Diavola Pizzeria & Salumeria in Geyserville. It’s hard to go wrong in Northern Sonoma County.

Healdsburg

The small town of Healdsburg is centrally located in Northern Sonoma County just 20 minutes north of Santa Rosa. Over the past few years, Healdsburg has undergone a renaissance as chic hotels, upscale spas, and...

Windsor

The town of Windsor is situated in Russian River Valley in Northern Sonoma County. Originally settled in 1855, the town is one of the oldest wine-growing regions in the state and was named by a pony express rider who...

Cloverdale

Cloverdale is a small town seated on the banks of the Russian River. Family-oriented and down-to-earth, this Northern Sonoma County river town is a charming home base to stay in when the plan is to...

Geyserville

The tiny town of Geyserville is named for the geothermal springs discovered east of town in the Mayacamas Mountains during the 19th century. As out-of-towners began visiting the hot springs, the town...