Traveler’s Guide to Healdsburg Plaza

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Boasting world class wineries, five-star restaurants, and charming boutique shops, it’s no wonder Healdsburg is considered one of the best small towns in the country to visit. A big part of Healdsburg’s allure is the 19th century plaza set in the heart of downtown, so if you’re a wine enthusiast, foodie, or just enjoy great shopping, Healdsburg Plaza is a wonderful place park the car and explore on foot.

Wine Tasting

La Crema

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La Crema
235 Healdsburg Ave
Healdsburg, CA 95448
707-431-9400
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 39 reviews
Reservations: Recommended

As two parts tasting room and one part gift shop, visiting the La Crema tasting room is a must while perusing the Healdsburg Plaza. Don’t let the trendy layout and fantastic selection of wine-related housewares distract you from tasting La Crema’s award winning Pinot Noirs, as many of the wines available to taste (and for purchase) cannot be found in other outlets.

Insider tip: La Crema has a private tasting room available at a modest fee for couples or small groups looking for a more intimate experience.

Stonestreet Estate Vineyards

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Stonestreet Estate Vineyards
7111 Healdsburg Ave
Healdsburg, CA 95448
800-355-8008
TripAdvisor: 5 stars, 29 reviews
Reservations: Recommended

Famous for its high-altitude vineyards and unique farming practices, Stonestreet Estate Vineyards brings a wide variety of flavorful wine to the Healdsburg Plaza. The winery itself is located in nearby Alexander Valley, and those with a bit more time can take the Mountain Excursion and tour the estate.

Insider tip: The tasting room has a magnificent 3D topographical map on display, and a knowledgeable staff. Try a couple of Chardonnays and inquire about the effects of grape growing at elevation on these fine wines.

Thumbprint Cellars

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Thumbprint Cellars
102 Matheson St
Healdsburg, CA 95448
707-433-2393
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 19 reviews
Reservations: Not Required

Affectionately referred to as “The Lounge,” Thumbprint Cellars offers a cozy tasting room elegantly decorated with local art, and a friendly staff dedicated to making guests feel like family. With over 20 different wines to choose from, each highlighting a specific vineyard, Thumbprint Cellars creates a unique tasting experience for any wine enthusiast.

Insider tip: Feeling a bit hungry between lunch and dinner? Try Thumbprint’s food flights featuring local artisan cheeses and charcuterie paired with their current tasting wines.

Dining

Oakville Grocery Co.

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Oakville Grocery Co.
124 Matheson St
Healdsburg, CA 95448
707-433-3200
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 172 reviews
Reservations: Not required

Whether you are planning a picnic at one of the many fabulous wineries in the area, or are just exploring the plaza, Oakville Grocery Company has everything from ready-made food items like Yogurt Parfait, to fresh artisan meat and cheese options. Patrons can also stock up on pizza and salads, or try the pasta.

Insider tip: Kick off your day of tasting and adventuring with a breakfast burrito or egg sandwich enjoyed on the patio. Healthier choices include the “Haulin’ Oats”.

Campo Fina

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Campo Fina
330 Healdsburg Ave
Healdsburg, CA 95448
707-395-4640
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 199 reviews
Reservations: Recommended

Take a lunch break from your wanderings, and stop in at Campo Fina. Located near the northwest corner of the plaza, this casual-yet-romantic restaurant serves delicious Italian-themed dishes in an intimate setting. Order a lively cocktail and relax at the bar, or head to the back patio where the wood-fired pizza oven is churning out crispy creations.

Insider tip: The garden-like back patio also has a bocce court, so be sure to bring a friend.

Scopa

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Scopa
109A Plaza St
Healdsburg CA, 95448
707-433-5282
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 486 reviews
Reservations: Recommended

Ask any local where to have dinner on the Healdsburg Plaza, and chances are that they’ll recommend Scopa. If you are planning ahead and know that you will be in town, do yourself a favor and make reservations. Try Nonna’s Chicken paired with a glass of white from nearby Saini Vineyards.

Insider tip: Order an extra side of bread along with Tomasso’s Sugo Calabrese: you’ll need something to mop up what’s left of the delicious sauce once the pasta is gone.

Things to Do

Relish Culinary Adventures

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Relish Culinary Adventures
14 Matheson St
Healdsburg, CA 95448
707-431-9999
TripAdvisor: 5 stars, 34 reviews
Reservations: Required

Looking for a unique experience or team building event for your business? Relish Culinary Adventures has got you covered. In addition to their “roving” culinary events, Relish has opened a culinary center where guests can attend hands-on cooking classes and demonstrations for private parties and events.

Insider tip: More adventurous types will want to experience the mushroom foraging course where students are guided on a hunt for wild mushrooms they will later use in a meal preparation.

Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society

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Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society
221 Matheson St
Healdsburg, CA 95448
707-431-3325
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 15 reviews
Reservations: Not required (Research Center: required)

Take a break from the exquisite food and wine tasting with a stroll through history at the Healdsburg Museum. Featuring constantly changing exhibits and many interesting artifacts donated by local families, the museum offers a unique and educational glimpse into the rich past of this special part of northern California. Located two blocks from the plaza in the old Carnegie Library, the Healdsburg Museum is an easy walk for children, and admission is free.

Insider tip: The museum also houses a research center for those interested in delving deeper into Healdsburg and Sonoma County history.

Shopping

Studio Bel Vetro

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Studio Bel Vetro
1441 Grove St, Unit F
Healdsburg, CA 95448
617-686-4194

Don’t forget that the buildings around the Healdsburg Plaza also have shops and businesses upstairs. Studio Bel Vetro is a lighting and furniture fabricating company that creates breathtaking lamps, chandeliers, and other furniture with an emphasis on custom metalwork and glass, many of which have been commissioned by local builders and architects.

Insider tip: All of Studio Bel Vetro’s pieces are handmade, and most are one of a kind. If you are looking for a truly unique gift or home furnishing, Studio Bel Vetro is a must-visit stop on the Healdsburg plaza.

Cupcake

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Cupcake
107 Plaza St
Healdsburg, CA 95448
707-433-3800

In Healdsburg, it’s all about charming little boutique stores that specialize in unique clothing and crafts. Cupcake is the premier supplier of high quality maternity and children’s clothing north of San Francisco, where owner Jenny Romeyn has taken her passion for trendy design and style and created a place where expecting mothers can find fashionable attire for themselves, or have the kids looking great on the playground.

Insider tip: Browsing the plaza with little ones in tow? Cupcake has a cute play kitchen to keep them entertained while you do your shopping.

Levin & Company

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Levin & Company
306 Center St
Healdsburg, CA 95448
707-433-1118

Levin & Company is a family-run bookstore that has been a fixture on the Healdsburg Plaza for the better part of a quarter century. Boasting one of the largest selections of fiction titles in the county, Levin and Co. also has an extensive collection of used vinyl records, and a wonderful children’s room. There is an art gallery upstairs, and Levin and Company often hosts book signings.

Insider tip: Once you have purchased the perfect read, head up the street to Flying Goat Coffee and cozy up with a latte or a cappuccino.

With plenty of great tasting rooms, superb restaurants, and fun activities all within walking distance, downtown Healdsburg’s Plaza remains a highly sought-after Wine Country destination.