A Perfect Long Weekend in Healdsburg, Calif. May 25, 2013 - By Lettie Teague
A wine expert's guide to three days in Sonoma County for feasting, strolling, shopping, sunning and sipping - without spending hours behind the wheel.
Ask a Healdsburg resident to describe this hamlet in northern Sonoma County and the reply will likely be couched in temporal terms: old Healdsburg or new? Before 2001, the town had family restaurants and local joints and just a sprinkling of visitors from far away. Then came the swanky Hotel Healdsburg and chef Charlie Palmer's acclaimed restaurant Dry Creek Kitchen - followed by boutiques, Michelin-starred eateries and, of course, tourists. Today Healdsburg is a remarkable synthesis of old and new - of small-town friendliness and big-city chic - of very good wine and equally good food. Here's what to do in Healdsburg and the surrounding valleys of northern Sonoma in just under three days.