Although food and wine abound, there are
lots of other things to do in the area. This list is by
no means complete, but it will give you a place to start to explore
the region. There is something for everyone: spas, boutiques, beautiful
parks and interesting museums.
Wine is the backbone
of our economy. Each year, one can't help but notice
the buds swell, the freshness of the pale green new leaves,
the lush beauty of the summer vineyard, then the fruit swelling
and ripening. The vineyard workers come and harvest the fruit
and the whole valley is rich with the smell of the crush.
The leaves turn their autumn colors and fall to the ground
and the vineyard is asleep again. The wineries, however,
are busy making the fruit of the grapevines into sumptuous
These industry groups offer more information about wines,
wineries and the industry surrounding it.
The Farmers Market is filled with summer veggies. The tomatoes and zucchini look beautiful and a bounty of local eggplant and peppers should be coming in soon. Many purveyors are offering fresh peaches and plums, strawberries and wild blackberries. If you have a blackberry patch nearby, check it out for fresh fruit!
This month, apples are already starting to become available at the market. Through August, we can expect to see the beginning of apples and pears season as stone fruit season slowly closes.
The Farmers Market is open twice a week: Saturday morning from 9 until noon and on the plaza on Tuesdays from 4 - 6:30 pm. Following the Tuesday Farmers Market, there is a town picnic and a free concert on the plaza.
Sonoma County produce is featured in most of our restaurants. It's always a good night to eat out in Healdsburg.
Inspiration can come from many sources. The people represented in the websites below inspire the search for beauty in the ordinary and nurture the kind of vision that can only start in the imagination.