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.
November ushers in the cool weather vegetables. Broccoli, cauliflower and beets are punctuated by beautiful pumpkins and winter squash. Root vegetables and salad greens always have a place in the autumn market.
November also brings fruit and nuts that have a long ripening period. Look for pears and late apples such as the Arkansas Black, Granny Smiths and Northern Spys. This month will also bring local walnuts, pomegranates and persimmons. The Fuyu persimmons have a squat shape and can be eaten hard, like an apple, when they are completely orange. The Hachiya is very astringent and practically inedible until it is completely ripe. As it ripens, it softens and sweetens and loses its pucker power and becomes sweet and, to persimmon lovers, almost ethereal. The olives harvest has also started. Look for newly cured green olives, or, if you have access to an olive tree, try your hand at curing your own.
The Farmers Market is now only open on Saturday mornings from 9 until noon. You can find fresh produce as well as breads, cheeses and fish. Soon, the market will have a number of artists and craftsmen selling holiday gifts and crafts.
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.