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.
Our local Farmer's Market is closed in January, but there are
still resources for great local produce. This month, look for cool weather crops
squash, broccoli, cauliflower
and root crops like beets and turnips. Local fresh fruit is scarce
in the winter. The markets carry local apples and pears, fresh
kiwis and, soon, local citrus fruit.
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.