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A Perfect Time to Visit Wine Country
Everywhere you look you can see that Spring has arrived in Sonoma County. Healdsburg in Spring brings a treat for visitors. Buds are beginning to break on the grapevines, flowers and roses are blooming, and apple and orange blossoms are dotting the trees with their fragrant beauty. It’s a perfect time to visit this charming wine country town. The transition between Spring and Summer is a traveler’s dream in this beautiful Sonoma County town and I have listed some timely Wine Country travel tips for Spring that can help you plan a fantastic trip.

First, you’ll need a place to stay and there are a variety of options – hotels, vacation rental homes, but one of my favorites is the local B & B’s. They offer excellent hospitality, in a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. And now is still a good time to find discounts on lodging, especially mid-week. A few of my favorite B & B’s just steps away from the action are the Camellia Inn, a historic Victorian home that boasts of both modern luxury and vintage charm sits just a block off the Plaza, and Bella Luna Inn, an elegant property with an enchanting garden, just off Healdsburg Avenue. And if it’s the beauty of the wine country vineyards you’re looking for, then the charming craftsman style Irish Rose Inn, located in Dry Creek Valley, is just the ticket. With both a private cottage and rooms in the Inn, you will feel right at home. It’s within a short walk or drive of several wineries, the Dry Creek General Store, where you can find everything you need for the perfect picnic, and just minutes from Downtown Healdsburg.

There are so many things to see and do in and around Healdsburg in Spring, that you could spend a weekend here and just begin to scratch the surface. Here are a few Spring events that promise to please:

I Heart Wine Walk– Hosted by over 30 Downtown Healdsburg Tasting rooms, this April 5th event that honors National Walking Day and benefits the local chapter of the American Heart Association, will allow you to taste the wines on this walking wine tasting experience. Tickets are $15 in advance or $25 on the day of the event. For more information visit visit Wine Walk Healdsburg.

Take a tortilla making class – The Healdsburg SHED has many wonderful events and educational opportunities, and on April 19th, you can take a traditional corn tortilla making class. Tickets are $40 and you can learn all about this class and other fun April events by visiting the Healdsburg SHED website.

Don’t miss the 25th Annual Passport To Dry Creek Valley event on April 26 and 27. Hosted by the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley, this celebration includes 50+ wineries throughout Dry Creek Valley, each offering a unique paring of wine, gourmet food and entertainment. It’s a fabulous event. There are only a handful of tickets left for this two-day event. To purchase go to www.wdcv.com

Enjoy an intimate dinner at Copain Winery with Top Chef contestants Louis Maldonado, Chef at Spoonbar, and his buddy, Chef Jason Cichonski, from the highly acclaimed Ela Restaurant in Philadelpia. This extravagant six-course meal will spotlight the bounty of our local farm fresh ingredients and pair them with the delicious wines of Copain. The date for this intimate affair is May 3, 2014 and tickets are $195 per person. Visit Spoonbar’s website for more information.

Take a Savor Healdsburg Food Tour. Of course we are always happy to have visitors join us for a fabulous gourmet food and wine walking tour. Tasting the fresh and delicious creations by some of Healdsburg’s most talked about eats and drinks and enjoying the beauty and charm that recently put Healdsburg among the “Top 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2014” by Smithsonian Magazine, is certainly worth checking out!

Healdsburg in Spring had something for everyone. Come soon! You’ll be glad you did!

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