My girlfriend and I planned a trip down to San Francisco this past Labour Day weekend.....
And although it is a wonderful city with lots to do, the most exciting prospect of our journey was spending a few days unwinding in Wine Country.
Without question, everyone who talks California Wine Country mentions both Napa and Sonoma as the places "to be".
However, I would only recommend both as general areas to start - as both of the actual cities are lacking ambience and a true feeling of getting away.
For that reason, Healdsburg is a much better option.
Plenty of great wineries within minutes of the town square, and plenty of great restaurants.
Our highlight was definitely our charming and delightful B&B stay at the Camellia Inn.
As soon as we arrived, we were greeted with both a beautiful property and very pleasant owners. Not to mention a complimentary tasting pass - which was good at every winery we went to - and certainly saved us between $5-10 at each of our stops.
After a day of tastings in the hot California sun, we reveled in our ability to go for a quick and refreshing dip in the Inn's backyard pool. Lucky for us, this was also the time and place for the daily wine & cheese gathering for the guests.
We stayed in one of the smaller rooms - but certainly sufficient for our needs. Our one concern before staying at Camellia was the lack of an onsuite bathroom.
To be honest though, it was right across the hall from us, and perhaps larger than any other B&B bathroom we've ever experienced.
Finally, we were treated in the morning to a simple yet delicious breakfast (including great chocolate coffees and teas) to get us going on another full day of wine tasting.
I would certainly recommend not only Headlsburg as a great alternative to the larger towns in Sonoma as well as the Camellia Inn as a wonderful place to lodge yourself for a few days.
Please taste responsibly :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by more than 50 varieties of its signature camellias, the inn blends an authentic vintage environment with modern luxury amenities. Our professional staff works to think of everything you might need during your stay. The inn is located just steps from the historic Healdsburg Plaza, affording guests the opportunity to easily explore on foot the many specialty shops, antique stores, wine tasting rooms and trendy Zagat-rated restaurants. PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL TO BOOK DIRECTLY ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Camellia Hotel Healdsburg