A Foodie Tour of Healdsburg, CA

This Sonoma, California destination is a health-conscious wine and organic food lover’s ideal vacation spot.



Healdsburg’s downtown is filled with great shopping and art galleries, and it’s all within a two minute walk. My favorite foodie shop is called SHED. It’s filled with not only fresh produce, flowers, gourmet treats and a wonderful cafe (their fresh juices and smoothies are to-die-for delicious!), but also tons of wonderful books, cooking and gardening products, and gifts. They also have an upstairs area where they do classes, workshops, tastings and other foodie events. As if all that wasn’t enough, they have an outdoor patio surrounded by their own organic vegetable and herb gardens. Basically, it’s foodie heaven.

A Foodie Tour of Healdsburg, CA

Browsing fresh organic produce, foodie books, gardening and cooking supplies, and gourmet gifts at SHED, in Healdsburg

A Foodie Tour of Healdsburg, CA

My favorite non-foodie shop in Healdsburg is called One World. It’s an eclectic shop owned by a friendly and interesting woman named Annette, and they sell 100% fair-trade and artisan-made products. They also have a great selection of books, including a few of my favorites, like Half the Sky (a fantastic read on women’s rights) and Unlikely Friendships (about interspecies animal besties).

A Foodie Tour of Healdsburg, CA

Having a blast looking through all the cool fair trade products at One World, in downtown Healdsburg

A Foodie Tour of Healdsburg, CA

Finding the perfect, ethical bracelet at One World

There is what feels like a limitless list of activities and tours to go on in Healdsburg, so you’ll never be wondering what to do — other than in the ‘it’s so hard to decide from all these options’ kinda way. So the next time you feel like you need a long weekend (or a week) away, think of Healdsburg, California. It’s the perfect place to have a healthy, active, and relaxing vacation.


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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 61 Comments

  1. Avatar of Jerry Gargulak

    Jerry Gargulak

    Wonderful! Great article. We are headed there late October your insight is very appreciated!

  2. Avatar of Katelyn Jordan

    Wow! never knew CA is like this. I always thought CA is just a state where Hipsters grow and breed. Never knew it’s this beautiful.

  3. Avatar of Pevensie girl

    Pevensie girl

    Hey! I just love your photos!! The view is great!! Can I have a copy to print? Thank you so much.

  4. Avatar of Tom Kearney

    Tom Kearney

    Wonderful article. Your descriptions were in-depth and down-to-earth, unlike most articles about our town. It’s true, there are too many restaurants, shops, and wineries for one article. Every word you wrote is true and you didn’t exaggerate at all. Thank you for sharing your feelings.

  5. Avatar of Monika Smith

    Monika Smith

    Wow! great article & pictures. this travel article is very impressive. i would love to visit this place.

  6. Avatar of Diana Hewitt

    Diana Hewitt

    Great article, Hilary! As always very well done. May I ask what kind of camera you use to take these photos? they look very professional. I’m starting a blog, and I want my photos to look as good as yours. 🙂

    • Avatar of Hilary Rowland

      We used a Sony RX100.. it’s an older model, but I like it because it will shoot RAW (so you can adjust the light levels in post) and has a hot shoe for a mic or extra light, etc.

  7. Avatar of Frances Seifert

    Frances Seifert

    Such an ecofriendly, vegan friendly, healthy beautiful little town! It’s making it’s way to my bucket list as I’m writing this comment. ;)If you know more places like this, please share! I’m very interested. 🙂

  8. Avatar of Anna Kaplan

    Anna Kaplan

    Such a gorgeous place, isn’t it? I’m so impressed with the hotel that was built out of recycled materials. I’m a sucker for eco-friendly 😀 -as all humans should be!!-

  9. Avatar of Delilah Peyton

    Delilah Peyton

    such a well detailed tour. loving the photos, and the video makes it all even better. the only thing is… i wish you would rate the places you visit like out of 5 or 10, so we could get a better idea.

    • Avatar of Nicky Bryan

      Nicky Bryan

      This is not Yelp.. She’s not writing a review.. She’s sharing her travel experiences with us.. And if you noticed, she’s only mentioning the pleasant ones. I haven’t seen a negative article on a place she visited. Which I’m sure she must have had some negative experiences at some places, but she never mentions them because it’s out of the context. She does travel guides, not do not travel guides, so rating would be pointless.

      • Avatar of Delilah Peyton

        Delilah Peyton

        well hello to you too… i was just making a suggestion, i wasn’t criticising or anything. no need to overreact like that.

  10. Avatar of Colleen Frasier

    Colleen Frasier

    What a beautiful town! Just like the kind of towns we see in movies and wish it was real. 🙂 And leave it to Hilary Rowland to discover it for us! ????? Always a unique, stunning place that leaves us in awe… And Healdsburg is a wonderful example of that! thanks a bunch. ❤️

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