Sonoma County’s gourmand mecca offers epicurean travelers great off-season rates and can’t-miss events, experiences, and eats
For the first time ever, the charming town of Healdsburg has united its celebrated restaurants, renowned Sonoma County wineries, and illustrious hotels and lodging partners for “Epicurean Winter,” a new seasonal program offering unique culinary events and special lodging packages to attract visitors during the mild winter months. Visitors can download the entire Epicurean Winter event calendar at www.healdsburg.com.
“Winter is a great time to visit,” says Mo McElroy, CEO of the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. “Healdsburg is warm, cozy and delicious – the trifecta of fun during winter months. The Epicurean Winter program gives us a easy way to entice people to experience what sets Healdsburg apart – it’s a fantastic culinary mecca that remains true to its agricultural roots.”
Epicurean Winter runs now through March 31, and includes gourmet events, family activities, budget-friendly options, outdoor recreation, and romantic escapes for Valentine’s celebrations.
February event highlights include:
Feb 2: Healdsburg Jazz Festival, “Jazz on the Menu” – Live jazz accompanies farm-to-table cuisine at 15 wine country restaurants; menus available here.
Feb 9-10: Royal Flush Feast – Three-course progressive “dine around” nights, with the added fun of putting together a poker-hand at each stop; final hand played at Dry Creek Kitchen for dessert and prizes.
Feb 10-12: Headlsburg Wild Steelhead Festival – Famous fest includes fly fishing, cooking demos, wine tasting and fish dishes all weekend long; entrance is complimentary
Feb 16-20: Wild Mushroom Weekend – Four-day weekend features foraging events, cooking classes, mushroom & wine-pairing dinners, and other mycology-related events.
Valentine’s Day “Stay & Play” Packages
Wine Country Uncorked at the Healdsburg Inn on the Plaza – package includes signature breakfast, wine & hors d’oeuvers rates start at $165; King room w/ jetted spa tub at $195; available throughout February.
Epicurean Winter Romance Package at Dry Creek Inn Best Western – package includes a luxury Tuscan room with jacuzzi tub and fireplace; special in-room massage rates and restaurant discount; rates start at $89/person; valid select dates in February.
The Ultimate Getting Over the Break-Up Package at the Camellia Inn – Guaranteed to put you on the road to break-up recovery. Includes: two nights in a Queen Room, full breakfast, evening wine and cheese tasting, a self-improvement break-up recovery book, a pint of Healdsburg’s Downtown Bakery Ice Cream and a voodoo doll with pins to write his/her name on. Also included in the package your choice of: one-hour exercise class each day or one-hour massage and a special self-guided wine tasting tour. $550.00 for two nights- more than $100 savings.
About Healdsburg, California
Located just 70 miles north of San Francisco, in the heart of Sonoma County wine country, Healdsburg offers a luxurious blend of fine dining; arts and culture; boutique shopping; and a charming array of hotels, B&Bs, Inns, and vacation rentals – all within a short drive to hundreds of world-class wineries situated in the scenic Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valleys. Healdsburg is oriented around its central Plaza, which serves as the town’s “heart” and provides easy walking-access to most businesses. Direct flights into Sonoma County Airport (just 15 minutes from Healdsburg) make visiting simple from Los Angeles, Seattle, and Las Vegas; San Francisco and Oakland Airports provide access from other cities. For more information, visit www.healdsburg.com.