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Excursions: Healdsburg
August 18, 2017

There are so many charming towns to stumble upon in heavenly Wine Country. And we look forward to giving you our “Best-Of” list for each and every one of them! Located in Sonoma County about 65 miles north of San Francisco, Healdsburg is centered on a 19th century plaza. Prized for its lovable small town allure while offering 5-star dining and proximity to over 100 world-class wineries, a visit to Healdsburg is a must.

Here is Arrive Marin’s Healdsburg Hit List:

WHERE TO STAY:
Hotel Healdsburg Set right on The Plaza and offering world-class dining, a gorgeous Spa and complimentary cruisers. Treat yourself to a Lavender Peppermint Restorative Massage!

Duchamp Hotel Just 2 blocks from The Plaza, this husband and wife run retreat is incredibly unique with just 6 private suites that surround a gorgeous 50-foot pool.

WHAT TO DO:
Wine Country Bikes: Guided or solo bike treks, there is really no better way to see the area and visit wineries. Choose from single-day or multi-day tours that hit all the highlights with insider knowledge.

Shed: Prioritize a stop at this 10,000 square foot contemporary space featuring farm-to-table dining, artisan pantry items & garden tools and culinary classes such as soba making and beekeeping.

For the fitness-enthusiasts we can’t recommend the Healdsburg Half Marathon enough. Coming up on October 27th, this race course is breathtaking as you pass through the Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys (and plenty of cows!).

WHAT TO EAT + DRINK:

SingleThread Farm A truly special dining experience that highlights not just the standard 4 seasons but rather 72 micro seasons of the year. San Francisco Magazine awarded 2017 Chef of the Year to owner Kyle Connaughton.

Barndiva Inventive cocktails and a creative menu in a big red barn make this a night to remember. We go crazy for the roast chicken with mushroom and egg yolk ravioli.

Noble Folk Ice Cream & Pie Bar Wine tasting is hard work so reward yourself! This inventive seasonal menu might include blood orange raspberry pie, japanese purple yam or strawberry sage ice cream.

Wineries: So many to choose from but our faves include Jordan (remarkable cabernet sauvignon blends),  Gustafson (a view you have to see to believe) & Michel-Schlumberger (incredible estate and grounds pictured above).

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We’re just a little bit excited that on August 21st we will see the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. in 38 years. And since the next one won’t be until the year 2024, we are on the hunt for prime viewing position!

A few fun eclipse facts:

  • The full eclipse will last a maximum of 2 minutes and 40.2 seconds
  • Here in California we will see a partial (about 75%) eclipse which will start at 9:01 am and end at 11:37 am with the most coverage at 10:15 am
  • This eclipse will be visible along a 70-mile wide patch arching from Oregon to South Carolina
  • Friendly reminder (we are moms!): you need special viewing glasses in order to safely look at an eclipse

The best viewing spots in the Bay Area:

* Twin Peaks: it is, after all, one of the highest points in San Francisco.

* Coit Tower: the observation deck offers 360 degree views, purchase tickets in the gift shop.

 * Crissy Field: pure unobstructed views in the marina and a great spot to throw down a blanket and enjoy your coffee.

* Hamon Observation Tower at the de Young Museum: breathtaking panoramic views behind a protective glass wall.

* The Exploratorium: naturally, they will be filming and live streaming with NASA. Attend their viewing party or watch here!

* Ring Mountain in Tiburon: meet at the end of Taylor Road at 9:30 am for a free guided tour with park rangers.

* Point Reyes National Seashore: call  415.464.5137 to check the fog forecast before heading out. And leave time to stop at Bovine Bakery for a few (necessary) treats.

* Marin Headlands: make the short but steep hike to Slacker Ridge or Hawk Hill. Bonus: hands down the best view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

* Muir Beach: terrific viewing on the Dias Ridge. Lunch at Pelican Inn after sounds good to us!

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Spending a day (or heck, even a weekend!) is always at the top of our list for an easy and fun summer get-a-way. And what could be better than sipping wine in a gorgeous scenic vineyard while listening to live music? Many Northern California wineries host a summer concert series and we’ve rounded up the best for you here:

Robert Mondavi, Oakville
Picnic on the grass with treats from various Oxbow Market merchants available onsite. We love that concert proceeds benefit the Napa Valley Unified School District Music Program.
Upcoming performers: Michael Franti, Ben Harper
Tickets and more information here.

Mountain Winery, Saratoga
Perhaps the most spectacular of venues for this type of event, these tickets sell out fast.
Upcoming performers: Echo & The Bunnymen, Violent Femmes, The Band Perry, ABBA The Concert
Tickets and more information here.

Long Meadow Ranch, St. Helena
Smaller and more intimate, this Bluegrass concert series is truly special.
Upcoming performers: LMR All-Star Big Band (a 20-player band of internationally accomplished musicians)
Tickets and more information here.

Rodney Strong, Healdsburg
Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic or purchase food at the event. You can pay for reserved seats but the truth is, there isn’t a bad seat in the place!
Upcoming performers: Chris Botti, Kool & The Gang
Tickets and more information here.

Wente Vineyards, Livermore
Tickets include a sunset dinner in the gorgeous outdoor amphitheater.
Upcoming performers: Joan Jett & The Blachhearts, Seal, Smokey Robinson
Tickets and more information here.

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