NileGuide Expert tip:
Schedule your massage or other spa treatment prior to your visit if you're coming on a weekend, to get a popular late afternoon time slot and leave your day free for exploring and wine tasting. And if you'd like easy access to the spa and pool, ask for a room near the north side stairwell.
- Set on the western end of Healdsburg's classic small town plaza, Hotel Healdsburg is the perfect centerpoint from which to explore both the town of Healdburg and the popular wine tasting regions of Dry Creek Valley and the Alexander Valley. The hotel's 55 spacious, tranquil guestrooms and suites have a clean, airy feel thanks to spare, modern furnishings and soothing moss-colored tilework, yet the overall ambiance echoes the town's old-fashioned, country charm. Some rooms look west to Dry Creek and the coastal range, while others look east to dramatic Fitch Mountain. A surprisingly large pool is surrounded by elegant European-style walks and gardens; don't miss the secluded patio shaded by olive and persimmon trees at the end closest the spa. There's also a jacuzzi that's easy to miss, as it's tucked into an alcove outside the spa. After a day of sightseeing, visit the famous on-site spa for pampering massages and body scrubs featuring organic biodynamic products made from locally grown lavender and other herbs. If you don't feel like heading out for food, just grab a meal or drink at the onsite Dry Creek Kitchen, which features the characteristic rustic simplicity that Charlie Palmer's restaurants are known for.
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