In Northern Sonoma County, the town of Healdsburg holds many treasures. After checking into America’s Best Value Inn, we found a picnic dinner at The Oakville Grocery: fresh olives, cheeses, charcuterie, and wine to enjoy in our room.
The following day we visited the Healdsburg Museum. Housed in a restored 1910 Carnegie Library building and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, it features artifacts and information on the Native Pomo and Wappo Indian history and culture.
Then it was time to scope the shops, and we discovered there’s one to fit every taste on the main square as we strolled and enjoyed frozen yogurt and espresso. Carson led us to a mural he liked, which gave us the idea to peek into a tasting room or two, but we opted to save ourselves for a winery out of town.
Lambert Bridge was our choice for several reasons: they hand-pick their grapes, and therefore produce small lots of artisanal world-class, Bordeaux styled blends and varietals; there are lush gardens suited for lunching outdoors on their property; and they are pet-friendly. That designation, however, did not mean Carson could enter the tasting area, and for good reason.
At day’s end, we were on our way North again—this time to, according to the BBC, the “Marijuana Capital of California”.