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StayCations: Dry Creek Valley

Not all vacations require a passport and massive amounts of planning. Some of the members of our team are giving you their expert advice if you are anywhere near these areas. If you are living in a tourism area, it can be really fun to get to know your town through the eyes of a visitor.

Cecily Gamba - Dry Creek Valley

Bookended by the Russian river and Lake Sonoma, Dry Creek Valley is 16 miles of staycation possibility. Tucked up in Northern Sonoma County between the coastal AVAs of Fort Ross and the Sonoma Coast to the west and Alexander Valley to the east, Dry Creek Valley is home to more than 70 wineries and a gorgeous, rural landscape known for producing world class, robust Zinfandels. Close in proximity to the Russian River and the town of Healdsburg, there is more to do in this area for those not of the enophile inclination as well.

Must do:

Visit a winery (or two or three!) - Being a tight knit agricultural community, most wineries in this region are still family owned and operated.

Top picks: Dry Creek Vineyard, Lambert Bridge Winery, A. Rafanelli.

Dry Creek General Store - Established in 1881, this iconic stop has handmade gifts, fun cooking items, an old school wooden bar, and delicious sandwiches perfect for a wine country picnic.

Stroll the Healdsburg Plaza - Historically accoladed for its beauty and romanticism, spend the afternoon perusing the boutique shops, art galleries, and food offerings of the Healdsburg Plaza.

The Russian River - Visiting in the summer?

Rent a canoe, kayak, or raft out for a day of sun and carefree floating down the river.

Hop on two wheels - Rent bikes in Healdsburg and cruise around town to parks, wineries, picnic spots, and more.

Take a food tour - The Dry Creek Valley area is home to an incredible up and coming dining scene. Top picks: Valette, Chalkboard, Bravas Bar de Tapas, Barndiva.

Special Sweet Treat Mention - Noble Folk Ice Cream & Pie Bar.

Where to stay:

Hotel Healdsburg, Madrona Manor, The Farmhouse Inn & Spa, h2hotel

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