The Camellia Inn's Healdsburg Accommodations are as Automatic as Steph Curry

We are turning the corner on winter, and spring is so close we can taste it. The cold weather will soon take a back seat and we’ll start to experience the freshness of a brand new spring season. If you have plans to take a trip to Northern California in the spring, right now is the perfect time to start looking into Healdsburg California and booking some Healdsburg Accommodations. One of those great Healdsburg accommodations is our Camellia Inn Bed and Breakfast. Our Healdsburg accommodations offer so many unique and comfortable amenities that’ll help you get the best out of whatever trip you are planning. The Camellia Inn is located in downtown Healdsburg, so these Healdsburg accommodations settings will be the perfect place to set up your home base for whatever you are planning to do while you stay with us.

The purpose of this blog post is to entice you to stay with us at the Camellia Inn Bed and Breakfast! But, if we are being honest, there are bevy of Healdsburg accommodations at your disposal. For this post, you’ll find a list and short explanation on some of the excellent amenities and special packages we offer at the Camellia Inn.

Our Rooms

Healdsburg Accomodations

I think we all can agree, when you check into your Healdsburg accommodations or any place you’ve booked, there’s that excitement and anticipation to see what your room looks like in person. The rooms at the Camellia Inn are exactly what you’ll see when you look them over on our website. You can check them out by clicking here. From our comfortable beds, to plush sheets, to privacy, these Healdsburg accommodations are so enticing. We want to highlight two things about our rooms at our B&B for this blog.

  1. When you book one of our rooms, you’ll receive a complimentary locally sourced breakfast. The food we offer begins at 7:15am with fresh roasted coffee and a wide selection of herbal and caffeinated teas and hot chocolate. At 8:30am, the dining room opens with fresh fruit, fruit juice smoothies, granola, your favorite breakfast cereals, yogurt, fresh baked bread from Costeaux’s bakery, and perhaps another breakfast pastry. Our hot entrées of the day are on the sideboard (yes, exactly like you read about in old English mystery novels), and they vary from sweet one day to savory the next. If you are fortunate enough to be able to join us for breakfast on Chocolate Covered Wednesdays, there will also be chocolate on the menu.
  2. All of our guest rooms at the Inn features a private bath and all include a shower. Some rooms have whirlpool tubs for two. We also provide you with complimentary wireless service.

You can read the full descriptions about our rooms on our website, because there’s so much more than just these two excellent amenities. We hope you’ll head over to look at all of our rooms.

Specials and Packages

We are pretty confident that everyone is on the lookout for unique specials and packages when booking their Healdsburg accommodations. Our Camellia Inn Bed and Breakfast has exceptional choices for you. Here is one exclusive special we want to highlight for you.

The Ultimate Getting Over the Breakup Package

Breaking up is always hard but at the Camellia Inn we have put together a package that gives you a place to feel comfortable and relaxed (far away from your ex), and then move on.

The Package Includes: Two nights in a queen size room, full breakfast each morning, evening wine and cheese tasting, a copy of a self-improvement break-up recovery book (such as “Breaking Up Without Breaking Down“), one pint of Healdsburg’s Downtown Bakery & Creamery Ice Cream (organic, all natural ingredients make this the best ice cream in the world), a voodoo doll with pins to write his/her name on.

After the ice cream, it’s time to put yourself back together and a breakup can signify a new beginning. It’s scientifically proven that exercise improves your mood and alleviates depression. Also included in the package is your choice of a one-hour exercise class each day or a 60 minute massage in our spa, and a specially designed self-guided wine tasting tour. I think we can all agree this package is exactly what you’ll need to put you on the road to break-up recovery.

We have several other options for you, so please click here to educate yourself on the rest of our Healdsburg accommodations specials and packages.

Healdsburg Accommodations

We know it’s cold out right now, but February is ending, and March is right around the corner. We’ll turn the clocks forward and we’ll have more time in the day to enjoy our nights out to Healdsburg, California and the Camellia Inn. Our Healdsburg Accommodations are second to none in our opinion, so we want you to stay with us, like all the time. If you don’t we understand, but we hope you don’t enjoy yourselves. No, just kidding. There’s no possible chance of that happening. We know you’ll enjoy whatever Healdsburg accommodations you choose. Please contact us by clicking here if you have any questions about our Healdsburg accommodations or if you’d like to book your stay with us.

A Few Secret Spots in Downtown Healdsburg

Staying at our Camellia Inn, located in downtown Healdsburg, is great for so many reasons. Whether it’s the business traveler needing nice easily accessible accommodations, or a family who wants a comfortable stay, or a romantic getaway for the couple who wants that serene setting and to be pampered a bit. All these reasons and many more, are why the Camellia Inn Bed and Breakfast in downtown Healdsburg is and has been the choice for so many of our wonderful guests.
We understand that choosing what to do after you’ve decided to hang your hat with us at the Camellia Inn Bed and Breakfast can be a little overwhelming. Some of our guests love the idea of staying with us with no plan, and just head out and experience what downtown Healdsburg is all about. Other guests love the itinerary. They love having their trip mapped out. Whatever decision you make, we support. The purpose of this post is to let you in on a few secret gems that are either in or near downtown Healdsburg. We hope you enjoy and please feel free to contact us at any time to book your stay with us or to ask us any questions that may arise.

We are in the center of it all…

Skydiving

Downtown Healdsburg
We thought it’d be a great idea to start this list off with a little adventure. If you’re into skydiving than NorCal Skydiving is the right choice here. Located in Cloverdale, which is about a 20-minute drive from downtown Healdsburg, NorCal Skydiving will cater to your every need. They have been rated as one of the very best drop zones in all of California. You’ll take off from the Cloverdale Municipal Airport and drop from the sky while witnessing the Pacific Ocean, Mount Shasta, vineyards and so many more beautiful settings.

Healdsburg History

For the explorer in you, tucked between the streets of downtown Healdsburg is a handful of old-fashioned alleys well-marked by street signs. Walking them will send you back to the town’s founding in 1867. These alleys were created as narrow frontages for barns, stables and carriage houses. The alleys today are quiet, tree-lined lanes. A few of these alleys are now garages and studios but back in the day they were historical barns.

Beer anyone??

Sonoma County isn’t just about wine anymore! The beer scene in our county has become a beer connoisseurs dream. From Micro-pubs to breweries, downtown Healdsburg is near it all.
A five-minute walk from the Camellia Inn is the Bear Republic. From their well-known Racer Five IPA to some high quality sour beers, and to a delicious lunch and dinner menu, Bear Republic is a great stop for anyone who enjoys a great time.
If you are staying in downtown Healdsburg in early February, the Russian River Brewing Company, located in Santa Rosa, California releases their world famous Pliny the Younger. For two weeks, people from all over the world flock to Sonoma County to wait in line for up to 8 hours to get a taste of the once a year release of this tasty triple IPA. The rest of their beer list is excellent, and their food menu consists of so many delicious Pizza’s, salads and snacks. Russian River Brewing company is a treat any time of year.
If you want to head a little farther south of downtown Healdsburg to wet that beer whistle of yours, you’ll end up in Petaluma, California. This is where Lagunitas Brewing Company resides. If you’re planning a stay at the Camellia Inn, Lagunitas is a great stop anytime of year, but especially during the summer. Great beer and great food, but the live music in their beer garden is extremely enticing.= during those warm summer months.

Eat your Hearts out

Howard Station Cafe, located in Occidental, is about a 40-minute Drive from downtown Healdsburg. But it’s worth it! The peaceful and picturesque drive will set the tone for you and your pet! Howard Station is pet-friendly and has a unique pet-only menu. Howard Station Café has an excellent menu for you as well. We suggest a huge Hot chocolate and a homemade biscuit. Honestly, you’ll be full for a week. So many other great choices for you here. We can’t stress how wonderful this place is for breakfast or lunch.
We are a little bias toward this downtown Healdsburg gem! The Healdsburg Bar and Grill is 3 minutes from our front door and will provide you with one of the very best Burgers in all of Sonoma County. Eat, Drink, laugh and enjoy. This gem is a must during your stay.

Downtown Healdsburg

We love making lists like this because it helps us remember why Sonoma County is so alluring to all types of travelers. Staying with us at Camellia Inn in downtown Healdsburg allows you the accessibility to experience whatever you want. You can get wrapped in our history, the Beer, the food, or the excursions. We know you’ll have a great experience with whatever you choose. Please contact us, so we can help plan your next trip and stay in downtown Healdsburg California.
 

Pliny the Younger and the Camellia Inn – A match made in Heaven

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” ? John Lennon

How true is this from John Lennon? I think we all can agree that life should be enjoyed through the relationships we have and the times we spend with smiles on our faces. Food for me, brings the biggest smile to my face. Wine for so many of the tourists, who stay at the Camellia Inn brings smiles to their faces. And, the easy going, welcoming vibe of Healdsburg, California is yet another reason for so many other enormous smiles.
So, the 2018 new year is in full swing and there’s so much that’ll bring a smile to your face. Especially, if you’ve chosen to book a trip in Northern California while staying at one of the exceptional Healdsburg Inn lodgings. If you are into beer, the next 14 days are an exceptional time to book your stay at our Camellia Healdsburg Inn.

Pliny the Younger

 
The Camellia Inn
Russian River Brewing Company, located 16 miles from our Healdsburg Inn released their world-famous Pliny the Younger beer on Friday February 2nd.The Russian River Brewing Company releases this beer, once a year for two weeks, every February. The fantastic thing about this release isn’t that it’s a tasty beer, which it is, but the release brings people from all over the world. We’ve had visitors from Germany, Switzerland, and Australia all stay at our Healdsburg Inn. Healdsburg, for some, wasn’t the first option for these beer connoisseurs, but the hotels and Inn’s in Santa Rosa book up months in advance, so an alternate plan always arises. A Healdsburg Inn becomes many people’s next choice.

Beer and Breakfast?

Some of our Healdsburg Inn guests have also told us that they love having us make them one of our locally sourced breakfasts ‘To-Go.’ Yes, the Camellia Inn Bed and Breakfast does breakfast to go. The reason why this is popular, our guests can eat it as they stand in the big line waiting to get into the Brewing Company. People start waiting in line each day at 3 or 4 am to enter as one of the first groups when Russian River Brewing Company opens at 11:00 am. The wait time will always be in the hours, so having a nice fresh breakfast and fresh coffee from our Healdsburg Inn is such a unique bonus.
In the end, people who stay with us at our Healdsburg Inn Bed and Breakfast and attend the Pliny the Younger release come back to stay with us the next year. It’s been brought to our attention, that many of the people who stay at our Healdsburg Inn during this beer release, love staying outside of Santa Rosa. A guest told us, “Santa Rosa becomes a zoo in February. All the restaurants are packed, the hotels are booked, and all the parking spots are taken. We love the beer, but Santa Rosa isn’t San Francisco. It’s great to be in Santa Rosa where you can enjoy the Pliny the Younger or Blind Pig and then get the heck out of there.” We understand completely, and understand the desire for accessibility during a time of craziness. That’s a huge reason why a Healdsburg Inn stay is becoming more and more popular during this time.

Be Safe and Pliny On

When it comes down to it, the month of February is all about the Russian River Brewing company and its release of their once a year Pliny the Younger. The release of this beer has become such an event that people from all over the world plan their trips a year in advance. Santa Rosa Hotels and Airbnb’s get booked quickly, so the Pliny visitors are in need of a place to stay. Healdsburg and the Healdsburg Inn scene has become the next best thing during this fun time.
We can’t stress enough that we are 20 minutes from the Russian River Brewing Company, so the need for safety is key. We highly recommend a car service, or Lyft, or Uber or a cab. You can contact us, when you book your stay at the Camellia Inn, for any car or limo service questions. If you’ve planned to go multiple times to the Russian River Pliny the Younger release, having a car service is an excellent idea. The beer is strong and the effects can be overwhelming. Having a trusted driver watching out for you and your things is an excellent way to go.

Healdsburg Inn

In the end, the Pliny the Younger beer release is a fantastic time for Sonoma County. People from all over the globe head into our county and enjoy what we get to enjoy every day. If you want to get more information you can head over to their website by clicking right here on Pliny the Younger. We highly recommend staying with us at the Camellia Inn or any other Healdsburg Inn during the Pliny release. If you’re just coming for a night and need an excellent rest after your day of drinking wonderful beer, or if you have a few extra days with friends, staying in Healdsburg, California is the very definition of what John Lennon wrote in the quote above. Drinking beer and enjoying your time is the way you can continue to ‘Count your life by smiles.”
 

The Healdsburg Ca Spa Scene is Excellent

“Let’s fade into the sun, Let your spirit fly, Where we are one, Just for a little fun, Oh oh oh yeah!

I want to get away, I want to fly away, Yeah yeah yeah” — Lenny Kravitz
When I think about the Camellia Inn B&B, this song always come to mind. It always puts a smile on our face and makes you want to start planning a trip somewhere exciting or fun. When I think about our guests and the possibility of putting together a Healdsburg Ca Spa day, weekend, or package it gets us excited. The Healdsburg Ca Spa scene is the real deal and there are a lot of options to choose from. If you are getting ready to plan for your spa experience, we think the Camellia Inn Bed and Breakfast is the right choice for you for a number of reasons.

Healdsburg Ca Spa – Location

Healdsburg Ca Spa
The Camellia Inn Bed and Breakfast should be your first choice for your Healdsburg Ca Spa experience. Our location is desirable because it’s located in the heart of the city. We are within walking distance to so many excellent eateries, wineries and the town green. After you’ve decided on your spa package, you can kick back by our pool, eat a locally sourced breakfast and then head out an experience what Healdsburg has to offer. It’s a win win in our book

Healdsburg Ca Spa Choices

The spa choices at our Camellia Inn b&b are some of the best in the Healdsburg Ca spa scene. We believe any choice you make is the right one. Since we have a great core of licensed massage therapists who are excellently trained in all modalities, we recommend contacting us in advance to book your Healdsburg Ca Spa experience. We don’t want to toot our own horns, but we book up fast. Here are our options for you to choose from:
 
Camellia Signature
Relaxing Swedish Massage
Individuals Couples
60 min. $95 60 min. $205
90 min. $135 90 min. $285
 
Deep Tissue
Focus on tight muscle tissue provides deep stress release
Individuals Couples
60 min. $115 60 min. $245
90 min. $165 90 min. $345
 
Master’s Massage
A senior therapist, trained in multiple treatment modalities, will consult with you on the specific needs of your body to create a highly customized treatment utilizing many techniques for ultimate stress relief and relaxation.
Individual Couples
90 min. $185 90 min. $385
 
Mother-To-Be
A therapist specially trained in pre-natal massage will address the unique needs of expectant mothers who deserve special pampering.
Individual
60 min. $105
90 min. $145
 
Reiki
A no-touch, visualization technique opens the flow of energy through your body, reaching physical, emotional and spiritual levels.
Individual
60 min. $115
You can also add one of these upgrades to your Healdsburg Ca Spa massage:
Scalp Massage $35
Reflexology Foot & Head Massage $35
Private In-Room Treatment (Select rooms only) $35
 

At the end of the day

The Healdsburg Ca Spa choices for you are excellent. The choices for you, that we listed above will meet all your needs. We’d love for you to stay with us at the Camellia Inn Bed and Breakfast for your Spa day, weekend or getaway. Our list of massages above are excellent, but you can also choose from many of the excellent packages we offer. You can look at the fantastic package choices we offer by clicking here. We know you’ll find one that fits perfectly for you, or for your party or for your business trip. Whatever Healdsburg Ca Spa choice that starts to peak your interest, we’d love for you to contact us, so we can start the booking process or to answer any questions that you may have. Our staff is eager and willing to help in any way we can.

Where to go for bed and breakfast in Healdsburg

Do you love drinking wine in a relaxed environment after enjoying a colorful festival or an exciting outdoor activity? Then Healdsburg should be your destination. This charming small town with remarkable landscapes and pleasant weather, is located right here in northern California, in Sonoma County. Healdsburg is famous for its five-star cuisine, the fantastic wine growing appellations and the rolling hills. In such a place, enjoying bed and breakfast in Healdsburg is guaranteed. Read on to discover one of the best places Healdsburg has to offer.  Book your lodging with us and have a memorable time with friends and family.

We’re #1 bed and breakfast in Healdsburg

bed and breakfast in HealdsburgIf you intend to make sweet memories with a loved one, family or friends then welcome to the Camellia Inn. We top in service delivery, dignity, serenity and technology. Situated in Sonoma County, you will love our bed and breakfast package. The package features nine rooms that are not only welcoming but also comfortable.
Our rooms are beautifully designed and you’ll fall head over heels with our broad antique furnishings that blend naturally. The beddings are of the highest quality and you’ll definitely enjoy sleep time to the fullest. You may be wondering how you can keep in touch with your favorite news; no need to worry. We are equipped with the latest technology. When you retire from a fun and tiring day, you will find an iPad in your room, ready to connect you to the world!
When travelling as a group you can enjoy our comfortable and hygienic cottages and off-site apartments. If you are the active type, there are plenty of outdoor events for you to enjoy such as hiking, golfing, wine tasting, horseback riding or exploring the beautiful grounds filled with various camellia plants that give this Inn its name. The Camellia Inn is definitely the crème de la crème of bed and breakfast in the world.  Here you can wake up to a cup of freshly roasted coffee and a mouthwatering breakfast that will take your breath away.
If you can visit us in April, you will get a chance to harvest the beautiful roses at the nearby distillery. Seize the moment for a truly unforgettable experience. There’s lots of magical things to do in Healdsburg and you’ll be happy you booked with us when you stay here. Feel free to call us today for bed and breakfast in Healdsburg.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lodging In Healdsburg California

“I was a millionaire twice over and half again before I was twenty-one. I stole every nickel of it and blew the bulk of the bundle on fine threads, gourmet foods, luxurious lodgings, fantastic foxes, fine wheels, and other sensual goodies.” — Frank Abagnale

Lodging In Healdsburg Ca
I think we all can agree that you don’t need to be a millionaire twice over to want to partake in some time staying at the most luxurious lodgings. Lodging in Healdsburg Ca, has some excellent lodging choices for you. Our Camellia Inn B&B is a Lodging in Healdsburg Ca option that should be on top of your radar. Whether you’re a lover of excellent wine, or you want to experience fantastic restaurants, or if you’re living an alcohol free life, lodging in Healdsburg Ca, has anything and everything for you to make your trip a memorable one.

Close to It all

If you’ve decided to make your choice of Lodging in Healdsburg Ca with us at the Camellia Inn B&B, you’re already on your way to an excellent time. You’re also close to an assortment of wonderful restaurants, wineries and local music. Those are just a few options for you. If you are lodging in Healdsburg Ca, you can walk to just about anything. The Bear Republic Bar and Eatery is a 5-minute walk from our front door. As is the Spoonbar, which has a wonderful selection of food and cocktails for you to enjoy.
The Town Green always has something for everyone. Bring your walking shoes because you’ll walk around all day visiting each store.
The Local Winery scene is an exceptional one. We’d love for you to contact us, so we can give you a list of great wineries. Wherever you want to go, we’ll help lead you in the right direction.

River Sports

Every year, the Russian River has a ton of options for you to partake in while lodging in Healdsburg Ca. If you’re up for rafting or canoeing, then heading over to the Russian River Adventures website to put something on the books is the way to go. If you have a dog, then heading to the Russian River for a walk and to go swimming will be your dog’s version of heaven. Ask Russian River Adventures how the water level is. Draughts have been a real issue for the Russian River in years past.

Architecture and History

We highly recommend, while you’re lodging in Healdsburg Ca, visit the Healdsburg Museum. First off, it’s free and open to the public on Wednesday through Friday. If you want to learn about our towns rich history, then heading to 221 Matheson Street is a great option for you during your stay with us.

Hot Air Balloon Rides

A very unique and enjoyable option for you when you’re lodging in Healdsburg Ca, is to take a Hot Air Balloon trip. Up & Away Ballooning, will give you a picturesque and unique way of experiencing beautiful Healdsburg and Sonoma County. Head over to their website for packages and find out who they are and what they offer.

Events

Anytime you’re lodging in Healdsburg Ca, our town offers events for you to take part in. March is a big month for all the wine lovers. Barrell Tasting runs two weekends in March. For all the other upcoming Healdsburg events, be sure to take a look at our Healdsburg Activities Calendar to plan the perfect time to visit!

Lodging in Healdsburg Ca

If you’ve decided to make your lodging in Healdsburg Ca stay with us at the Camellia Inn B&B you can be 100 percent confident in the fact that your lodgings are taken care of. The next things to decide on are what it is that you want to do. Whether you want to enjoy the very best food, enjoy the sampling of exceptional wines, learn about the rich Healdsburg history or whatever else, the choices are limitless. We’d love for you to contact us at the Camellia Inn B&B to book your lodgings and to help you plan your excursions. Our staff is versed in everything and anything having to do with Healdsburg and will help you make the right decisions in order to make your stay the most memorable.

Tips to Terrific Times in Downtown Healdsburg

“Whether you live in a city or a small town, and whether you drive a car, take the bus or ride a train, at some point in the day, everyone is a pedestrian.” — Anthony Foxx

I love coming across great quotes like this. Especially those that our Camellia Inn B&B in downtown Healdsburg can truly identify with. There’s no greater truth than coming to Healdsburg and wanting to become a pedestrian almost immediately. There are so many things to experience while on foot in downtown Healdsburg. If you want to do some shopping, stop into some wineries, or enjoy some gallery time, below you’ll find a guide that’ll help you meet any of these needs as you meander around downtown Healdsburg.

Christopher Hill Gallery

Downtown Healdsburg
The Christopher Hill Gallery is exactly where it should be and that’s in the heart old downtown Healdsburg. The Christopher Hill Gallery is an exceptional spot, where you’ll be able to uncover for yourself a beautiful collection of treasures. The way the collections are presented to you and how it’s so significant and nestled within the area makes it such a beautiful choice to experience. We at the Camellia Inn know first hand just how unique their artwork is. We appreciate them, and we know that you will as well.

Erickson Fine Art Gallery

A San Francisco transplant, this art gallery has become fully immersed in the community of Healdsburg. They try and emphasize the art from Northern California Artists. They are in a Palladio style building in downtown Healdsburg. The Erickson Fine Art Gallery has three stories of light filled rooms, showcasing the gallery’s broad palette of talent from landscapes and figurative, to abstract work One World Fair Trade.
We think this is one of a select few stops you should make while roaming downtown Healdsburg. One World Fair Trade was established in 2002 and are independently owned. They specialize in authentic handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art, sculpture, textiles, clothing and women’s accessories representing the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Middle East and the United States. The sale of their products improves the livelihood of disadvantaged artisans and help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for those who would otherwise lack opportunity for a stable income. They have created a sustainable market with long term buying relationships with their producers representing over 50 countries.

Shoffeitt’s Off the Square

Who isn’t in the mood for a unique souvenir while on vacation in a town with a rich history like Healdsburg? If you said you, then make a pit stop into Shoffeitt’s Off the Square. This downtown Healdsburg icon has a beautiful, stylish and very well put together collection of Vintage, Antique and hand-made treasures for you and your family to look at. It’s a downtown Healdsburg staple!

Simi Winery

Simi Winery has come up in a few of our blogs and its not a mistake. It’s an absolute destination if you are hanging around downtown Healdsburg and especially if you’re a lover of great wine. Like it says on their website, Simi Winery is ‘Synonymous with Sonoma County.’ That’s 100 percent true. They’ve been going strong since 1876, and have been killing it ever since.

Zizi

Calling all women! Calling all women! If you’re visiting downtown Healdsburg for your shopping needs, then a stop at Zizi is a must. They specialize in creatively casual clothing. Zizi is one of the most popular women’s stores in downtown Healdsburg. From beautiful Jewelry, to Stiletto’s to casual clothing, Zizi is a great stop for you. Don’t hesitate to make a stop here, they have a lot to offer.
Downtown Healdsburg
When you come to Healdsburg, California you have some sort of an idea that you are coming to a town that is rich in history and has a wonderful supportive community. We also have a lot to offer you if you’re coming to shop, drink some wine, or enjoy a gallery visit. Whatever the reason is for your trip to Healdsburg, or your plans for downtown Healdsburg, we want you to realize that there’s no bad decision. We’d love for you to stay with us at the Camellia Inn because we are in the heart of downtown Healdsburg and within walking distance to these wonderful destinations. Please contact us if you have any questions about anything and everything. Cheers!
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” — Ferris Bueller

Some of the Best Sights in Sonoma County

“Whoe’er has travel’d life’s dull round, Where’er his stages may have been, may sigh to think he still has found the warmest welcome, at an inn” – William Shenstone

So, you’ve moseyed over to our blog page because the title, the ‘Best Sights of Sonoma County’ caught your attention. I’m glad it did. I was kind of excited myself to sit down and write this post because I got to think about the absolute beauty that Sonoma County is and is surrounded by.
Sonoma County
The first thing to do, of course, is to book your stay with our Healdsburg Inn. The Camellia B&B is the center of everything in Healdsburg. Our Healdsburg Inn provides an easy come and easy go, old-fashioned but relevant bed and breakfast stay. This Healdsburg Inn provides us a unique ability to be able to create a blog post like this because we are lucky to be surrounded by so many beautiful sights to see. Below is a list of three of our favorite sights of Sonoma County.

Bodega Bay

There’s no place else that I could start! Our Healdsburg Inn is just about an hour away from Bodega Bay. There are a few ways that you could get there, all of which have a wonderful drive ahead of you, with many possible stops along the way. We hope you make it a whole day’s trip. There’s so much to see and do once you get to Bodega Bay, so get those cameras ready!
When you get to Bodega Bay, we suggest you head over to Doran Beach. There are remarkable scenic cliffs, access to sandy coves; vantage points for observing migrating gray whales. We suggest packing a picnic basket and take advantage of the smooth sand and wonderful views. If you have a handful of people, why not consider horseback riding on the beach. Yep, awesome, I know. Obviously, you’re staying at our Healdsburg Inn, but say you want to camp out for the night, they have campgrounds you can check into. We won’t give your room away, ha. Doran beach also has a boat launch, coastal access for fishing, clamming and surfing.
If you leave our Healdsburg Inn and head out to Bodega Bay for some seafood, there are some great options. We suggest Lucas Wharf for some fantastic Clam Chowder. Anything and everything crab, you can check out Spud Point Crab Company. Their Crab cakes are exceptional. Finally, Fisherman’s Cove is the place to get some delicious Oysters as well as a wonderful bowl of Clam Chowder.

Lake Sonoma/ Warm Springs Dam

We’ve heard so many stories here at our Healdsburg Inn about families heading up to Lake Sonoma while they stay with us. The stories all revolve around how much fun they had and how beautiful the setting is. All of us at our Healdsburg Inn, can attest to how brilliant Lake Sonoma and the Warm Springs Dam is. Lake Sonoma is about a 37-minute drive from our Healdsburg Inn’s front door. I’ll tell you this, the drive from here to there is breathtaking. It’s you and the road.
If this is a stop you are planning to make, we suggest setting up a picnic basket. There’s not much out there, so we don’t want you to be thirsty or hungry. If you want some breakfast for your road trip, our Healdsburg Inn will put something together for you. Just let us know!
Camping, Fishing, Boating, Hiking, and picnicking are all highly encouraged if Lake Sonoma is the destination for you. If you want to learn more about Lake Sonoma and Warm Springs Dam, click Lake Sonoma Information.Our Healdsburg Inn can put together an exact itinerary for you if you want. We don’t mind.

Armstrong Woods

I don’t know how many times that I’ve recommended Armstrong Woods to our Healdsburg Inn’s residents. It’s an extremely high number. Armstrong Woods is another 30-minute drive from our Healdsburg Inn’s central location.
Here are a few things to see and a few trails to go on while you’re enjoying Armstrong Woods.
The Tallest Tree
The Oldest Tree
The Colonel Armstrong Tree
The Icicle Tree
The Discovery Trail
Pioneer Nature Trail
Our Healdsburg Inn believes this is another excellent place to have a picnic or family adventure. It’s also a gorgeous venue to have a wedding. I suggest heading over to the Armstrong Woods website to read about the history of Armstrong Woods, as well as the trees stories and what you can look forward to on those fantastic trails.

Our Healdsburg Inn

We are proud of the fact that our Healdsburg Inn is located so close to all of Sonoma County’s beauty. You should contact us as soon as possible to book your rooms. Then allow us to help you plan a day trip to either Bodega Bay, Lake Sonoma or Armstrong Woods. We’ll pack a picnic basket and hope you’ll take us with you!
 

Eat your hearts out while lodging in Healdsburg California

Healdsburg, California is host to some of the best lodgings in Sonoma County, and we at the Camellia Inn Bed and Breakfast are a part of that. Our bed and breakfast has many options for you when you are planning your lodging. From our many cozy and comfortable on and offsite rooms, to our Spa and it’s many excellent treatments, and to our locally sourced breakfast. Lodging with the Camellia Inn is a great idea, and most likely, not the only thing you’ll need to plan while on your trip to Sonoma County.
If you’ve indeed decided to book your lodging anywhere in Sonoma County, then you’re most likely looking to stop in and partake in the many delicious eateries Sonoma County has to offer. Since you’ve booked your lodging with us at the Camellia Inn, here is a list of eateries near our lodging and some where you’ll need to take a nice little trip to get to; none are more than 20 minutes away.

Healdsburg California – Baci Cafe & Wine Bar

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Located at 3336 Healdsburg Ave, Baci is only a five-minute walk from your Camellia Inn Bed and Breakfast lodging. When you check out this place, you’ll have to be in the mood for an up-tempo and busy atmosphere. This is a high flying social buzzing restaurant that has excellent service and even better food. Start off with the Carpaccio and the Burrata appetizers, follow that with the short ribs, the excellent Bolognese sauce or the exceptional Petrale Sole. If you don’t already have a sense about Wines and what they should be paired with, don’t hesitate to ask your servers. They are some of the best around and most knowledgeable on the wine pairing topic. They are glad and ready to help you get the very best out of your dining experience.

Dierks Parkside Café

Located at 446 Santa Rosa Ave in Santa Rosa, Dierks Parkside Café is worth the 15-minute drive from your Healdsburg lodging. This brilliant breakfast establishment has been a main stay of Santa Rosa for many years and has another location on 1422 4th street. You can check that location out, but the original has all the ambiance and history which, in our opinion, leads to a better eating experience.
What you’ll need to consider first, the restaurant is a small one and the whole town wants to eat here, especially on the weekends. But, the wait is worth it. The food you’ll receive is second to none and the serving sizes are big and not too hard on the wallet. A few staples are the delicious chicken fried steak and my personal favorite, corned beef hash. Both were among the best that we’ve had. The chicken fried steak has an exceptional flavor and fantastic breading. The service is always prompt and extremely reliable. You’ll probably need a morning nap, so head back to your lodging and take a nap in one of the Camellia Inn’s comfortable beds.

Amy’s Wicked Slush

Located at 13840 Healdsburg Ave, Amy’s Wicked Slush is another short 4-minute drive or ten-minute walk from the front doors of your Camellia Inn lodging. We can’t express enough how fun this place is, and quick. If you are in a hurry and just need something to hold you over, this is your place. If you’re lodging in Healdsburg and are out walking around with your family, and your kids are in the mood for a delicious slushy, again this is the place to check out. From Bagels to Meatball Subs, Regular brewed Coffee to Waffle Cones, Amy’s Wicked Slush is a real treat of a choice while lodging in Sonoma County.

Russian River Brewing Company

Located at 725 4th street in Santa Rosa, California, Russian River Brewing Company is a must visit while lodging anywhere in Sonoma County. It’s just a short 15 minute drive from your lodging in Healdsburg. Their beer list is second to none in the area. From the Blind Pig to their most popular Pliny IPA, the beers are amazing. But a lot of people don’t recognize Russian River Brewing Company for some of the most delicious appetizers, salads and mouth-watering Pizzas. This is what I order every time I check into Russian River Brewing Company, A Pint of Blind Pig, A Cesar Salad (which could feed 2), the Drew Bites (a cheese pizza cut up into little bites and topped pepperoncini’s) and followed by a Mikey Pizza (mozzarella, marinara, pepperoni, sausage & caramelized onions). If I’m not too full, I’ll finish the evening with a Belgian style beer that has a fruity taste, it’s called the Damnation. The service is a little spotty because the place is busy almost every night and day. But, it’s well worth the reward when you take your first sips and nibbles.
All in all, there are so many options around the area for you when lodging with us at the Camellia Inn in Healdsburg, California. These are just a few of the choices we have grown to love, and we hope you do to!

Healdsburg B&B for the Holidays – Book your stay and enjoy the Holiday Events

Well, it’s 2 and a half weeks until Christmas! Are you all ready? We here at the Camellia Inn Healdsburg b&b, are ready for you. If you’re planning a trip to the North Bay for the Holidays, and Healdsburg is on your radar, we hope you’ll consider a stay at our Bed and Breakfast. Bring the family, we have plenty of options at our Healdsburg b&b. For example, we have our “Family Suite” with two rooms sharing a bath which can be perfect for up to four. We have so many more options, just head on over to our website to take a peak at everything our Healdsburg b&b has to offer.
Whether you stay with us or at another Healdsburg b&b during the Holidays, there will be a bevy of entertaining options going on in Healdsburg and our surrounding Sonoma County areas. I thought I’d introduce you to a bunch of Holiday events going on, in hopes that it’ll encourage you to plan a Holiday trip and stay at the Camellia Inn.

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

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On Saturday December 9, from 6 pm until 8pm, The Petaluma River Turning Basin will be having an exceptional boat lighting parade. Check into our Healdsburg b&b, and head down to Petaluma. It’s only a 30-minute drive from our Camellia Inn Healdsburg b&b to the town of Petaluma. We suggest you make a day out of it. There will be free tastings of Pie from the Petaluma Pie Company and the Petaluma Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale will be taking place from 10 am until 4 pm. Then you can kick back and enjoy the Holiday lit and decorated boats float on by. It’s a really great time, and best of all it’s free.

Wine and Dine

I think we all can agree, anything having to do with Wining and Dining is going to get people’s attention. How about a Wine Walking tour? These tours are especially popular during the spring and summer months. But, during the Holidays, they are extremely special. A 4-hour day tour is offered every day, but we highly recommend an evening tour which is only offered from Thursday through Sunday.
Our town of Healdsburg is all lit up in its Holiday glory, so you’ll witness the magic of the season while enjoying the tastes of the town from three of our top restaurants. Enjoy the Christmas tree lit plaza, colorful street decorations, festive window displays and carolers. What’s also unique, your evening tour can be catered around any of the Holiday events that may be happening at that time. Also, our Camellia Inn Headsburg b&b is in the heart of the city, so it can be your home base as you begin your Holiday Wine Walking Tour.
You can get all the information you need here at www.winecountrywalkingtours.com. You can also contact us at our Camellia Healdsburg b&b and we’ll help you get all set up.

Madrona Manor’s Dickens Dinner Series

The Dickens Dinners are a highlight of the year at Madrona Manor, when carolers wander the dining rooms, dressed in period clothing of Olde 19th Century England, and The Twelfth Night Singers pause for private a-cappella serenades of “Jingle Bells” and breathtaking hymns. Even more delicious, is the Michelin-star executive chef Jesse Mallgren’s five-course celebration of new and old holiday traditions, paired with wines. Prices range from $110 – $210 depending on the night. Reservations for Christmas Eve and Christmas day require a non-refundable deposit of $50 per person. The dinner dates are December 8 through December 25th. Stay at our Healdsburg b&b and you’re a five-minute walk from the Madrona Manner. A Michelin Chef and the Camellia Inn Healdsburg b&b, no-brainer!

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

Santa Rosa, California is only a 15-minute drive from our Healdsburg b&b. Starting back on November 24th and lasting until Christmas Eve, Santa Rosa will be offering exceptional Holiday Horse Carriage rides on the weekends. Weather permitting, you’ll be able to take advantage of a free horse carriage ride around the historic Santa Rosa Railroad Square. Take a ride between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and from 11 to 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve. For more information you can head over to http://www.railroadsquare.net/

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!

If you are planning a New Year’s stay at our Healdsburg b&b with your children then on December 31st, the Charles M. Shultz Museum in Santa Rosa has the family event for you. Starting at 10 am you can start to ring in the New Year with Snoopy, hands-on crafts for kids, and Santa Rosa’s only Up-Down and Baby Balloon Drops at noon. There will be root beer toasts at noon and 3:00 p.m.!
I know there is something on this list of Holiday Events that’ll entice a trip and stay at our Camellia Inn Healdsburg b&b. This is also just a short list! There are so many other special Holiday events happening all around us and ones that keep popping up. It’s a great time to book a trip!

Tapas to Tasting Rooms – Healdsburg Has Your Back

Our Camellia Inn Bed and Breakfast is extremely lucky to be in the heart of beautiful Healdsburg, California. For the past 30 years, the Camellia Inn has been providing a comfortable experience the weary business traveler needs, the romantic stays a loving couple needs, a staycation for a much-needed getaway someone might want, and so much more. So, that’s enough about us!
You’ve decided that the Camellia Inn Bed and Breakfast is the best place to stay, now what? There’s so much that Healdsburg has to offer, and what surrounds us is also exceptional. Planning your everyday activities can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you know nothing about our Sonoma or Napa Counties. Everyone here at the Camellia Inn can help you plan any activities you want to take part in. We can also help you plan the whole trip if you just want to take all thought out of it. To give you an idea of some wonderful activities to take part in and some delicious restaurants to fill your belly, then please keep reading. Here are a few ideas for restaurants and activities that we at the Camellia Inn believe are fantastic options for you or yours.

Costeaux French Bakery

If you’ve decided to bypass our breakfast at the Camellia Inn, which is fine wink…wink, then heading over to Costeaux French Bakery is a solid idea. Costeaux French Bakery started in 1923 and has been a Healdsburg staple ever since. Their bread recipes have been extremely successful over the years which has helped them win a handful of awards. Once you walk in, there’s no mistaking the décor as being completely French Bistro. You’ll be surrounded by charcuterie, an assortment of cheeses, and pastries. If you are looking for a top of the line sandwich, then this is your place. Any sandwich on their exceptional bread is a treat, but one of our favorites is the Chicken Panino on their Ciabatta Bread. Their soups are excellent as well as their homemade quiches. You can’t go wrong with a stop here.

Williamson Wines Tasting Room

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One of the most excellent things about the Camellia Inn bed and breakfast in Healdsburg is, we are in walking distance to almost anything you want to do. Two minutes from the Camellia Inn’s front door is Matheson street, and that’s where the fantastic Williamson Wines Tasting Room resides. This shop is a combination tasting room and Wine shop.
What sets this place apart from some other tasting rooms is that you don’t need a reservation. If you’re out and about and enjoying Healdsburg, just head on in. The owners have many award-winning wines for you to taste as well as some food that’ll pair exceptionally well. If you want to plan a private tasting, Williamson Wines Tasting room would love to accommodate that. If you don’t know who to contact, we at the Camellia Inn would love to help you with this.

Bravas

“One of the top 20 tapas restaurants in the U.S.” –Travel + Leisure
Are you a tapas fan? If so, this is one of the best places in Healdsburg to head over to. You can choose from an assortment of cold or hot tapas. My choice for a cold tapa, the Goat Cheese Toast and Beet Salad. You should then move on to the unbelievable Duck Meatballs. Top that off with the warm Monterey Calamari and the Croquetas. Their Spanish Wines and Ports are heavenly as is their Sangria. It’s a must stop for you when you stay at our Camellia Inn.

Noble Folk Ice Cream & Pie Bar

Also, a two-minute walk from the Camellia Inn, the Noble Folk Ice Cream & Pie Bar is a great place to tend to your sweet cravings. The owners of the very popular Moustache Baked Goods decided to open a locally sourced Ice Cream and Pie Par. Their pies will include grains such as faro and buckwheat, and they’ve been known to use almost forgotten cooking techniques and recipes. Their heritage pies are exceptional. The pie offerings as well as ice cream flavors change almost daily, which adds to the allure of this place. A few of us at the Camellia Inn recommend their Mississippi Mud Pie and then their Single Original Stumptown Coffee Flavored Ice Cream.

In the End…

When you book your stay with is at our Camellia Inn Bed and Breakfast, you’ll already be off to the right start. The places I listed above are just a few options for you to help fill your days and nights while staying with us at the Camellia Inn. From Ice Cream and Mud Pies, to Wine Tasting and Tapas, your options are endless. Whatever you choose to take part in, we at the Camellia Inn will be here if you need any support or guidance. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us!

Walking, Cycling or Carriage Tours – A few fun things to do in Healdsburg

So, you’ve decided to stay on your next trip at our Healdsburg b&b. Now it’s time to figure out exactly what you want to do while you stay at our Camellia Healdsburg b&b. Whether this trip is a work trip, vacation or just a getaway, Healdsburg has so many enjoyable things for you to partake in. Here you’ll find a handful of activities that we believe will help you to get the most out of your trip to Healdsburg.

Places to See in Healdsburg

Wine Country Walking Tour
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It’s no secret our Healdsburg b&b is surrounded by some of the best wineries. Whether it’s the picturesque Jordan Vineyard Winery on Alexander Valley Road, to the rural splendor of Bella Vineyards, or to the beautiful and rich history of the Seghesio Family Winery. While staying at our Healdsburg b&b, you can take part in a unique experience through a Wine Country Walking Tour.
Our Healdsburg b&b can help you put this together. A great idea is to get some exercise while sampling some different local wines and cuisine while on a Wine Country Walking Tour through downtown Healdsburg. You can expect nothing short of exceptional service. The tour guides are friendly and educated in the rich history of local wineries and cuisine. They highly encourage you to ask any questions you have or may arise during the tour. Chat with local winemakers, meet gourmet artisans, and then savor the fabulous flavors they have created for you. The Wine Country Walking Tour wants you to be engaged in the whole process so that you can achieve the very best experience imaginable.
The Wine Country Carriage
Another unique experience to take part in while staying at our Camellia Inn, is a Wine Country Carriage Tour. Leave your car at the Healdsburg b&b and take a five-hour Belgian horse carriage ride through surrounding Healdsburg vineyards. During your horse-pulled carriage tour you’ll make stops at three different wineries. Bring your cameras so you can take pictures of the beautiful scenery that’ll surround you. You’ll get to see so many landscapes and vineyards that no car could ever take you to.
The Healdsburg Plaza
The Healdsburg Plaza is just a short walk from the front door of our Camellia Inn. If you don’t know what you are looking to do, then a walk around the Healdsburg Plaza is a decision you can’t go wrong with. The gazebos are a host to live music, and the small park is surrounded by boutiques, restaurants, and wine bars. There’s no map needed, just pick any direction and you’ll achieve your own Healdsburg experience. If you want ideas for a few great stops surrounding the plaza, then please ask the staff at our Healdsburg b&b. We’ll point you in the right direction.
Wine Country Bike Tour
There are so many reasons why the Amgen Tour of California keeps having Sonoma County as one of their anchors for this bike race. We believe the most prevalent one being, peaceful. What’s better than riding your bicycle on fantastic roads and the most picturesque settings? There are so many options for you if you want to go this route.
Whether you’re an experienced cyclist, casual rider, or a family with children, there are many itineraries for you to choose from. Our Healdsburg b&b has information for you, but there’s also a ton of information online for you to check out. You can head on over to the Santa Rosa Cycling Club’s website for some information on bike rentals and organized tours.
One local company that we highly recommend is Adventures in Cycling. Dave Brazell runs a boutique Napa-Sonoma County Cycling adventure. Adventures in cycling will customize your bike tour so that you can have the very best experience possible. You can choose a day bike tour, motorized bike tour or a multi-day bike tour. All their tours are packaged with fantastic views, engaging guides, a few great wine tasting stops, and some great food. Dave and the gang at Adventures in Cycling will customize your bike tour around your location. So, when you check into our Healdsbug b&b, you won’t have to worry about anything. Dave will meet you at a location, so you can begin your bike tour. All you’ll need to bring is a great attitude and be ready to have a fantastic time on your bike tour.
Healdsburg B&B
When you stay with us at our Healdsburg b&b, you’ve already made your first great decision. But, what you do while you stay with us, is entirely up to you. There’s no bad decisions in our opinion. If you decide on the Wine Country Walking Tour, or the Belgium Horse Carriage Ride, or that Wine Country Bicycle Tour, you’ll be sure to have a great time. But these are just a small list of options at your disposal. Healdsburg offers you so much more. Please ask us at the Camellia Healdsburg b&b about anything else. There are always so many new events that are in the works all throughout the year.