In our last blog I discussed some great information about our recent trip to San Francisco that Joan and I hope you enjoyed.
From San Francisco, we rented a car and we drove to Healdsburg in Sonoma County. Two exits past the Golden Gate bridge, we stopped and drove through a lovely town call Saucelito that I had been to years ago and really enjoyed. One thing I remember is on that Saturday we drove through the town we saw many, many bikers. Traffic was a bit slow because of the bikers, however we enjoyed the beautiful scenery.
From there, we drove up Highway 101 to Healdsburg and we stayed at a fabulous bed & breakfast called Honor Mansion which was named after the family that built the home in 1883. We heard about this place on Trip Advisor and have wonderful things to say about them. First of all the people and the staff there were fantastic and they really did a great job of attending to our needs.
In the Honor Mansion there are 13 units availalable for you to choose from. Four units are in the main house and the other 9 units are larger, and are spread around the property. I have to say it is a beautiful property with swimming pool, croquette, tennis and other games. Everyday at 3pm they put out wine for everyone followed by hors d’oeuvres from 4pm to 5pm. We stayed in the Camelia room which was a nice size. The only drawback was since the home was built in 1883, there were no bathrooms. The present owner made one closet into a shower and the other closet now has the sink & commode. Also, the Honor Mansion recommended restaurants for us and even booked us our reservations which was very convenient for us.
The first night, we had a fabulous dinner at an Italian restaurant call Catelli’s which is located in Geyserville about 8 miles north of Healdsburg. The second night we had dinner at a restaurant called Dry Canyon which is owned by a celebrity chef named Charlie Palmer which was his first restaurant. Now Charlie has a few other restaurants one in New York and Dallas. The third night in Healdsburg we had dinner in the business sector at Willie’s Seafood Restaurant. Joan and I ordered about four different tapas and kind of shared and tasted each others tapas.
The most impressive winery was the Farrari Carana Winery which we visited on our second day in Healdsburg which reminded me of a French chateau. The grounds and gardens were almost as significant as the winery itself. As you know if you’ve ever been wine tasting before, you are limited to small samples, but it was fun because we had many wines to taste and overall had a real good time.
We also did a lot of walking in Healdsburg which I have to say was very beautiful and charming and quite relaxing. The temperatures were very cool and the pace of the town was very moderate which was great.
Thank you for allowing me to share the second leg of our trip with you, and the next blog will finish off with our trip to Mendocino.