Friday, February 20, 2009

One Perfect Rainy Weekend in Healdsburg

So this past weekend, we were in Healdsburg, with an active toddler, and though I was slightly wracked with anxiety at how to entertain Kai in the downpour, we ended up finding plenty of ways to keep him from having a meltdown. As one of my friends says, going outside in the rain is ok, he (and you) won't melt.

Here's my ideas.

9am: Get coffee at Flying Goat Coffee, then head across the square to Costeaux French bakery for a morning bun that will force you to return for seconds.

10am: Take a mellow drive along West Dry Creek Road to marvel at the rolling hills lined with vineyards. Stop at Bella Wine Caves for a tasting. There are ample places for the kids to run around and they love wandering through the caves.

11am: Venture to Quivira Vineyards, an organic and biodynamic tasting room, that has a wonderful garden, complete with chickens (watch out for the electric fence kiddos) and a spot to picnic. Even in the rain, kids love animals.

12pm: Time for lunch, so you better get to Ravenous early. Locals love this little cafe and kids will delight in the wealth of kid friendly food options.

1:30pm: Naptime. Head back to your hotel for a little break.

4pm: Take a walk in the woods. Even in the rain, you can't beat exploring the mossy woods surrounding Healdsburg.

6pm: Dinner at the Healdsburg Bar and Grill is a family favorite. However, I prefer to drive up to Diavola pizzeria in Geyserville.

8pm: Put the kids to bed, pop open a bottle of Pinot and enjoy the sound of the rain on the rooftops.

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