Healdsburg Inn on the Plaza, A Four Sisters Inn
What We Love
- Free hot breakfast, cookies, hors d'oeuvres and wine by the glass are served daily in the second-floor living room
- Spacious bathrooms with deep soaking tubs — some have powered jets
- Top location: The inn is a stone's throw from some of Wine Country’s best restaurants, boutiques and tasting rooms
What To Know
- No overnight staff; guests are given a key to the front door, which is locked for the night at 8 p.m.
- Harvest season is typically from late August through October, and wineries can get extremely packed on the weekends
- Parking on and around the plaza is limited to three hours (including weekends and holidays) and is strongly enforced
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
On the leafy south side of Healdsburg’s central plaza, the B&B-style Healdsburg Inn exudes old-fashioned charm. It has remained in prime condition for more than a century, surviving even the 1906 earthquake, which ravaged most of the neighboring towns along the San Andreas Fault. Built in 1901, the inn features a Victorian elegance that alternates between keyhole rail–trimmed balconies off select guestrooms to traditional white wainscoting in the inviting living areas. Common spaces with marble-encased fireplaces and framed artwork — all illuminated by large skylights — give the inn a modest, homey appeal. Modern details such as dark hardwood headboards, vinyl-upholstered wooden desk chairs and linens patterned in a retro damask motif in the rooms offset the early-20th-century look.
Bed and Bath
Each of the 12 spacious guestrooms features such Victorian-style details as high ceilings, original white moulding and wooden shutters, as well as such mod cons as flat-screen TVs, iPod docks and free WiFi. French doors veiled in sheer white drapes lead to spacious bathrooms that feature traditional black-and-white Victorian tile and deep soaking tubs, which are equipped with either classic claw feet or high-powered jets. Traditional bay windows overlook the oak- and palm-shaded plaza near the front of the inn, while airy wooden balconies in other rooms offer views of downtown Healdsburg.
True to its B&B roots, the inn specializes in a daily breakfast that will win you plenty of bragging rights. Expect lavish spreads of fresh fruit, herb- and cheese-sprinkled scrambled eggs, fluffy blueberry buttermilk pancakes, artichoke quiches and Grand Marnier french toast served with a side of vanilla-nutmeg custard, a sweet accoutrement that has become so popular its recipe is now featured in the latest edition of the inn’s cookbook, The Kitchen. Afternoons feature free cookies followed by hors d’oeuvres and wine by the glass from 5 to 7 p.m. There’s also a DVD and board game library, as well as an extensive teddy bear collection — a friendly amenity that beckons to little ones who pass through the inn’s light-filled lobby. The biggest perk? The inn’s stellar location on the south side of the plaza, which is lined with clothing boutiques, high-end home furnishing stores, intimate art galleries, tasting rooms and award-winning farm-to-table restaurants.
In the Area
At the crux of four of Wine Country’s most productive areas — the Russian River, Deer Creek, Sonoma and Alexander valleys — Healdsburg is a one-stop shop for all things culinary. Of the hundreds of wineries in the region, 35 have tasting rooms in downtown Healdsburg. Pop into Kendall Jackson for the deep Cabernet, Selby for the award-winning Zinfandel and Roadhouse, which offers a Pinot for every palate. For complex Syrahs and uninterrupted Russian River Valley views, make a tasting appointment at the hillside Copain Wines, a young winery on a vineyard-speckled hill about 15 minutes south of downtown. Dinner in Healdsburg starts shortly after the wineries close (around 4 or 5 p.m.), so be sure to snag an early reservation. Italian specialties at the pint-size farm-to-table Scopa include the tomato-braised brick chicken, the grilled ribeye for two and the coma-inducing chocolate soufflé. Around the corner, Zin Restaurant features nouveau American fare with an extensive wine list to accentuate the flavors, and, as the name suggests, the best varietals are the zins. Enjoy quiet mornings on the plaza with a coffee from Downtown Bakery & Creamery — the vegan carrot cake muffin is a must — followed by a stroll down Matheson Street to check out the impressive lineup of original Victorian homes. Local designers specializing in hammered metal, silver and gold pieces showcase their creations at Lulo, a jewelry boutique and art gallery hybrid that features local and national artists.
How to Get There
The hotel is "quaint". The location is good. The rooms are very nice and I loved the king bed. Good bathroom with a separate bathtub and shower area. The WiFi is good. The breakfast is poor. The front office staff is impatient. Road facing rooms can be noisy.
We loved our visit to Healdsburg Inn. The carriage house was perfect for the atmosphere of being in a quaint inn but having our own place. The daily breakfast was very good. Different casseroles every day and even a nice variety for the pickier eater in our couple. We enjoyed the wine hour as well because we got to taste some wines from places we had not been.
It was my job to find the hotel for our trip to Healdsburg, and there were not many choices available in Healdsburg when I was started to look. When I found the Healdsburg Inn and read some of the reviews I was a bit skeptical, so I called the hotel and spoke to Morgan, the GM. She was excellent from the first conversation. When we arrived we were greeted with smiles and water. Our rooms were ready, they were clean and had fireplaces and balconies. Everyone we met on staff was friendly and gave us great advice on where to eat and which tasting rooms to go to in Healdsburg. On days we ventured outside of Healdsburg they also gave us great advice on where to go.
They have a happy hour each night with cheese, fruit and pastries. Breakfast was wonderful each morning made by Melissa. Everything was homemade, fresh and delicious. I cannot say enough about Melissa! On the morning we were leaving, she sent us off with hot coffee and a bag of honeydew melon to eat on the way to the airport (the fruit in CA is amazing). Many thanks to everyone at the Healdsburg Inn for a wonderful stay. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!
Stayed at this hotel for six (6) days in early Sept 2017. This is an older, "quaint" hotel. Front desk is only manned during certain hours. Limited number of rooms available. Breakfast is great at this hotel. We had rooms on the ground floor that were HANDICAPPED accessible. Being on the ground flare was quieter, rooms were somewhat larger. They have one room with a balcony on the second floor. They have some wine tastings during happy hour in the hotel. Location is fantastic, could not be better for shopping or wine tasting in Healdsburg. Price is high, and seems to be almost always high, no matter how far ahead of time you make the reservation.
The person in our party who was responsible for setting up our wine tours "failed" to make that happen - we called the Inn as we drove in from San Fran and they totally set us up - that was just the beginning of a great experience / everything was great. If pressed the only thing I would like to see us a little bigger shower but I I'm a really big guy and that would never be a reason for us not to return - I don't usually sleep well even in my own bed but I slept great in this inn (maybe the wine helped)