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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We had a lovely 1 night stay. The rooms are quite small. The breakfast room was very nice and we had a interesting chat with other guests. Breakfast was excellent. We loved walking down the street to dinner.
We try to stay at any of the Four Sisters Inns when traveling in California. They're all different but always very nice.
Beautiful hotel. Beautiful setting. Great staff. Clean and bright. Great spot to hit the shops and meander through town.
The pool is divine and the landscaping is both modern and fresh. I almost got lost in the granite tub!
The previous reviewer couldn't be more wrong, it's everything you could ask for in a smaller, more personal and intimate establishment.
I arrived early to settle in for dinner at Single Thread and Wanda couldn't have been more helpful in making sure my room was ready. The rooms are comfortable and relaxing, lovely facilities. Lots to enjoy like the late afternoon cheese and wine and a wonderful morning breakfast.
A lovely bed was comfortable and easy to get a good night's sleep.
Yes, there is some noise from the cleaners but not sure how the Inn can control that.
My bigger problem was that I had booked room 7 which has a private balcony and my room should have had privacy. I got used to relaxing with minimal clothing and just as I was getting ready (i.e changing clothes) to have a coffee and relax on the patio, I heard loud noises coming from the patio - a group of other guests had commandeered the patio and I didn't get to enjoy what I had been looking forward to.
My wife and I brought another couple in March 2018 to stay in Healdsburg. Our rooms at the Healdsburg Inn faced the square and we were awoken 5:30 AM each day by the street sweeper. I discussed this issue with the manager but she was indifferent and could care less. I did send an email to corporate and they never responded either.
Poorly run company for customer service. We will go back to Healdsburg but will stay somewhere else.
Excellent establishment, yummy home made breakfast, wine & cheese hour, don’t miss it. Personal, quite, comfortable, low key and intimate. Good value. Say hi to Miranda and Peter and the chef too. Great recommendations and comps for area wine tasting too. Yahoooo.