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Four Good Reasons To Do Winter in Healdsburg

Our picks for Hands on Healdburg, a massive food and crafts festival running now through the end of February.

Dragonfly Floral

Dragonfly Floral 


Winter can be dull in the Bay Area—no Outside Lands or Treasure Island Music Festival, no Pride Parade or Bay to Breakers. It’s too cold for all-day picnics in Dolores Park, and if you’re not a ski bum schlepping it to a friend’s cabin every weekend, there’s not a lot going on. So this year, the quiet North Bay town of Healdsburg decided to create a 50-day(!) festival as an antidote to this lack of organized fun. Hands on Healdsburg is tapping local farmers, foragers, butchers, mixologists, and florists to guide classes now through February 28. Check out our top four picks:

Spend Time in the Cocktail Lab
January 25, 3pm, Spoonbar
Spoonbar has long been a wine country leader in garden-to-glass cocktails. Learn how to infuse syrups with homegrown botanicals to make herbal cocktails at home. Spoonbar’s bar manager will lead the classes in conjunction with Sonoma Brothers Vodka.

Taste Wine in the Dark
January 25, 1pm, Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Does suppressing one of your five senses heighten the others? Test the theory by being blindfolded in Francis Ford Coppola’s Winemaker Lab while tasting different varietals. The class is led by a blind graduate student from UC Davis.

Design with Succulents and Tillandsias
January 31, 11am, Dragonfly Floral
Dragonfly Floral’s 6-acre country garden and rustic workshop space make for a serene setting to try your hand at floral arrangement. Play around with Dragonfly's succulents and air plants; you may just find a creative way to liven up your tiny San Francisco apartment.

Forage for Wild Mushrooms
February 22, 9:30am, Relish Culinary Adventures
Hunt for chanterelles, hedgehogs, morels, and dozens of other varieties of mushrooms in the Healdsburg hills with the folks from Relish Culinary Adventures, one of Sonoma's best professional foragers. A chef will cook up any edibles you bring back, and you can sample them in a 4-course mushroom-themed lunch served alongside local wines and DeVoto apple cider.

If you’re going to Healdsburg...

Receive a $50 credit toward Hands On Healdsburg classes when you book a room at the Healdsburg Inn or H2Hotel, both in the center of town.

From the crew behind beloved Mustache Baked Goods comes Noble Folk Ice Cream and Pie Bar, featuring Nordic heritage pies—think orange, almond, and cardamom over a buttery crust. 

Work off the undesirable side effects of gluttony by renting a bicycle from Spoke Folk, which will also provide you with a map with the best bicycle routes in town. 


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