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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Find a Spiced-Up Side to Wine Country

A psychedelic art gallery, hidden speakeasies, and “pop-up” dinner parties make the Sonoma Valley town of Healdsburg more than just a wine destination.


1. Where to Stay

Book one of h2hotel's junior suites, which include a private balcony with views of Foss Creek.  

Unwind in a soaking tub overlooking Foss Creek at h2hotel, a green-minded, month-old spot whose earth-tone rooms are decked with bamboo floors and sustainable wood furniture (from $215). Stop by the front desk before breakfast to rent one of the seven complimentary Euro-style Public cruisers, available on a first-come basis starting at sunrise.

Lounge among the gas fireplace, grand four-poster bed, and nineteenth-century European antiques at the decadent Les Mars, a sixteen-room boutique hotel that evokes a classic French B&B (from $575). The European- and Asian-inspired restaurant, Cyrus, boasts a Michelin star.

Check out sunbathers from your bungalow’s pool-front patio at Duchamp Hotel, a fashionably minimalist estate with concrete floors and spare white walls (from $350). Enjoy breakfast in the courtyard beneath the hotel’s shady olive grove.

Published on Apr 5, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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