Sonoma Wine Country is one of the most romantic, interesting, and picturesque places in California, and it’s easy to see why. From lush greenery and rolling hills to endless rows of grapevines, there is so much to see and even more to do. At Honor Mansion, our luxurious rooms and beautiful property make for an exquisite home base between adventures in Healdsburg from activities and attractions to fabulous Healdsburg dining. Before you start planning your trip, check out some of our favorite things to do in Healdsburg, California and surrounding areas- you’ll be glad you did!
1. Biking Through Wine Country
Experience the incredible views of Sonoma County from the seat of a bike! Wine Country Bikes offers a variety of bike tours, including Town to Town Bike Tours, Short Escape Bike Tours, and Single Day Bike Tours. Cyclists of all levels will enjoy a Casual Tour, where they can ride through wine valleys, apple country, and rolling farmland. Or, for the more adventurous cyclist, the Adventure Tour offers a rugged route through redwood trees along the Pacific Coast. Because the weather in Sonoma is perfect for cycling most of the year, you’ll have a refreshing, relaxing ride and will learn more about the area, no matter what route you choose.
2. Horseback Riding in a State Park
To see Wine Country from slightly higher up, be sure to take a guided horseback tour from Triple Creek Horse Outfit. They offer tours through Jack London State Historic Park, where guests will pass acres of vineyards, walk through open oak woodland, and see groves of giant redwood trees – all while riding atop a gentle and magnificent animal. After your horseback ride, you can take a Cottage Tour on the property or partake in a complimentary wine tasting at Imagery Estate Winery. No matter what your experience level, horseback riding in Wine Country will be an amazing activity that you’ll never forget.
3. Canoeing on the Russian River
Burke’s Canoe Trips is the perfect place to bring family and friends for a day of excitement and relaxation on the water. Guests will take a ten mile self-guided canoe trip through the Redwoods and can stop for a picnic, swim, or sun-tan session along the way. Become one with nature as you paddle amongst otters, osprey turtles, and egrets. Peak canoeing season runs from May through October, when the weather in Northern California is sunny and warm and the Russian River is cool and refreshing. Grab your life jackets, because this excursion will be one for the books.
4. Ballooning Above Sonoma
There’s no better way to see the beauty of Sonoma County than from a bird’s eye view. Up & Away Ballooning has a fleet of beautiful, brightly colored hot air balloons that can serve as a romantic trip for two or a fun family flight. Depending on the way the wind blows, guests will be able to see everything from the Pacific Ocean to Napa Valley, or even 60 miles away to the San Francisco buildings. An incredible 360-degree view makes flyers feel at one with nature, and a gourmet Champagne Brunch upon landing gives guests the chance to converse about the amazing memories they just made. Be sure to check-out our Adventure Packages to get help setting-up your hot air balloon trip!
5. Wine Tours
There is a never-ending list of wineries to tour in Sonoma Wine Country, and there is a long list of great options, such as Dutcher Wine Crossing. Healdsburg (and Honor Mansion) is at the center of three fantastic wine regions: Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Alexander Valley.
Book Your Trip
Now that you know some of our favorite things to do in Healdsburg and Sonoma County, it’s time to start planning your visit! After booking your room at Honor Mansion, be sure to download our free vacation guide for more ideas about local activities, events, and attractions that will make your trip to Northern California the best vacation you’ve ever had.