Image of grapes
(Photo by Peter Griffith, www.sonomacountry.com)
Where else you can find ritzy restaurants next to hometown bakeries, uptown hotels next to downtown inns and just-pressed grape juice used for sipping and soaking. Here are five reasons to visit.

1. Haute hotels

The crown jewel of Healdsburg is Les Mars, a Relais & Chateaux hotel modeled after a 17th-century French country estate. San Francisco designer Helga Horner coordinated the d├ęcor, furnishing rooms in an Old World style, with 18th- and 19th-century European antiques and reproductions. Hand-carved walnut panels line the library, where a nightly wine reception is held.

2. Gardens galore

While most towns showcase home gardens, Healdsburg touts those of its vineyards.
Photo of the pond in Quivira garden in Healdsburg
Two to check out are Quivira, a biodynamic garden of native plants, lavender and raised garden beds, and Ferrari-Carano, where an old prune orchard has been transformed into a lush, five-acre oasis of flowers, trees, koi ponds and a long meandering stream.

3. Fan-tastic museum

Just a jog off the main square is the quirky Hand Fan Museum, the only one of its kind in the U.S. Founded in 2002 by Pamela Sher, whose husband is co-partner in Hotel Healdsburg and the soon-to-open
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