1. Haute hotelsThe 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 décor, 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 galoreWhile most towns showcase home gardens, Healdsburg touts those of its vineyards.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 museumJust 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