Cool, Yet Country, in Healdsburg

The Irish Rose Inn • Healdsburg, CA

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Escape Kit

  • A Two-Night Stay for Two in Michael's or Kimberly's Room, The Rose Room, or Chateau Margi
  • Daily Full Breakfast
  • Wine-Tasting Passport for More Than 120 Wineries
  • Welcome Bottle of Wine
  • Combine Up to Three Vouchers for an Extended Stay

Of all the 'life's too short' canards, perhaps the most common ending is 'to drink bad wine.' And in Healdsburg, there doesn't seem to be any of it—of the bad stuff, that is. Just 65 miles from San Francisco, the California wine country destination has been called Sonoma's answer to St. Helena, but the number of four-star restaurants popping up haven't trumped the small-town vibe just yet.

While it may feel like there are more wineries than there is time (more than 100 in the three surrounding valleys!), The Irish Rose Inn, a centenarian Craftsman-style home-turned B&B on Dry Creek Road, puts you within walking distance of a number of family-owned vineyards. Inside, each room is a bit different—Michael's Room has a pinewood four-poster bed and a spa tub; the butter-yellow walls, quilt-topped queen-size bed, and view of the horse paddocks add up to a country vibe in Kimberly's Room; the simply decorated Rose Room is on the first floor; and Chateau Margi, a one-bedroom cottage appointed with a kitchen, is adjacent to the inn.

Morning brings breakfast that might include a French toast soufflé or eggs plucked from the chicken coop outside. Be sure to ask owner Chris for winery suggestions (or for an introduction to the resident pot-bellied pig). Less than five miles away, the town's 19th-century plaza, lined with specialty shops, galleries, and boutiques, is a worthwhile distraction if you're the type to consider drinking before noon a faux pas. If, like us, you're ready to imbibe at any time of day, hop on a couple of bikes and start sipping pinot noirs of the Russian River Valley, zinfandels of Alexander Valley, and sauvignon blancs of Dry Creek Valley, among many possibilities—you'll be armed with a passport booklet giving you free access to tastings at over 120 wineries.

Picnic procurements for lunch can be found at Oakville Grocery or Dry Creek General Store, but you'll want to have dinner in town. Graze over crispy beer-battered green beans with mango salsa and goat-cheese-and-mushroom-stuffed chile rellenos at Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar. Or, visit celebrity chef Charlie Palmer's hometown restaurant Dry Creek Kitchen for inventive but not too out there modern-American cooking. Because life's also too short to miss great food.


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    3232 Dry Creek Road Healdsburg, CA 95448
    707-431-2801 | get directions

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the fine print

  • Entire value must be used in a single visit
  • Limit 3 per customer, up to 3 additional as gifts
  • Up to 3 vouchers may be combined to extend stay
  • Reservations required and subject to availability
  • Cancellation/re-scheduling policy of 72 hours applies; voucher subject to forfeiture
  • Not valid on existing reservations
  • Taxes/resort fees not included; collected at property
  • Based on double occupancy; third adult welcome on a roll-away for $25/night
  • Dogs are welcome
  • Other conditions apply • PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON February 28, 2013 • Enjoy By February 28, 2013