Have a European Vacation Without Leaving the States

With travel restrictions ever-changing, a trip to Europe may seem like a far-flung dream for some. While it may not be the same as seeing the Eiffel Tower IRL or strolling the cobblestone streets of Italy, the quaint town of Healdsburg, Calif. offers a charming and sophisticated getaway with European-inspired experiences (with the added bonus of not having to travel too far). Take a journey through the following destinations that will make you feel the romance of Paris and the authentic traditions of Spain (almost) just the same.

Experience France

Hotel Les Mars. Photo: Brent Winebrenner

Where to Stay

Hotel Les Mars brings Parisian-style charm to Northern California, with traditional 17th and 18th century antiques throughout the property and grounds that reflect the landscape of a historic French maison. The stunning 16-room hotel features European style service, complimentary French breakfasts, and daily wine and cheese receptions in the grand library.

Where to Eat

Costeaux French Bakery is a family-owned bakery known for its legendary artisan breads, fresh pastries, French café classics like omelets with mixed greens and quiche, and signature tortes, tartes, and macarons since 1923. Stop by for breakfast, lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch, or grab a gourmet boxed lunch to enjoy on the go.

Where to Drink

The new “Paris on the Terrace” at Jordan Vineyard and Winery includes a four-course outdoor lunch and wine pairing served near the winery’s bright-yellow, ivy-covered French-style château. French music drifts in the air while guests dine on classic Parisian bistro fare with a California twist, like a freshly baked bread with a drizzle of 2019 Jordan Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil, paired with wines like the Jordan Cuvée by Champagne AR Lenoble.

Experience Italy

Bella Villa Messina

Where to Stay

An Italian sanctuary, Bella Villa Messina is an eclectic Bed & Breakfast Inn featuring five European inspired rooms filled with art and antiques, each with Jacuzzis, king & queen bed, and fireplaces. Guests enjoy daily complimentary wine and cheese tastings, an outdoor pool and terrace overlooking 400,000 acres of picturesque wine country.

Where to Eat

Campo Fina is a local eatery captures laid-back summertime in Italy, with al fresco dining, wood fired pizzas, outdoor bocce court and a wine list composed of local and Italian wines. Red leather banquets pair with original 100-year-old brick walls to bring an intimate feeling of community dinning.

Where to Drink

Since planting their first vines in 1895 after immigrating from Italy, the Seghesio family name has become synonymous with the highest quality Italian varietal wines from Sonoma County. At the Seghesio Family Vineyards tasting room in Healdsburg, guests enjoy a flight of award-winning Italian heritage wines while hearing stories of the Seghesio wines, family, and friendship.

Experience Spain

Bringing traditional Spanish and modern tapas-style dining to Healdsburg, Bravas Bar de Tapas offers favorites including sangria, patatas bravas, paella and more. James Beard Outstanding Restaurateur semifinalists Mark and Terri Stark introduced the restaurant in 2012 and it has been a local favorite since.

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