Smithsonian magazine recently named Healdsburg to its list of “Best Small Towns to Visit” in the U.S. It’s not hard to see why: known for both its traditional diners and modern tasting tables where you can sample local wines and cheeses, it’s a dream destination for foodies. And thanks to its privileged location Healdsburg is close to many of Sonoma County’s attractions.
Luxury hotels might rule the scene here, but there are more affordable places to stay the night. High-end bed and breakfasts deliver a deliciously local experience, including gourmet breakfasts and evening wine receptions, while budget-oriented motels offer simple accommodations if you’re just looking for somewhere to crash between meals.
Rooms from $119/night
Perhaps the best choice for budget travelers in Healdsburg is this friendly branch of the Best Western Chain. Guest rooms have flat-screen TVs, small terraces or balconies, refrigerators, coffee machines, and free wi-fi. Elsewhere on the property, there’s an outdoor pool and hot tub (open year-round) and a restaurant, plus appealing outdoor lounge space ideal for enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning or a glass of wine at night. Practical and functional, Best Western Dry Creek Inn is a solid option in Healdsburg.
Rooms from $228/ night
Located on a quiet residential block just a five-minute stroll from the center of Healdsburg, Calderwood Inn is an upscale B&B managed by truly attentive owners. The inn is affiliated with a winery in the area, so each afternoon, there’s a complimentary tasting. Enjoy a glass in the gardens, on the breezy patio, or, if the weather is chilly, inside the living room. Guest rooms have luxurious perks like large bathtubs and plush bathrobes, and the lavish breakfast spread is a great way to fuel up for a day of wine touring and outdoor activities in the area.
Rooms from $199/ night
From the friendly welcome to the evening wine tasting complete with gourmet charcuterie, staying at Healdsburg Inn is a treat. Sun-drenched guest rooms have high ceilings, large windows, spa-style baths and cozy bathrobes; some also have fireplaces. Since it’s located right on Healdsburg Plaza, you’re within easy walking distance of several great restaurants — and the helpful owners can assist you with recommendations and reservations. Guests rave about the abundant breakfast spread: it has something for everyone, even those with dietary restrictions.
Rooms from $139/ night
Located nearby Healdsburg, if not quite in it, Geyserville Inn is a charming accommodation option just off the highway in the heart of wine country. Offering views of the vineyards from its sun terrace and outdoor swimming pool, the inn is personally run by its owners, who are happy to give personalized advice on what to see and do in the area. Guest rooms are spacious and comfortable, with all the expected amenities, including a mini-fridge and coffee machine. Peaceful and good-value, the inn is very easily accessible if you’re traveling by car.
Rooms from $75/ night
One of the most affordable places to sleep in the Healdsburg area, Cottages on River Road is a boutique-style cottage complex that offers easy access to wineries and the coast. It’s located outside of town in the community of Guerneville. Basic double rooms have soaking tubs, but no other amenities (don’t expect a coffee maker or mini-fridge.) The one-bedroom cottage, on the other hand, has a full, well-equipped kitchen, a separate seating area, and a private balcony overlooking the gardens. All guests can enjoy the thoughtful public spaces, including a swimming pool and an outdoor fire pit for making S’mores.