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Getaway to Wine Country in Healdsburg, California

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In November Scott and I stole away to the charming town of Healdsburg, in the Alexander Valley
wine country, to celebrate his birthday. It just so happens to be the spot of our first getaway
 together, back in 1999, and is a romantic mainstay. We make it a point to return every
 few years and it was the perfect way to kick off our holiday season this year. 

First stop was the h2hotel, our chosen lodging for this trip, where we were warmly greeted
by the hip and friendly staff in the comfortable mixed use lobby. The hotel
lounge/front desk/Spoonbar Restaurant are all housed in an open concept format
adding to the casual vibe.

Within moments we were exploring our modern suite with comfy touches, and private outdoor
patio space surrounded by a wall of green bamboo.

The rooms are a blend of modern and vintage with hardwood floors, unfussy furnishings and luxurious
linens  Each suite has a private patio or terrace for lounging. I loved
the lime green pop of color on our patio. 

h2hotel provides walk in showers with high quality spa products for hair and body. The 
closets boast hardwood built ins with extensive storage and a pristine white spa robe 
for each of us. The h2hotel sets the stage for a little romance and they did not disappoint.
We had dinner reservations at Spoonbar on the first level to celebrate the birthday.  Jacyln and
Justin treated us to a delectable dinner and craftsman cocktails with warm and friendly
service and fantastic recommendations.

Following a hearty buffet breakfast at Spoonbar, included in our package, we strolled the
shops in the quintessential downtown square.

We happened upon Myra Hoefer Interiors and were enchanted with the french inspired design studio.
We were warmly welcomed by this lovely lady who shared the unique pieces as well as Myra's
history of living in Paris. I recognized her style and spotted a number of books by Myra Hoefer.
You may also recognize her work from publications like House Beautiful.
More swoon worthy images from an apartment in Paris designed by Myra Hoefer.

Further exploration in town revealed the iconic 'Ivy House' owned by Myra Hoefer here.

All the walking made us hungry and we made the perfect choice with lunch on the patio at
Bravas Bar de Tapas. We love spanish style dining with small plates and luscious sangria.
Service was friendly and we lingered on that lazy fall afternoon........
long enough to get relaxed and silly.

I interview Scott about what it takes for a romantic getaway.

How do you say 'goofballs' in Spanish?

As for wine tasting, Dry Creek Vineyard was on Scott's list. Amanda spoiled us with a fine
tasting and we ran into friends and colleagues from Chico which made it especially fun.

Our final stop was back in Healdsburg at Williamson Wines tasting room where the wine and
cheese pairings had been highly recommended. The cheeses were beautifully paired with chutneys
and other toppings to enhance the flavors. The Irish cheddar with truffle salt was my favorite
and I bought some to recreate the tasting at home here.

We have previously stayed at the sister property, Hotel Healdsburg and dined at
Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen, both we highly recommend.
Our first stay in Healdsburg was at the romantic Belle du Jour Inn.

Hot Tip: If you don't venture out until 8:30 at night the local coffee shop,
Adele's, may be the only place open for dinner. We learned our lesson on that first visit. 

We were offered a media rate for our stay at the h2hotel and ended up choosing an excellent
package rate for a Sunday-Tuesday stay through the hotel.
Thank you Lauren and staff at h2hotel for making our stay so enjoyable.
All opinions expressed are my own.

I spotted this deal for a stay at h2hotel-

I hope you enjoyed our little getaway to wine country. 
Each season has it's unique beauty to be discovered.

I always love it when you stop by!


Pretty little things at my Stylemindchic Boutique here.


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