Welcome to Russian River Area

'The River,' as locals call it, has long been a summer-weekend destination for Northern Californians who come to canoe, wander country lanes, taste wine, hike redwood forests and live at a lazy pace. In winter the river floods, and nobody’s here.

The Russian River begins in the mountains north of Ukiah, in Mendocino County, but the most visited sections lie southwest of Healdsburg, where the river cuts a serpentine course toward the sea.

Top experiences in Russian River Area

Russian River Area activities

$89 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Healdsburg Wine Tasting and Food Pairing Guided Walking Tour

Make your way to Healdsburg Plaza to meet your local guide, a certified tourism ambassador of Sonoma County. Then set off on foot to begin your tasting tour, stopping to sample food and wine at half a dozen hotspots in the historical downtown area.Your first stop is a local bakery (perhaps Costeaux French Bakery & Cafe or Moustache Baked Goods) for samples of fresh-baked artisan bread and other delectable treats.Continue treating your taste buds with a visit to the Russian River Tea Company. Cleanse your palate and sample several freshly made teas, and then stroll over to the Healdsburg General Store or SHED, which serves up farm-to-table gourmet fare. Try an arrangement of unique tastings, and then head to the Williamson Wines tasting room to sip several boutique wines accompanied by creative dishes. Listen to winemakers share their family stories before finishing up your tour at a local winery. Here, enhance your final wine tasting with epicurean delights such as jams, locally crafted artisan cheeses and charcuterie. When your tour ends, you'll be well prepared to continue exploring all that Healdsburg has to offer on your own.Please advise any specific dietary requirements in the "Special Requirements" field at time of booking.

$50 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Healdsburg Wine-Tasting and Food Pairing at Williamson Wines

Your wine-tasting experience takes place in downtown Healdsburg, a lovely, quaint town in Sonoma County that’s known for its great wines, lovely boutiques, restaurants and bed and breakfasts. In the tasting room of Williamson Wines, let your expert host guide you through the world of California wines as you taste five different wines paired with complementary appetizer food plates. Icon Wine Tasting Perfect for more seasoned wine tasters, the Icon tasting session lets you taste the winery’s most exclusive, exquisite wines. As you sip, learn from your host about how these smaller-production wines are made – with only the best fruit available using the most painstaking winemaking methods to ensure top-notch, unparalleled quality. Produced in smaller quantities and at higher production costs, Icon wines include the more exclusive versions of rosé, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon and grenach.Enhance the flavors and aromas of these wines by pairing them with the delicious bites listed above, all specially prepared by the in-house chef. The winemaker often joins in on this tasting session, providing a more in-depth and informative experience.

$159 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Healdsburg Wine Country Bike and Wine Tasting Tour

This is your chance for a tour of Sonoma County, known for its white wine varietals and spicy reds. On this moderate bike tour, you will ride approximately 18-20 miles (29 to 32 km) in picturesque Dry Creek Valley, home to the town of Healdsburg. Many wineries and fun shops reside in Healdsburg, and you will have the opportunity to have a few wine tastings before your lunch stop at a charming winery. Lunch consists of local treats like organic salad greens, fresh bread, artisan cheeses, seasonal fruit and dessert, as well as other delectable additions. After lunch and maybe a game of bocce ball, you will be off to one-two more wineries, and then your trip will conclude in Healdsburg Plaza. Make a complete day of it and shop the boutiques, browse the antique stores and visit local art galleries, all within walking distance.

$175 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Healdsburg Wine Tasting Bike Tour

Meet and greet at 10am at the decided location. After bike fitting and rules of the road, your guide will lead you through the vineyards to the first winery.  At the completion of the tasting, you'll get back on the bike and continue the ride to your next stop. Cheese and crackers will be served at this location. Back on the bikes to head to the next winery visit and lunch. This gourmet picnic lunch includes your choice of beef, salmon, or chicken, and fresh local ingredients will be served including pasta salad, hummus, green salad, and dessert.  After lunch, the guest has a choice of more bike riding or another winery stop. The tour will finish at the starting location. The tour agenda is customized to meet guest expectations and each rider will receive a t-shirt.In total, you'll ride between 8 to 17 miles through Dry Creek Valley on this tour. A few featured wines will be Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Red Blends, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. This small and intimate experience is built for your tastes. You'll be able to chat with your guide before the tour and a full day of riding and tasting will be planned out according to your preferred tastes!

$119 Outdoor Activities

Sonoma Horseback-Riding Tour

Starting at The Ranch at Lake Sonoma, this guided ride moves along at a gentle pace on the Southlake Trail.You will ride through a meadow and up a hill to the top of Skaggs Vista for miles, to observe the stunning wilderness and to get a peekaboo view of the left arm of Lake. Looping back down to the Ranch making a figure 8, you will continue on to the "Overlook Mountain." The mountain is one of the highest locations in Northern Sonoma County and looks down upon hundreds of acres of vineyards in Dry Creek Valley and beyond. From the mountain, you can see Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, Mt. St. Helena, and the Geysers. You will then continue through a redwood forest and ride underneath "The Overlook" (a wooden structure built by the U.S. Army Corps). You might even catch a glimpse of local wildlife, including whitetail deer, wild turkeys, grey squirrels, jack rabbits, and bald eagles.

$129 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Santa Rosa Wine Country Bike Tour

This Wine Country bike tour will introduce you to the beautiful Western Sonoma Region, beginning in Santa Rosa, continuing to charming Sebastopol and beyond. Meet at 10:30am at the designated meeting location in Santa Rosa and bike along the Joe Rodota bike trail to the Barlow, Sonoma County’s newest open air market center, hosting lots of fun activities. You'll taste wine at MacPhail and then explore the Barlow, where you can pick up a fresh and local lunch. Then cycle along the bike path and back roads to Taft Street Winery, famous for its garagiste wine. After lunch you will make your way to Fog Crest Vineyards to taste wine on the terrace and look out over the Santa Rosa Plain. From there it’s a quick ride to the Laguna Trail in Sebastopol to pick up the bike path, bringing the group back to the Santa Rosa location by about 4:00 pm. Great wineries, beautiful scenery, and a gorgeous bike path all add up to the perfect day!

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