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Planning your trip to Healdsburg / Sonoma

WHERE TO STAY Hotel Healdsburg, 25 Matheson St., Healdsburg, Calif.; (800) 889-7188, www.hotelhealdsburg.com. A sleek, modern hotel on the town square. The perfect antidote to all those frilly wine country B&Bs. Rates begin at $275.

WHERE TO EAT Ravenous, 420 Center St., Healdsburg, Calif.; (707) 431-1302, www.theravenous.com. This casual, saffron-colored restaurant just off the town square serves locavore comfort food. Locals claim it serves the best burger in town. Average lunch entree is $13.

Dry Creek Kitchen, 317 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, Calif.; (707) 922-5399, www.charliepalmer.com. Chef Charlie Palmer's elegant restaurant at the Hotel Healdsburg prepares local ingredients with a sophisticated French touch. Entrees average $32.

Jimtown Store, 6706 Highway 128, Healdsburg, Calif.; (707) 433-1212, www.jimtown.com. How can a place so self-consciously retro-cool make such terrific food? The ideal place to get your picnic supplies. Sandwiches start at about $9.

WHERE TO TASTE Preston Vineyards, 9282 W. Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, Calif.; (707) 433-3372, www.prestonvineyards.com. Open daily. $5 tasting fee. Picnicking. No groups larger than eight.

Seghesio Family Vineyards, 14730 Grove St., Healdsburg, Calif.; (707) 433-3579, www.seghesio.com. Open daily. $5 tasting fee, refunded with purchase. Family Table tasting $35. Picnicking. Boccie courts.

Ridge Vineyards, 650 Lytton Springs Road, Healdsburg, Calif.; (707) 433-7721, www.ridgewine.com. Open daily. $5 tasting fee ($20 for Monte Bello premium tasting). Spectacular picnic spot.

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