Discover the unexpected in the Bay Area. Explore All of SF Bay Area
Restaurants & Bars 13

Healdsburg advice for 40th birthday!

tvham | Jan 21, 2010 10:11 AM

So my 40th birthday is next month and I'm trying to lock down as much as possible for a four day weekend in Healdbsurg. The dates are Feb 18-21 - three of us heading up Thurs/Fri then a larger group (approx 10-12 people) meeting up on Saturday.

Here are my initial thoughts:

Thursday -
Lunch/beer at Russian River Brewing Company (just in time for Pliny the Younger!)

Wine tasting at Siduri

On to Healdbsburg to check in to the rental house

A 'nicer' dinner, thinking Zin or The Ravenous

Friday -
Wine tasting and lunch, thinking either Zin or The Ravenous (whichever one we didn't go to the night before)

Dinner at Scopa

Saturday - Wine tasting and lunch, probably sandwiches or something else quick. If the weather is nice (not likely at the end of Feb but you never know) maybe picnic at one of the wineries?

Dinner - here's where I'm at a loss. I was hoping to have a big birthday dinner at Scopa but from what I understand, it's just not a big enough venue for 12-16 people. Do you have any suggestions for an alternative venue? Scopa sounds great because it's affordable and they have a great wine list...plus I'm a huge pizza fan. But I'm not limited to pizza, especially if the three of us go to Scopa on Friday night.

I'm also thinking that we could just do takeout to the house or stay in and cook if we can't find a suitable venue for us all on Sat night...

As for wine tasting, here are the wineries I'm considering:


Truett Hurst*
Mill Creek*

*never been

I looked up the wineries and any that specified not good for a large group went on the Friday list...did I do ok? Any other 'must visit' wineries?

At some point in our trip I'd also like to stop by Bear Republic Brewing, Costeaux Bakery, Bovolo (love the breakfast pizza!)

Sunday -

Brunch then heading home. Any great brunch places that we shouldn't miss? Barndiva, perhaps? Probably for 10 or so people.

Thanks in advance for any advice that you have to offer!

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound