|Bella Vineyards and Wine Cave, Geyersville, CA|
This trip we were particularly interested in exploring northern Sonoma and setup our base camp in Healdsburg, California. This allowed us to revisit some favorite places and take our time checking out the beautiful Dry Creek Valley.
With any adventure you need to start out your day with a good breakfast. While our motel offered continental style along with our stay, we just had to treat ourselves to the wonders of Costeaux French Bakery in downtown Healdsburg. This bakery cafe recently won the prestigious Retail Bakery of the Year (2009) awarded by Modern Baking Magazine and numerous other medals for their fine products.
Entering through wrought iron gates to a brick patio, you can chose to dine inside or out -- or even take your treasures to go. Rolling in mid-morning on a Wednesday we had our choice of tables. You will like the bright natural light that streams in from the front bank of windows, reflecting off the high ceilings and back onto the polished wooden floor. The space just oozes old school grocery or general store history. The brick walls are a gallery of large portraits of Healdsburg's notable residents as part of the Healdsburg Heritage Project. Each portrait has quote and brief biography. We sat next to an image of Elsie Nardi Passalacqua who in 1937 was instrumental in bringing the nuns from St. John's Parish, Ireland to Healdsburg and treating them to their first milkshake at the famous Mel's Diner.
|Costeaux French Bakery Cafe and Pastry Counter|
Costeaux French Bakery
417 Healdsburg Avenue
Healdsburg, California 95448