Sustainable Travel to Healdsburg, California Part 2: Celebrating Sustainability with Farm-to-Table Dining & Shopping Local


Downtown Plaza in Healdsburg California

The 19th Century Plaza -- rimmed by art galleries, book stores, gift shops, restaurants and tasting rooms -- in the heart of downtown Healdsburg, California offers a shady respite after a bicycle jaunt or winery tour of Sonoma County’s wine country.

Inspired by the idyllic surroundings and Foss Creek that meanders through town are some of the most environmentally hip hotels and creative farm-to-table restaurants in the region, if not the country. Here, sustainability thrives, blending small-town hospitality and charm while still offering the hipster vibe and modern flair you might associate with the urban scene. Outside town, you can take a natural escape to see the magnificent Sequoia sempervirens or hop on a bicycle tour and visit biodynamic farms or wineries.

This is the second of a two-part article of my exploration of Healdsburg, joined by my husband-photographer John Ivanko.

Mateos Cocina Latina Fresh Salad

Farm to Table Dining

Whenever you’re ready to sit down for a meal, Healdsburg offers a sundry menu of farm-to-table fare. We loved Mateo’s Cocina Latina where Yucatán-born chef Mateo Granados blends Sonoma sourced ingredients infused with the vibrant flavors of his homeland. We recommend his nightly tasting menu, where you can have a multi-course menu with optional wine pairing. Upwards of seventy five percent of his seasonal vegetables comes from Mateo’s own Dry Farm Merida’s Garden. Appropriately enough, our multi-course meal started with a freshly-picked salad greens topped with edible flowers.

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