Birthday Adventure #1: Healdsburg

I recently had a birthday. Though I'm generally not one to make a big deal out of the occasion, this year somehow turned into a string of fantastic birthday adventures with some of my best buds! Not complaining. The start to my "birthday jamboree," as my friend Katherine calls it, was a ladies trip to the charming little town of Healdsburg. Though it's just a bit over an hour from my home in Napa, I don't often get out that way...until now. This relaxing jaunt in such a quaint and historic area has got Healdsburg on my mind ever since! Can't wait to get back next month for one of their weekly Tuesdays In The Plaza summer events, where you can break out your picnic blanket and basket, enjoy some wine, and listen to free live music. There's just SO much to do for such a tiny square of a town, nestled in ever-lovely Sonoma County. My sweet friends Becky and Molly accompanied me on this Healdsburg adventure — here are some highlights!

SHED. My oh my, how I love the aesthetic of this open-air cafe, filled with a combination of produce, kitchen ware, gardening supplies, and provisions. All of my favorite things in one place, really! Grab some cold brewed coffee or house-made kombucha while you browse the goods...or, if you're anything like me, buy way too much styling stuff.

Mustache Baked Goods. Another sweet spot in Healdsburg's town square. It's been a much-adored spot of mine for a while now — I'm always intrigued by their inventive macaron and ice cream sandwich flavors! Yum yum.

So, I got cookies to-go from Mustache, because we also decided to also hit up their sister store, Noble Folk Ice Cream & Pie Bar — located right around the corner. Same owners, similar vibe, and seriously one of the best ice cream shops around!

A few other quick stops around town included Costeaux French Bakery. Established in 1923, this place is a fixture in its community...and has killer croissants!

Gathered. A cute and smartly curated boutique with both gift items and clothing. Pssst, Napa Valley readers: there's also a second location on St. Helena's Main Street!

And finally, I'd be remiss not to mention Charlie, the amazing Frenchie pup that we met during our brief stop in Santa Rosa before heading to Healdsburg. Charlie belongs to Breanna Dargenzio, who works at her family's winery (D'Argenzio Wine) located in a small warehouse district within the city. Breanna and I began chatting on Instagram when I came across photos of her adorable pup, who was paralyzed from the hips down from sudden onset of hip dysplasia. Though no one could ever determine the true cause of her condition, Charlie gets around like a champ in her little custom puppy wheelchair!

Next up: Bodega Bay and Inverness.