Our Healdsburg Home

I’m back! Hopefully over the last few days, you have enjoyed the great guest posts! Thanks so much to all of the guest posters for sharing something delicious with us!

Our long weekend in wine country was a perfect whirlwind of relaxation, wonderful people, and great food and wine. I took SO many pictures, and I have decided I will spread my wine country posts out over a few weeks mixed in with other recipes, restaurant reviews, and regular old bloggy stuff (including a very sweet giveaway that I will kick off later today). That way, I won’t bore any of you not interested in the wineries with day after day of wine, and I can give each winery the full write-up it deserves.

Any good holiday begins with beautiful accommodations, and Bella Villa Messina in Healdsburg, CA was hospitality in every sense of the word. After a late Jet Blue flight from Boston to Oakland, we spent a short night in the Holiday Inn Express at Oakland Airport. I highly recommend this hotel if you are ever in need of a quiet, clean place to stay in Oakland. From there, and very early Friday morning, we headed straight for my current favorite place on earth, the Dry Creek Valley. After a few winery visits, we found our home away from home at the top of a hill overlooking the valley.

Bella Villa Messina

As you can see, the property is simply stunning, and the views spectacular whether with a fiery setting sun or a foggy Northern California morning. Our room was comfortable and spacious, though I somehow missed taking any shots! It had a fluffy, comfy bed, a great view, and even an air purifier and fan! As someone who can not sleep without constant noise, I appreciated this little detail!

Bella Villa Messina image Healdsburg, CA

Our incredibly sweet and charming hosts, Harold and Jerry, offered a cocktail hour each evening. Full of delicious little bites like olives, cheese, nuts, and fresh bread, cocktail hour gave us the chance to meet other guests and to further take in the views. We enjoyed the time in their art-filled dining area with their 3 adorable dogs, Bernice, Brindle, and Basel.

Villa Messina Cocktail Hour

mixed nuts, cocktail hour blue cheese

Bella Villa Messina Healdsburg

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Oh yes, and their pair of llamas. . .


I thought I may have just been tired when, on our first morning at breakfast, I saw a black and white llama head floating on by. But no, there they were!

Bella Villa Messina breakfast

Speaking of breakfast, our stay included a full gourmet meal every morning. Each day was different and completely homemade or locally grown from the bread. . .

fresh baked bread

. . . to the fruit

California berries fresh fruit

. . . to the spinach frittata and bacon.

spinach frittata

This bed and breakfast is simply an elegant and comfortable place to spend your wine country visit. It is located in my favorite valley but is close to Napa Valley as well; we easily spent a day there as it’s only about an hour’s drive. I have so many more stories to tell but for now must get back to work. I hope you all had nice weekends, and I am looking forward to catching up on blog reading. Tonight, I am headed to the first Mystery Meet Boston dinner, and I will hopefully see some of you there!

What kinds of details make a vacation special for you?

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Tags: Healdsburg, hotels, inns, Sonoma, Sonoma County, Travel, travel to wine country, where to stay in wine country, wine, wine country

  1. Daisy’s avatar

    What an incredible B&B. the llamas are a hoot.

    What is this mystery meet all about?! I got an email about it awhile back and then was never told where it is….but i was intrigued!


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      It’s the first one, but I think it will be a monthly event where the location is a mystery until the last minute. I hope you can make the next one!


    2. Mellissa’s avatar

      Your trip looks amazing!

      My favorite thing about vacations is the details- the hotel, the food, the walking tour of the city.


    3. Lori Lynn’s avatar

      How delightful!

      I’d love a fan in the room too.


    4. Carol Egbert’s avatar

      This place looks splendid. What could be better than the luscious food in a gorgeous place?

      Our closest neighbors are five alpaca, slightly smaller versions of llamas. Thanks for a beautiful post.


      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        They are such cute animals in a really funny way! :)


      2. Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana’s avatar

        Oh how lovely! I live just a few hours from there and really could use a B&B weekend with the hubby :)


      3. Cookin' Canuck’s avatar

        What a beautiful spot! I could definitely handle waking up to a breakfast like that, floating llama heads and all.


      4. Katherine’s avatar

        Looks beautiful! I’m slightly jealous, but I’ve definitely planned for an after-graduation wine country trip (or at least I have dreamt of it!).
        I may need some pointers, but I won’t be going for another 2 years :)


      5. Andrea @ Sweet N Green’s avatar

        That place is breathtaking! I love the llamas :) That is so funny. The food definitely makes a vacation for me!


      6. She's Cookin'’s avatar

        I love the Dry Creek Valley wines, too and am looking forward to a long-awaited trip to Napa/Sonoma when our daughter is off to college. No better way to start a day of wine tasting than with a hearty, healthy gourmet breakfast – thanksf or sharing Bella Villa Messina!


      7. Jean’s avatar

        What a nice trip! Healdsburg is a great place and I’ll actually be there for their annual cycling event this weekend. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your pictures. :-)


        1. traveleatlove’s avatar

          Ooooh enjoy! I am sure that is just beautiful!


        2. Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble’s avatar

          Oh how I love wine country! What great pics!!


        3. Simply Life’s avatar

          oh my gosh, what an amazing place!!


        4. Nicole @ the dirty oven’s avatar

          Lovely. I am so in love with Sonoma. We just were up there last month and had a blast. Have tried eating at The Girl and The Fig. To die for. Thanks for sharing.


        5. Magic of Spice’s avatar

          What a fantastic place…so charming, and the food looks great:)


        6. Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }’s avatar

          What a great place! I live in the Bay Area and my husband and I adore a good B&B. We will have to check this one out. I absolutely love Healdsburg and head up there when I can. The shopping, food and wineries are amazing. Love the llamas!!! Look forward to your next posts!


          1. traveleatlove’s avatar

            So jealous that you live in the Bay Area! My dream!


          2. Jason Phelps’s avatar

            Definitely jealous of some of your local destinations. Thanks for making me yearn for CA!



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