Sonoma and Healdsburg named among best US holiday destinations

Sonoma was ranked among the best holiday towns in the US
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Sonoma was ranked among the best holiday towns in the US
Sonoma and Healdsburg named among best US holiday destinations
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Sonoma was ranked 24 out of 25 by Travel + Leisure as one of the country's best towns for the holidays. Per Travel & Leisure: "While you’re shopping around the town’s plaza for relatives back home, you can admire the holiday window displays, then check out the civilized bottles of olive oil and rare artisanal cheeses at gourmet food market Epicurean Connection." Keep clicking to see other California towns on the list. (Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)

Sonoma and Healdsburg named among best US holiday destinations
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Paso Robles made 16 out of 25 per Travel & Leisure: "During the holidays, wineries offer low-key tastings, music performances, and great gift opportunities; check out Parrish Family Vineyard, whose tasting room is a short walk from downtown’s City Park." (Courtesy of Travelpaso.com)

Sonoma and Healdsburg named among best US holiday destinations
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Laguna Beach was ranked last on the top 25 list of American holiday towns by Travel & Leisure. "The gallery-lined town ranks well for its art scene, and the holiday season brings the Sawdust Winter Fantasy, an arts and crafts festival that spans five weekends in November and December." (Courtesy Visitlagunabeach.com)

Sonoma and Healdsburg named among best US holiday destinations
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Healdsburg made it to 17 out of the 25. Per Travel & Leisure: "...one of their biggest holiday traditions is the beloved Dickens Dinners at the Madrona Manor, featuring lobster shepherd’s pie and Christmas puddings that would make even Scrooge smile." (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat).

Sonoma and Healdsburg named among best US holiday destinations
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Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, ranked as number 9 per T&L: "Carmel has its own tree lighting—a huge resident tree at the corner of Junipero and Ocean avenues—and the quiet days of early December also make it a little easier to get a table at nearby restaurants like La Bicyclette and Flying Fish Grill." (Courtesy Carmelcalifornia.com)

The magazine, Travel + Leisure, has named two Sonoma County towns, Healdsburg and Sonoma, among the best cities to visit this holiday season. These two towns are part of a 25-city list published by the popular travel magazine, five of which are in California.

Sonoma came in No. 24 on the list, the magazine reasoning, “if holiday stress takes much of the joy out of your world, this quaint wine-country town offers the ultimate antidote.” Travel + Leisure cites the city’s spas as one of its greatest draws, “allowing visitors to relieve their stresses and relax for the holidays. For the best Sonoma has to offer, visit Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa and get rid of every worry. Then, shop at the many stores surrounding the plaza, a true town square and central to downtown Sonoma.”
Healdsburg was ranked 17 out of the 25 top U.S. cities, offering a beautiful plaza in the heart of town. Walk through downtown Healdsburg and discover a variety of shops, tasting rooms and restaurants. The magazine shares how “visitors can bring home culinary gifts from Healdsburg Shed or take home great local wine from one of several wineries.”

Visitors can experience a true Healdsburg holiday through the Dickens Dinner Series at the Madrona Manor, “one of their biggest holiday traditions… featuring lobster shepherd’s pie and Christmas puddings that would make even Scrooge smile.”

To see all California cities listed, see gallery above.

View the original list here, and tell us your favorite holiday memories in Sonoma or Healdsburg in the comments.

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