Grape Leaf Inn in Healdsburg

Today I want to tell you about our recent stay at Grape Leaf Inn in Healdsburg, a darling Wine Country town located in Northern Sonoma County, about an hour from San Francisco.


This Queen Anne Victorian is situated in a charming and quiet residential neighborhood, just a few blocks from the plaza in downtown Healdsburg where you will find lots of shops, restaurants and tasting rooms.

Grape Leaf Inn in Healdsburg

When we arrived for our visit I immediately noticed the gorgeous stained glass doors that lead to the reception area.

Grape Leaf Inn Healdsburg 9

Jessica, the inn’s gracious and friendly manager, showed us to our room, the Champagne Suite. It’s the only guest room completely detached from the rest of the inn. We had our own private entrance with a gate.

Grape Leaf Inn

Inside there was a large secluded terrace with chic outdoor seating, ideal for entertaining guests. This enclosed area is surrounded by wood paneling, trellises and potted plants.

Grape Leaf Inn in Healdsburg

Our room featured a plush King bed with a four-posted bed frame and soft Italian linens.

Grape Leaf Inn in Healdsburg

Jessica left a note welcoming us to the inn. One of many touches that made this one of the top customer service experiences we’ve had while traveling.

Grape Leaf Inn in Healdsburg

I love the elegant décor of our room. The vaulted ceilings, big exposed beam and French doors gave our room an open and light feel.

Grape Leaf Inn in Healdsburg

As did the modern decor like this darling chair and stylish white desk.

Grape Leaf Inn Healdsburg

The bathroom had a single sink with plenty of counter space and storage options.

Grape Leaf Inn in Healdsburg

Above the bathroom window is a stained glass window, bringing additional light and a pop of color to the room.

Grape Leaf Inn Healdsburg

A spacious overhead shower has an entrance and an exit…

Grape Leaf Inn in Healdsburg

leading to an outdoor shower for those who are adventurous, and I am! 😉

Grape Leaf Inn in Healdsburg

After we got settled and unpacked our things, we headed back to the lobby to have a look around and get acquainted with the inn. I have a thing for soft blue colors and fell in love with the décor of the seating area on the main floor.

Grape Leaf Inn in Healdsburg

I poured us a couple glasses of lemon rosemary infused water – available for guests in the lobby – and had a seat on the couch. I didn’t plan it but my outfit matched the décor!

Grape Leaf Inn in Healdsburg

Warm-from-the-oven cookies were brought out while we were relaxing in the lobby, as well as, a delectable cheese and charcuterie plate. Diane and Ken Wilson of Wilson Artisan Wineries are the owners of Grape Leaf Inn, a recent addition to their impressive winery portfolio that includes several boutique wineries in Sonoma and Mendocino counties.

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Their lovely wines were available for guests to enjoy. Grape Leaf Inn guests have the opportunity to visit any of the Wilson Artisan Wineries locations during their stay and have a complimentary tasting, which we most certainly did – more on that in a future post.

Grape Leaf Inn Cookies

Being able to bring our two small dogs, Coco and Daisy, along on our getaways makes our trips more fun and less hassle. Thankfully, Grape Leaf Inn is pet friendly.

Grape Leaf Inn Healdsburg Patio

We were given a basket filled with goodies for our girls. Bowls, towels, toys and a big jar of treats. Daisy wanted to eat them all, of course!

Grape Leaf Inn in Healdsburg

A fascinating feature of the inn is its speakeasy. This door in the lobby leads downstairs to a secret bar that is open for service to guests for a couple of hours during the early evening.

grape leaf inn speakeasy entrance

As many of you already know Prohibition, which began in 1920 and lasted 13 years, led to the creation of speakeasies – or illicit bars –which popped up throughout the U.S.

Apparently elegant private homes were among some of the locations! An underground speakeasy was discovered in the original home. With its very short ceiling and state of disrepair it was not salvageable and was filled in when the inn was renovated. But its discovery left enough of an impression that a new speakeasy was built on the other side of the property.

When you walk down the staircase to the underground bar, you feel as though you’re walking back in time nearly 100 years. And you can’t help but feel like you’re about to do something improper by having a drink in the basement of a Victorian home in a quaint residential neighborhood. It’s fun to imagine what life was like during the Prohibition but I am happy to have not had to experience it firsthand!

Grape Leaf Inn in Healdsburg

Nikki, who is the Bar Manager at Grape Leaf Inn, mixed up some drinks for us. Nikki makes her own simple syrups, bitters and shops for fresh ingredients daily. She made me a special basil and strawberry cocktail with organic vodka. It was so refreshing and just the right amount of sweetness. Bill chose a Moscow Mule served up in a copper mug from the cocktail menu.

Grape Leaf Inn Speakeasy

After our speakeasy experience, we invited Bill’s younger brother and his wife to our room for a glass of wine before heading out to celebrate his birthday in downtown Healdsburg. Grape Leaf Inn is close enough to the downtown square to walk. And it’s a lovely walk through a beautiful neighborhood. Lots of charming homes to gawk at!

After a peaceful and restful night’s sleep in our plush bed, I got dressed, grabbed my camera and went to the breakfast room to pour myself a cup of fresh hot coffee. Then I explored the inn’s grounds – including their English country-style gardens – while Bill got some work done back in our suite.

Grape Leaf Inn in Healdsburg

It stormed a bit during the night and there were pretty pink rose petals all over the stairs and porch.

Grape Leaf Inn in Healdsburg

Roses dotted with raindrops made for some fun photo taking.

Grape Leaf Inn Healdsburg flowers

On a drier morning, I would love to have coffee at one of these sitting areas found around the inn.

Grape Leaf Inn in Healdsburg

This porch under the eaves would do nicely, even on a rainy or a very hot day.

Grape Leaf Inn in Healdsburg

For those of you who love Victorian architecture – I certainly do – you will love taking in the Victorian details and history at Grape Leaf Inn.

Grape Leaf Inn Healdsburg

This is the original front door of the home.

Grape Leaf Inn Front Door

It faces the street around the corner from today’s front entrance. The home was built for the town blacksmith who lived there with his family for several years. I found that out from a book in the lobby about historic homes in Healdsburg.

Grape Leaf Inn 1900

Down the stairs and to the right of the original front door, there is a rose-covered archway that leads to a private garden.

Grape Leaf Inn Healdsburg

On the other side of the door are two rooms where breakfast is served to guests. It’s also where I got my cup of coffee and would later return with Bill for a lovely home-cooked breakfast.

Grape Leaf Inn in Healdsburg

We were served fresh fruit and granola with yogurt followed by a Mexican-style breakfast with farm-fresh eggs, corn tortillas, salsa and fresh greens.

Grape Leaf Inn Breakfast Collage

Bill and I were invited to take a look at some of the other rooms at Grape Leaf Inn so we walked around the interior of the property after breakfast. My favorite is the Chardonnay room upstairs – one of the largest on the property – which has vaulted ceilings and stained glass as well as a separate lounge area that includes a twin bed and two comfy chairs.

Grape Leaf Inn Chardonnay

There are 12 rooms in the main inn – all decorated differently with both modern touches and antique furnishings.

Grape Leaf Inn Rooms

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this charming Victorian gem in California’s Wine Country.

Grape Leaf Inn

We look forward to returning again and again to enjoy the warm hospitality of the staff, gorgeous grounds, luxurious accommodations, central location and of course, the fresh-baked cookies, tasty cheese plates and outstanding wines.


Make it a rich day!

And don’t forget May’s How I Wear My is happening next week (see the HIWM page for details).



Disclosure: I was invited to stay at Grape Leaf Inn and write a review. My stay was complimentary. All opinions expressed here are, as always, my own. 


  1. April 27, 2016 / 9:26 am

    I thoroughly enjoyed this post and I fully agree that the Inn is adorable. I would love to stay there. A bit far away though. That is the downside of international blogging friends… You see something nice but it is out of reach.

    • Adrienne Shubin
      May 2, 2016 / 10:33 am

      I know what you mean. I would love to visit all the pretty places I see on other blogs, especially in Europe! Planning on going to Europe in 2017 for my 50th birthday – not sure where but it would be great to meet you in person if possible! A

  2. April 27, 2016 / 12:01 pm

    New reader and first time commenter. What a fabulous place! Thanks again for sharing your adventures.

    • Adrienne Shubin
      May 2, 2016 / 10:30 am

      Hi Di! Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

  3. Kathy
    April 27, 2016 / 5:29 pm

    So charming. And I always appreciative of pet friendly places.

    • Adrienne Shubin
      May 2, 2016 / 10:30 am

      Me too. I love taking the girls along with us. I think they enjoy it too! xo, A

  4. April 28, 2016 / 8:11 am

    Wow…what an incredible place to visit! And they even let you bring your puppies—how nice!
    The hidden staircase with the speakeasy downstairs is such a novelty!!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      May 2, 2016 / 10:29 am

      The speakeasy was so fun to visit! I love thinking about all the history this area has. How different things must have been with prohibition. So strange in this wine-centric area of the world!

  5. lynette
    April 29, 2016 / 9:01 am

    A really beautiful post. If talking about “on a budget” I expect to see rates so that I know if it fits my Dave Ramsey budget, otherwise it is just more dreamy fb stuff. I live within 20 minutes of the inn.

    • Adrienne Shubin
      May 2, 2016 / 10:27 am

      Lynette, It’s bot budget but it’s not outrageously priced either. As you know there are some very pricey hotels in wine country! By traveling locally, my husband and I feel that we can splurge a little since we’re not paying for airfare – nor are we paying a dog sitter in this instance!
      Dry Creek Inn in Healdsburg is a great budget inn if you’re looking for a wallet-friendly place to get away. A

  6. April 29, 2016 / 4:20 pm

    This place looks absolutely amazing! Love that it is pet-friendly and of course, near to some great wineries! Can’t wait to hear about that in your future posts.

    • Adrienne Shubin
      May 2, 2016 / 10:25 am

      It really has it all – everything I would want in an inn. Wonderful hospitality too which is so important. Hope you are well, Erin! A

  7. May 1, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    What a beautiful inn! It definitely goes on my list of wine country places to check out! (We’ve been talking about a wine country getaway forever…). I love all the lovely details, and how fun that there is a speakeasy! Thanks for a beautiful review!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      May 2, 2016 / 10:27 am

      You should plan a trip up here, Andrea! It’s so beautiful and there is so much to do. Let me know if you ever head my way and we can grab a coffee or glass of wine! A

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