If you wanna do a fun weekend travel getaway, go to Healdsburg, it’s on the way to Mendocino, and a hop, skip and a jump from Santa Rosa, Bodega Bay and Sebastopol…
and when you go, visit the Camellia Inn near to the downtown area, which is also known as healdsburg avenue. The Inn has a lovely garden filled with roses and other flowers… the firelight room we stayed in is a queen deluxe, with a canopy bed, two couches, a shower, desk, no tv, wireless internet, and fireplace…
there is a nice grassy area in front for dog walks and a pool in the back. there are nine rooms, four are pet friendly… no pet amenities…
at 5:30 pm, a nice selection of wines, four kinds of cheese, crackers and olives were served…
breakfast is from 8:30 to 10 am… with coffee and tea ready at 7:30 … breakfast consisted of a small juice, scrambled eggs buffet style, no meat, there were several cereals, croissants and other bread from the town’s French bakery, Costeaux and some fruit and yogurt.
the inn has a tv room and a fridge stocked with soft drinks and water.
Lucy lewand, the owner/innkeeper has been in town an innkeeper for 28 years and is co-owner with her dad. The inn is a family owned business and they have a pet friendly winery about five blocks from the inn.
I loved the lovely bee kind bath products by Gilchrist and Soames with organic honey and red clover extracts, smells really good and has a good message, not totally eco friendly because they do contain Sodium Laureth and Lauryl Sulfate.
Also, every Wednesday, the Camellia Inn offers Chocolate Indulgence with Chocolate Cherry Bath Salts, soaps, candle, lotion, plus chocolate candies and cookies…
there are two pet stores in town… the one we like best is the Doghouse… they had a sign outside that said Dirty Dogs Wanted, because they have an on site pet groomer, a very friendly staff and the owner Natalee is very knowledgeable and helpful… they have a full range of dog items including healthy dog food, leashes, harnesses, collars, beds, treats and toys… they also have adorable dog clocks and great harnesses for dogs that pull on leash… gotta get one now !!!
near to them around the corner is an eco friendly store and Cafe Gratitude, cool name.
the other pet store Fideaux was not very friendly and had no food, just treats.
this small town apparently needs two dog parks, one for small dogs and the other for large dogs…
another pet friendly inn is the Best Western Dry Creek Inn, very friendly folks. we did not stay there but they did let me use their wireless internet and let Cici sit with me in their lobby and they have meeting rooms for workshops and seminars.
The town’s pet friendly wineries include Selby Wine Tasting Room, where I tasted Selby Zinfandel Port wine with chocolate from Sweet Memories (a chocolate shop in town that makes handmade chocolates, yum)… I tried the dark chocolate filled with ginger and the owner also gave me this chocolate covered peanut brittle type sample which was absolutely divine and even better with the port… and that is about all for my wine tasting exploits.
The french bakery called Costeaux on Healdsburg Avenue offers dogs and their owners outside seating and doggie biscuits, that are Cici tested and approved… Made with care by Bram and Matt for the dog in your life. Official taste testing completed by Maggie and Copper.
Ingredients: Enriched flour, water, salt, yeast, egg, bacon. (Net Wt. 16 oz)
they also have yummy delicious three chocolate truffle cake… and other chocolate cakes, cookies and chocolate candies.
Be sure to also visit the chocolate store called Sweet Memories with divine chocolate.
Powell’s Candy Shoppe has all kinds of candies and chocolates and plays the Willie Wonka Chocolate Factory Song all day.