By Elizabeth Kang
Ready for an idyllic, fun-filled weekend with all the nostalgia of camping, minus the hard part, like setting up a tent? Take the quick drive to Wildhaven, Sonoma, and spend the weekend making memories you won’t soon forget.
1:00 pm. Gas Up and Head Out
Wildhaven is just under a two-hour drive from the East Bay Area, but it’s Friday (Yay!) and you’ll want to give yourself a little extra time to allow for early commute traffic.
3:00 pm. Check In
Check in time at Wildahven is 3 p.m., and you’ll want to be there right on time to soak in every possible minute at this gorgeous glamping resort. Book one of the heated tents directly across from the Russian River to fall asleep to peaceful sounds of flowing water.
3:30 pm. Explore!
There are so many fun details to discover on Wildhaven’s picturesque 10-acre riverfront property, from the beautiful grounds and river, to the fun lawn games, such as corn hole and ladder ball.
4:00 pm. Stock Up
Visit the adorable onsite market to stock up on s’mores supplies, firewood, wine, and cheese. Bring said wine and cheese back to your tent’s front patio or picnic table to enjoy an incredibly memorial happy hour.
6:00 pm. Dinner in Healdsburg
The charming wine-country town of Healdsburg is only a 10-minute drive from your tent, and once there, you’ll be spoiled with delicious restaurant options. Little Saint is a great choice for gourmet, plant-based fare, and innovative cocktails. This newly opened restaurant is beautifully designed and sources all of its fresh produce from nearby Single Thread Farms.
9:00 pm. Fireside Chats and S’mores
Once back at your tent, grab your s’mores supplies from the Wildhaven market and head over to the communal fire pits for gooey treats and meaningful conversation, all while gazing at the stars above.
9:00 am. Camp Breakfast
It’s not camping without a sizzling bacon and egg breakfast, and Wildhaven makes camp cooking convenient and easy. The resort offers camp kitchens for guests’ use on the property, which include gas BBQs, tools, picnic tables, and dish-cleaning stations with soap and sponges.
10:00 am. Complimentary Yoga
Back at Wildhaven, take advantage of their complimentary Saturday yoga classes overlooking the river to re-center and rebalance after your morning bacon and eggs.
Noon. Wine Tasting and Picnic Lunch
There are a bevy of notable wineries in the area, and the afternoon is reserved for adventure, so sneak in a tasting at one of the nearby wineries before lunch. Dry Creek Vineyard is a great option, because it can be enjoyed with or without kids in tow, and it allows outside food for a perfect picnic lunch on the winery’s beautiful outdoor picnic area. All your picnic supplies can be procured from the well-stocked Dry Creek Vineyard General Store.
2:00 p.m. Choose Your Own Adventure
There is so much to do in the area that it’s difficult to choose from the many adventurous options. Active types may opt to go hiking on the family friendly Healdsburg Ridge Open Space, or, for incredible views, the cliffside Kortum Trail. Other fun activities including renting cruiser or road bikes and biking nearby trails, or horseback riding at The Ranch at Lake Sonoma. If the weather is warm, tubing the Russian River is a refreshing way to spend the afternoon. If a more leisurely activity is in order, the nearby towns of Guerneville or Jenner are fun to explore.
6 p.m. Dinner, Glamping Style
Be sure to purchase some easy-prep mains and prepared sides from Big John’s Market while in Healdsburg for a no-fuss dinner back at camp. Big John’s Market offers a variety of marinated meats, gourmet sausages, hot-food items, prepared sides, local wine, and freshly baked treats to create an easy, gourmet meal.
8:00 am. Breakfast at Quail & Condor
This charming bakery is a must-visit in Healdsburg, and a testament to that statement is the perpetual line that forms out the door on the weekends. Gather your patience and be prepared for some of the best pastries you’ve ever tried, including the flakiest pistachio croissants, gooiest cinnamon rolls, and most generous avocado toasts. Coffee is served, as well.
10 am. Pack Up and Check Out
After a whirlwind weekend of fun and relaxation, it’s already time to check out. The good news is that there’s no tent to dismantle, no sleeping bags to roll up, and the hot showers are plentiful. Even more good news — Wildhaven is so nearby that you’ll be home in time for lunch, and you’ll have plenty of time left in the day to prepare for the oncoming week. Until next time, Wildhaven!
2411 Alexander Valley Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448