Four-Hour Rule: Healdsburg

Nothing beats a post-July 4th comedown like … mega-plans for the following weekend.

We’ve got ’em: a four-star restaurant attached to an intimate five-star inn, in our favorite spot in Sonoma.

And by day: a trip to a nearby winery and a boathouse renting all manner of watercraft.

Here’s your plan …

Let’s start with the food, since this is why we’re going: Single Thread, Bauer-approved (“a flawless four stars on arrival”), everything’s-perfect, actual-farm-to-actual-table in Healdsburg. You might think they’re booked straight through the end of the year — but they’ve got tables available on July 14th. Grab one now

Make life easy on yourself and book in at the Single Thread. There are five bedrooms above the restaurant — four guest rooms and a suite. And you’ll want to take home everything in it: the attention to detail is like nothing we’ve experienced outside of Japan, which is no mistake, given chef/owner Kyle Connaughton’s experience in Hokkaido kitchens. (Note: all overnights include a guaranteed meal res. If you’re balking at the $1,000-a-night price tag, the Hotel Healdsburg will cut that by about half, and you can still make a mid-July dinner date.) 

Want to take a moment to yourselves? Get out on nearby Lake Sonoma. You can rent nearly anything that floats at the marina, from two-seater kayaks to canoes to jet skis, if you’re not bringing your own. There is a fun, active lake, but you can find some quiet if you book your own lakeside, boat-in campsite, where you’ll of course want to bring a bottle from …

You have plenty to choose from, but our top pick (this weekend) is: Jordan Winery.