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Kelly Clarkson visits Healdsburg

Singer and TV personality Kelly Clarkson visited Sonoma County recently, posting on Twitter over the weekend to shout out her favorite local spots.

Clarkson wrote she stopped for lunch at Barndiva, a modern, locally sourced American restaurant in Healdsburg, per a recommendation from Susan and Deb at clothing shop Susan Graf Limited on Matheson Street.

“Loved meeting y’all & if you’re in the area, people, it’s amazing!” the host of “The Kelly Clarkson Show” wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

She recommended the “Save Me” cocktail at Barndiva, made with tequila, vermouth, grapefruit juice, tamarind syrup, Navarro verjus and cardamom bitters over ice.

Lukka Feldman, co-owner of the restaurant, said Clarkson was “humble and gracious” while visiting.

“She just was really lovely and it was just a pleasure to have her here and in town,” Feldman said. “I think this is testimony to the fact that Healdsburg in general is a really welcoming place.”

Local Instagram page “Shop Local Healdsburg” shared Clarkson’s tweet to thank her for supporting Healdsburg businesses.

A couple of commenters on the Instagram post said they had spotted the singer around town, too — one saw her riding her bicycle and another wrote Clarkson stopped in at Plank Coffee on Dry Creek Road.

Clarkson is just the latest celebrity to spend time in the popular Wine Country destination. Other recent visitors include singer Justin Bieber, actress Sarah Hyland and TV personality Wells Adams. See some of their favorite local spots at bit.ly/3tBlQPJ.

Clarkson burst onto the entertainment scene after winning the first season of “American Idol” in 2002. Since then, she has earned three Grammy Awards, served as a judge on “The Voice” and, beginning in 2019, hosted her own daily talk show.

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