Set in the scenic Russian River Valley in California's heralded wine country region of Sonoma County, these spacious and comfortable vacation rentals are ideally located to explore the area's many attractions and activities, including hundreds of wineries and vineyards, majestic forests of redwoods, breathtaking coastal views and plenty of outdoor adventures. Traditionally a farming region, this beautiful slice of Northern California is now a popular destination for wine tasting, antique shopping, golfing and hiking.
There are plenty of things to keep occupied during a visit to Windsor, California. With temperate weather year round, outdoor exploration is never out of the question. Of course, exploring some of California's history is another option – where Old Downtown brings to life Windsor's past in a precious old general store and meat market.
Finding entertainment isn't difficult in and around Windsor, especially if you're seeking a romantic getaway for two. Just miles from northern California's wine county, Windsor is also home to award winning restaurants and offers a Sunday Farmers' Market in the summer. Pack a picnic and enjoy an outdoor summer concert in the evenings, May through November.
Windsor, CA Travel Tips
Packing tips: Depending on your itinerary, you're going to want to pack comfortable shoes, sunscreen and hats for hiking, or finer garments for wine tasting and dinners in town.
Tourist Attractions: Aside from local winemaking, Windsor is also home to the Windsor Golf Club, a legendary 18-hole course ideal for golfing enthusiasts.
Day trips: Be sure to rent a car so you can explore beyond Windsor limits – where wine country, San Francisco and area antique malls are just a short drive away.
Chinois Asian Bistro Sample contemporary Pacific Rim cuisine from China and South East Asia at this family-owned bistro, which serves Asian food made with Sonoma Valley flair. Sip expertly paired wines with flavorful dishes from Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, China and Thailand.
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant Savor a country inn experience at this farmhouse-style restaurant, a romantic wine country establishment offering fine dining in luxurious surroundings. Find a cozy spot next to the fireplace and enjoy professional service and fresh regional cuisine handcrafted with care.
Madrona Manor Serving high-end cuisine in a comfortable Old World atmosphere, this elegant restaurant is a romantic destination for inventive cuisine and award-winning wine selections. Relish dishes made with greens, vegetables, herbs and fruits from the restaurant's own gardens, found on the hillside nearby.
Scopa A trendy Healdsburg restaurant with a big local following, this small restaurant is open for dinner only and provides an intimate gourmet experience by candlelight. Try tasty Italian cuisine like homemade foccacia, pizza Margherita and pappardelle pasta with Bolognese.
Tomi Thai Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine and indoor/outdoor dining at this busy restaurant in Windsor, a casual choice for lunch or dinner. This small café offers numerous dishes for vegetarians, spicy dishes and healthy options, and reservations are recommended as it fills up fast during meal times.
Downtown Healdsburg With a neat Farmers Market that features local vendors and a wide selection of specialty stores, this downtown area offers something for shoppers of every persuasion. Look for antiques and collectibles, fine art, ceramics, handcrafted jewelry, specialty toys, gift items and much more.
Old Downtown Windsor From free outdoor concerts and moonlight movies, eclectic boutiques, outdoor dining and a charming Town Green, this revitalized downtown area is an enjoyable place to explore. Enjoy wine tastings, 200-year-old oak trees, children's play area, special art events and the Windsor Farmers Market during the warm season.
Santa Rosa Plaza Mall The top shopping destination in Sonoma Valley, this fashionable mall is anchored by the department stores Macy's, Sears and Forever 21; there are also 120 other specialty stores selling everything from clothes and accessories to sporting goods, electronics, home furnishings and more.
Shiloh Shopping Center This large shopping center on Highway 101 is home to the largest stores in the area, including Wal-Mart and Home Depot. Other tenants in the complex include fast food restaurants, auto parts retailers, tanning center and shoe cobbler.
Windsor Palm Plaza Situated adjacent to the Old Redwood Highway and the Mary Agatha Furth Center, this shopping plaza is home to several Mexican food restaurants, a pizzeria and a donut shop. You'll also find fitness and martial arts centers, a dentist and other small retailers.