Located in the heart of Sonoma County, Windsor offers mild California weather, a wide variety of dining and entertainment and an endless supply of wines to choose from. Popular attractions include the Windsor Town Green, the Russian River and Foothill Regional Park. Windsor is an easy day trip from San Francisco.
1.Ace It Bike Tours
© Ace It Bike Tours
This tour company helps visitors get acquainted with Sonoma County through scenic bike rides. The company has five different tour options that travelers can choose from. The Sonoma County Wine Tour winds in and out of pristine vineyards and takes riders past colorful murals, cobblestone walls and historic attractions. On the Santa Rosa Bike N’ Brew tour guests get to enjoy biking, beer and the beautiful scenery surrounding Santa Rosa. The Windsor Bike N’ Brew tour is structured the same way, but in a different city. The last tour, the Healdsburg Cycling Wine tour, takes visitors through the wineries surrounding Healdsburg. All of the tours are around $120 per person.
367 Windsor River Rd Windsor CA 95492, Phone: 707-688-4063
© Lauterbach Cellars
Lauterbach Cellars has been producing top-quality Pinot Noir and Syrah for more than 20 years. Located on a family farm with nearly 11 acres of growing space, Lauterbach Cellars only sells estate grown and bottled wines. They’ve experimented with several wine varieties over the years and have found success with all of them. Lauterbach does not hold tastings or tours on a regular basis, but they do host special events where people can gather at the cellar and socialize with other wine lovers. The winery also has its own wine club where people can get access to the latest releases.
3420 Woolsey Road Windsor, CA 95492 , Phone: 707-578-0537
3.St. Florian’s Brewery
© St. Florian’s Brewery
St. Florian’s Brewery is a family-run business that produces a variety of craft beers. Each beer is carefully made to emphasize certain flavors and to appeal to different tastes. The brewery’s name is derived from St. Florian, the patron saint of firefighters, and a minimum of five percent of all brewery sales goes to local firefighting organizations and charities. The brewery has a tap station that is open to the public on weekends. St. Florian’s also hosts special guests, musical performances, charity events and other fun get-togethers for the public, and private groups can reserve space at the brewery as well.
7704A Bell Road, Windsor, CA 95492, Phone: 707-838-BREW
4.Foothill Regional Park
Located in the shadow of the Mayacamas Mountains, Foothill Regional Park is 211-acre wilderness park with nearly seven miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The massive park features some of the best scenery in Sonoma County along with three large ponds filled with bluegill and bass. Gravel paths throughout the park make this an easily-accessible destination for guests in wheelchairs. There are also picnic areas throughout Foothill Regional Park that are perfect for gatherings and functions.
1351 Arata Lane, Windsor, CA 95492, Phone: 707-433-1625
5.Martinelli Winery & Vineyards
© Martinelli Winery & Vineyards
Established in the late 1800s, the Martinelli Winery & Vineyards is a family business that has its roots in Italy. The family specifically migrated to California in search of the perfect spot for their winemaking operation. The vineyard is primarily known for its excellent grapes--90 percent of the grapes grown here are sold to other wineries in Napa Valley. However, visitors can come taste wines made at the vineyard and tour the extensive grounds. Parts of the vineyard can also be reserved for special events like weddings and parties.
3360 River Rd., Windsor, CA 95492, Phone: 707-525-0570
6.La Crema Estate at Saralee's Vineyard
© La Crema Estate at Saralee's Vineyard
Located in the center of the Russian River Valley, La Crema Estate is celebrated as one of the best destinations for wine and culinary education. The stately barn is used for wine tasting sessions, educational seminars, cooking demonstrations and other gatherings. Interactive guest experiences and delicious, carefully-crafted wines are a couple of the highlights at La Crema Estate. Apart from wine tasting, visitors can also take tours of the vineyard or participate in a picnic with a personalized menu and a trained wine educator. Visitors can also purchase all kinds of fine wines at Saralee’s Vineyard.
3575 Slusser Rd., Windsor, CA 95492, Phone: 800-314-1762
7.Russian Hill Estate Vineyards
© Russian Hill Estate Vineyards
Russian Hill Estate Vineyards is managed by Patrick Melley, a self-taught winemakers who spent years managing restaurants and attended a leading culinary college in Florida. His vineyards are located in the heart of the Russian River Valley, one of the premier grape growing regions in the word. These vineyards are specially designed to produce the perfect grapes for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, two kinds of wine that Russian Hill Estate Vineyards are best known for. Visitors can come to the vineyards for tastings, tours and special events.
4525 Slusser Road, Windsor CA, 95492, Phone: 707-575-9428
8.Old Redwood Brewing
© Old Redwood Brewing
This popular microbrewery located in Wine Country is renowned for its traditional brewing methods and flavorful, rich beers. Since its founding in 2012 the brewery has been housed in a quaint old-fashioned building in Windsor that is an attraction in and of itself. The brewery is known for putting out a new flavor of beer every month so that visitors always have something new to try when they stop by. Old Redwood also runs its own beer club with incentives and freebies that club members can take advantage of throughout the year.
9000 Windsor Road, Windsor, CA, 95452
© Calluna Vineyards
This upscale vineyard sprawls out across 12 acres on Sonoma Valley’s Chalk Hill. The vineyard was founded by David Jeffrey, who attended viticulture and enology school and traveled extensively to learn about the winemaking process. Jeffrey’s talent combined with California’s near-perfect conditions for growing wine grapes has helped Calluna Vineyard produce a variety of unique and popular wines. Calluna also has its own wine club where members can get two shipments of Calluna’s finest wines each year. Visitors are welcome to come by for guided tours and wine tastings. Calluna even has an elegant guesthouse onsite for people who want to extend their stay.
11450 Brooks Road, Windsor, CA 95492, Phone: 707-239-1325
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10.Notre Vue Winery
© Notre Vue Winery
Notre Vue comprises a large swath of vineyards, a tasting salon and a winery. Wine grapes grow on more than 700 acres of fields with stunning views of Mt. Saint Helena and the Russian River Valley. Visitors can join a guided tour and a get a peek into Notre Vue’s history or come to the vineyard for wine tastings. Additionally, the vineyard often hosts special events for the community as well as Notre Vue’s Wine Club members. The winery is open for tastings daily from 10:30 AM-4:30 PM, and tours and other experiences are by appointment only.
11010 Estate Lane, Windsor, CA 95492, Phone: 707-433-4050
Founded by a family with more than six generations of wine growing experience, Gamba Vineyards is known best for its Zinfandel wines. The Gamba family has spent the last 25 years crafting Zinfandel under their own private label with grapes grown at their vineyard. Visitors are welcome to come to the winery for tastings of select wines. Gamba Vineyards also has a membership program where members can receive six to twelve bottles of Gamba wines several times a year and get access to other special perks. Tastings are available by appointment only.
Gamba Vineyards and Winery, P.O. Box 578 , Fulton, CA 95439, Phone: 707-542-5892
© Mueller Winery
Located in the Russian River Valley, Mueller Winery produces Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Mueller’s wines can be found in Sonoma Valley restaurants and wine shops as well as online. Winemaker Robert Mueller was first known for his Mueller Chardonnay, which was made in 1991, but his other varieties of wine have become quite popular among locals and visitors. Mueller Winery runs its own wine club where members can receive early access to new releases, save money on bulk wine orders and more. Visitors can come to Mueller Winery for tours and tastings by appointment only.
1200 American Way, Windsor CA 95492, Phone: 707-473-8086
13.Sonoma - Cutrer Vineyards Inc
© Sonoma - Cutrer Vineyards Inc
The Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards is a major producer of fine wine in the Sonoma Valley. The vineyard itself is in a gorgeous and secluded area that is well-suited for special events and gatherings. Sonoma-Cutrer takes pride in every step of the winemaking process from planting the seeds to grow grapevines to storing the finished wine in barrels so that it can age over time. Visitors can learn more about the vineyards and winemaking process by joining in on a tour at Sonoma-Cutrer. Tasting events are also available for small groups and guests can even play a game of croquet in the heart of wine country. All tours and tastings can be reserved online.
4401 Slusser Road, Windsor, CA 95492, Phone: 707-237-3489
© Windsor Oaks
With more than 700 acres of grape growing space, Windsor Oaks is one of the larger vineyards in the Russian River Valley area. Since 1991 the vineyard has produced nearly twenty different kinds of grapes for ultra-premium and luxury wines. Several diverse microclimates are found at the estate thanks to its unique position overlooking the Russian River Valley. Mainly known for selling wine grapes to other wine producers, Windsor Oaks does make some of its own wines and sells them through its sister operations, Notre Vue Estate and Balverne Reserve. Visitors can arrange for tours and tastings at the estate.
10810 Hillview Road Windsor, California 95492, Phone: 707-433-3810
15.Windsor Golf Course
© Windsor Golf Course
This par 72 championship course has been the site of multiple pro golf tournaments and other important golfing events. Known for its challenging terrain, the course features a year-round creek, some towering oak trees and other unique natural obstacles. The course offers four tee options that make it suitable for players at any level. In addition to the course, visitors can enjoy a pro shop, practice facilities, one on one lessons and an onsite restaurant. The sprawling, well-kept course is also the site of many special events, including weddings and reunions.
1340 19th Hole Dr., Windsor, CA 95492, Phone: 707-838-7888
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16.Russian River Paddleboards
The Russian River is one of the most tranquil and beautiful places to gain confidence with paddleboarding. Russian River Paddleboards rents out boards and allows people to explore the river on their own or to join in on a fun guided tour. The Riverfront Park tour is built for beginner and intermediate paddlers and includes a short hike and a relaxing paddle near Riverfront Park in Windsor. More experienced paddlers can join the Healdsburg to Windsor tour, which follows a six mile path along the river between these two Northern California towns. The tours are open to both adults and children.
7674 Pallino Court Windsor, CA 95492, Phone: 707-479-6432
17.K Squared Cellars
© K Squared Cellars
Founded in 2015, K Squared Cellars is a family-owned business that was inspired by love and a passion for wine. The owners, Andrew and Julie, first made wine at home in 2010 and acquired cellar space some time after that. Today K squared holds wine tastings and runs its own wine club with personalized shipments that go out multiple times each year. K Squared’s wines are available for purchase at their facility in Windsor or online through their website.
7975 Cameron Dr., Bldg. 1500-A, Windsor, California 95492, Phone: 707-687-3300
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18.Windsor Bowling Center
© Windsor Bowling Center
The Windsor Bowling Center is the perfect spot for a day of fun with the family. The center features multiple lanes that are used for bowling leagues and parties as well as one-off games. In addition to bowling, guests can enjoy black light miniature golf on a nine-hold indoor course, an arcade center with all kinds of fun games and escape rooms, physical puzzles where players have to use their knowledge and ingenuity to figure out how to escape before the clock runs out. The Windsor Bowling Center has two unique escape room games for visitors to choose from. The center can also be rented out for birthday parties, corporate events, family reunions and other gatherings.
8801 Conde Lane, Windsor, CA, Phone: 707-837-9889
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19.KC’s American Kitchen
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KC’s American Kitchen is known for being one of the most popular hang out spots in Windsor. With plenty of indoor and outdoor space for small groups as well as large parties, KC’s attracts locals and guests alike. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, kid’s meals and alcohol. Some of its popular dishes include hearty breakfast omelettes, potato pancakes, fish and chips, classic deli sandwiches and pork ribs. Visitors have a multitude of different options to choose from on KC’s extensive menu. The outdoor dining area gets large crowds during good weather because of the nice view of Windsor Town Green.
9501 DuVander Lane, Windsor, CA 95492, Phone: 707-838-7800
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© KIN Windsor
Known for its trendy atmosphere and delicious food, KIN Windsor puts a modern twist on classic American comfort food. Founded in 2011, KIN was started by two restaurateurs who have had years in the business. The restaurant offers a variety of dishes that are perfect for family-style dining in a lively and comfortable setting. Guests can enjoy classic entrees, including steaks, pasta and fish, pizzas, salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers and more. For drinks, KIN serves fountain favorites as well as Sonoma-made wines. KIN has space for private events and also offers catering for offsite gatherings.
740 McClelland Dr, Windsor, CA 95492, Phone: 707-837-7546
21.Chinois Asian Bistro
© Chinois Asian Bistro
This popular Asian bistro opened in 2008 and serves traditional foods from China, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore and other Asian countries. The restaurant has an extensive lunch and dinner menu with seafood, noodle dishes, meat, vegetable dishes and more. With Chinois’ unique blend of cuisines from across Asia guests are bound to find a favorite new Asian dish that they’ve never tried before. Chinois also has an extensive wine list with local offerings as well as wines from abroad. Chinois is open every day of the week except for Sunday.
186 Windsor River Rd ~ Windsor, CA 95492, Phone: 707-838-4667
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© Omelette Express
Celebrated for having some of the tastiest food in Sonoma County, Omelette Express serves up delicious, hearty omelettes with fresh and flavorful ingredients like ground sirloin, sausage, turkey, bacon and avocado. Omelettes aren’t the only item on the menu; guests can also choose from a long list of burgers, sandwiches, salads and beverages. Kids have plenty of tasty and healthy dining options at Omelette Express as well. The small cafe has been a staple in Sonoma County for more than 35 years with shops in Windsor as well as Santa Rosa.
150 Windsor River Road Windsor, California 95492, Phone: 707-838-6920
23.Windsor Town Green
Windsor Town Green is a sprawling outdoor space that is used often for special events, local gatherings, community functions and more. The entire area is surrounded by quaint shops and wineries. Lunch and dinner options abound; visitors can choose from Asian, Mexican, American or Himalayan cuisine. Highlights of Windsor Town Green include an old-fashioned candy shop that sells gelatos and handmade chocolates as well as several pubs where visitors can gather for drinks. Each Sunday, visitors can pick up goods from local producers and artisans at the farmer’s market, and fun events are held on the main lawn throughout the summer months.
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- Ace It Bike Tours, Photo: Ace It Bike Tours
- Lauterbach Cellars, Photo: Lauterbach Cellars
- St. Florian’s Brewery, Photo: St. Florian’s Brewery
- Foothill Regional Park, Photo: Alexei/stock.adobe.com
- Martinelli Winery & Vineyards, Photo: Martinelli Winery & Vineyards
- La Crema Estate at Saralee's Vineyard, Photo: La Crema Estate at Saralee's Vineyard
- Russian Hill Estate Vineyards, Photo: Russian Hill Estate Vineyards
- Old Redwood Brewing, Photo: Old Redwood Brewing
- Calluna Vineyards, Photo: Calluna Vineyards
- Notre Vue Winery, Photo: Notre Vue Winery
- Gamba Vineyards, Photo: miopicture90/stock.adobe.com
- Mueller Winery, Photo: Mueller Winery
- Sonoma - Cutrer Vineyards Inc, Photo: Sonoma - Cutrer Vineyards Inc
- Windsor Oaks, Photo: Windsor Oaks
- Windsor Golf Course, Photo: Windsor Golf Course
- Russian River Paddleboards, Photo: Fitz/stock.adobe.com
- K Squared Cellars, Photo: K Squared Cellars
- Windsor Bowling Center, Photo: Windsor Bowling Center
- KC’s American Kitchen, Photo: KC’s American Kitchen
- KIN Windsor, Photo: KIN Windsor
- Chinois Asian Bistro, Photo: Chinois Asian Bistro
- Omelette Express, Photo: Omelette Express
- Windsor Town Green, Photo: bouybin/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Alexei/stock.adobe.com