Situated close to the Russian River in central Sonoma County, the attractive town of Windsor is known for its family-friendly appeal.
The Town Green offers free events throughout the year, including movie nights and concerts during the summer, a vibrant farmers market, and numerous specialty festivals.
Ready to have fun? Here is a quick list of what to do in Windsor.
Tasting at Local Breweries
Windsor’s up-and-coming brewery scene has grown tremendously in the last few years, from almost no breweries to quite a few, including the newest location of Russian River Brewery currently being built here. Every brewery and taproom in Windsor is very unique, each with it’s own personal style to enjoy.
From micro, small-batch breweries to large-scale producers, we recommend checking out St. Florian’s, Barrel Brothers, and Old Redwood just to name a few. And if you’re looking to head to a beer garden or taproom, we recommend checking out The Jaded Toad (outdoor beer garden!) or Oliver’s Market’s own taproom. Beer Belly Fermentation also offers a quarterly home-brew class you can take if you’d like to get some insight on brewing your own!
Take in the Scene of the Town Green
The Windsor Town Green: one of my favorite things about living in Windsor! You can go to the town green for just about anything: a nice brunch on a weekend, a romantic date on a weeknight, an afternoon of fun during their Summer Nights on the Green, a relaxing stroll through the Sunday Morning Windsor Farmer’s Market. Not to mention you can find any type of food you’re looking for at the time, from Vietnamese to Thai, Indian, American, Italian, or Mexican. And you can’t forget a little sweet-treat from Powell’s Candy Shop on your way out. (Insider Tip: The chocolate peanut butter gelato is a fantastic choice!)
The town green is kid-friendly, dog-friendly, teen-friendly, parent-friendly and senior-friendly. In between all the restaurant goodies, there’s also a handful of unique shops, boutiques and jewelry stores for you to peruse through.
Hike Lakes, Redwoods + Rivers
Another thing I love about Windsor is its amazing locations to go hiking that are easily accessible (and probably just a short drive away from where you are in the small town). Some of the best places to hike include Shiloh Regional Park, Foothill Regional Park, and Riverfront Regional Park.
With nearly eight miles of dirt trails for hikers, bikers, and equestrians, 860-acre Shiloh Ranch Regional Park is a popular destination for outdoor adventurists. It’s one of the few Sonoma County Regional Parks that doesn’t allow dogs, which gives horses a park to ride in peacefully. Riverfront and Foothill both allow dogs, and both have multiple lakes to hike around. Riverfront is unique because you can hike right along the Russian River, as well as follow the trail into the gorgeous tall redwood grove they have (pictured).
Tee Up with a Round of Golf
Surrounded by mountains and laid out amidst gentle hills and lakes, the manicured course at Windsor Golf Club offers a challenging game to beginning and expert golfers alike.
Opened in 1989 and designed by Fred Bliss, the par 72, 6,650-yard championship course has played host to PGA Nike Tour events. Four PGA Class A pro golf instructors are available to perfect your swing, and you can celebrate your winning round at the on-site Charlie’s Restaurant. Take a virtual course tour.
Stand Up and Paddle
As mentioned before, Riverfront Regional Park provides both lake and river access for an easy, unique, and enjoyable paddle-boarding experience. Russian River Paddle Boards offers either do-it-yourself rentals or guided tours on some of the most undisturbed and pristine bodies of water in Sonoma County.
Enjoy the early morning mist on calm, still waters on the Lake Benoist tour, or explore one of the Russian River's most remote and undiscovered stretches on the River Paddle and Wildlife tour. Your guide will provide a brief orientation, and the tours start slowly until everyone can paddle with comfort and confidence.
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