Windsor Town Green; photo by Barbara Bourne

Sonoma Wine Country may be famous for wine tasting and spas, but there is more to Wine Country than that. And Windsor (pop. 27,849), in northern Sonoma County, shows that the small towns of this region hold surprises for visitors.

A latte with a heart in the foam and a slice of cake
Cafe Noto

Sooner or later, visitors to Windsor will end up at Café Noto. Located at the eastern end of the Town Green, this locally-owned coffee shop is where visitors stand in line with locals, artists meet customers, high-school kids do their homework, young moms convene with their babies, and a conversation about farming spreads from one table to the next.

The coffee shop represents what Windsor is about. The town — and it is officially always going to be a “town” because of a decree from the Town Council — sits between better-known Healdsburg (pop. 11,541) and larger Santa Rosa (pop. 170,685). The former has the glitz and the fancy shopping; the latter has the airport and the major industry in Sonoma County.

A farmer holding bouquets of flowers in front of a booth at the market
Windsor Certified Farmers Market; photo by Barbara Bourne

In between, in Windsor, are families and farmers. The majority of the visitor attractions in Windsor are situated on the Town Green, a new-Urbanist experiment to create in-fill development that is pedestrian friendly. In the summer, the Town Green hosts concerts, movies, and a farmers market. On non-activity days the large expanse of lawn sees kids playing beside the fountain or in the playground.

The Town Green is home to some of the most diverse dining options in Sonoma County, with many great Asian restaurants (Thai, Himalayan, and Chinese) next to Mexican, Wine Country with European flair, tasty pub grub, classic American, diner delights, Grata, and even a deli inside a corner store.

And that’s just the dining options-when you’re ready for dessert, consider the sweet treats at Fruity Moto, the gelateria inside Cravin’s Candy Emporium, or the delicious baked goods at Burtonz Bakery.

Colorful storefronts on the shops at the green
Windsor Town Green; photo by Wildly Simple

The shopping options are eclectic, from Roost General Store to the custom jewelry at Mark Shimizu Design and the bicycles at Windsor Bike and Sport. And everyone seems to convene at Atrellis Flower and Gift Shop for its unique gifts and one-of-a-kind floral design.

Within walking distance of the Town Green are three hotels — Hampton Inn & SuitesHoliday Inn Express, and the full service Holiday Inn Windsor Wine Country.

And within a short bicycle ride you’ll find the vacation rentals Villa Terra Bella and Vintage Suites. There’s also a time share resort, Worldmark by Wyndham.

Speaking of bikes, take an amazing bike tour with Ace It Bike Tours Sonoma Bike Rental & Wine Tours through Windsor.

Glasses of wine set up for tasting
Bellacana Vineyards

There are five great tasting rooms on the Town Green: Baldassari Wines, Bellacana VineyardsMutt Lynch Winery, J. Cage Cellars and Mengler Family Wines. And if you’re looking to head to a beer garden or taproom, we recommend checking out Barley & Bine Beer Cafe and Flagship Taproom Windsor – Flagship Taproom.

There are many wineries to visit in the area around Windsor, such as Bricoleur Vineyards, Notre Vue Estate Winery & Vineyards, La Crema Estate at Saralee’s VineyardMartinelli Winery & Vineyards, and Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards.

Ready for a visit? Check out more things to do in Windsor here

Looking for more fun things to do during your trip to Sonoma County? Take a look at the many outdoor activities to enjoy in the valleys, vineyards, coastline and Russian River areas of Sonoma County.

You Might Also Like

handmade pizza at Glen Ellen Star
Trip Itineraries

As a Sonoma local, I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing Sonoma County’s finest offerings and generally end up with the…

Movie Prop Car On Display at Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Occidental

As you meander the wee 60-yard block of downtown, strolling its wooden sidewalks past 19th-century, false-front buildings, you’ll feel as…

Winter scenery at Luther Burbank in Sebastopol CA
Outdoor Activities

Lush greenery, foggy coastlines, seasonal harvests and unique wildlife sightings – Sonoma County in winter is a place where visitors…

Hot air balloon ride in sonoma county
Sightseeing & Tours

Without a doubt, Wine Country is one of the world’s most breathtaking regions to travel through whether you are looking…

Girls Getaway in Sonoma County
Food & Wine

Winter might be considered the off-season for many of the world’s hottest travel destinations, but a Wine Country visit between…

Pig at Charlie's Acres
Sustainable Travel

Need a pick-me-up? These nonprofits offer ways to spend time with cute animals — you could even try some goat…

Yellow wildflowers covering field
Outdoor Activities

Springtime in Sonoma County is hard to beat! Plan ahead with our weekend-by-weekend, month-by-month collection of popular experiences — from…

Wingo, California, Sonoma County’s Ghost Town, photographed by @chrisjkam
Outdoor Activities

Traveling mindfully to Sonoma County allows us to have experiences that can be savored in a place focused on and…

Tolay Lake Regional Park

More than (just) a premier Wine Country destination, Sonoma County’s myriad of options allow travelers to connect with the destination…

Couple at beach with dog
Outdoor Activities

Find hidden gems, outdoor adventures and more with tips from those who know the coast better than anyone: The locals….

See What’s Happening

Share your experience using #SonomaCounty or #LifeOpensUp