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Upscale Shopping in Downtown Petaluma

The Sonoma County town of Petaluma offers noteworthy antique shops, bookstores, fashion shops, and quite a few high-end boutiques — including some that cross over from home to fashion — all with the same elegant and easy aesthetic for the Wine Country lifestyle.

Best of all, you don’t have to wear your long distance shoes, as all these shops are within the same two-block area of downtown Petaluma.

Shopping at the Victorian Windsor Town Green

Although many of its buildings aren’t as historic as the local Victorians they so beautifully emulate, Windsor’s downtown shopping district lacks nothing when it comes to charm.

Shops and neighborhood eateries surround a spacious town green, which offers live music and events throughout the year. The shops are locally owned and run, so any conversations you happen to strike up with the shopkeeper will very likely yield a treasure of regional history and great reviews for food, walks, and events. Here’s a quick overview.

Where to Stay in Rohnert Park

Centrally located in Sonoma County, Rohnert Park makes a great vacation base, with a variety of lodgings offering easy access to everything the area has to offer.

It’s just a 10- to 40-minute drive to coastal walks along the beach, wine tasting at estate wineries, hiking among towering redwoods at Armstrong Woods, enjoying world class entertainment, and, of course, indulging in fabulous shopping expeditions. Add to that, there’s easy in-easy out access on the county’s main drag: Highway 101.

Go Shopping in The Barlow in Sebastopol

From classic to the contemporary, from exotic to earthy, one can find glamour at The Barlow artisan and culinary center in Sebastopol, in western Sonoma County.

However you define it, true glamour begins within. An alluring and uniquely beautiful exterior is simply a reflection of personal confidence and comfort with who you are. It’s your look. Why not celebrate it with style?

Here’s a brief look at how to go glam shopping in The Barlow.

Rooms with a View in Sonoma County

There may be no better destination for enjoying the quintessential “room with a view” than the accommodations you’ll find in Sonoma County. To begin with, you can choose an expansive vista of the ocean in all its many moods, sit back and enjoy watching the sun rise over rolling hills of vineyards, or simply step outside to your first cup of coffee in the intimate courtyard gardens of an Italianate villa. It’s all waiting for you!

The Fun Sonoma County Town of Cotati

Cotati is home to a particular breed of entrepreneur: those fiercely independent souls who nevertheless understand the value of being a part of a supportive community. Shop owners often voluntarily take time to help others who are just starting out with their own ventures. Restaurants and pubs also serve as supportive centers for local music and art. This kind of camaraderie and cooperative spirit is the stuff of “Small Town America” at its best.