The town of Guerneville is known for it’s lively Russian River fun and its meditative forest walks in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. But did you know that you can do some serious shopping in this charming town by the river? You’ll find shops run by, and for, a thriving art community as well as some serious outdoor and sports fanatics.
Shopping is just one of the many reasons to spend a day, or an afternoon at the very least, strolling the historic and beautiful square in downtown Healdsburg.
Of course, the ever-evolving and always-creative menus of local restaurants are also a draw. The tasting rooms, featuring the art and craft of local wineries, are another. But the shopping!
Here are just a few of the discoveries awaiting you around “the square”.
Staying in Santa Rosa
For big city options with small town warmth, welcome to Santa Rosa — wine country’s largest city and the county seat of Sonoma County.
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.
In Santa Rosa, in central Sonoma County, any day is a good shopping day. In beautiful weather, consider a stroll around historic Railroad Square or Courthouse Square, both downtown and full of small, owner-run shops. And if it turns hot, or rainy, or cold, or otherwise unpleasant, simply take off to a conveniently covered outdoor mall, or either of two indoor malls that offer a full day of protected shopping!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Duncans Mills is an easy drive mid-way between Sonoma County coastal destinations and the beauty of redwoods and the Russian River. Follow Highway 116 through rolling farmland between Jenner and Monte Rio, and you’ll drive right through the center of Duncans Mills. Once there, you can just park and leave your car behind.