Nestled between 6 gorgeous State Parks, and just 30 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the town of Windsor is an ideal way to see the very best California has to offer. To the first settlers of 1851, what is now Windsor was simply known as "a beautiful green valley with sturdy oak trees". Today, tourists and residents alike appreciate Windsor for offering a balance of vivacity and relaxation.
Despite its enormous growth since its incorporation in 1992, Windsor maintains the feel of a small community. The downtown shops and boutiques are reminiscent of the quaint blacksmith and dry goods shop of America's past. But make no mistake: staying true to its roots hasn't stagnated this community. For Californians, Windsor is revered as a haven for those interested in the tranquility of a small community but the benefits of an active lifestyle.
For starters, enjoy the scenery! The Armstrong Redwoods State National Reserve is home to redwoods more than 300 feet high and 2,000 feet tall. There are several ways to enjoy the park, as the reserve offers picnic areas, hiking trails, and the opportunity to see it all on horseback. The Austin Creek State Recreation Park is just west of Windsor and offers backpacking trails, biking, camping, rock climbing, and much more. Most remarkable are the massive trails that span across the several hundred acre park.
For a day of relaxation, look no further than the mighty grape! Windsor is wine country at its finest: home to more than 2 dozen family and local wineries. You'll find many that offer free tastings, prices below average, and quality well above the norm! Larger corporate wine producers south of Windsor must pay much more for real estate, which means a higher price per bottle for the consumer. Windsor Vineyards are often owned by families or small, passionate producers that like to produce the best quality at the best price. Wine tours are intimate, oftentimes run by the producers themselves, and of course, include a tasting of the end result. Enjoying the landscape of grape rows in beautiful weather with loved ones will prove to be an unforgettable experience.
Finally, be sure to spend a day or two at the Windsor Golf Course, which offers 18 holes of rolling greens and gorgeous landscape. Residents of California know what makes their state so special: they have the best weather you can imagine. Whether you golf or not, the clubhouse offers a fantastic menu, drink selection, and live music in the summer.
To its residents and visitors, Windsor offers the many opportunities of Central California in a cozy, family oriented atmosphere. Only ten miles from Sonoma County Airport, they are a short flight away from San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno, Los Angeles, or San Jose. They are only a short car ride from a day at the beach. Windsor is truly the place memories are made: a dream vacation getaway for couples, spouses, families, and retirees the options truly are limitless. Windsor will be the place you'll want to revisit time and time again!