Windsor is primarily accessible by car, although it is also a destination for those bicycling through California's wine country. It is adjacent to California 101 and a small town that is easy to navigate without a map. It is primarily oriented to a town square.
Windsor was a small north coast community that recently experienced noticeable development. Visitors will find recently-created buildings of a mixture of revival architectural styles create a new small town around a town square. This development demonstrates aspects of new urbanism as well as the growth supported by expanding interest in the towns of California's wine country.
Windsor's "do" activities primarily relate to "buy" and "eat" but strolling around the town and investigating the little shops and restaurants or enjoying entertainment in the square may also be experienced without actually buying or eating anything.
Windsor is also home to one of Sonoma County's premier day spas. An all green and eco-friendly retreat, Alles Day Spa offers the usual complement of spa services in a readily-accessible location. Its quality services and products are available in a no-nonsense-but-nice setting where one can receive services without too big of a production. The staff is diverse, and includes a German born and educated owner as well as a Dr. Hauschka certified esthetician.
Windsor features many little shops ranging from apparel to candy. Off the redeveloped square, travelers will also find essentials and usual small-town businesses for groceries, gas, and other basics.
Visitors have their pick of restaurants that range from pub fare to high-end dining. These can be found by just wandering the square.
Many restaurants feature local wine and food -- and also feature locals enjoying the same.
A new addition to the Windsor restaurant scene is Odyssey, operated by chef-owner Rudy Mihal, recently relocated from San Francisco.
Windsor is located a stone's throw from several diverse wineries with tasting rooms. Near the square, the Windsor Wine Shop offers selections to go as well as wine and beer by the glass. Windsors restaurants also typically feature local wines and beers.
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By resisting the temptation to get back on the 101 and following Old Redwood Highway (or other alternate routes), travelers will find many local spots of interest from tamales vendors to wineries.
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