With more than 425 wineries, miles of rugged Pacific coastline, towering redwood forests, and its close proximity to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Sonoma County is a traveler’s dream vacation spot in California. Sonoma County represents the best of Northern California — premium wine, farm-to-table dining, unique resorts and spas, and over 50 state and regional parks. Breathtaking Highway 1 delights visitors with crashing waves, sea lions and otters sunning on the beaches, and fantastic sunsets that color the sky in brilliant hues. Tasting rooms in the world-class Sonoma wine region range from simple and rustic to elaborate wine castles.
The town of Windsor (pop. 26,801) brings a deliberately designed family-friendly emphasis to the heart of the Sonoma County wine and food country. Windsor's Town Green, designed as a pedestrian-friendly center of town, hosts more than 30 free annual events, including summer movie nights, concerts, a farmers market and special events such as car shows, art fairs, cooking demonstrations, and a variety of festivals.
Each year Windsor also hosts the popular Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic and the Wings Over Wine Country Air Show. Located two miles from the Russian River, the well-planned 7.3-square-mile town boasts six community parks, more than 13 neighborhood parks, and three large regional parks.
Visit Old Downtown Windsor, home to shops featuring gifts, accessories, jewelry, clothing, sporting goods, toys, books, coffee, candy, and more. Dining opportunities in Windsor offer something for everyone, from fast food and coffee shops, to fine dining and a wide variety of ethnic choices. Lodging options include small inns, vacations rentals, and a time share resort. A Hampton Inn and Suites, a Holiday Inn Express and the new Holiday Inn Windsor Wine Country are within a short distance of the Town Green.
Nestled along the Russian River in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country, Healdsburg (pop. 11,254) combines small-town charm, stunning vistas, and award-winning vintages with an eclectic mix centered around a charming town plaza lined with shops, restaurants, tasting rooms, galleries, and bars.
Healdsburg is a wine and culinary epicenter. Sitting at the juncture of three prime winegrowing regions — the Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Alexander Valley wine appellations — this charming town makes an ideal base of operations for wine tasting. Dining options offer something for everyone, from hearty hamburgers to haute cuisine, and just about everything in between.
For art lovers, the monthly Healdsburg Art Walk highlights more than 20 downtown galleries from May to December. And the Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society hosts exhibits about the rich history of Healdsburg and surrounding areas.
There are grocery stores within 2 miles from the property:
9080 Brooks Road South
8852 Lakewood Drive
Keiser Park - 700 Windsor River Rd.
Home of the Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic
27 acres features a picnic area, barbecues, restrooms, concession stand, hardball fields, softball field, informal field, play area, basketball courts, a stage, and trails
Windsor Town Square Recreation Area
There is a Farmer’s Market in the town square on Sunday’s (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) from April – October and free concerts / movies on the Windsor Green on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00pm.
4.5 acres, restrooms (in the Huerta Gym), a play area & stage
Los Robles Park
2.5 acres features a picnic area, barbecue, informal field, play area & horseshoes.
Shiloh Regional Park
The 850-acre park in east Windsor has nearly 8 miles of trails for hiking, bicycle and horseback riding. Shiloh Ranch is a rugged landscape in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains. The park includes oak woodlands, forests of mixed evergreens, ridges with sweeping views of the Santa Rosa Plain, canyons, rolling hills, a shaded creek, and a pond. The loop trail system allows hikers to create routes of varying lengths and intensity. Many trails are old ranch roads, which makes the park popular with equestrians, while some trails are narrow single track.
A group picnic area adjacent to the parking lot has barbecues, a gazebo, a lawn and a small grove of oaks and is available by reservation. The parking area also features a large gravel lot for horse trailers, a flush restroom and a drinking fountain.
Lake Sonoma Recreation Center (approximately 10 miles)
Lake Sonoma is located in the wine-growing region of Sonoma County, CA. A picturesque lake with secluded vehicle and boat-in camping available for the fishing and boating enthusiast.
Downtown Windsor (1 mile) with a historic setting and many shops and restaurants.
Lakewood Shopping Center (2 miles) features Raley’s and Safeway grocery stores, gift shops, post office, casual dining and a yoga studio.
Downtown Healdsburg (5 miles) can be accessed either by Old Redwood Highway or Highway 101 North. Many clothing, antique and gourmet food shops along with wine tasting rooms and restaurants.
Petaluma Premium Outlets (20 miles) south of Windsor off highway 101.
Coddingtown Mall (5 miles) from Windsor off the Guerneville / Steele Road exit of highway 101. Santa Rosa has many restaurants, shopping centers and historic sites.
Windsor has a fine day spa (Diva Salon) and mobile spa upon request. There are also several very good spas in the Santa Rosa Area.
Calistoga is known for its spas and hot springs. Calistoga can be easily accessed from highway 101 South – Mark West Station Road exit (about 2 miles).
Old Downtown Windsor has many fine restaurants within 1 mile of Villa Terra Bella. There are also several casual restaurants in the Lakewood Shopping center.
Telephone directories and tourist brochures are provided in both houses.
Bicycle Rental / Canoeing
There are several bicycle rental shops depending on where you want to bicycle. Windsor has a bicycle shop in the Town Green.
Canoe rental and rafting is available on the Russian River just a few miles north of Villa Terra Bella on Old Redwood Highway (Memorial Park). Picnic areas are available.
Windsor Golf Club is located two miles from Villa Terra Bella. It is a public Golf Course with a pro shop and restaurant (Charlie’s). Turn right onto Starr Road and make an immediate left onto Reiman Lane. Follow Reiman lane to Shiloh Road (left only). Windsor Golf Club entrance is on the left (Golf Links Drive).
Sonoma County has many of the world’s finest wineries open every day for tasting typically between 10:00am – 4:00pm. Many offer free tours and/or picnic facilities. Brochures and maps are also provided for your use.