If you want to get the real flavor of wine country shopping, spend some time at one of our picturesque plazas or Norman Rockwellesque main streets.
Healdsburg Plaza surrounds a beautiful park, and offers unique shopping from an abundance of art galleries and fashion stores to jewelers offering one-of-a-kind creations and estate collections. Healdsburg also offers many great dining experiences as well as over 20 tasting rooms where you can sample Wine Country’s best wines. •healdsburg.com
Sonoma Plaza, in the town of Sonoma, offers another memorable shopping experience, with dozens of unique shops featuring artisan-made gifts, luxury goods, art and sculpture galleries, home furnishings, kitchenware and jewelry. The shops surround an historic creek-laden park. It is easy to spend an entire day here, with many wine tasting rooms, a cheese factory and the last mission ever built in California.•sonomavalley.com
Petaluma offers the oldest and newest shopping district, from Historic Kentucky Street’s uniques shops and galleries to the recently restored “Theatre District”, where you can find not only riverside dining, but eclectic and upscale shops. •petalumadowntown.com
Sebastopol’s Main Street and beyond offers the true Main Street shopping experience, from Highway 116 South through town and out Highway 116 North. With stores like Silk Moon, Cultivate, Funk & Flash, Earth Child and Art & Soul, you can count on finding what the mall can’t possibly offer. •sebastopol.org
Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square (see page 84) is rich with history and boasts antique stores, boutiques, wine tasting rooms and a wealth of restaurants. East of Highway 101 in Santa Rosa’s Downtown section, you will find a great diversity of merchants, restaurants, pubs and more in and around Courthouse Square. This 12 square block area is easily accessible and offers ample parking.
In Guerneville, among the great Redwoods and beautiful Russian River, you will find unique local artisans, souvenirs from the area and a genuine “5 & 10” filled with all the nostalgic memories of your youth, plus great games, taffy and more. Top it off with great riverside dining or a picnic on the river or in the redwoods, and you’ll have reached small town shopping nirvana. •russianriver.com
A few miles further toward the coast, the historic Victorian hamlet of Duncans Mills offers antiques, galleries, curios, restaurants and wine tasting… all in an easy-to-walk grouping with ample parking. You will love it… bring a camera! •duncans-mills.com
Shop downtown Napa for everything from toys to chocolates. The Napa Town Center, now undergoing a renewal, is a diverse collection of shops, restaurants, galleries and tasting rooms. •napadowntown.com
Yountville’s V Marketplace (see next story) is a great collective of upscale shops, restaurants and entertainment venues.
The St. Helena’s Main Street shopping offers a great collection of quaint and upscale shops, highly acclaimed restaurants and unique tasting rooms. •sthelena.com
In historic Calistoga, known all over for their hot springs experience, also boasts some great shopping, art galleries, dining and wine tasting opportunities. •visitcalistoga.com