photo courtesy Windsor Chamber of Commerce
photo courtesy Windsor Chamber of Commerce

The Windsor Farmers Market’s bounty of ripe, seasonal fruits, heirloom vegetables and specialty home-grown items is on the Town Green twice a week from May-October.

Every summer thousands of families bring their lawn chairs and picnic baskets to the Town Green for free outdoor concerts and al fresco moonlight movies. Windsor is also home to the Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic, a breathtaking mid-summer celebration of balloon flight that draws balloonists and spectators from all across the U.S.

Old Downtown Windsor is home to many fine dining restaurants and venues, with some of the best spots in the area featuring many choices of cuisine. You will also find shopping choices from fashion jewelry and clothing to sporting goods, toys, books and more. Satisfy that sweet tooth at Powell’s Sweet Shoppe or Nieve’s Mexican Ice Cream shop. Find that special item at Mark Shimizu Design jewelry store;  Something Special showcases jewelry and special gift items; Images is the place for gifts, accessories and ear piercing; at Atrellis you can find fresh, beautiful flower arrangements and ideal gifts; Kaleidoscope offers over 3,000 books, games and toys; you will also find fashion apparel stores like My Chic Boutique, Material Girl, Mirror Mirror and Island Fever.

Old Redwood Brewing Company offers tasting flights of their latest nanobrews, or taste wine right next door at Windsor Tasting Lounge. Tasting Room on the Green offers wine tasting from two different wineries, Mutt Lynch and Deux Amis.

Patterson’s Pub is a great gathering spot, a genuine Irish Pub with tasty pub food and an impressive selection of local and international beers. Jaded Toad BBQ & GRILL offers a fine menu and a beer garden and live music.

Other dining options include KIN, KC’s Downtown Grill, Chinois Asian Bistro, Lupe’s Authentic Mexican Cuisine, Saigon Bistro, Tomi Thai and The Omelette Express.

Across the highway in Windsor, find Johnny Garlic’s, Guy Fieri’s signature restaurant; Mary’s Pizza Shack; Applebee’s and Senju Sushi. South on Highway 101 to Shiloh Road, you will find Charlie’s Grill at Windsor Golf Course.

Located adjacent to the Russian River, Riverfront Regional Park is just minutes west of downtown Windsor. The main attractions in the park are two former gravel pits which have been reclaimed as lakes offering bass fishing. No swimming is allowed in the lakes. This park offers a great level hike around the lakes, and an ideal spot for picnicking.

Annual events include the Windsor Chili Cookoff in March in Downtown Windsor and Windsor Green Half Marathon in May; Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic in June at Keiser Park; Summer Nights on the Green bring outdoor kids’ movies on Tuesday nights, plus live concerts, classic car shows, and weekly Farmers markets each Thursday night. Valet parking is provided for bicyclers. Cinco de Mayo festival is May 5. Additional festivals throughout the year include A Fine Arts Show, an Earth Day Celebration, an October Harvest Fest, a Zucchini Festival, Tomato and Pepper Festival, and an Annual Pumpkin Festival.

Truly, there is something happening all the time in Windsor! Spend the day and explore!

Jaded Toad

Jaded Toad BBQ & GRILL serves up Sonoma County’s finest foods with exciting dishes and unique ambiance. Come check out our Beer Garden and Live Music! 275 Windsor River Rd., Windsor, 707.838.8336 •

Mark Shimizu Design

Your destination for fine jewelry, custom design and full service repairs. Complete custom Jewelry design
services. 9054 Windsor Rd. 707.836.1840 •

Old Redwood Brewing Company

Come in and taste original brews from Windsor’s first Nanobrewery Tasting Room! 9000 Windsor Rd., Suite A, Windsor. 707.836.3186 •

Omelette Express

Sandwiches on Fresh Baked Bread, Omelette Egg Dishes, Charbroil Sirloin Burgers & more! 150 Windsor River Rd. 707.838.6920 •

Tasting Room on the Green

Tasting room, a wine lounge, and a retail wine shop, featuring Deux Amis and Mutt Lynch Wines. Open daily for your wine experience pleasure. 9050 Windsor Rd. 707.687.5089 •

Windsor Tasting Lounge

Stop in to Windsor’s Wine Tasting, Wine Lounge and Wine Shop.  Drop in tastings are available Wednesday through Sunday. 9000 Windsor Road, Windsor. 707.657.7804 •

Things To Do in Windsor:

14.  Get Up & Away in a Hot Air Balloon
76.  Taste Wine or Beer in Old Downtown Windsor
77.  Enjoy BBQ & Live Music in Jaded Toad’s Beer Garden
78.  Play a Round at Windsor Golf Course