Winters rests on the foothills of the Coastal Range, nestled between Sacramento and Napa Valley. This cozy little town is a perfect day trip from Sacramento or the bay area.
Many visitors travel in winters to visit the local wineries. Winters is an up-and-coming wine country, not as famous as its Napa neighbor, but connoisseurs will love the range of varietals grown in the valleys of Yolo County.
Berryessa Gap Vineyards
The Berryessa Gap Vineyards has an established reputation for winning local and state awards for its Sauvignon Blanc and Petite Sirah. Berryessa Gap Winery is located just outside of town at 27260 CA-128. The Berryessa Gap downtown Tasting Room is located at 15 Main Street website.
Turkovich Family Wines
Turkovich Family Wines offers wine and cheese tasting in its downtown tasting room. Winters Cheese Company is in the same building and features a variety of cheeses for tasting or purchase. 304 Railroad Avenue. Website.
Berryessa Brewing Company
For visitors who prefer a strong brew to fine wine, there’s the Berryessa Brewing Company, just west of Winters on Highway 128. The brewery has indoor and outdoor sitting and sells “growlers” so you can keep a taste of the Berryessa Brewing Company with you on your travels. Dog-friendly patio. Address: 27260 CA-128, Winters, CA. Website.
Back in town, be sure to visit the Buckhorn Steakhouse Winters, located in the historic De Vilbiss Hotel. The building itself is worth the trip, even if you don’t go in for its steak, lamb, or seafood. Built in 1889 by local rancher John De Vilbliss, it was one of the only buildings to survive a devastating earthquake in 1892. Address: 2 Main St, Downtown.
Putah Creek Cafe Winters CA
Putah Creek Cafe has been featured on Food Network’s Diners, Dives, and Drive-Ins. The Cafe specializes in breakfast. Popular dishes include Putah Creek Scramble, Chicken Fried Steak, and Southern Style Biscuit & Gravy. Indoor and outdoor dining. Address: 1 Main St, downtown. Website.
Putah Creek Wildlife Area
Get out your hiking boots and explore the great outdoors in downtown Winters. Putah Creek ran right through town on its southern border and was inspired by Credence Clearwater Revival’s song “Green River.” Anglers can cast their lines pretty much anywhere along the length of the creek but follow it west for about 10 miles, and you’ll reach the Putah Creek Wildlife Area.
Lake Solano Regional Park
Lake Solano Park offers everything you need for an outdoor excursion, with plenty of opportunities for camping and fishing. The park has many campsites with hookups and running water, all right on the edge of Lake Solano. Keep heading out west, and you’ll reach Lake Berryessa and the Monticello Dam, a major water recreation area of Napa County. Website.
Where to Stay
If you’re looking for a cozy, quiet place to spend a few nights, Winters has some very charming B& B’s. The Inn at Park Winters and the Abbey House Inn are both trendy destinations. They are perfect for a honeymoon or a romantic weekend getaway. Abby House101 E Abbey Street. Park Winters 27850 Co Rd 26.
Winters is about a 1.5-hour drive from the Bay Area and 45 minutes from downtown Sacramento.