Wine & Wellness: 3-Day Itinerary for Winters, California

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  • Domestic Travel

  • USA

  • California

  • Outdoors

  • Wineries

  • Relaxation

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Curator’s statement

Located just beyond the Sacramento airport and an hour from downtown San Francisco, Winters is an easy weekend destination for many. Yolo County AVA, where Winters is located, is comprised of over a dozen mostly family-run wineries pouring over 30 different varietals and blends. Wine isn’t all this idyllic small town has to offer, come find out for yourself!

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Where to stay

Hotel Winters

Set in the heart of downtown Winters, this high-end retreat features spacious guestrooms, a rooftop terrace and an on-site spa.

Inn at Park Winters

Historic boutique hotel in with elegant rooms and a heated pool set in a restored 1865 Victorian farmhouse.

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Day 1: Settle in and explore historic Winters

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Check into Hotel Winters, the beautiful boutique spa hotel. You’re greeted with a glass of wine and a friendly face. After settling in walk or make use of Hotel Winters' complimentary bicycles to explore downtown historic Winters and nearby Putah Creek Nature Park.

If you’re hungry, stop for a bite at L’Apero Les Trois before hitting the shops. Peek into Winters Collective or Bella Boutique, two shops that showcase local artists’ wares. For dinner, visit Preserve for an upscale farm-to-fork experience. If you’re up for a nightcap, check out Abbey’s Rooftop Bar back at Hotel Winters.

Day 2: Relax and indulge

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Start the day right at Steady Eddy’s for a quick coffee and breakfast. Alternatively, if you want a more leisurely option, Putah Creek Café and Preserve have sit-down options.

Afterward, head to ZenTerra spa inside Hotel Winters for a relaxing massage or facial. For lunch, consider some wood-fired pizza from Putah Creek Café before meeting up with Yolo 365 Tours for the ‘Discover Winters Wine Tour’.

For dinner, pop into Ficelle, housed in Steady Eddy’s, for a delightful tapas menu served on the patio.

Day 3: Take to the skies

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Get ready bright and early with a quick breakfast from Steady Eddy’s and head over to Turkovich Family Wines for a hot air balloon ride with Yolo Ballooning Adventures. For one hour you’ll float over the Capay Valley. The tour ends with a celebratory champagne toast at Turkovich Family Wines. Stop by the local taco truck, El Verduzco, if you have time before heading out of town.

Need to Know

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