Thursday, September 1, 2011

Daytripping: Winters in the Summer


 Last weekend, the whole family hopped over to the town of Winters for a visit with family. (We just so happen to be related by marriage to the Mayor....our BIL Mike Martin of the Walnut Ranch Martins!) Tim's sister is lucky enough to have married Mike....or should I say he is lucky enough to have married her? Either way, they are both lucky, and we are lucky to have them as family.  All of Tim's sisters (three) and Mom were in town, and Mike played the perfect host. We have been to Winters many, many times, but Saturday we decided to walk the downtown area so I could show all of you what a charming place this is.


Winters incorporated as a city back in 1898, and is lucky to have many of its historical building intact. It is charming, and is getting more so every time I see it.


 The main street has some great restaurants including the Buckhorn, famous for their steaks, and yes....I can say first hand they are delicious. Lots of outdoor seating on the main street, and some great events take place here as well. ....like their annual Earthquake Festival....oh, those crazy Californians!


I realized on our stroll that Winters has a bit of a European flavor to it. Perhaps it comes from the families that first started the Walnut farms in the area, or the influx of wine growers in more recent years. Whatever it is, it works for the romantic in me.

It did strike me fully when we went to Ficelle for dinner, a Spanish Tapas restaurant. The owners had traveled to Spain to study the cuisine and it was very good! We ordered one of everything...sometimes two. (There were 12 of us...don't judge).


Everything was being devoured so quickly, it was hard to get photos, but here are a few of the delectables:




After dinner, one of Tim's sisters took the kids out to the Walnut Ranch to drive the "gator" around the the orchards while some of us strolled over to taste a little wine and play some bocce ball at Main Street Cellars Wine Tasting Room, the newest of the tasting rooms in Winters......ahem....did we not have enough with dinner? Apparently not.

Great atmosphere,  very nice wine selection, and they serve beer too! 


We worked it off with a very strenuous bocce match...



Next up, a peek at Preserve Public House, a restaurant and bar that specializes in .......preserves....and cheese made right here in Winters. This place has been on my radar ever since I had heard of it a few months ago.  Next time for sure! 



Loved the industrial chic decor...lots of reclaimed woods, metal table tops and very cool one of a kind metal and leather chairs.


A look at the Preserves Room.....


Wine staves create an arch down a corridor...


Woven wine staves front the bar. I have seen these stools before, but not with the leather cushions....


There was a case full of vintage cameras...I was mesmerized...I was almost left behind just gazing....


We continued our tour passing the outdoor pizza oven in front of the Putah Creek Cafe.....always a winner...


....and on to the Turkovich Wine Tasting Room. They are doing well and expanding their tasting room. Good things have a way of flourishing.


We had to look in the window at Arc Guitar. Tim plays a bit and they make their own guitars here. If they had been open, I suspect Tim would have been plucking away still.


But we were full and sleepy from our dinner, our wine and our stroll....happily so.
It was time to collect kids and drive home.....

I had to make one last stop to see the community garden right across the street ....


It is one of those places where one thinks, "I could live here..." ....in a day dreamy sort of way. I will be back this Fall with the change of season when the leaves on the walnut trees turn and the roadside farm stands sell pumpkins and gourds.

 If my little story hasn't tempted you quite yet, hop on over to the Fare to Remember blog for stunning photos of Winters that put mine to shame.

12 comments:

Fabiana ~ Ciao Newport Beach said...

I have never heard of Winters, but we've gotta visit. It looks like my kind of town...thanks so much for sharing. I love this post...WOW!

Interior Photos said...

I have fun stumbling your site. It is so refreshing. How I love the place.

The enchanted home said...

Wow looks amazing!!!!!! I would fly over just to visit the Spanish Tapas restaurant...so charming and beautiful.

anita said...

This looks like an amazing place to visit -- or live!

designRN said...

Wow, looks like Winters has changed A LOT in recent years!

under spanish moss said...

What a charming place to spend some time. Looks like a place where you could just get lost and forget about life for awhile.
Angela and Renee

Dave said...

Very Cool Katie! I live in Winters and it looks like you did it right on your visit.

Mike the owner of Main Street Cellars is my next door neighbor, and really know his wines, but isn't all pretentious about it. He has affordable but unique stuff and a real cool atmosphere, especially on summer nights.

http://mainstreetcellars.com (hopefully he will put up the photos I took there soon, but the ones on his site now are not mine)

But I notice you miss one of Winters biggest draws!

The Palms PlayHouse!

http://www.palmsplayhouse.com

The Palms, which used to be in an old barn in Davis, has been in the restored Opera House on Main Steet in Winters for several years now. They have live music 2 or 3 nights a week, and its not just bar bands or such, but the eclectic nationally touring muscians that have followings, but maybe not big enough to fill stadiums.

Richie Havens seems to come through every year, Maria Muldar etc. They have folk, blues, countryish, bluegrass, all kinds of genres.

We have 3 art galleries, used to have 4...

Winters is host to the annual Plein Air painting festival every year...

Sorry to get all boosterish on your blog, but I like my town!

Glad you enjoyed it too!

Anonymous said...

Katie, I haven't been to Winters since 1964, visiting a boyfriend who was working on his grandpa's ranch. The downtown is quite vibrant and quaint. Next time I'm visiting relatives in NoCal, I will make a point to follow your lovely tour. We are almost done with the redo(3yrs)of my daughter's home in San Marino. It was designed in 1928 by Carleton Monroe Winslow(of Diandra Douglas' La Quinta fame). If you come to Pasadena, you are most welcome. I get homesick when I visit your posts....ofcourse in a great way. Ginny

Blue Muse said...

I have never heard of Winters, but am putting it on my list for places to visit! I love all the brick and that wine stave ceiling!
Your family sounds amazing and it looks like a good time, and good eating was had by all! Fun times, fun times.
Thanks for taking us along :)
xo isa

Renae Moore said...

Hey Katie,
I popped over to get caught up with you a little bit! Man is my stomach growling! Yummy food and and scrolling down, love your twig table...your mom has an eye!
Hope fall is around the corner for you all! I'm ready here!
xx

Splendid Sass said...

Katie-
This looks like a great place to be. I am starving now!
Thank you for sharing your visit.
Hav a great Labor day.
Teresa
xoxo

Russell Chatham said...

Very lovely looking town.