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End of January?

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End of January?

Wanted to visit the vineyards Jan 19-21st and we are staying in Windsor. Is this a bad time to go considering weather? And is it completely dead this time of year?

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1. Re: End of January?

You can find some very nice weather in January, or it can rain. My husband has been known to play tennis without a shirt on New Year's Day. You just take your chances. I think it is a good time to visit wineries because you will have more attention in the tasting rooms without the crowds. The vines themselves, of course, will be bare.

Be sure to spend some time in downtown Windsor, not just on the outskirts. They have reconstructed the downtown and it is charming, with mixed use development and architecture reminiscent of the original. Be sure to go into Powell's Sweet Shoppe, and we have enjoyed dinners at Langleys on the Green. Also have stayed at the Holiday Inn Express, quite new and two blocks from town.

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2. Re: End of January?

Jan. is in general one of our rainier months, but as Puter said, it's almost impossible to predict what the weather will be like on any given day. Just check the forecast right before you come. Temp's during the day are usually in the 50's and at nite can get down into the 30's. I'm assuming that you'll be able to travel around the County a bit and will get into Healdsburg, Santa Rosa and/or Sonoma if you like a bit more activitity. However, being able to visit the tasting rooms and drive the rural roads without encountering many people/cars is truly one of the joys of visiting during the Winter. Many of the tasting rooms have fireplaces that make their places particularly welcoming and cozy. The area is never dead (even the vines only go dormant), and there will be plenty of shops, galleries, wineries and restaurants/cafes to go to, plus the scenery is very pretty with the hills and fields all a bright green. Also, be sure to drive out to the Sonoma Coast where the waves along the rugged coast can be HUGE during the winter and quite an impressive site to see from the ocean bluffs--but don't go down on the beach anywhere near the waterline since the waves can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable.

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