Food, friends, fun — find it all in Winters

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This ain’t your grandpa’s sleepy little town.
If you haven’t been to Winters lately, you haven’t been to Winters.
Sure, with the sun setting behind the Berryessa hills, and picturesque fruit and nut orchards stretching out 360 degrees around it and a truly adorable historic Main Street, you can feel tension melt away as soon as you drive over the Interstate 505 hump on County Road 31 (aka Grant Avenue, Highway 128 and far west Covell Boulevard).
Ready for food, friends and fun? Just turn left at the Railroad Avenue to find beautiful downtown Winters. Sunday through Wednesday, downtown Winters is pretty low-key, but the town springs to life on Thursday evening, known as “the new Friday” at this end of Covell Boulevard.
Just like on Friday and Saturday evenings, you’ll get out of your car and savor the scent of wood-fire pizza wafting from Putah Creek Café’s covered-wagon style pizza oven, or Angus beef grilling to smoky perfection at the Buckhorn Steakhouse, which hosts sidewalk dining in the warm glow of flaming tower heaters.
You’ll see happy people strolling the downtown the sidewalk, relaxing for some outdoor wine-tasting at Turkovich Family Wines or heading inside the Berryessa Gap tasting room to sample signature Spanish varietals like malbec and tempranillo.
Some may be heading to The Palms, which recently reopened under new ownership, to hear esteemed musicians like Joe Louis Walker or Wayne Hancock offering everything from bluegrass to blues, others may be heading in the other direction for tapas under the big oak tree out on Ficelle’s redwood deck, or maybe down to Preserve Public House, with its tasty selection of beer, spirits and creatively prepared food.
Some may be checking out the monthly open mic music and karaoke schedule at Steady Eddy’s Coffee House while they get their mocha or panini fix.
And that’s just Thursday. There’s more of the same on Friday and Saturday.
Besides downtown Winters, there’s more fun (and also beer!) to be found at Berryessa Brewing Co., a couple of miles west of town at 27260 Highway 128, sharing a roof with Berryessa Gap Winery, which features a second wine-
tasting room there.
Berryessa Brewing Co. is the worst-kept secret on earth for craft beer lovers, and is often packed with joyous, boisterous visitors from all over Northern California and beyond. Open Friday through Sunday, besides beer, there usually are food trucks and free live music. Next door, the winery features a shaded bocce court and picnic tables for some “RR&R” — “Robust Red & Relaxation.”
“Winters has a great variety of high-quality choices for food, wine and musical entertainment, as well as seasonal theater and outdoor street fairs,” says Corinne Martinez, whose family founded Berryessa Gap Vineyards and 
Berryessa Brewing Co.
She emphasizes that there’s more to the “Winters feel” than great businesses.
“The environment is casual, friendly and warm. Locals are welcoming and genuinely enjoy sharing their love and excitement about the town.”
To accommodate new and returning guests, a new hotel is under construction in downtown Winters.
“Our businesses create an experience that makes people return,” adds Megan Curry, member of the Winters Chamber of Commerce board of directors, emphasizing that besides the usual Winters offerings, there’s more fun and festivity to be enjoyed in downtown Winters each month.
Fourth Friday Feasts happen from March to October, with family-style feasting, local wine and beer, craft booths and live music. On the second Tuesday evening (same months), the Buckhorn’s Classic Car Show fills Main Street with everyone’s dream cars.
The annual Youth Day activities happen on the last Saturday in April, with parades and plenty of family fun. On the last Friday (non-Labor Day weekend) in August, the Earthquake Street festival shakes up downtown Main Street with non-stop free entertainment and music.
On the first Saturday in December, community holiday festivities include the Great Piano Drop, Family Holiday Festival, Christmas Tree Lighting, visits from Santa and the all-new crazy popular Lighted Tractor Parade.
Who has time to sleep in 
Winters! There’s too much going on!

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