A small but picturesque and vibrant community
Established in 1875 and named after land holder Theodore Winters when the railroad crossed into Yolo County, the City of Winters today is a thriving agricultural community with a strong sense of pride.
Described by visitors and locals as "cute as a button", the picturesque three-square blocks that make-up downtown embody the spirit and nostalgia that is Winters, California.
History of Winters, CA
Boom to bust, to boom again
Winters, California is small bedroom style community in Yolo County and is part of the Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city spans 2.9 square miles with only .3 % being water covered. The city has hot dry summers and mild, wet winters. Winters is about 30 miles from Sacramento and 60 miles from San Francisco, making it an easy commute to work in either large city.
The city of Winters is named after early resident and business man Theodore Winters. Winters donated 40 acres of land to the Vacaville and Clear Lake Railroad on which part of the town was founded. Later, when the railroad was having financial struggles while trying to extend the railroad north, Winters along with other communities and businesses donated money to help cover the cost of putting a bridge across Putah Creek. This bridge was later to serve as the inspiration for the classic Creedence Clearwater Revival song titled, "Green River". The bridge helped solidify the success of the railroad and the town. Winters was officially incorporated in 1898 and has continued it’s slow but steady growth until today.
Winters is a beautiful eclectic little city full of life, history, and variety and is home to many wonderful little specialty shops like the Cloth Carousel, Berryessa Sporting Goods, the Main Street Cellars and Winters Cheese Company. The city has wonderful cultural and entertainment options like The Palms Playhouse, the Historic Main Street Walking Tour and Clayground, a working ceramics studio. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy visiting Lake Solano, visiting the historic trestle train bridge over Putah Creek and Flyfishing with local Jordan Romney. The city has many wonderful wining and dining options including Putah Creek Cafe, which was featured on “Diners, Dives and Drive-Ins”, for beer drinkers a stop by the Berryessa Brewing Co is a perfect fit and for fine dining there is Tomats California Cuisine and the Buckhorn Restaurant.
According to the 2010 United States Census 6,624 residents call Winters home, giving the city a population density of 2,255.2 people per square mile. In Winters, 65.2% of homes are owner occupied and 34.8 are renter occupied. Homes for sale in the area range from starter homes and fixer-uppers up through luxury homes with spacious grounds and out buildings. Other real estate options include simple apartments and family houses for rent and elegant town houses and condominiums for lease with an attractive array of amenities.
Winters' highest rated eateries
Fast food to fine dining and more
Winters may be a town of only 7000 residents, but it does have plenty to offer in the way of great food. Between Russell and Abbey Street along Railroad Avenue you'll find a dearth of top notch dining choices, including the fast growing and popular Buckhorn Restaurant, an area favorite for great quality blackened tri-tip and other high quality beef, as well as Ficelle and the Putah Creek cafe which are popular town favorites that are a must go if you are visiting or staying in the Winters area.
Did you know?!
A few amazing facts about Suisun and it's residents
- Despite it's small footprint today, in 1876 Winters had become a busy agricultural and commercial center with three trains running daily. It wasn't until April 1892 that a major earthquake heavily damaged many of the business's buildings and residences.
- As of the Winters' 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the Winters Joint Unified School District is the top employer in the city.
- Several well known artists from the late 60s and 70s lived here. One of the iconic artists from that era, R. Crumb lived in Winters, and the town is featured heavily in the 1987 movie "The Confessions of Robert Crumb".
- The classic song "Green River" by John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival was inspired low of Putah Creek under the Stevenson Bridge near Winters, CA. This was confirmed in a 1993 Rolling Stone interview found here
- "The Winters Express" first issue came off the press in February of 1884. The Express is still published weekly. Winters Express