Just north of the Solano County border is Winters, a city of about 6,000 in Yolo County with its origin in an 1875 railroad that ran through the area.
Today it is tucked amid walnut orchards and farms, borders Putah Creek and is known for its old-time quality.
Named after local landowner Theodore Winters, the community originally served as the commercial center for the surrounding agricultural region.
Downtown Winters, with its brick buildings dating to the 19th century, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Restaurants including the Buckhorn and stores mean the town has more than history to engage visitors.
Winters is a gateway to Lake Berryessa, the federal Bureau of Reclamation-owned reservoir that provides much of Solano County’s Water.
The 300-foot concrete Monticello Dam across Putah Creek forms the reservoir that’s about 11 miles west of Winters on Highway 128.
Winters is also the nearest city to Lake Solano, a Solano County park along Putah Creek with campsites. The creek offers recreation that includes fishing.
An aerial view of the creek can be seen by crossing the 1906 steel railroad bridge near the town. Only walkers and bikers now use the restored bridge.
The town is a popular spots for cyclists to stop by for food and drink on trips through Yolo County farmland and on the way to Lake Berryessa.
Abbey House Inn is the lone hotel in town.
Number of rooms: 8
Contact: Winters Chamber of Commerce, 530-795-2329, http://winterschamber.com