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10Best spots for a shopping spree in Napa and Sonoma Wine Country



Great purchases aren’t limited to wine in Napa and Sonoma County. Though not necessarily known as a shopping destination, wine country just might surprise even the most seasoned shoppers. There are a small number of traditional indoor shopping spots like Coddingtown Mall and Santa Rosa Plaza, but some of wine country’s best spending sprees happen in boutique shops while wandering in city centers like downtown Napa, and in smaller, outdoor shopping centers like Sonoma County’s Montgomery Village. Sonoma Plaza and Healdsburg Plaza both come with the perk of a scenic locale complete with a park to sit for a while, in between purchases.

Bargain hunters will want to save time in their itineraries for stops at Petaluma Premium Village Outlets and Napa Premium Outlets. In most instances, parking is complimentary and plentiful, making getting in and out quickly a breeze. Good shopping is also typically accompanied by good food, so no worries about going hungry.  


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Santa Rosa Plaza
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Similar to Sonoma County's Coddingtown Mall, Santa Rosa Plaza is another wine country example of your typical indoor shopping mall. Located off of Highway 101 in the city of Santa Rosa, the mall features more than 120 stores. Well-known anchor stores include Macy's and Forever 21. Complimentary wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Strollers are available to rent. Paid parking garages are located on the West and North side of the mall. (Between the mall and Highway 101). Shoppers that spend more than $100, qualify for free parking, but they have to go out of their way to the mall office or parking kiosk for validation.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: From food to clothing and electronics, Santa Rosa Plaza offers a variety of shopping options in downtown Santa Rosa.

Dana's expert tip: If hunger strikes, the upstairs food court offers everything from Chinese to cheesesteaks. If you're willing to stretch your legs a bit, it's an easy walk into downtown to Gerard's Paella or La Rosa for Mexican food.

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Napa Premium Outlets
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Napa Premium Outlets is less than a 15-minute drive from downtown Napa, off of Highway 29. The outdoor mall is home to 50 brand name stores including Ann Taylor Factory Store, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Calvin Klein, Gap Factory Store, GUESS Outlet, Lucky Brand Jeans, Michael Kors Outlet, J. Crew, and more. Fitness enthusiasts will appreciate stores by Adidas, Asics, and Nike Factory Store, in one shopping center. Deals and Steals can often be found on the Napa Premium Outlets website. Strollers, wheelchairs, and electric vehicle charging stations are available for customers. Parking is free and fairly easy to find.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Napa Premium Outlets offers a nice selection of name brand stores in a convenient wine country location.

Dana's expert tip: Very little food is available at Napa Premium Outlets, so make a plan to eat in downtown Napa before or after shopping.

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Petaluma Village Premium Outlets


Petaluma Premium Village Outlets is an outdoor shopping mall located in Sonoma County off of Highway 101, about 45 minutes north of San Francisco. Bargain shoppers have 60 stores to choose from including easily recognized names like the Banana Republic, Kate Spade New York, Brooks Brothers, Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, Nike, and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th. Additional deals and coupons can often be found on the Petaluma Premium Village Outlets website. Shoppers with children will find a number of stores that offer kids clothing including OshKosh B'Gosh, Carter's, Gap, and an Old Navy Outlet. The outlet mall has strollers and wheelchairs available for shoppers who need them. There's also a children's play area and electric vehicle charging stations.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Petaluma Premium Village Outlets offer a wide selection of stores in one location, with free and easy parking.

Dana's expert tip: Plan on eating in downtown Petaluma before or after your shopping spree. Food is surprisingly limited at Petaluma Premium Village Outlets.

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Coddingtown Mall
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If it's the traditional, indoor mall shopping experience you're craving, Coddingtown Mall in Santa Rosa is the place to find it. Locally run, it's still owned by the family that originally developed the mall more than 50 years ago in 1962. Well-known anchor stores include Macy's, JCPenney, Whole Foods, Target and Nordstrom Rack. Food options are plentiful as well with eateries including BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Sea Noodle Bar, Jamba Juice, and Starbucks. In all, there are more than 40 shops to choose from. On the rare cold and rainy days, Coddingtown is a good place to stay warm and dry while you shop. Parking is free and plentiful.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Open for more than half a century, Coddingtown Mall offers a varied mix of national chains and locally-owned stores.

Dana's expert tip: If you park near Macy's and Nordstorm Rack, it's easy to work your way through the entire mall.

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First Street Napa
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Wine Country's newest shopping venue, First Street Napa, will be home to 45 retail shops and restaurants when completed. Opening in phases, there are 17 shops and restaurants currently open for business. Tenants currently up and running include Tommy Bahama, Charlie Palmer Steak Napa, Overland Sheepskin Co., Lululemon, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, Compline wine bar + restaurant + merchant, Napa Valley Jewelers, Eiko's Modern Japanese Cuisine, Sky & Vine Rooftop Bar, and Kalifornia Jean Bar. First Street Napa is also home to the Archer Hotel Napa. In addition to free street parking, there are parking garages on Pearl Street and on Clay Street.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Spanning three city blocks, in the heart of Downtown Napa, First Street Napa is the newest place to shop and dine in Napa.

Dana's expert tip: If you get hungry head into Charlie Palmer Steak and order the Lobster Corn Dogs. They're just like the corn dogs you know and love, just with lobster in the middle.

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Sonoma Plaza


Sonoma Plaza has something for just about every mood. From restaurants to charming shops, wine tasting rooms and art galleries, it's easy to lose a day here just wandering about. Global Heart sells fair trade, handcrafted gifts from around the world. Shoppers will find everything from jewelry and home d├ęcor, to olive oil and clothing. Sonoma Cheese Factory offers gifts alongside tasty cheese, sandwiches, and local beer and wine. If you get tired, think about taking in a movie at the historic Sebastiani Theatre. Built in 1933, it's located across the street from Sonoma Plaza. A National Historic Landmark, the plaza is an eight-acre town square and is said to be the largest plaza of its kind in California. So when you need a break from shopping there's plenty of green grass and shady spots to sit. If you're traveling with kids, be sure to visit the playground. (The Plaza hosts cultural events, shows and a farmers' market every Tuesday, May through September.)

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Sonoma Plaza is a nice place to park the car and spend the morning or afternoon strolling from one spot to the next.

Dana's expert tip: Home cooks might enjoy knowing the first Williams Sonoma opened off the Plaza in 1956. Though closed for a stretch, it's now reopened in its original location.

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Healdsburg Plaza
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For a fairly small spot, Healdsburg offers a big selection of options for shoppers. Complete with a gazebo, grass, trees, and plenty of benches to sit and relax, Healdsburg Plaza is the heart of downtown. It's surrounded by a number of boutiques, restaurants, wine tasting rooms, hotels and inns. (The park also hosts a number of concerts and special events.) Founded in 1881, Oakville Grocery is the oldest continually operating grocery store in California. Along with its Napa location, it has a store just off of Healdsburg Plaza. Even if you've already eaten, you might find yourself hungry after you step inside and get a whiff of the artisan pizzas and warm sandwiches on the menu. If you ever feel like you're running out of steam, grab something sweet from Moustache Baked Goods and savor a sugar rush.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Loaded with one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, and wine tasting rooms, there's plenty of reasons to linger in Healdsburg.

Dana's expert tip: Healdsburg Plaza is easy to walk and explore. Don't forget to wear comfy shoes.

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Napa Downtown


Chock full of shops, restaurants, and wine tasting rooms, you can park your car and forget about it in downtown Napa. From shops full of gourmet wine and food to antique, and clothing stores, even if you don't need anything, window shopping in downtown Napa is a fun way to spend an afternoon. The Store at CIA Copia stocks a varied selection of cookware, linens, and locally-made pottery. Check to see if there are any in-store demonstrations or book signings when you're in town. Yarns on First has a colorful selection of yarns and a community knitting table. If you need something more mainstream, there's even a Kohl's department store.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Easy to wander without a plan, downtown Napa offers great shopping, food, and wine in one location.

Dana's expert tip: Wear good shoes and you can shop all day. One of the many great things about downtown Napa is that you can walk everywhere.

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Located in downtown Napa, Oxbow Public Market is popular with both locals and visitors alike. The 40,000 square foot marketplace boasts 22 merchants, each independently owned and operated. Along with a pair of butcher shops, there's a fish market, local organic produce store, spice market, oyster bar, and coffee shop. If you're looking for something a little different than the typical wine tasting, try a sampler flight of fresh beer releases at Fieldwork Brewing Company, or seasonal and unique craft spirits at Napa Valley Distillery's Oxbow Tasting Salon & Vintage Bar Shop. Oxbow Public Market is open seven days a week. Most shops and eateries are open until 9:00 pm, with later hours on Friday evenings.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Oxbow Public Market offers hundreds of delicious drink and menu selections, all under one roof.

Dana's expert tip: Grab your food and snag a seat outside along the Napa River. It's one of the best views in town.

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Montgomery Village
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This outdoor shopping center stretches a number of blocks and offers a great range of products and services. Stores you won't find anywhere else are plentiful and include the likes of Bird's Nest Antiques, The Classic Duck gift shop, and Sonoma Outfitters. Home to restaurants for every budget and palate you can grab classic San Francisco sourdough bread at Boudin SF, or enjoy Mexican eats at Cascabel. Forgot something? Along with a post office, several banks and a grocery store, there's a Ross Dress for Less department store. Montgomery Village holds a number of family-friendly events and concerts throughout the year, especially on weekends and holidays. Parking is free and plentiful.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: From Acre Coffee to Copperfield's Books, Lululemon, and See's Candies, there's a little something for everyone at Montgomery Village.

Dana's expert tip: Plan on grabbing lunch or dinner at SEA Thai Bistro. The Starter's Parade appetizer is a meal in itself offering a little taste of many menu favorites including golden springs rolls, crispy prawns, chicken satay, homemade potstickers, Thai bruschetta, and more.

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Dana Rebmann moved from San Francisco to Wine Country in search of sunshine. Amazing wine and food was a delightful bonus.

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