Smack dab in the heart of Northern California’s Wine Country, the vibrant city of Santa Rosa blends the pleasures of urban culture with the romance inherent in its beautiful countryside.It’s the perfect destination for people who want to spend their days wine tasting, exploring back-country roads, and engaging in outdoor adventures
Historic Railroad Square
The Historic Railroad Square is located in the heart of downtown Santa Rosa. The buildings in the square and surrounding areas were restored and preserved to serve as a reminder of the impact that the railroad had on Santa Rosa. The square is home to various restaurants, shops, hotels, and the West End Farmer’s Market that’s open from mid-March to mid-December. It’s also a hot spot for antique shoppers and offers free carriage rides around the neighborhood during the holiday season.
A 10-minute drive north of downtown Santa Rosa, this non-profit institute offers a unique opportunity to go on an African safari. Across 400 acres, Safari West features a wide range of animals to encounter on a safari tour including giraffes, antelopes, and a rhinoceros. Alongside daily safari tours used to inspire wildlife advocacy, Safari West also offers luxurious tent cabins with private bathrooms and hardwood floors to spend the night-many with views of the resident wildlife.
The Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market was founded over 20 years ago and is known as a place where local ranchers and growers come together to showcase the best of the local produce from sunny California.
If you love food and enjoy sampling local delicacies then this is definitely not to be missed and you can pick up items like fruits and vegetables as well as cheeses, homemade goods, and even arts and crafts items like candles.
Get a different outlook on Santa Rosa by going on a hot-air balloon ride. The vineyards and rolling hills look even more beautiful from the sky, and the balloons are a peaceful way to experience Sonoma County. There’s Up & Away Ballooning, which has been offering balloon flights for almost 18 years, and A Balloon Over Sonoma, which offers a ‘Romance Flight’ as well. Both tours offer views not only of Santa Rosa but Sonoma County in general.
Charles M. Schulz Museum
Dedicated to the life and artwork of Charles M. “Sparky” Schulz, this non-profit museum and research center is centered around the 50-year legacy of the Peanuts comic strip. Thousands of artifacts, including photographs, letters, and tribute art comprise the museum’s collection, as well as a vast number of comics and memorabilia. Countless comic strips at the museum are known to make visitors laugh out loud as they peruse the halls.