Santa Rosa is nestled in the heart of wine country, so there is no lack of natural beauty or excellent attractions. This sunny city with a Mediterranean climate is known for its open skies, award-winning vineyards, world-class recreational opportunities, resort-style living, and interesting historical buildings.
With the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, Annadel State Park, Spring Lake Regional Park, the Prince Memorial Greenway, and the Joe Redota Trail -- just to name a few -- it’s no wonder why horticulturalist Luther Burbank called Sonoma County “the chosen spot of all this earth, as far as nature is concerned.”
Here are a few of the area’s top attractions:
* Stroll through the wildlife corridors of Santa Rosa Creek and bird-watch. Deer are regular visitors around here.
* History buffs will want to visit Carrillo Adobe, a historic home built in 1837 -- Santa Rosa’s first home. Also don’t miss the Sonoma County Museum (originally a post office and federal building), the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, and the old downtown neighborhoods with their Victorian homes.
* The Prince Memorial Greenway has a great bike and walking path along the creek through downtown.
* If you like theater, you will be happy to know Santa Rosa is not lacking here. Some of the top theater options include the Summer Repertory Theater, the Santa Rosa Symphony, the 6th Street Playhouse, and the North Bay Theater Group. The summer theater puts on five productions every summer.
* Love music? Don’t miss the Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra and shows at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park.
* The Sonoma County Museum holds regular art exhibits and is the home for the Arts Council of Sonoma County.
* Santa Rosa is one hour north of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s close to famous Napa Valley, Bodega Bay, Calistoga, Windsor, and Guerneville, too.
* You won’t believe the stunning redwood trees at the Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve!
* Go shopping in the charming downtown, and while you’re here, fill up in the many excellent restaurants.
* The area organizes many community events, including the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, which has been named one of the best harvest festivals in the United States.
* Another annual event is Grapes to Glass, which features more than 50 wineries, dancing, auctions, and food. The Wine and Food Affair in the fall features wine and food pairing, with more than 100 wineries.