Lakes and forests, shopping and dining, bars and theatre
Lively Santa Rosa sits just 55 miles north of San Francisco and offers a lovely, warm California welcome. It's the place where everything great about the state comes together, a potent blend of wine country and farmland, vast redwood forests, beautiful winding rivers, deep blue lakes and, of course, the magnificent Pacific Ocean with its stunning beaches and remarkable Sonoma Coast sea views.
Charles M. Schulz, creator of the quirky 'Peanuts' cartoons, is a native of Santa Rosa.
Santa Rosa is the north western gateway to California's finest wine producing regions, the Sonoma and Napa Valleys. It's also home to the Russian River resort, Jack London State Historic Park and the ancient redwood trees in Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve.
Great restaurants, excellent shopping, theatre and live music await you in a city with more than its fair share of arty San Francisco cool. Here are three of the city's most popular attractions.
Redwood Empire Ice Arena – also known as Snoopy's Home Ice
Sonoma County Museum
Annadel State Park
The Little Wine Loop From £1679.00 (inc flights and hotels)
Wind your way through California’s famous wine country discovering the charms of Old Sacramento, the natural beauty of Santa Rosa and the superb vineyards of Sonoma and Napa Valley along the way. It’s time to treat those taste buds.
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Santa Rosa's commercial district was completely destroyed in the famous 1906 earthquake, but almost every historic home survived to tell the tale. Amazing. And they're stunning, a fascinating destination in themselves.
You'll find everything from fine dining to excellent theatre, live music and nightclubs, to nature in all its splendour in this fantastic city.
Cigarillo Adobe, the first home on the site of the city, built in 1837 for Dona Maria Ignacio Lopez de Carrillo
The brilliant Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center
Concerts by Sonoma County Philharmonic and the Santa Rosa Symphony orchestras
If you're looking for a holiday destination that delivers just as much natural beauty as it does cultural thrills, Santa Rosa is just about perfect.
Santa Rosa is the home of the North Bay Theater Group, an alliance of some 40 theater companies, theater departments and individual performance companies from five North Bay counties.
The entire region sits on top of the Healdsburg-Rodgers Creek Fault System. The locals live well, love well, enjoy life and take the area's famously edgy geology in their stride. Wildlife and people live in curious harmony in this pretty city. You'll see great blue herons, great egrets, snowy egrets and black-crowned herons nesting in the trees and deer roam free in neighbourhoods near the eastern hills. Whether or not you're a lover of fine wines, Santa Rosa delivers everything you need for a stimulating, relaxing and a wholly unforgettable California experience. Visit Safari West, Spring Lake Regional Park, Pacific Coast Air Museum, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Mount Hood and the Cathedral of St Eugene.
Majestic landscapes, attractive cityscapes, breathtakingly lovely public gardens and enough excellent golf courses to please even the most obsessive golf fan. Numerous movies have been filmed in the Santa Rosa area, no surprise when every vista is more breathtaking than the last. Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, The Candidate, Stephen King's terrifying story Cujo, Die Hard 2, Scream and a whole lot more well-loved films all contain scenes shot in and around the city. Why not take your own movie tour and spot all the places you've seen on celluloid?
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