The Urban Hotspot
Located 1.5 hours north of San Francisco in Central Sonoma County, the city of Santa Rosa offers numerous wineries, a wildlife park, its own symphony, and the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Santa Rosa hums with activity, centered downtown, where fabulous shopping, restaurants, and a craft brewery are all found. Santa Rosa is centrally located in the Sonoma Valley and is a great location to stay when the plan is to explore other nearby areas such as Sonoma, Healdsburg, and the Russian River Valley.
Sonoma County’s largest city is known for its lively social scene and vibrant downtown. Visitors are drawn to the city’s unique cultural offerings, such as a museum dedicated to the lifework of cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, a wildlife park offering daily safari trips and overnight adventures, and the North Bay Stage Company, resident theater company of the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, whose productions include musicals and plays performed by regional actors.
Sample award-winning craft beers at Russian River Brewery, home of the much sought-after Pliny the Elder beer. Make an appointment at Inman Family Wines for sips of sustainably-farmed Russian River and Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. For a sensory education on the elements of food and wine, visit Kendall Jackson Wine Estates to taste their world-class wines and tour the gardens. For a delicious dinner, stop by Willi’s Wine Bar to nibble on small plates with big flavor – the innovative tapas are influenced by world cuisine. Then take in an evening of entertainment at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.
Plan your trip
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