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Santa Rosa Getaway

Santa Rosa Getaway
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Spend a couple days or a long weekend in the Santa Rosa  area visiting the following local parks, museums and wineries.
Trip Time: 2-3 days

Located in the historic, century-old Train Depot, the Santa Rosa California Welcome Center is a “must stop” when visiting the area. The Welcome Center’s knowledgeable, friendly staff has information about the local area as well as material about the entire state and its parks and attractions. Open seven days a week.

Next, enjoy a stroll through Historic Railroad Square , with its wide variety of specialty shops, antiques, coffeehouses and fine restaurants. Overnight lodging is available, ranging from a historic Old World-charm hotel to modern properties with spas and swimming pool.

Head to Luther Burbank Home & Gardens . Home of famed horticulturist Luther Burbank, this 1.5-acre garden is open year-round, free to the public. See some of Burbank’s best-known plant developments, explore his greenhouse, and tour his home with its original furnishings and memorabilia. Tours of the Burbank home run from April through October, with a small entrance fee.

Howarth Park includes a lake for fishing and boating, a softball field, six lighted tennis courts, single and group picnic areas, and miles of hiking and jogging trails that connect to the Bay Area Ridge Trail and nearby county and state parks. There is also an amusement area with a miniature train ride, carousel, climbing wall, animal farm and pony rides. A 2.5-mile paved trail, suitable for walking, jogging, roller blading and biking, connects to Spring Lake Regional Park , where visitors can camp, boat, fish, swim in the lagoon, visit the Children’s Discovery Center and picnic.

Located across the street from Howarth Park is Clo’s Ice Creamery & Parkside Grill, Rialto Cinemas Lakeside , Mary’s Pizza Shack and the Lakeside Deli.

Explore the Sonoma County Museum , known for its permanent collection of Sonoma County historic artifacts. It houses the definitive Christo & Jeanne-Claude Collection, it addition to rotating special exhibits ranging from history to contemporary art. The Museum offers innovative exhibitions and education programs for visitors of all ages, and is open Wednesday through Sunday, year-round.

The Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center , a 27,000-square-foot state-of-the-art museum, was built in 2002 to preserve, display and interpret the art of Charles Schulz. See original artwork, learn more about the art of cartooning, and attend programs, classes and special events. Discover all over again why you love Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang. Closed Tuesdays.

Located beside the Schulz Museum is the Redwood Empire Ice Arena (Snoopy’s Home Ice ). Have breakfast or lunch at “The Warm Puppy” coffee shop in the Ice Arena. No visit would be complete without taking home some “Peanuts” souvenirs from Snoopy’s Gift Shop & Gallery across the driveway.

Next up is the Pacific Coast Air Museum , a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and restoring historical aircraft. The PCAM provides an educational venue for students and the community, with a “Wings Over Wine Country” air show weekend each August. The museum is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Seven miles off Highway 101, Safari West Wildlife Preserve & Tent Camp is home to hundreds of exotic mammals and birds. It’s a place where the whole family can view some of nature’s most beautiful animals, from antelopes to zebras. The property also offers overnight lodging in luxury tent cabins that are located close to, but separate from, the exotic wildlife that inhabits the local hills and plains area. Reservations are required.

No visit to Santa Rosa is complete without a visit to local wineries. First up is the Kendall-Jackson Wine Center , where you can enjoy tasting award-winning wines. Shoppers can choose from wine gifts, books, glassware, olive oil, clothing and other novelty gifts. Outside, stroll through the Wine Sensory Gardens, the Organic Culinary Gardens, the International Garden and the Wine Sensory Garden.

Additionally, Paradise Ridge Winery is billed as the winery with “the most beautiful view in Sonoma County.” Along with offering wine tasting and self-guided tours, Paradise Ridge also features a Paradise Wood Sculpture Grove, where visitors can enjoy a variety of creative works of art.

Treat Yourself to a Tour
Alternately, enjoy your vacation in Santa Rosa by letting someone else do all the work. Travel in style and ease with one of these tours.

Sonoma County Tours offers a variety of unique year-round tours. Enjoy breathtaking views of the giant redwoods, rolling hills, magnificent vineyards and the spectacular Pacific Coast from the comfort of a climate-controlled touring bus. Let SCT treat you to a deli lunch.

With one of the Getaway Adventures , Randy Johnson or one of his experienced employees will take you on a Wine Country adventure that you’ll be talking about long after you return home. Bike to the wineries; hike Mt. St. Helena, the Sonoma Coast or Jack London State Park; or enjoy easy vineyard walks. If water activities are more your speed, try a canoe or kayak trip down the Russian River or into nearby Tomales Bay.

Style ‘n Comfort offers daily tours, gourmet picnic lunches, dinner packages, personal itineraries and certified chauffeurs. Enjoy a leisurely trip through beautiful Wine Country.

Whether picking up a corporate client or taking a special someone on a tour of the Wine Country, Pure Luxury Transportation Services will assist with your every need. They offer various services including baseball packages, birthday specials and wine country tours.

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