Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa

Jan. 6, 2011

The largest city in Sonoma County, Santa Rosa is an urban blend of art, culture, shopping, dining and attractions.

Tour the home and gardens of famed horticulturist Luther Burbank, who introduced more than 800 varieties of plants, fruits and vegetables to the world. Beloved cartoonist and longtime resident Charles Schulz also left his mark on Sonoma County; you can see his Peanuts legacy at the Charles M. Schultz Museum and Ice Arena.

Spend some time in historic Railroad Square with its stone buildings, visitor center, restaurants, coffee houses, art, antique and specialty shops. Santa Rosa also boasts over 500 acres of parks for strolling, hiking or bicycling. You can sail on Lake Ralphine at Howarth Park or camp, paddle and fish at Spring Lake Park, both of which are adjacent to Annadel State Park.

Cultural arts venues include the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, where the Santa Rosa Symphony and Sonoma Philharmonic Orchestra reside. The Center also books a wide-ranging spectrum of music, comedy, dance and theater performances.

Railroad Square’s historic specialty shopping district is defined by the charm of yesterday and the lifestyle of today. It’s Santa Rosa’s Old Town in the heart of Wine Country. Be sure to make a stop here.

As a locally recognized Preservation District and honored by a listing on the National Register of Historic Places, the architecture represents an authentic commercial district of the early 1900s. The beautifully preserved basalt stone buildings were built by Italian stone masons from rocks quarried in the nearby hills. Much more of this rock was sold to San Francisco to pave its early cobblestone streets.

The old train depot has been converted into a bustling Visitor Center that exhibits the county’s many attractions. Greeting visitors in Depot Park are life-sized bronze statues of Charlie Brown and Snoopy from a grateful community. You simply won’t want to miss the treasures of Railroad Square!

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