Community based with a little flare.
Located in Sonoma County, Santa Rosa has a wide range of personalities and activities, from hip and trendy restaurants to community-oriented, family-friendly events and venues. With sleek, modern suburban homes, Santa Rosa is a beautiful place to live and one where you will feel right at home. Wine tasting on a Sunday afternoon? Santa Rosa is known for its multiple wineries scattered throughout the city—pretty classy for a suburban neighborhood! It’s contemporary living at its finest.
Santa Rosa has a widely diverse population: upscale diners and wine enthusiasts, families of all sizes, and college students just finding their way. No matter where you look, there’s a sense of community in the wonderful city of Santa Rosa. Everyone has their niche. Everyone has their rose of sorts in the area, whether it be wine, parks, or studying business economics.
Parents of big families can have a vacation just a drive away to the local wine bars and breweries around town. You can raise a family here and still have that romantic getaway time with the spouse. Living near a college environment, it keeps the college kids humble and motivates children to get a better education. It truly comes full circle, just like a community does.
Sharpen your palette with the selection of fine dining choices in Santa Rosa. Stark’s Steak and Seafood is a casual but upscale restaurant that brings surf and turf to the Sonoma County. Choose from their selection of wines and whiskeys to wash down their delicious steaks and seafood entrees. If you’re looking for a restaurant for a nice date night, check out John Ash & Co. for their exquisite cuisine and terrace and vineyard views. You’ll fall in love again.
There are a multitude of wineries and breweries in the area, but here are a couple to take a gander at. Willi’s Wine Bar has cozy seating where you can savor a luxurious glass of wine, paired with some eclectic small plate options. Wine and cheese night with friends, anyone? Russian River Brewery is the hangout spot, serving a selection of craft beers and pub food that will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about pizza.
Santa Rosa holds its own Ironman competition right in the heart of wine country. You can choose to participate in this triathlon or line up along the course to cheer on your favorite athletes. Either way, there’s nothing more motivational than watching someone troop through one of the most grueling athletic events known around the world.
If you’re a fan of nature and the outdoors, then Trione-Annadel State Park is for you. There are trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Come by in April or May to see the magnificent display of wildflowers in bloom. It’s definitely a sight to see, not to mention a cute Instagram moment!
Look for the many local events in Santa Rosa Square, also known as Old Courthouse Square. Outside dining is plentiful, perfect for enjoying the nice crisp air. Check out the variety of specialty boutiques and stores for an exceptional shopping experience.
Santa Rosa County District oversees the K–12 schools in the area. Sonoma State University, a liberal arts school, sits on a beautiful 269-acre campus and is just a drive away from Santa Rosa.