Welcome to Santa Rosa
The vibrant and energetic city is the largest in California’s Wine Country and the “urban heart” of the region
At the heart of Sonoma County is the energetic and scenic town of Santa Rosa. Considered the “urban heart” of wine country, Santa Rosa is a vibrant city in the North Bay region of California’s Bay Area and the largest city in California’s Wine Country. Known for its prestigious wineries and as the home of famed Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Schulz (for which there is a museum dedicated to him and an airport named after him), Santa Rosa entrances visitors and locals alike with its endless entertainment options, captivating arts scene, world-class wine, and excellent culinary opportunities. Those craving life in a larger, metropolitan area that still retains all the charms of small-town life will fall in love with Santa Rosa and everything it represents.
What to Love
- Beautiful and diverse natural landscape with lush fields and wildflowers, bolstered by a near-perfect warm Mediterranean climate
- Besides the amazing wineries, Santa Rosa is also the country’s craft brew capital
- The charming downtown area with art galleries, museums, great dining, and boutiques
People and Lifestyle
Those planning a move to Santa Rosa will find plenty of options to choose from when it comes to luxury real estate. Whether you’re interested in a historic estate or new construction, Santa Rosa provides a broad range. And anyone wishing to start their own vineyard or invest in significant acreage will find that Santa Rosa is an excellent starting place.
Families appreciate the city because it’s an education stronghold, with some of the region’s most exemplary schools. Plus, there is a variety of entertainment options for people of all ages, including fantastic shopping, museums, galleries, and much more.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
As the name suggests, Stark’s Steakhouse
is a classy, refined steakhouse and seafood restaurant offering fresh seafood dishes and dry-aged cuts in a sophisticated interior that includes brick walls and dark woods.
is committed to producing high-quality wine from the estate vineyards, which are located in the famed Russian River Valley. This family-friendly location is open for public vineyard tours and is also pet-friendly, with outdoor seating available. Balletto specializes in cool-climate wines like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris.
Santa Rosa’s historic Railroad Square
features authentic old town ambiance and is one of the first places visitors go when they’re visiting Sonoma County. Throughout the last few years, this district has evolved into Santa Rosa’s Restaurant and Antique Row. Here you’ll find everything from lodging and live theater to entertainment and amazing antique shops.
For authentic Italian, there is no better spot in Santa Rosa than the charming and elegant Ca’Bianca
. This beautiful upscale dining establishment resides inside a 19th-century house and features gorgeous surrounding gardens, a full bar, and several patios.
Things to Do
The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
is a fantastic performance venue that hosts more than 100 performances each year, including musical concerts, comedy, dance, theater, and more. The center also features family and arts education programs.
Take your children to the 138-acre Howarth Park
, a community park with a beautiful lake perfect for fishing and boating as one of its main focal points. The park offers endless recreational opportunities with a softball field, tennis courts, an amazing playground, and many more quality amenities.
Golfers can’t get enough of the Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club
, which boasts one of the most beautiful private golf courses in Northern California. The 18-hole, par 72 championship course is just one of the club’s many charms. You’ll also discover an idyllic Beach Club, including a private pool and beach access, plus exceptional dining opportunities.
Approximately seven miles northwest of downtown Santa Rosa lies the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport
, named after the famous cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, who created the Peanuts comic strip and lived in Santa Rosa for more than three decades. This is the only airport providing scheduled air service into the North Bay region.