In Santa Rosa, life winds along at a slower pace. Natural beauty, exquisite wineries, and opportunities for enjoying the expansive scenery abound. A small-town atmosphere with a big slice of pleasure is what it’s all about in Santa Rosa. Wonderful lakes, museums, and parks are all located within a short drive, and a tour of Santa Rosa is not complete without at least one spectacular vineyard visit. Spend a day or an entire weekend playing in this Sonoma County town, and still have more things to do in Santa Rosa for next time.

Santa Rosa is probably best known for its fabulous wines, and St. Francis Vineyards and Winery produces some of the most robust and flavorful spirits in the area. The vineyard was named after St. Francis of Assisi, and the grounds are absolutely stunning. Take a tour, enjoy a tasting, or just linger a little while and be surrounded by the incredible scenery the vineyard has to offer.

Other wonderful things to see in Santa Rosa include many destinations that allow an enjoyment of the great outdoors. Annadel State Park is a great place to view a lovely wildflower display, and Spring Lake Park is a nice spot for relaxing with a picnic lunch or dinner. At Safari West, an animal sanctuary in Santa Rosa, more than 300 African animals teach the sanctuary’s visitors about the importance of protecting endangered species. Much of the wildlife here comes straight from Africa, and the facility provides walking or wheeler tours past kangaroos, gazelles, and zebras.

Santa Rosa is home to the unique and special museum honoring the life of Charles M. Schultz, the creator of the “Peanuts” comic. An early mural of Charlie Brown and Snoopy graces the walls, and the exhibit showcases the famous dog as he has changed throughout the years.

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