With so much to see, eat, drink and do in and around Santa Rosa, the possibilities for a perfect day are endless! Whether you’re a die-hard gourmand, on the road with young explorers, in need of some rest and relaxation, or the outdoorsy type, we’ve mapped out four unique itineraries that highlight many of our favorite spots.
If you want to stretch your legs and work up a sweat, our Outdoor Adventure will send you soaring through the redwoods on a zip line and coasting past vineyards on a bicycle. Need to unwind? Our Relaxation Getaway will find you soaking in a Cedar Enzyme Bath, then sampling wines paired with sushi. If you like to travel with your taste buds, our Foodie Field Day shows off some of Sonoma County’s freshest finds and lets you discover why Santa Rosa is a top destination for beer lovers all over the world. Want to bring the kids? Awesome — our Family Fun Day features a visit to the charming Charles M. Schulz Museum and then sends you on a scavenger hunt to see how many statues of Snoopy and friends you can find around town!
Explore our Day Trip Itineraries through the links below. Feeling lucky? Post your photos on Instagram with #SantaRosaDayTrip for a chance to win a $100 gift card to a local Santa Rosa restaurant. A winner will be announced on August 31st.
And remember, Santa Rosa is home to an official California Welcome Center. Located in Historic Railroad Square, the staff at the welcome center can provide visitors with maps and insider tips on favorite spots. You’ll find lots of coupons for local attractions and unique Santa Rosa and California gifts to commemorate your visit — a great first stop for any visitor!
Family Fun Day
- Fill up at Omelette Express: A classic Santa Rosa breakfast mainstay for more than 40 years, Omelette Express serves up hearty portions of delicious diner food, with plenty of kid-friendly choices.
- Visit the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center: Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang charmed families around the world in daily comic strips for more than 50 years. Creator Charles M. Schulz spent the last 30 years of his life and career in Santa Rosa. The Charles M. Schulz Museum celebrates his art through exhibits and programs that are perfect for kids and will delight the kid in you.
Pro Tip: The Visit Santa Rosa Events Calendar features events happening at the Schulz Museum and elsewhere in Santa Rosa. Plug in your travel date(s) to see if there’s something special going on around town!
- Turn figure eights and sip hot cocoa at Snoopy’s Home Ice and Warm Puppy Café*: You don’t even have to move the car --The Redwood Empire Ice Arena shares a campus with the Schulz Museum. This magical indoor ice rink is the coolest spot in town. Carve up the ice and when you need to warm up, grab a Peppermint Patty Hot Chocolate. P.S. They also serve Taylor Made Farms Organic Coffee for parents who need a pick-me-up.
*Note: Make sure to check the public skate hours at the ice rink.
- Shoppers’ Bonus Stop: Next door, Snoopy’s Gallery and Gift Shop features over 1,500 unique PEANUTS™ products including one-of-a-kind collectibles only available there.
- Grab lunch at Bibi’s Burger Bar in downtown Santa Rosa: Recharge after ice skating with upscale burgers and sandwiches, from All American flavors to interesting fusions.
- Bonus Stop: If you’ve got little ones aged 10 and under, make time for the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County. This indoor-outdoor play space provides more than 40,000 square feet of hands-on, interactive science and art exhibits to entertain and educate. Open until 4 pm daily, except Tuesdays.
- Search for Snoopy and friends: You can discover more than 70 different statues of the Peanuts gang scattered in and around Santa Rosa. We recommend starting in Santa Rosa’s Historic Railroad Square (and home to the California Welcome Center!). Grab a selfie with your favorites!
- Have a lakeside dinner at the new Bear Republic Brewpub in Rohnert Park. This family-owned brewery started in Sonoma County more than 20 years ago and has continued to thrive since gaining international recognition for their Racer 5 IPA. The newest development is their delicious new brewpub location, overlooking Lake Sonoma. The hearty menu has plenty of options for kids, and the whole family can enjoy the outdoor seating and play games of giant jenga, Connect 4, cornhole, foosball and more.
- Start your day early with breakfast at Drakes Sonoma Kitchen: Serene views of Bodega Bay and a farm-to-table seasonal menu is a tasty way to begin your relaxing daycation.
- Bonus Stop: If you’re swept away by the coastal views, take a drive along the Sonoma Coast state beaches between Bodega Bay and Jenner or stretch your legs at Bodega Head Park & Beach.
- Soak in cedar at Osmosis Day Spa: For an experience you won’t find anywhere else in the western hemisphere, start your visit with Osmosis Day Spa’s authentic Cedar Enzyme Bath. Award-winning Japanese gardens create a tranquil atmosphere that calms the soul and sets the scene for their tea service. The spa offers rejuvenating, holistic treatments that promote relaxation and wellness, so add to the indulgence by pairing this service with a massage or facial.
- Sip wines paired with fresh sushi at Dutton Goldfield Winery: After a spa treatment, you’ll be ready for something light and refreshing to eat. This unique pairing experience offers you a selection of single-vineyard wines and delectable sushi creations. Vegan options are available, too.
- Shop for antique treasures in Historic Railroad Square: This area of Santa Rosa is steeped in history, with train tracks laid in the 1870s. Seven of the surrounding buildings survived the 1906 earthquake. You’ll find several large shops filled with vintage delights, from home decor to art and clothing.
- Polish off the day with a delicious French dinner: You’ve got a tough choice to make for dinner! 1) Bistro 29 is a chef-owned Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant, specializing in Breton regional cuisine -- think savory buckwheat crepes and cassoulet. 2) La Gare is a classic French restaurant that’s been a Santa Rosa institution, known for serving one of the city’s most romantic meals since it opened in 1979. This is where you come for expertly-prepared escargot, frog legs, and Beef Wellington.
Pro Tip: Plug in your travel date(s) to the Visit Santa Rosa Events Page see if there’s something special happening around town that day!
- Yoga under the Redwoods at the Rio Nido Roadhouse: Join the Outdoor Yoga Team! Rebecca Heartfly and Kerri Griffiths will lead you through poses, lengthening, strengthening and breathing. Classes are Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. on the lawn.
Foodie Field Day
- Begin with breakfast at River Vine Café: Santa Rosa’s newest daytime eatery is set among the vines at the idyllic Vintners Inn. Enjoy a farm-to-table wine country breakfast with the freshest ingredients and lovely views.
- Bonus Stop: Stock up on produce at a farmers market: You can get a taste of Sonoma County’s abundant agriculture at dozens of markets in and around Santa Rosa, and there’s a year-round market almost every day of the week. Our favorites are the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evening. Chat with farmers and artisans and leave with fresh ingredients to plan meals that will whet your appetite for your next Santa Rosa visit.
- Snag a seat at a gourmet wine and food pairing experience: St. Francis Winery’s Wine and Food Pairing, available Thursday―Monday, was named one of Open Table’s Top 100 Restaurant Experiences in America in 2017. Executive Chef Bryan Jones creates an assortment of small dishes to pair with hand-selected artisan wines. Guests enjoy stunning vineyard views and a fine dining presentation at a shared table. Each seating is hosted by a friendly wine expert at this relaxing, unforgettable meal. For another award-winning option, Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens offer a five-course pairing experience using many estate-grown ingredients tended byFarmer Tucker Taylor. This tasting is #1 on Open Table’s Diners’ Choice awards for the San Francisco Bay Area based on diner reviews.
- Tour the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens. Horticulturist Luther Burbank (1849-1926) spent over 50 years in Santa Rosa, where he created more than 800 unique plant strains, including 100+ types of plum/stone fruit, the spineless cactus, the Idaho Spud (aka the Burbank potato) and the Shasta Daisy. His home is a National Historic Landmark. You can visit his one-acre garden year-round or take a docent-led tour of the house April-October. Throughout this itinerary, you’ll see and taste why Burbank called Sonoma County, The chosen spot of all the earth as far as nature is concerned.”
- Dine at Belly Left Coast Kitchen and Tap Room: Eat like a rock star at this pork-focused seasonal restaurant featuring farm-fresh food and West Coast brews on tap. Before opening Belly, Executive Chef and Owner Chef Gray Rollin worked as a celebrity tour chef for bands ranging from Linkin Park to Tori Amos.
- Beer Lovers’ Bonus: Try one of the world’s best beers at Russian River Brewing Company. The most famous of Santa Rosa’s many incredible breweries is Russian River. Their flagship, highly-limited beer, Pliny the Elder, is a Double India Pale Ale that attracts beer aficionados from all over the world. It was voted the Best Beer in America for seven years by the American Homebrewers Association. Click here to learn more about Santa Rosa’s beer scene.
- Grab a whiskey, dessert or both at Beer Baron: This new bar and kitchen in downtown Santa Rosa looks out on the recently-renovated Courthouse Square in the heart of the city. A stop at this elegant new spot should be the cherry on top of your delicious day trip. Finish with a bite of something sweet or―if you’re not driving―a decadent nightcap.
- Fuel up on organic grub at Amy’s Drive Thru: Head to Amy’s flagship fast-casual eatery for a quick meal of lovingly handcrafted vegetarian food. Organic Breakfast is served from 7:00 am - 11:00 am daily. You’ll feel invincible!
- Trade out four wheels for two: Santa Rosa is a cyclist’s dream destination, with scenic roads, rolling hills and accommodating streets. Major races and tours happen here, from IRONMAN Santa Rosa to Levi’s Granfondo, but novices shouldn’t feel intimidated! There are terrain and routes for cyclists at any experience and fitness level. Find bike rentals and recommended routes at Sports Basement in Santa Rosa or at The Astro (Insider Tip: Ask for Sam the Astro's Bicycle Sommelier - he'll hook you up!).
- Bonus Stop: Wine lovers should consider cycling to a winery for a tasting or picnic! If you’re unfamiliar with the area, be sure to ask your bike rental shop for their recommendations on where to ride. Click here to check out our all of favorite local wineries.
- Recharge at the Rio Nido Roadhouse: After a few hours of cycling, you’ll crave a hearty meal. After returning the bikes, you’re headed to the redwoods by car. Be sure to make a pitstop at the Rio Nido Roadhouse, a converted trailer with an outdoor music stage, a seasonal pool and a yummy menu of wings, salads, sandwiches and more.
- Zip through the trees with Sonoma Canopy Tours: You’ll savor breathtaking views of the majestic Redwood forest at a leisurely pace and learn some incredible things about the Redwood ecosystem. Experienced thrill seekers can try the Tree Tops course, with a 1500’ long line and speeds up to 40 miles per hour!
- Give your taste buds some adventure at Best of Burma: Adventurous eaters should have dinner at this highly-rated authentic Burmese restaurant. Enjoy a Tea Leaf Salad, coconut rice, rich curries and more. You earned this!