What to Do in Santa Rosa This Summer

June 19, 2020

We’re thrilled to announce that Santa Rosa is open for leisure travel again! This means your favorite wineries, restaurants, breweries, and shop doors are open, providing you with plenty of space to recharge and relax. Here’s what you need to know…

Santa Rosa and Sonoma County are officially open for visitors! And truth be told, we’ve really missed you. Santa Rosa is especially beautiful this time of the year. The days are long and warm, the redwood trees are stretching high towards the sky, flowers are blooming, and the grapevines are beautiful and lush. Welcome back. We’re so happy we can share Santa Rosa with you again.

While the world, and summer travel, looks different this year, the urban heart of Sonoma County that you know, love, and have been dreaming about is still the same. Though we’re biased, we think that Santa Rosa is more beautiful and welcoming than ever. You’ve trusted us with some of your most memorable moments, and we don’t take that lightly. We know that trust is more important now than ever.

We understand that you have many questions and concerns about traveling this year. And answers to some of those questions, particularly about public safety and health can be found in the link below. We’re all in this together, and as such, we’ve collaborated with our travel and tourism partners all across Sonoma County for the SAFE Travels Promise that we’re asking all travelers to follow. We’re asking visitors to Be Smart. Be Safe. Be Kind. And Stay Healthy.

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Take a Day Trip

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. Here are 4 suggested itineraries.

Dine Al Fresco

Few things say summer in Sonoma County more than dining outdoors. Many Santa Rosa and Sonoma County restaurants have great patio dining, and that is truer now more than ever. Some Santa Rosa restaurants, too, have recently added sidewalk dining, giving guests more room to safely spread out. Check out our recommendations.

See A Movie Outdoors

Now this is a trend and change we’re excited to see, with many places offering outdoor movies. The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts recently announced the launch of Carpool Cinemas, curated by Santa Rosa Cinemas.

Explore Miles of Hiking Trails

With 55 miles of coastline, 150 miles of regional park trails, and many state parks, Sonoma County has open space galore. Enjoy a hike among the redwoods at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve or trek the miles of trails at Trione-Annadel State Park. How about a lakeside picnic with the kids at Spring Lake Regional Park.

The summer of 2020 may turn out to be a quieter and gentler year in Santa Rosa. A time of nostalgia, small crowds, and big memories in the happening hub of Sonoma County. It may be like it was 25 years ago when people would come to Santa Rosa just to sit back and enjoy the simplicity vineyards, the draw of the outdoors, and the freedom of riding or hiking the trails in our beautiful parks.

Whatever the case may be, welcome back to Santa Rosa!

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